Review: Mister Sam Shearon's Creepy Christmas: A Merry Macabre Coloring Book by Sam Shearon
(A Merry Macabre Coloring Book)
T he happiest time of the year is also the creepiest.
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!
On a whim to venture out of my normal vanilla selections, Creepy Christmas caught my attention to venture out and try something new. Creepy but interesting, this was definitely a surprise for me. Based on traditional beliefs and legends globally to inspire its original illustrations, Mister Sam Shearon’s Creepy Christmas is definitely one for the adults.
My initial expectation was that this was an adult coloring book but once you go through, it’s much more beyond that. Each illustration represents creatures from ancient legends accompanied with a poem. Despite it’s dark gothic edge, I really appreciate the detailed artwork . Ironically, this is meant to be colored but I feel like I wouldn’t want to ruin the beautiful detailed illustrations. Overall, if you’re into this genre, than you will appreciate the artistic creativity and the inspired expression.