Storybook. Art Book. Coloring Book.
Light the Jack-O’-Lanterns! I’m happy to announce the printing of Wish On A Halloween Moon, a collection of daily ink drawings I stitched together into a spooky story one cold, candle-lit October.
Henry’s family moves to a new town right before Halloween, and he doesn’t have time to make friends before the big night. Moping on the porch in his magician’s cape and top hat, an idea comes to him — he’ll make a magical wish on the Halloween moon!
And, as it often follows with these things, Henry’s wish comes true…but it unearths some very unexpected tricks and treats (what — like I wasn’t going to make a trick-or-treat reference in this post?).
As night falls, monsters of all shapes and sizes lurch, slither, and shamble out of the shadows to converge upon the unsuspecting newcomer. It’s a fun, sweet, spine-tingling tale perfect for a dark October evening.
Initially, Wish On A Halloween Moon was a chance to step away from a digital workflow and get back to traditional ink-on-paper illustration. The opportunity to scratch, hatch, and stipple on real paper with actual pen-and-ink was a nice departure. And the challenge of posting one ink drawing per day online that October (along with the narrative verse) kept things moving at a brisk pace, and infused the process with a mildly chaotic energy that kept things hopping.
Collecting these words and images in a printed volume is my way of documenting a challenging and enjoyable project, and a chance to share it with everyone else, whether or not they followed the original posts online.
You can read the story, enjoy the collection of illustrations, or — for an even more interactive experience — dig out your colored pencils and crayons and color the book!
That’s right! Much like pumpkins can be used for making pies or projectiles, Wish On A Halloween Moon was designed with multiple applications in mind, not the least of which is a spooky-fun coloring book for kids and grown-ups who love Halloween and monsters.
Gimme Something Good
Available now in the Vince Dorse Online Store, Wish On A Halloween Moon is the second book published under my Long Lost Friend Studio imprint, contains 40 black-and-white pages, sells for a very reasonable $8.00 USD, and, as an extra treat, ships with a bookmark which can also be colored. No eggs on my door.
Freaky Fact: The table in the top photo once stood in the Thaw Mansion, a grand estate on Pittsburgh’s North Side. The house has a history of murder and intrigue, and is said to be haunted by Thaw’s widow, “The Gibson Girl.” Fun to think that the pedestal used for that spooky photo of Wish On A Halloween Moon once decorated an actual “haunted mansion.”