Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY 7

Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY 7

It’s DAY SEVEN of the countdown to ebook publication of Ragnar Jónasson‘s RUPTURE (translated by Quentin Bates), and we’ll be looking at the seventh of the Icelandic Santas (Yule Lads).

Just in case you’ve missed it, here’s the background to this fabulous bit of Icelandic folklore! Countdown to publication: Rupture DAY ONE.

The next Santa is Door-Slammer (also known as Hurðaskellir) who arrives on the 18th of December and departs on the 31st. This disruptive Santa isn’t a thief, but nocturnally naughty! His favourite activity is slamming doors, particularly in the dead of night, when everyone is asleep. He travels throughout town, moving from house to house, and waking hapless homeowners (and scaring them half to death) with his prank. He slams the doors so ferociously, he’s also known as ‘Skirt-Swinger’ because of the draughts he causes. For the record, locking your doors makes no difference. He manages to get them open, no matter how well they are secured. The solution? Ear plugs. For you and your pets.

Out of sight sat Door-Slammer
always bent on teasing people.
Late at night this Lad took pleasure
noisily disturbing people’s sleep.
He slammed the doors hard enough
to frighten the dogs, who fled upstairs.


And to reassure you further, not all naughty children are eaten by these sinister Santas. Sometimes their punishment is simply a potato in their shoes, in lieu of a Christmas treat!

AND to celebrate the fifty day of the RUPTURE countdown, we’ll be giving away a signed copy of another of our Nordic bestsellers: Antti Tuomainen‘s THE MINE, translated by David Hackston. Wrap up warm, this is one chilling and chilly read! Either share on Facebook or retweet on Twitter to be in with a chance of winning! We’ll announce the winner of the previous day’s draw when we post details of the next Santa!

You can preorder RUPTURE here