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‘Horrid Little Stories’ – Now on Kindle!

A couple years back, I published a small book called Horrid Little Stories: Sixty Dark and Tiny Tales of Misery and Woe.

It’s a 150-page collection of all the art and verses from the annual Wondermark calendars of 2008-2012 (and a few bonus verses besides!).

Stylistically, it’s a bit of an homage to Gorey, where the stories are all told in rhyme and everything always ends in tears.

The book has been available for some time in my own store (where it can be bundled with greeting cards), in my TopatoCo store (where it can be bundled with T-shirts), and on Amazon (where it can be bundled with a 27-lb tub of cat litter).

But that’s always been for a flimsy, paper edition!

Today I’m pleased to announce that this book is available for Kindle, as well:

horrible. just horrible.

Because it’s a heavily illustrated book, this is a bit of an experiment for me with Kindle’s page layout capabilities — I’ve never offered any sort of comic collection on Kindle, because it doesn’t seem like it’d be that easy to read. But this book, which is half illustrations and half text, works pretty well for e-reading!

If you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you can even read it for free… Or, if you are just a normal person who likes Kindle books, it’s a mere few dollars. Cheaper than that 27-lb bucket of cat litter, and it stays in your life longer, too!

Hope you check it out!! I want to move more of my book catalog to the various ebook formats as time goes on, so I am interested to hear if you like this, and whether the format works well enough for this material.

Get your Valentine cards before the POSTAL INCREASE!

Boo, postal rates are going up again! Regular letter mail is unaffected—and there’s actually an improvement to parcel service: now first-class parcels can go up to 16 ounces, instead of 13! LONG OVERDUE, in my opinion!

BUT, unfortunately, package rates and international rates are going to go WAY up. The price increase takes effect on January 17, and I will have to bump up the shipping rates in the store a little.

SO, if you would like to buy some Wondermark valentine cards, and BE READY for mid-February for once in your life, this week is a really great time to do so!


We’ve also got the whole complement of Multi-Purpose Cards in stock, and thanks to our Kickstarter campaign last fall, all sets of the Multi cards now ship in snazzy foil-stamped boxes at no extra charge:

yes they are really that shiny

These boxes contain no labels or branding and are yours to keep forever! You can put anything you like in them, even drugs (CO and WA only).

What great boxes, everyone! Enjoy those boxes. They are pretty super! And the cards are good, too, I am told.

AND HERE’S A SPECIAL DEAL FOR YOU: I like these boxes so much, that for this week only, I’ll include a gold foil box with any set of 10 cards! You can mix and match which 10 cards you like, and I’ll pack them in the lovely elephant box for you to enjoy for the rest of your life and your descendants’ lives.

[ All Manner of Wondermark Greeting Cards ]

Calendars are shipping now!


Here’s my last post, probably, about this year’s calendar! We’ve sold most of them, but there are STILL A FEW LEFT. (As long as it shows as in stock in the store, it’s still available.) UPDATE: We have sold out!

We’re shipping all orders now!

let me see that back side


Here are what the backboards look like! They are a very attractive wood.

If you like, you can order, like, five backboards and throw the calendars away! They are great for hanging up to-do lists or something, probably! Punch a hole in a receipt, dangle it from that thing…sure. It’ll work fine.

But why would you do that? The good news is, I don’t have to know! Do what you like, in the privacy of your home. The Wondermark Calendar is here to help.


Some Animals From the Wondermark Calendar

As I described earlier this week, this year’s edition of the Wondermark Calendar (Update: which is now sold out!) chronicles the famous around-the-world journey of Dr. Priscilla Dustbin. Here, in her own words (from the calendar’s introductory page), is her rationale for setting out on this expedition of discovery…

'tis she

It has always seemed to me that all things deserve names, and good names at that. Not Latin or Greek jaw-smashers that no person could ever say, but proper names, like Dennis or Keith or Isabella. The difference between a wild animal and a pet is simply a name, for the things we name, we come to love. I wish to love all things. So I will give them all the names they deserve, if they have none of their own.

I have booked passage on a steamer leaving Port Georgina and am bringing only my pencils, papers, and thirst for travel. Kinross at the doggery has given me a letter of introduction to a cousin of hers in Piraeus; from there, my wits will be my guide. This world is far too large for everything to have been seen, and even of those things seen, not all have yet been named. I do not know what I will find on this voyage, but already I have heard rumors of fierce-eyed beasts, lying in wait in dark jungles no person can penetrate, ready to rend me limb from limbwith flashing claws and dreadful teethin a ruddy instant.

