Curator of curiosities and Krampus aficionado Mike Drake on his new book ‘Contemporary Krampus’


Mike Drake calls himself “a Monster kid who grew up in a small town in New Jersey and then moved to the big city”. He’s a collector of many things and a lover of the unusual.

Mike Drake is the author of six books on such diverse topics as haiku and Halloween In New York. His artwork has been displayed in numerous exhibits worldwide including MOMA’s PS1 in New York. He has been immortalized in the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not daily comic strip and has appeared on numerous television programs including Oddities. Time Out New York magazine once called him a “Curator Of Curiosities” and The Huffington Post has referred to his collection as “shocking”.

Mike’s sixth book ‘Contemporary Krampus’ displays Krampus themed art of 70 artists from around the world. It’s a must-have book for Krampus fans. ‘Contemporary Krampus’ is in bookstores on October 21st, 2015.

Mike Drake will be a featured guest at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Halloween Event.


  • Mike, how did you decide to pursue a writing career?

“Writing has long been a passion of mine, ever since I was a child. I sold my first piece professionally to Playboy before I was old enough to legally read the magazine!”

  • What genre are your books?

‘Contemporary Krampus’ is my 6th book. So far my genres have been poetry, photography, legends/ myths, art, and adult bedtime stories. I have a few novels in me but it’s been tough to pull them out.”



  • Which of your books is your most favorite?

“My latest is always my favorite.”

  • What are your current projects?

“I am always working on a few things at the same time. Right now I’m working on a FeeJee Mermaid themed project, but in reality that may not be the next thing published.”

  • What’s next for you?

Immediately next is the continued promotion of my book ‘Contemporary Krampus’. My honey and I just bought a new place and I need to unpack 239 boxes. I should be done by February, then I’ll rest for a few months and back to the mermaids.”


Contemporary Krampus

For the 1st time ever, Contemporary Krampus gathers more than 68 diverse artists from around the globe to create new images of Krampus. From renowned artists like Angus Oblong to up and comers like Peter Skullkid, each image has been hand selected by curator of curiosities and Krampus aficionado Mike Drake.

Gather your gingerbread, sharpen a candy cane, secure the windows, bolt the door, Boil the cocoa, summon all your courage, and let the artists of Contemporary Krampus show you what lurks in the shadows on cold winter nights.

Contemporary Krampus is in bookstores on October 21st, 2015.

This 8.5 x 11 inch tome is printed using luxuriant hi-gloss stock and contains a hefty 124 pages. The perfect gift for both those on the naught and nice lists, and an indispensable addition to any library.

It is also available for pre-order on Amazon at


Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Halloween Party

Drake, who’s artwork is featured in the new Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Eye Popping Oddities book, will be a featured guest at the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Times Square location for their exclusive Halloween Party. This adults only event will feature not only Drake signing copies of Contemporary Krampus, but also giving away a life-size Krampus to one lucky attendee. Additionally, over 45 “special” exhibits will be pulled from the Ripley vaults and displayed exclusively to those brave enough to attend. The event will also feature

A twisted game show

Psychic readings

Hypnotism shows with audience participation

Close-up magic

Day of the Dead candy celebration (at midnight)

To purchase tickets for this exclusive event, fans of the macabre should visit

For addition information on Contemporary Krampus visit

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