Experience real Austrian Krampuslaufs this winter in a tour hosted by Al Ridenour

Al Ridenour, co-founder of Krampus LA and host of the Bone & Sickle podcast, has just announced that he'll be hosting an eight-day tour of authentic European Krampuslaufs (the Krampus Runs). This winter, from November 30 to December 7, he'll be taking folks to Austria and southern Germany to catch runs in Salzburg and Graz.

All the details can be found at the Kristmas with Krampus tour's site.

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Bone & Sickle, a new macabre podcast by Al Ridenour

Krampus LA co-founder (and occasional BB guest blogger) Al Ridenour is taking a stab at podcasting with Bone & Sickle, a show that "celebrates the intertwining of horror and folklore."

He writes:

Like my Krampus book, the show explores elements of horror within folklore, or folklore within horror. It’s not an interview show, but more of a manic lecture spun into an overwrought background of original music, drones, effects, snippets of found audio, etc. All within a fictional, manor house framework. Featuring Rick Galiher as my much abused valet, Wilkinson.

In honor of the German holiday of Walpurgisnacht on April 30, Al has "binge released" three 30-minute episodes at once. He suggests starting with the third episode.

Here's a taste of what to expect:

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Krampus LA is raffling off art to save this cool steam car

To help raise funds to repair the Kristie's Flyer steam car, Al Ridenour's Krampus Los Angeles Troupe and Drakenstein Art are hosting a raffle of art and prizes, which includes a pair of tickets to the fifth annual Krampus Ball on December 2.

During this time of year St. Nicholas is carried through the streets on the steam car guiding the Krampus Los Angeles Troupe searching for the naughty little children and serve up their season's beatings. But right now the Steam Car is in need of some repair.

The raffle includes several pieces, including this fiendishly-adorable Krampus doll by Andrea Von Drakenstein. Tickets are $15 each to enter and all proceeds go towards saving the steam car.

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