Current Price: £8.05
Number of Pages: 166
Size: 28 x 21cm
Paper colour: White
Paper surface: Slight texture
Paper thickness: Average
Linework: Medium (shaded)
One sided: Yes
Drawings go into the spine: No
Waterbased pen bleed: Some shadowing
One half of me loves everything happy, cosy, festive and fun. The other side of me adores everything dark, macabre, gloomy and horrifying. Must be because I'm a Gemini. Papa Lazarou stealing children as a twisted St. Nick, the festive cinematic frights of Krampus and Black Christmas-- I love them all. And now I have a colouring book full of spine-chilling tidings-- what a perfect Christmas gift!
Creepy Christmas is the first colouring book by Liverpudlian self-titled 'Dark-Artist' Sam Shearon, who has created artwork for Rob Zombie, The X-Files, Angel, KISS, Iron Maiden and more. The book contains 40 terrifying hand-drawn illustrations of Christmas-themed myths, legends and whispers in the wind from the world over, including Austrian and German folklore. You will discover the winter monster Wendigo and the traditional Welsh tale of zombie horse Mari Lywd. Conventional Christmas fare has been turned on its head with Sam's chilling twists: candy canes are now candy pain, the beautiful wreath on the door now a wraith, crackers contain severed fingers and even Rudoloph has turned rabid. Not only this, but every single illustration is paired with an ominous poem to warn and caution of its accompanying horror.
Check out the whole ghoulish volume in the flip-through below.
Creepy Christmas is CreateSpace published so has average weight copy paper that may shadow on the reverse if using waterbased pens. You will not sacrifice any illustrations or poems though as each page is one-sided, so just pop some scrap paper behind and you're good to go. The cover has a soft-touch matte feel, half of which is coloured and half monochrome.
Sam's artwork is darkly shaded, adding even more spookiness to the nightmarish artwork. Each illustration has a scroll at the bottom containing the name of the character portrayed, so if you're wanting to display these as Gothic Christmas decor you will always know what is represented on the page.
Overall I am really impressed by the quality and amount of artwork you get in this book, and love the poems and stories that tell me a little more about whatever horror I'm colouring. This is a must-have for anyone who loves a bit of eeriness with their Eggnog.
Here is my finished page, coloured with Sharpies, Spectrum Noir and EzyShaid pastels.
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. You can find it on Amazon here:
Creepy Christmas by Mister Sam Shearon