Dark Art ¦ Varied Depiction of Great Cthulhu

Great Old One, Cthulhu, Departs the Burning Ruins of a 21st Century City

Great Cthulhu variation departs from burning ruins of 21st century city colour illustration

Great Cthulhu Departs – Artist Unknown, please advise so I can credit

Not the usual depiction of H.P.Lovecraft’s Great Cthulhu but I really like the very understated simplicity of the form; and the fact it is tall, upright and sinewy provides an alternative depiction of this cosmic alien horror.  Apologies to the artist: could not find actual source so please advise so I can credit. Lovely work.

If you’re not familiar with Cthulhu or the provocative ideas of American author H.P.Lovecraft, you can read his seminal short story The Call of Cthulhu.

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Dark Art: porthole with giant tentacle – fabulous #Cthulhu #Mythos horror ornamentation for any room

From ArtAkimbo

Dark Art porthole with giant tentacle - fabulous Cthulhu Mythos horror ornamentation for any room by ArtAkimbo

Dark Art porthole with giant tentacle by ArtAkimbo – click full size

Part of a series of images from the shadowy fringes of the Internet.  Visuals that stir my sense for the eerie and macabre.

This is a great piece of visual horror ornamentation, perfect for your writing / gaming den – or more utilitarian areas of your abode if you can get away with it (if the partner shares your macabre taste in decor).

This is a simple but really well put together ensemble that should make a bold (and chilling) impression and anybody who understands the accursed place-name: R’lyeh

Or knows the meaning of the dreaded phrase:

That is not dead which can eternal lie,

And with strange aeons even death may die.

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The construction is as follows:
A wooden support structure is built. To this, styrofoam is added and carved into the basic tentacle shape. It is then closely covered in aluminum wire mesh.
In the meantime, newsprint is boiled, then whipped into a mush. The mush is allowed to dry over a period of several days, then it is ground into a fine powder. This is combined with sawdust, glue, starch, linseed oil and a bit of bleach and applied to the mesh by it pushing into the mesh to form a very solid base coat. After this coat dries, it is refined with rasps, and a finer mixture of pulped tissue paper,glue and gypsum is applied and allowed to dry. This makes a very nice finish coat. After it dries, the whole piece is sanded and further refined. Each sucker is built in a 3 stage process over a period of several days.
Once the piece is thoroughly dry, it is painted in many thin layers with an airbrush. The depth of the color is further enhanced by a finish coating of highly glossy shellac.
The end product is both lightweight and quite durable.

The porthole is made of plywood and medium density fiberboard, coated with copper paint and chemically patinated to it’s lovely blue green hue.
It can also be made in a rusted iron, a blackened iron or a weathered brass finish.

Vital Stats:

The porthole is 14 3/4″(38cm) in diameter.
The tentacle reaches approximately 36″(79cm) into the room.

Purchasing:

Made-to-order versions available from artist, visit the ArtAkimbo website or Etsy for details.

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Edge - a sci-fi dark fantasy novel by British author David J Rodger

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EDGE { novel } In the near future, a prolific inventor is close to burn out. Desperate for a break he grabs an opportunity to go snowboarding in New Zealand, thinking it will refresh his mind and spirit. But a malign and alien force is oozing back into our reality, older than humankind and growing strong as it emerges after centuries of absence. Zen Dow snowboarding and ski resort, perched in the foothills of the volcanic mountain Ruapehu, is about to experience mind-shredding consequences as one of the Great Old Ones returns. On the other side of the world, an unscrupulous concept scout scrambles onto the trail of a new technology that has vanished from the corporate R&D labs. Quickly out of his depth, it becomes a race to track down the missing components before competing corporate agents kill him. David J Rodger’s trademark relentless narrative pace is here in palm-sweating abundance, delivered in a tense action-packed novel that blends corporate espionage, with a creeping, spine-chilling horror.

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Dark Art: Subject yourself to the zombie master – Sam Shearon will corrupt your flesh… for a fee

Mister-Sam Makes Monsters

Artist Sam Shearon will take your portrait and turn you in a zombie - zombification by commision

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Insane(ly) talented artist Sam Shearon is putting his creative skills to grisly effect.

Want to see yourself Zombified?

Become one of Sam Shearon’s Undead Portraits

Men, Women, Children & Pets

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Now Taking Pre-Orders! All portraits will also be compiled into a book!

