The story itself is almost comedic, in so far as it is about Santa hunting down his elves, but the style of the piece and the tone that gets set early on is anything but funny. Unless, like me you are dark and slightly twisted.
We are presented with a Santa that is anything but the plump jolly man we all know and love. He is a dirty old man, I imagined him with stained, yellow teeth (and underwear) with nicotine colored fingers and a somewhat lecherous face.
The elves, who he keeps as slaves have revolted and so Santa arms himself to the teeth and goes hunting.
The story is excellently paced, and holds your attention through to the end - in the style I have no come to expect from this author - which does not disappoint.