Dark Art: H.P.Lovecraft, portrait of a tormented talent

Reflections of the Mythos

Macabre horror art - Portrait of H P Lovecraft - Arkham Asylum by moracz - deviantart - all rights reserved

H.P.Lovecraft by MOracz – all rights reserved

Great image by MOracz. Slack-jawed madness. A man surrounded by the horrors his imagination as brought bullishly into existence.  Who knows how these can be cast back from whence they came? Perhaps they can’t? Perhaps these monsters are now here to stay?  MOracz’s image captures a good likeness of the American author who conceived of a monstrous, alien truth underlying human existence, and perhaps even reality itself. Cosmic psychological horror.  The man suffered illness and poverty throughout his life.  Yet he is now regarded as one of the most significant writers of the 20th century in this genre.  Numerous writers and creatives have since been inspired by and even added to H.P. Lovecraft’s canon of work. If you’re new to Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos, then I’d love to recommend Haunter of the Dark as a great place to start; very accessible reading (or try the audio narration included in the link above) and a wonderful mood and presence of invisible menace.

If you’re already a fan of the Mythos, then you may be interested in my own weave within this expansive fabric.

  • God Seedinvolves Nyarlathotep
  • EDGE - introduces a new Great Old One
  • Living in Flamesintroduces a new Great Old One (Jy’kalud and the gruesome cult that worship it)
  • Dog Eat Doga subtle Mythos presence that surges up within  the story to introduce a horrific new Mythos entity.
  • The Black Lakea pure, distilled and refined dose of the Cthulhu Mythos. Encounter the Influence of Hastur in this post-apocalyptic tale of scientific discovery and terror

 

“I have just finished reading The Black Lake and felt a compulsion to write and tell you how good it was.  I personally think you captured the mythos perfectly and Lovecraft would have been either proud or slightly jealous :) although old Howard would have had M_____ find [….]  dead with a just a journal as testament to what went on but if I’m honest I preferred your […] ending as I sometimes find Lovecraft’s tales unfinished. “

- L D SIMPSON

 

“I became interested in your Yellow Dawn setting, and decided to purchase Dog Eat Dog. Just wanted to touch base and let you know that I thought it was a FANTASTIC read. I’m really looking forward to the Yellow Dawn setting book arriving in a couple of days, and giving the setting a run.”

- CHRIS TAYLOR

 

“Dog Eat Dog: probably the best sci-fi I’ve read in 10 years!”

- FLOYD HAYES

 

“The Black Lake: Atmospheric & Creepy!”

- THE GUARDIAN

 

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MYTHOS FAN? I suggested Haunter of the Dark.  Which of Lovecraft’s stories would you recommend somebody start with and why? Use the comment section below…

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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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Spotlight: Entry level access to the Cyberpunk Cthulhu Mythos mash-up that defines Rodger’s work

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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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Find tentacles and other horrors that stalk the darkness between the stars…

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

Available in paperback or kindle

Paperback : LULU & Amazon Kindle: US ($), UK (£), DE (Euro)
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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

Promo flyer for Artist Sam Shearon – zombification by commision – click full size

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

ALL ARE WELCOME

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

For more information email:

INFO (at)MISTER-SAM (d0t) C0M

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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

Zombie Art – Portrait by Sam Shearon – All Rights Reserved

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

Zombie Art – Portrait by Sam Shearon – All Rights Reserved

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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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Visit Lee Joyner’s official website for purchase options and further information.

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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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