Hello, ghoulish boys and girls. Is Christmas just a little too sweet for your fangs? Want to put a bit more bite into your holidays? Well, if you are a colouring book fan, Creepy Christmas: A Merry Macabre Coloring Book, the latest offering from British artist Mister Sam Shearon (Heavy Metal, Fortean Times), will give you good reason to look forward to the gifting season.
Better still, the 166-page book (available on Amazon from Vesuvian Books) is priced right at $13.99 US.
Have we got you curious? Scroll down for more about Creepy Christmas from the official press release and to see a sample image from the book’s interior. Better pack an extra red crayon!
The happiest time of the year is also the creepiest.
Good ol’ Saint Nicholas did not start with reindeer. Every Christmas he would bring along a hairy half-demon, half-goat named Krampus to stalk misbehaving children. The hairy spawn of Satan stuffed them into his bag, chained them up, and dragged them down to Hell for a year of punishment. A warning for anyone who thought of causing mischief. This sure does not seem like the most wonderful time of the year.
Winter has an even darker and richer lore than Halloween. For centuries, people have feared creatures from ancient legends born of this time of year. Tales such as giant hairy monsters who live in the mountains and will snatch you up and eat you were used to ensure children didn’t wander off in the snow and become lost.
These were indeed just stories … or were they?
This festive feast of fear contains 40 original hand-drawn and inked illustrations from a variety of traditional beliefs and legends from around the world, including British, North American, Nordic, Icelandic, Austrian, and Germanic folklore. Mister Sam Shearon’s Creepy Christmas features characters such as Krampus, Grýla, Santa Claws, Rabid Rudolph, the Grimace Tree, the Wendigo, the Snow Bear, the Yule Cat, the Abominable Snowman, and many more. Ready for you to bring to colorful life with fearsome festive cheer, each page is also accompanied with a poem—a guide to these creepy creatures from the season of ice and snow!