|Every year around Halloween we come out with a new font that fits the spirit of the holiday, drawing on all sorts of sources for inspiration. You can find our past fonts in our Halloween Font and Art Collections.
The font for this year is Undertaker, based on title lettering from Creepy magazine, the classic horror comic of my teenage years, which reached its height in the early 1970s. It featured lots of great lettering, but a lot of it is in its typical and fairly predictable style. But certain stories required special treatment and one of these with unusual letting for the title was “The Undertaker’s Model” illustrated by Luis Garcia in 1972.
The font we developed from the sample lettering includes a full set of standard characters, plus a full set of alternate characters. The upper case characters are offset so that they can kern more closely with the main characters and form the particular up and down look of the font.
For years here at the Scriptorium we’ve been developing fonts and collecting unique art which is perfect for Halloween and putting it together into packages which we promote through our Boneyard Fonts site. After many years collecting fonts and art we’ve put together a gruesomely provocative collection of fonts and art, adding new items every year around Halloween. We’re now up to almost 40 fonts, plus art from great masters of the macabre like J. G. Posada, Edmund Dulac, Willy Pogany and Harry Clarke. You’ll find everything you need for any Halloween or other horrific design project.
Recent additions to the collection include two new fonts based on title lettering from classic Hammer horror films, plus a great selection of images based on the unique Calavera illustrations by revolutionary Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada. These show skeletons engaged in a variety of typical daily activities, featuring a certain amount of political and social commentary, but also a nice dose of macabre humor. We also have several Posada fonts in development, but don’t expect them until next year.
Our collected horror images and fonts are organized into three separate package, the Diabolic Fonts and Art collection, the Macabre Fonts and Art collection and the Halloween Fonts and Art collection. They’re available individually or in a discounted combo package. All of the fonts are also available individually. Read on for some details on the three horror fonts and art packages.
HALLOWEEN FONTS AND ART
The Halloween Fonts and Art package includes some of our wildest and most unusual fonts, plus all of the large selection of colorful custom Halloween graphics we’ve assembled over the years, including frames, borders, decorative tiles, buttons and emblems. It’s excellent for web, poster or flyer design.
The fonts in this package include the Halloweenies font and many of our fonts based on title lettering from popular horror movies like the new Veronique and Paleos fonts, and some great fonts for spooky text and titles like Sanguinary and Ironworks. If you want to see larger samples of the fonts just click on the small samples to the right. If you want to take a closer look at some of the images in this package you can just CLICK HERE. There are a total of 12 fonts included in the package, plus many images.
This collection is only $49 with all the fonts and art. Fonts are included in both PostScript and TrueType format for MacOS and Windows. You can also get this package in combination with the Macabre and Diabolic packages for a low combo price of only $129. To order online just go to our ONLINE STORE
MACABRE FONTS AND ART
Our Macabre Fonts and Art package features fonts and arts with the flavor of the grave. We’re talking morbid images and skulls and skeletons galore. In this package you’ll find some of our best horrific art and some very unusual fonts. It’s great for more sophisticated design projects which need a more degenerate, gothy look.
The fonts in this package include all of our skeletal fonts like Golgotha, Skull and Bones and the classic Boneyard, plus stylish and unusual script fonts and titling fonts like the very popular Valdemar which will be featured in the marketing for the Harry Potter movies. The art in this package is particularly appealing. It has both Edmund Dulac’s illustrations for Poe’s poetry and Harry Clarke’s illustrations and decorative marginalia for Poe’s “Tales of Mystery and Imagination”. Plus this package includes our newest art feature, Jose Guadalupe Posada’s “Calavera” illustrations of skeletons doing all sorts of odd things. To see a more detailed sample of any font just click on the image of it to the right. If you want to take a look at some of the art in this package just CLICK HERE. There are a total of 12 fonts included in the package, in addition to the scores of high quality images.
This package is only $49 with all the fonts and art. Fonts are included in both PostScript and TrueType format for MacOS and Windows. You can also get this package in combination with the Halloween and Diabolic packages for a low combo price of only $129. To order online just go to our ONLINE STORE
DIABOLIC FONTS AND ART
This collection leans towards the arcane and supernatural, with fonts based on mystical languages and containing
magical symbols, or which look just plain evil. The art fits with the theme, drawn mostly from illustrations for Faust.
Among the fun fonts in this package are Goetic and Malachim two mystical language fonts, our scariest titling fonts Dementia, Sabanak and Sepultura, plus the new Diabolus arcane initials font and our two popular Voodoo symbology fonts Veve and Guede. The images in this package include illustrations for Faust by both Willy Pogany and Harry Clarke, plus Clarke’s fantastic black and white marginalia for his edition of Faust. To see a more detailed sample of any font just click on the image of it to the right. If you want to take a closer look at some of the images in this package you can just CLICK HERE.