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Sam Shear0n – aka Mister-Sam is a dark artist par-excellence. His talent has already seen his work snapped up by the producers of serious creative projects. An unsurprisingly heavy influence from H.P.Lovecraft and such macabre classic literature such as The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – he delves deep into the shadows of industry, magick, superstition and horror, to pluck at the raw chords of reality, producing effects that are chilling, unnerving and mesmerizing.

Here is a divine opportunity to have your visage mutilated and brutalised by his creative instinct, and placed within a collection of fellow Infected for the obscene pleasure of morbid mortals.

You should check out Sam Shearon’s website.

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Samples of Sam’s work

Zombie Art commissioned portrait of woman with exposed intestines by Sam Shearon Mister-Sam Dark Artist  UK

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Zombie Art commissioned portrait by Sam Shearon Mister-Sam Dark Artist  UK

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Dark Art ¦ Sculpture: The Key of Cthulhu – cold cast (faux) bronze urethane with hand painted weathering

dark art - sculpture - the key of cthulhu by lee joyner  cold cast (faux) bronze urethane rotocasting

Dark Art Sculpture – The Key of Cthulhu – Lee Joyner

Part of a series of images from the shadowy fringes of the Internet.  Visuals that stir my sense for the eerie and macabre.

This is an exceptionally slick presentation of the Great Old One – Cthulhu – and iconic herald of H.P.Lovecraft’s body of work. Initial impressions are of a solid tentacled mask but the novice collector and dabbler into things “Mythos” should be wary of the connection such an object might bring to other realms. Such realms, beyond our own yet simultaneously touching, have the capacity to press forwards; a malign, leering sentience; exerting psychosomatic pressures, influencing dreams and the turgid swirl of subconscious thoughts, so that over time a sane human being begins to have strange thoughts, and perform curious actions.  Placing such a statue in the heart of your home may lead to more than obsession and madness. Beware the unseen things that lurch through the dark spaces between stars.

Lee Joyner has fabricated this piece of art and made it available to purchase. A limited run of 50 castings and a price tag that ensures it is reserved for those with genuine passion for macabre objects that go beyond the realm of the Quantisphere and the demoniacal thrills of the Occult.

Details from official website:

  • Handmade high quality collectible statue.
  • Comes in 2 finishes of your choice:
  • Cold cast (faux) bronze urethane rotocasting.
  • Cold cast (faux) marble urethane rotocasting.
  • Hand painted weathered patina.
  • Bust is permanently attached to the base.

Height: 20 inches  (50.8 cm)
Width:  12 inches (30.48 cm)
Weight: 10 lbs (4.5 kg)

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Dark Art ¦ Cthulhu Mythos Deep One or Cyberpunk Stealth Assassin – Photography by Danielle Tunstall

Dark Art ¦ Cthulhu Mythos Deep One or Cyberpunk Stealth Assassin - Photography by Danielle Tunstall

Deep One or Cyberpunk Assassin - Copyright Danielle Tunstall - All rights reserved

Part of a series of images from the liquid metal, carbo-plastic, hydrogel and permacrete core of visual creators on the Internet.  Images that stir my senses and evoke plots and concepts for what I’d like to see (or fear) in the future.

Yet another gem from the seriously talented (and twisted) eye of Danielle Tunstall. There is something very captivating about the image and for me, takes my imagination down two specific routes of inspiration. One is the cold, brutish scene of a highly skilled, clinically efficient private killer approaching target; he’s wearing a self-contained respiration unit, probably with sonar and visual augmentation to help navigate the waters that are gritty from sand churned up in the wash.  He’s now part-way out of the water and has paused, waiting to complete a survey of the terrain and looking for security systems operating through invisible light, microwave and laser mediums.  Out of sight, beneath the water is the compact and small calibre automatic or a serrated ceramic fighting knife he’ll use for the kill.

Alternatively, it’s something from the deep. Not entirely human.  A hybrid.  Monstrous father and human mother.  It wears the mask to conceal the distorted aspect of its head from possible observers, and to facilitate breathing in the darker, much deeper regions of the oceans where it has just returned from – part of a pilgrimage offering supplication to Mother Hydra and Father Dagon.

Danielle Tunstall has a vast repository of images she’s created and showcasing on her website, definitely worth a look if you’re into the darker side of Cyberpunk, verging on horror, smeared in blood and infection.

