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Cuphead in Carnival Chaos: A Cuphead Novel (or simply Cuphead in Carnival Chaos) is a novel by StudioMDHR and Ron Bates, the first novel in the Cuphead novel series. It was published on March 3, 2020.

Plot synopsis[]

The novel takes place on Elder Kettle's birthday, with Cuphead and his brother Mugman looking for the perfect gift to accompany a surprise party. Ms. Chalice later joins the brothers after helping them escape from their school, and the trio settles on a watch as the central birthday gift. However, there is a nearby carnival which set up shop on that same day, and the friends inevitably get distracted by it. They encounter a variety of foes from the game, and they have to get out alive and intact with the watch in order to not ruin Elder Kettle's special day.


Preliminary description[]

The Cuphead characters are jumping off the screen and onto the page in this new middle-grade fiction series. Cuphead is an award-winning, visually stunning game that has taken the gaming world by storm--selling over 3 million games in just one year.

Cuphead, the charming trouble maker; Mugman, his less impulsive brother; and their new friend Ms. Chalice make the perfect team to set off on new fiction adventures packed with action, humor, and black-and-white illustrations throughout. This paper over board series will perfectly complement the direction of new Cuphead game releases.

Gamers who love The Legend of Zelda, Fortnite, Hello Neighbor, and Five Nights at Freddy's are all playing Cuphead and raving about its unique art style, challenging gameplay, and incredible jazz soundtrack.

Final description[]

Fans of the award-winning and visually stunning video game can see Cuphead, Mugman, and friends like never before in this original, illustrated middle-grade novel. Join them on their adventure as they make merry mischief in the vibrant and topsy-turvy world of the Inkwell Isles!

It's a special day on the Inkwell Isles: Elder Kettle's birthday! Yes, sirree, it's a very special day. So Cuphead and Mugman need to find the perfect gift to honor their beloved mentor. But along the way, the brothers and their new friend Ms. Chalice are captivated by the sights and sounds of the carnival that just rolled into town. Despite Elder Kettle's warning that the attraction is filled with liars and thieves, the trio gets reeled in.

At the carnival, the friends are bamboozled and burgled by enemies, old and new. Will they escape the chaos and get their gift before it's too late?

Includes over 20 never-before-seen illustrations drawn by Studio MDHR's Lance Miller that feature hidden items for an interactive treasure hunt!

Cuphead in Carnival Chaos is the first book in an original series and perfect for players of Cuphead, and readers of Hello Neighbor, Bendy and the Ink Machine, and Five Nights at Freddy's.


Character introduction is listed by chapter they appear in.

Returning Characters[]


New Characters[]

  • Piggy
  • Dunking Ducks
  • Hopus Pocus's Turtles




Exclusive Sneak Peak[]




  • The novel was originally going to be published on November 5, 2019.
  • The novel was initially titled Cuphead: Middle Grade Novel #1.
  • During Chapter 5 ("A Fork in the Road"), one can see the school that Cuphead and Mugman attend is an elementary school. Combining this with Evan Skolnick's comment on Cuphead's age, that means that Cuphead is likely at least ten years old.
  • This is the first time where some of the Devil's debtors (in this case, Djimmi the Great and Captain Brineybeard) are seen with King Dice's minions (Mr. Chimes and Hopus Pocus).