See how my pen trembles here…I can barely write from the excitement! What wonders I will see…!

Each dated page of the calendar (there are 27 of them in all) recounts an anecdote from the good doctor’s journey. Whenever she encountered an unusual animal, she would illustrate it, and give it a name, as you can see:

there are some animals on this

In this way, you can follow along with her throughout the year, exploring the strange corners of the world at her side, and learning all about the curious beasts she came across on the way.

The trip takes her from Europe to North Africa; from the Middle East to the frozen Northlands; across all the various Americas; and drops in on uncharted islands in between.

I love reading travelogues, and after years of structuring the calendar as a string of disconnected goofs, I thought it would be fun to try to tell a (wee bit of a) continuous story all through the year. So this calendar does so — very loosely, I should say. (It is still replete with disconnected goofs.)

I also had a lot of fun making the animals for this calendar! I even got carried away and made too many, and had to choose which to include. So rest assured you are getting the ALL-STARS of Team Curious Animal.

I’m really proud of this year’s calendar and I hope you’ll like it too! As always, it sits on your desk in a handsome wooden backboard (optionally included — or, feel free to save a few bucks and reuse your board from a previous year!)

And, of course, this year for the FIRST TIME we are including commemorative plaques — in the form of our new Wondermark Cast Cards — free with every calendar.

yes yes very good



As I write, there are only 37 calendars still unclaimed from our limited run! You can order yours RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW. They will be shipping THIS VERY WEEK! Update: They are ALL GONE!

Final week for the store!

As the year’s end approaches, I should let you know that my in-house store, offering greeting cards and calendars, will close for the season after this Friday, the 18th! All orders made up through Friday will ship this week. After that, it’s January, baby. UPDATE: We have now closed for the season!

(Note that I cannot control the speed of the post office, so at this point in the month, I can make no guarantees about Christmas delivery. I think it may be likely, depending on when you order and where you live, but all we can do is our very best.)

My books, apparel, &c. at TopatoCo are also shipping now! TopatoCo has their own set of holiday deadlines which are a bit more restrictive. I recommend taking a look over there, as there are lots of fun things!


Just, you know, as an example.

TopatoCo also has a pop-up shop this year, at their Easthampton, Massachusetts headquarters! I believe they are offering local pickup of online orders there, so that is cool and new.

Here is more about our calendar, as well! I’ve talked about its name and the stuff you can get with it. Here is more about the thing, itself!

very colorful

Every year since December 2007 I’ve made a limited-edition Wondermark calendar. For the past five years, it’s been a progressive calendar, which means there are no gaps between months! This is an objectively more useful way to experience a calendar, as it is the way we experience real life.

In order to ensure that you can always see dates at least two weeks ahead (no matter where you are in the month), each calendar card is fortnightly rather than monthly. In other words, each card shows two weeks.

This also means that, rather than twelve pieces of art or photos or whatever like a monthly calendar might have, our calendar includes thirty new pieces of Wondermark art. WHAT VALUE!

Each year’s calendar is themed! This year, it relates the famous tale of Dr. Priscilla Dustbin, with each page displaying another of the strange creatures she encountered on her storied voyage around the world.

Here is a bit of background on Dr. Priscilla Dustbin, from the calendar’s introductory page:

the text is very important which is why it is so small

Little is known about Priscilla Dustbin before the launch of her famous odyssey. Born in Spanner-upon-Dredge to a carpentrix and a lorry pranger, she earned her doctorate by post while working in a dog factory, where she discovered and named six new types of dog, most of which had been concealed under some old blankets.

Soon, her heart broken by a fellow dogworker and her taste exhausted for things familiar, she set off on an expedition to the world’s wildlands, where she keenly observed, and sketched from life or memory, many curious creatures unknown at that time to Science.

Sadly, the day of her return, her valise was lost in a canal with all her letters inside. From that day till her death six decades later, she insisted it would be ‘a right bother’ to re-transcribe any of her recollections…

This year, a partial manuscript was found by chance in the Bodleian library, mislabeled as a Hungarian dictionary. Historians can now marvel at this chronicle of the wilds as they once were, long ago.

Here, in print for the first time, is what remains of the diaries she kept, the drawings she made, and the names she gave to the wonders she discovered on that journey.

It’s quite a rousing tale, and it takes a full year to unfold. It will be your constant, stalwart companion in the weeks and months to come.

I only print a limited number of these calendars every year; each copy is signed and numbered by me. I will show you more of the creatures inside over the next few days.

For now, I will advise that, as of this writing, only 62 copies remain unspoken-for. If it interests you, please don’t delay: claim one right now! It is now sold out!