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Dark Art ¦ woman in the throes of metaphysical change – photography by Sofia Ajram

Dark Art ¦ woman in the throes of metaphysical change - photography by Sofia Ajram

Demonic Curse or Cthulhu Mythos transmogrification? Photograph by Sofia Ajram - All Rights Reserved

Part of a series of images from the shadowy fringes of the Internet.  Visuals that stir my sense for the eerie and macabre.

This was a tough call because if you look at the gallery of images by Montreal based photographer, Sofia Ajram, you’ll find yourself instantly dragged (willingly & seductively) into a universe of paganism and the female principle in magick.  Ajram’s images conjure up echoes of the five eerie photos of the Cottingley Fairies taken by Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths at the start of the 20th Century.  There’s also much of The Wicker Man – the original 1973 version and not the derivative crap machine-processed in 2006.

This image struck me because of the almost mundane context. A girl in a bright day-lit bedroom.  But then look at the strangeness of the marks emerging across her skin and the way the chain around her neck is so tightly clenched – pulled away from her as if she’s suffering a torment (or just a bad hangover).  Her face isn’t contorted so she’s either barely conscious of what’s now taking place or she’s numb with shock.  What is happening to her?  Taking the occult or mythos angle – the photo is great snapshot of somebody going through a transmogrification within the sanity of an urban location.  What will she become?  Perhaps on the outside she’ll just be the girl you see standing in the rain at a lonely bus-stop long past the hour that all public transport has ceased to run or be reliable… perhaps you feel sympathy or find her attractive… maybe you pull over and ask if she wants a lift.  Of course, she climbs in.  What horrors await as demons and the leprous infestations of the Mythos press ever deeper into the fleshy realm of Humankind.

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Dark Art ¦ Cthulhu Mythos – authentic pages from De Vermis Mysteriis crafted by artist Zarono

Dark Art ¦ Cthulhu Mythos - authentic pages from De Vermis Mysteriis crafted by artist Zarono available to buy through ebay

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Part of a series of images from the shadowy fringes of the Internet.  Visuals that stir my sense for the eerie and macabre.

The artist, Zarono,  has crafted some visually stunning pages that fit perfectly into the binding of the Cthulhu Mythos concept; these particular pages could be authentic fragments of arcane knowledge from the forbidden book De Vermis Mysteriis (Mysteries of the Worm), written by Ludwig Prinn – used for the conjuration of grotesque and strange creatures that are on a par with organic, fleshy demons from beyond the boundaries of the Quantisphere  – the reality that humans have been bound within.

Prinn was an alchemist, necromancer, and sorcerer, purportedly captured during the Ninth Crusade (in 1271) where he learned his occult knowledge from Syrian sorcerers, and boasted of using potent magicks to extend his life through many centuries.  It’s true that he only died in the late 15th or early 16th century, burned at the stake in Brussels.

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The artist, Zarono, has made his work availale to purchase through Ebay - starting bids $29.99 (around £19.23).  Here’s individual images of the bundled pages above.

Dark Art ¦ Cthulhu Mythos - authentic pages from occult book arcane knowledge crafted by artist Zarono

Pages from De Vermis Mysteriis crafted by artist Zarono - All Rights Reserved

Dark Art ¦ Cthulhu Mythos books example pages similar to Necronomicon

Pages from De Vermis Mysteriis crafted by artist Zarono - All Rights Reserved

Dark Art ¦ Cthulhu Mythos pages by artist Zarono inspired by H P Lovecraft

Pages from De Vermis Mysteriis crafted by artist Zarono - All Rights Reserved

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Corrupt Moon is a short story, 4,200 words: a survivor becomes obsessed by a church tower on a distant hill leading him to a mind-shattering encounter with the Outer Chaos of the Cthulhu Mythos. Preview or purchase here.

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Dark Art ¦ The master of monstrous dreams – Great Cthulhu – by Diego Simone

Dark Art ¦ The master of monstrous dreams – Great Cthulhu – by Diego Simone

Dark Art ¦ The master of monstrous dreams - Great Cthulhu - by Diego Simone

Great Cthulhu - by Diego Simone - All Rights Reserved (click for full size)

Part of a series of images from the shadowy fringes of the Internet.  Visuals that stir my sense for the eerie and macabre.

