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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Steph Reviews Mister Sam Shearon's Creepy Christmas (A Merry Macabre Coloring Book) By Sam Shearon

Review, Mister Sam Shearon's Creepy Christmas (A Merry Macabre Coloring Book), Sam Shearon, Bea's Book NookPublisher: Vesuvian Books
Format Read: Paperback Coloring Books
Source: the pr firm in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: October 18, 2016
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Blurb from goodreads:

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 Christmasfeatures 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!

Steph's Thoughts:

I have become a pretty big fan of adult coloring books and I love non-mainstream Christmas myths so this one was a no-brainer for me to say yes to this one.

The designs are pretty awesome and intricate and are child safe. Liam wanted to help me out with the coloring but the lines are too fine for a  year old, so he colored his book and I colored mine. I had a lot of fun coloring in the pictures. I use colored pencils which work great for the fine artwork in this book. Crayons would be too thick to do most of the pictures as the detail is really fine.

The pictures are accompanied by a poem which introduces you to the character in the picture you are about to color. The poems are well written and enjoyable. There was quite a bit of research that went into each character.

Coloring has helped me find a bit of peace over the past few months and it helps me bond with my little guy. This particular coloring book really appealed to my dark side. I would love to see this artist do more coloring books as I am not really into some of the more common designs you see in the adult coloring books. I've included my rendition of the cover artwork.

The Author

Mister Sam Shearon, also known as ‘Mister-Sam’ is a British, Liverpool born dark-artist specializing in horror and science-fiction. Sam’s work often includes elements inspired by vintage tales of monsters and madmen, dark futures, post-apocalyptic genres, and classic literature. Sam is fascinated with Cryptozoology, the search for hidden or unknown, undiscovered animals yet to be recognized and classified by Science. This includes everything from Bigfoot and lake monsters to smaller creatures such as a new species of butterfly. His artwork can be found on a variety of books and comic covers. Various examples of Sam’s art work can also be found in magazines such as Fortean Times and Paranormal magazine, Heavy Metal magazine, LA Weekly, and a number of British newspapers, most notably the Daily Telegraph. He has also illustrated album artwork and merchandise designs in the rock and metal music industry. Sam studied at the University of Leeds in the College of Art & Design, West Yorkshire, England and received a BA with honors in Visual Communication. Sam was also awarded a post graduate certification in teaching from Huddersfield University. Sam currently resides in Los Angles, hiding from the sun and missing the English rain... People who don't know Sam personally are often perplexed as to why he's so pale white after being out in Los Angeles for the past ten years...


  1. Creepy! lol I like the idea that each picture is paired with a poem.

    1. The poems surprised me when I first opened it but they are a lot of fun. :)


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