Rue Morgue Dreadful Ape Collection

The Rue Morgue Dreadful Ape tiki mug is part of a meta-narrative inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" (you should read it if you haven't...I'll wait right here). The artifacts and ephemera I designed around an outline delving into the backstory and artwork of the Orangutan and sailor who feature so prominently in the story, through the lens of two brothers opening a Parisian Absinthe bar.  

The Frer proprietors of the "La Singe Affreaux", invite you to step in for a drink, and perhaps the closest shave you'll ever need.


These names are inscribed in brass beside the door in the "Singe Affreaux" and commemorate those who helped the brothers restore the bar.




Additionally, Jonathan M. Chaffin of Horror In Clay, would like to thank the following.

• Most of all, thank you to my wife Allison and to our daughter who are pretty used to this "living with boxes of ceramics" thing, and who are going to have to live with me in a world of boxes again if this works. Also to all of you lovely people who love this stuff the way I do.

• To Pauli, who is one of my staunch supporters from the beginning of this mad journey. (He's also willing to don a certain mask and Elvis costume on my behalf from time to time, and plays with the Vauxhall Garden Variety Players).

• Rob Hawes is a talented ceramicist in Hawaii who does the best deluxe wood-grain glazes I know. He's graciously agreed to handing the production of variant glaze editions for the Rue Morgue Murderous Ape Tiki Mug. Rob is a trained Graphic Designer (CSU Chico) with a studio art minor. He's been living on Maui for the last quarter century and making tiki mugs himself for the last five years. (I collect his stuff, like the mugs he makes for Tacoma Cabana).

 • To Lori of for providing awesome photographic support on short notice!

• To Cynthia for allowing us to ruin a dress and almost cut your head off.

• To Dr. Alice for cartographic assistance and French translations and art history, and to Xavier, for more help with French idiom.

• To Alex, Jamie, and Pynk for copy-editing and general cussedness.

• To Meaghan and Harmony of Booze Epoch for finding a way to marry Mango and Absinthe in a delicious blend for the cocktail for this mug! (

• Thanks to the BookHouse Pub, Tacoma Cabana, SOS Tiki Bar, Hale Pele, and anywhere else that still serves tiki drinks the right way: in a frosty ceramic mug.