Wolf in a Cup

I think all these are pretty sweet, actually. The dragon, a couple’a kinds of dinosaurs; even the squirrel is kinda cute. For our present conversation, however, we need only focus on the first product pictured here: a wolf. It’s a detailed depiction, sorta medieval-looking to my mind. Heraldic, even. It COULD be a werewolf, easily enough. These are called “Creature Cups” and they are exactly what they sound like. They’re cups—or, more properly, coffee mugs—with animal effigies in them, resting on the base of the cup’s inside, a part of the mug itself. (They have creepy ones, too, like a spider, a skull, and CTHULHU!)

I’m not sure if these are intended more for playing pranks on people—you offer them a drink without telling them the creature is waiting down there, then sit back to watch their surprise—or are just pieces of functional art. I’d tend to think the latter, although the spider might work for a joke if it were painted black. (Note: Please don’t buy one of these cups and paint the spider black. Not if you intend to serve a beverage to a friend. You’ll give them lead poisoning.) I’m thinking of buying the wolf cup and painting the wolf, since I’d never drink out of it. I may have to get Cthulhu, too. They even have bowls you can order. (No werewolf bowl, though. Bummer.)

By The Evil Cheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (,, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at


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