Weird Xmas Tales


In 2015 Studio Wondercabinet created the C'thulhu Christmas Greeting Card set, an affectionate tribute to the C'thulhu Mythos stories of Lovecraft.  In 2016 we made the King in Yellow Xmas cards, a tribute to the King in Yellow story cycle of Robert W. Chambers.  In 2017, we created a double set of Xmas cards inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's Dreamlands stories. Now we’re back with a new project for Winter 2019…

We’re still figuring out what to call this project. Alas, “A Very Krampus Christmas” has already been used….

We’re still figuring out what to call this project. Alas, “A Very Krampus Christmas” has already been used….

This fellow is a placeholder - I’ll be drawing and painting our real art in the weeks ahead, and sharing it here and on Studio Wondercabinet, returning to traditional media to create original illustrations for a set of holiday cards for this very traditional fellow. Join me as I work up our own special take on Saint Nicholas’s companion, the one who deals with the naughty children on the “naughty or nice” list. Then join Studio Wondercabinet in our campaign to make a cards a reality on Kickstarter.

What will they look like finished? Check out Studio Wondercabinet’s previous Xmas projects to see our work…

C’thulhu Christmas Cards, (2015)

Our first set was an affection pastiche celebrating the cosmic terror of H.P. Lovecraft, combining the magic of the holidays with the horror of the Great Old Ones. I painted the card art and the excellent Daniel Gelon created the interior graphics and envelope art. We created the cards with support from our friends on Kickstarter - thanks guys! For the Mythos fans, C’thulhu Christmas Card packs are available in the Studio Wondercabinet store now!

The King In Yellow Christmas Cards (2016)

Our second set of cards were inspired by the King in Yellow stories of Robert W. Chambers. Published in collected form in 1895, this cycle of weird horror stories center on a (fictional) french play entitled “The King in Yellow,” which had the power of driving those who encounter it into madness. The concept of a book that is innately capable of causing insanity is thought to have inspired Lovecraft’s invention of his own “Necronomicon.” Our images are drawn from the songs and script excerpts of the play itself, which are embedded in Chambers’ stories and tell of interactions between the characters Cassilda, Camilla and the mysterious stranger who may or may not be the King in Yellow.

Original illustrations and envelope line art for this project were painted by Heather Hudson, and Daniel Gelon did the interior graphics and the shiny “Yellow Sign” seal. This project was printed with support from our friends on Kickstarter. Packs of the four-card King in Yellow Christmas Card Sets are available in the Studio Wondercabinet Store now!



A Dreamlands Christmas (2017)

Our third holiday set was inspired by the Dreamlands stories of H.P. Lovecraft, in particular “The Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath,” which we’d just read for the first time and found full of wonderful imagery. In our enthusiasm we decided to do two sets of cards inspired by Lovecraft’s vision of the fantastical lands that await us on the other side of sleep.

Original illustrations and envelope line art for this project were painted by Heather Hudson, and Daniel Gelon created the interior graphics, the envelope art and the silver key envelope seal.. This project was printed with support from our friends on Kickstarter. Packs of both five-card Dreamlands Christmas Card Sets are available in the Studio Wondercabinet Store now!


You better watch out! More dark holiday cheer is coming soon…