It says on both the hardcover and paperback cover: “A Fairy Tale for Grown-ups”. This means EXACTLY what it says.
Santa is quite the horn dog here. In addition to Mrs. Claus, he swings with the Tooth Fairy and a mistress on the side (and on her back, too, come to think of it). There’s a scene in the book where he leaves a special “ingredient” on some candy canes. Good thing I already hated peppermint or this scene might have otherwise sworn me off these Christmas treats.
Mrs. Claus is no angel in this either. She gets serviced by elves and even the Easter Bunny makes a guest appearance.
The special illustrated edition hardcover of SANTA STEPS OUT retailed for $40.00. I found mine at a book sale at the St. Louis County Library about two years ago. Paid a buck for it. The book was signed by author Robert Devereaux and numbered as 235 of 1000 copies printed; I had no idea at the time that I was buying an autographed book. If only I can get Mr. Devereaux to autograph my paperback copy as well.
Horrifying, disgusting and downright grotesque – and those are the GOOD points. If you have a sense of humor (the stranger, the better), you are going to love this book. I suppose that this is why SANTA STEPS OUT has developed a cult following. Highly recommended.