This is a great conceptual image of the Great Old One, Cthulhu, one of the few earth-bound (trans-dimensional) entities from within H.P.Lovecraft’s pantheon of cosmic terrors. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security that this is some flabby beast you can dispel with a couple megatons of atomic weaponry. Cthulhu’s greatest threat to mankind is currently now, whilst the thing lies dreaming somewhere at the bottom of the South Pacific, in a temple within the sunken city of R’lyeh.  I like the image because it hasn’t tried to create some surrealistic, gore-splattered rendition of a thing that is actually only part physical… rather this image could be something an investigator might find in the pages of some forbidden tome of elder lore; or a hand-inked illustration in the pages of a lost mariner’s journal, somebody who is now babbling and mad from what he’s seen whilst adrift and alone in the wild southern ocean.

The nightmare corpse-city of R’lyeh…was built in measureless eons behind history by the vast, loathsome shapes that seeped down from the dark stars. There lay great Cthulhu and his hordes, hidden in green slimy vaults.

— H. P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu (1928)

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If the Cthulhu Mythos is your thing, take a peek at the Science Fiction & Dark Fantasy God Seed (an avatar of Nyarlathotep tries to bring about the destruction of all humankind) or EDGE (a new Great Old One to the Mythos begins to re-emerge within our reality after millenia of absence – at a site that is now a snowboard resort in New Zealand: all hell breaks loose). Or DOG EAT DOG the first novel to be set in the post-apocalyptic world of Yellow Dawn – The Age of Hastur.

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Dark Art ¦ Photography Suicide Girl with a Gun by Danielle Tunstall

Dark Art ¦ Photography Suicide Girl with a Gun by Danielle Tunstall

Dark Art ¦ Photography Suicide Girl with a Gun by Danielle Tunstall

Suicide Girl with a Gun image, copyright Danielle Tunstall - all rights reserved

Part of a series of images from the liquid metal, carb0-plastic, hydrogel and permacrete core of visual creators on the Internet.  Images that stir my senses and evoke plots and concepts for what I’d like to see (or fear) in the future.

I like this image for the cold black and white simplicity of it.  Any sci-fi & dark fantasy or cyberpunk character could reach this point. It’s a T-shirt print.  A statement about life and our continuous and intimate dance with death, the moment when an individual has to decide… how much is too much to bear?  Or is there coercion behind the picture? Does the woman shed a tear in frustration and surrender at a situation (or unseen agent) that is forcing her to take this action?

For me it dials into the internal imagery I hold in my head of the two female characters in the cyberpunk thriller, Iron Man Project; Camille Kuehnhert and her fragile existence of wealthy and luxury at the cost of violent abuse from the man who has decided he effectively owns her, and the mysterious “lucy” who has done such a good job at severing all ties to her past that she barely has any identity to call her own.  Both woman face moments in the novel where pulling a trigger would be a simple solution to the spirit crushing torment of the story they find themselves in. And in this they reflect the gold rimmed horizon of hope and possibility… that maybe, just maybe, there’s another way through this, another way to make the pain end.

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Digital Art: Paintings & Airbrushing, Macabre & Horror – Genesis of the Cthulhu Mythos

Digital Art: Paintings & Airbrushing, Macabre & Horror – Genesis of the Cthulhu Mythos

Digital Art Paintings & Airbrushing, Macabre & Horror - Genesis of the Cthulhu Mythos image by Tegehel All Rights Reserved

Genesis of the Cthulhu Mythos - image by Tegehel (Deviant Art), All Rights Reserved

Somebody recently shared a link containing a list of Cthulhu Mythos images.  Most of them were okay – well executed works of art – but most of them missed the essential quality that makes such images work as “Mythos”.  It’s a quality that is very hard to describe in words but I think it really comes down to the sensitivity of the artist towards the works of H.P.Lovecraft and the many talents that have followed in his footsteps.  Such artists need to step away from the idea of science fiction fantasy. They need to embroil themselves in the earthy colours of blood and bile, in the blurry aspects of lonely places, of mist and the stained tints of miasma.  Knowing the signs is not enough.  Parrot fashion doesn’t work here.  Living with the Mythos it becomes a part of you and so allows you to give genesis to yet more Mythos.

Anyhow, this artist, Tegehel, has pulled together this piece which although is not Mythos in the cosmic menace sense of the meme, is wonderfully evocative of the Mythos Investigator – the man or woman who plunges themselves into the discomfort of alien, sanity-shredding concepts and corruptive energies; obsessed with the desire to discover some nameless “truth”.

