Review: Santa Steps Out by Robert Devereaux

(Review for Bizarro Brigade.)

There are stories that irreverently spoof beloved childhood figures and then there’s SANTA STEPS OUT, a novel which finds perverse, maniacal pleasure in taking everything you held sacred as a kid and turning it into something obscene, terrible, and very, very funny.

Devereaux gives us a tale in which Santa Claus carries on a decades-long affair with the Tooth Fairy (their initial hook-up is a scream, erotic and humorous and just plain wrong), their illicit trysts usually coinciding with his annual gift-drops. When Mrs. Claus finds out, she’s beyond appalled–I’ll not spoil her own means of getting back at Santa, but the Easter Bunny shows up at one point to hatch a murder plot.

SANTA STEPS OUT is a raucous, ribald classic that skewers our cherished mythological characters in imaginative, sometimes jaw-dropping ways. Devereaux delves deeper than the obvious, easy shock to explore the deeper meanings of these figures, weaving his story with uncanny grace. This is a book that will have you laughing out loud, and maybe even feeling ashamed about it.

A must-read for fans of the audacious that NEEDS to be turned into a movie.


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