This new package is only $49 with all the fonts and art. Fonts are included in both PostScript and TrueType format for MacOS and Windows. You can also get this package in combination with the Macabre and Halloween packages for a low combo price of only $129. To order online just go to our ONLINE STORE
|I don’t know what came over me one Halloween, but I couldn’t get the idea of dancing skeletons out of my head. The classic dance of death, but a bit more expressive, with the skeletons working together to form the letters of a font.
This resulted in the design for the Bonyeard font, where each letter is made up of one of two full human skeletons posed or contorted into the shape of a letter. This comes from a long tradition of letter forms made from artfully posed human forms. We even have a couple of others, Netherworld and Otherworld, one of which features people in poses being tempted by devils. But this original creation is different, because it is just bones.
This new second edition of Boneyard features an expanded and improved character set.
With the premier of the fourth season of American Horror Story this Wednesday on the FX network, a lot of people will be seeing our Chelsea Studio in their high style commercials all over their cable networks.
My teenage, horror-obsessed daughter drew my attention to their use of the font in the titles and it was gratifying to be able to tell her that I had designed the font, way back in the 90s, based on the lettering of legendary Arts and Crafts designer Charles Rennie MacKintosh.
Chelsea Studio isn’t the only version MacKintosh’s characteristic lettering style out there, but it is one of the most true to his original design, including a variety of additional character forms. And it is the specific font chosen for the titles in this season’s American Horror Story about a freakshow.
Halloween is always a big season for us and having a font featured in the most innovative horror program on TV is a great way to kick the season off. It’s a very style conscious show and having one of our fonts associated with it is a real mark of distinction, especially with our interest in Sideshow art.
Chelsea Studio isn’t in our Horror Fonts and Art Package because it isn’t strictly a horror font, but it can be found it our Arts and Crafts Collection and it is available as a single font: Chelsea Studio. Take $5 off the cost of the single font or either package with the code SIDESHOW.
Highball is a bold font in every sense of the word. Yes, its weight is heavy and pronounced in the traditional meaning of bold, but it is also of an extreme height which could be considered bold, and of a boldly progressive style.
Highball features a full character set as well as small caps, numbers and punctuation. It’s great for posters and for modern designs.
Austin is a great center for the arts, not only music and film and other performing arts, but visual arts and all sorts of crafts. All these events and shows have to be advertised and the traditional method of getting the word out is through posters distributed all over town wherever people gather.
I like to go around town collecting these posters, or at least photos of them, to provide an occasional look at the Austin poster scene. It’s not to make you jealous, its just to show some neat images and creative use of fonts and art to stir up the imagination.
My current gleanings seem to mostly be advertising art shows and multimedia, which is an interesting change from the endless show posters. Not that there weren’t some of those too, but these were more interesting. They all have something to offer: the composition of the Color of Noise poster, the hand lettering in the Kay Odyssey poster, the artful backdrop of the Megafauna post, the neat fonts in the Co-Eds poster, and I just like the word-painting look of the Cock poster.
|Butterfield is based on letting from a poster for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. It can be found as part of Psychedelic Fonts Collection package. It has a unique look particularly characteristic of the 60s and especially suited to use on posters. It has a full set of numbers and punctuation, plus custom small caps as well as capital letters.|
As the blazing heat of and endless Summer begins to fade, what could be a better deal than a sale on single fonts to start the new season?
For two weeks, through September 25th, if you place an order for an assortment of single fonts of your choice, the more you order the bigger the discount, as listed below. Your savings can be up to 50% off if you order enough fonts.
3-5 Single Fonts – 20% Off – use code ALPHA
6-8 Single Fonts – 30% Off – use code BETA
9-11 Single Fonts – 40% Off – use code GAMMA
12+ Single Fonts – 50% Off – use code DELTA
All you do is enter the code appropriate for the number of fonts you’re ordering while you’re checking out in our online store and it will give you the appropriate discount.
The discount applies to any fonts in our ONLINE STORE and there’s no top limit to the number of fonts you can order at the 50% discount rate.
To see a sample of any font use TYPESHOW
You may recall a couple of months ago when we had some font samples posted on the page to vote on. Well, the winner of the vote by a significant margin was a sample of lettering by Samuel Welo, and now as promised, it is available as our newest font: Carillon.
They font is very thin, with a uniform, very light stroke weight. The look of the font is rather whimsical with strikingly stylized character forms. The font includes a full upper and lower case character set, numbers and punctuation, plus special accented characters for most European languages.
For TypeCon we produced a special collection of Walter Crane Fonts and Art on a Flash Drive shaped like a business card. We have some of these left over after the event and nothing to do with them except sell them as a special item on our web page.
The package contains five original Walter Crane fonts, including one new font that is only available in this package. It also includes all the images from our various Crane packages we’ve released through our site, which can be viewed HERE. That’s a total of hundreds of high resolution images, totaling over 2gb. It’s a great deal at a very special price.
The package is a neat novelty item and as long as they last we have them available for only $19.95. Of course, you have to order for physical delivery. We can’t deliver online, it’s got to get there the old fashioned way. To get the package just ORDER ONLINE.