On the Deviant Art site, Tegehel goes on to explain the symbolism behind the image, a representation of H.P.Lovecraft, and conjectures how the items around him may have led to the inception of the Mythos in the mind of the American horror writer.  It’s all a little bit tongue in cheek but in no way derisive of the genre.

Here’s a sample of Tegehel’s words, I highly recommend you visit the image on the Deviant Art site and read the rest:

The Birth of Cthulhu

Do you know how sometimes you get strange ideas by looking at your surroundings and by associating things that have seemingly nothing in common? somehow, your creative Muse manages to invent something new with a bric-a-brac of objects, sounds, smells, colors or words.

I was trying to imagine how H.P.Lovecraft ever managed to invent such a massive universe and instead of deep and intensive researches in Libraries and Museums, why wouldn’t he just put things together at the dinner table? Now imagine a scene where Howard is at home, eating some sea-food spaghetti while reading some encyclopedia on fish, bats and other magazines. Suddenly, a light bulb pops at about 100 watts and he puts it all together:

Squidhead + tentacles + batwings + fishbody = Cthulhu

The Magazines spell: Miss + Cat + …tonic and he creates Miskatonic University. (He did have a cat called Felis)

He looks at the flowers he bought week and invents the sign of the Elders.

With Cthulhu in mind, he just had to take a look at that wonderful Greek beer called “Mythos” and there you have it, The Cthulhu Mythos.

His glass, for some reason, show the liquid at an angle, which is enough to spawn the “weird angle and extra dimensions” part of the universe.

- Tegehel, Deviant Art (click to read more…)

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Dark Art: photograph of demon in human form – Evil Mockery, by Danielle Tunstall

Dark Art: photograph of demon in human form – Evil Mockery, by Danielle Tunstall

Evil Mockery - photograph of demon in human form - Dart Art by Danielle Tunstall

Evil Mockery, image copyright Danielle Tunstall - all rights reserved

Part of a series of images from the shadowy fringes of the Internet.  Visuals that stir my sense for the eerie and macabre.

I like this image because it’s brutally simple and conveys a concept that spans the totality of human history: the existence of Evil spirits and the obsession by some of them to gain possession of human flesh.  Like people who become demented and intoxicated with an excess of alcohol, drugs or physical glory… lesser demons behave with malevolent and turbulent glee, a runaway frenzy of vicious acts and psychopathic babbling.  The creature in this photograph is taunting the viewer with its tongue sticking out, mocking us, snarling behind the mask of tissue, sinewy muscle, engorged blood vessels and spongy cartilage.  What it sees with those glassy, black, insect-like eyes is nothing that you or I could convey in words or even images: they are twin orbs that give us a glimpse into the absolute darkness of what lies just beyond the veil.  The Inner Chaos.  The shadows of the Quantisphere.

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Dark Art: Cthulhu Mythos sorcerer & 1920s detective with a gun whilst tentacles writhe in burning sky

Dark Art: Cthulhu Mythos sorcerer & 1920s detective with a gun whilst tentacles writhe in burning sky.

Dark Art Cthulhu Mythos sorcerer & 1920s detective with a gun whilst tentacles writhe in a burning sky

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Part of a series of images from the shadowy fringes of the Internet.  Visuals that stir my sense for the eerie and macabre.

I like this image because for me, it taps into the heart of Mythos concepts – and it’s the Mythos exposed. There’s a lot of light in the combined overlapping imagery – the sorcerer doesn’t care if he’s spotted because of the insane power he can wield (or thinks he can wield) and the monster itself, something like Shub-Niggurath, or more likely Shudde M’ell, these things don’t care about being revealed.  They don’t consider puny human sentiments.  They are drawn to the surface or through the protective boundary of the Quantisphere by deranged lunatics and then all hell breaks loose.  The only thing standing between the shocking tragedy and cosmic horror that the Mythos brings to humankind is a lone man with a gun; before this encounter he probably viewed reality like most of the rest of us.  But now he’s been tainted by the horrors he’s had to battle with; his character numbed and stunted through confronting the mindless seething chaos that can ooze into our world from Beyond the void.

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Take a peek at my collection of novels - available in paperback, Amazon Kindle and iBook formats.  God Seed contains an avatar of Nyarlathotep; EDGE contains a new Great Old One; as does Dog Eat Dog – set in the post-apocalyptic world of “Yellow Dawn – The Age of Hastur”.

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