Cthulhu’s Coloring Book and Necronomicon of Sunny Day Doings
Publisher: VIG Publishing.
Number of coloring designs: 20
The aperture was black with a darkness almost material. That tenebrousness was indeed a positive quality; for it obscured such parts of the inner walls as ought to have been revealed, and actually burst forth like smoke from its aeon-long imprisonment, visibly darkening the sun as it slunk away into the shrunken and gibbous sky on flapping membranous wings. The odor rising from the newly opened depths was intolerable, and at length the quick-eared Hawkins thought he heard a nasty, slopping sound down there. Everyone listened, and everyone was listening still when It lumbered slobberingly into sight and gropingly squeezed Its gelatinous green immensity through the black doorway into the tainted outside air of that poison city of madness.
–H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu
Phil Velikan has created children’s books before, but this is his first venture into coloring books that appeal to a wider audience. Each coloring page also includes a description of the creature from H.P. Lovecraft, Phil’s inspiration for his drawings. Phil has an interesting solution for the dilemma of one-sided or two-sided pages. The coloring pages alternate with activity pages, so you can color without worrying about whether another design will be ruined on the other side. Granted, the activities are more geared for children, but it’s a fun way to make use of the back of the coloring pages.
- Complexity: Beginner to Intermediate
- Book Size: 8.25 x 11 inches
- Design Borders: 1-inch margin with a black border
- Design Lines: clearly hand-drawn, they vary
- Paper: slightly better than average
- Printing: both sides of the pages
- Binding: glue-bound
This is a great book for Cthulhu-lovers, but I did find the non-coloring elements on the coloring pages a little distracting. The descriptions take up a fairly significant portion of the page, and every page has a 1×2-inch “tab” at the bottom with the name of the book and the publisher’s URL. I would have preferred more room for the coloring and less for the text.
Phil has kindly given us three images you can download to get a feel for his designs and see if the book is for you!
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