Wednesday, July 29, 2015

News...

Hey folks! I know it's been a bit since the last monster post and I just wanted to update you on some news.

First and foremost, some blog news. Next week is a FULL week of BRAND NEW NYARLATHOTEP COLLABORATIONS! Authors Nathan Ballingrud, Kaaron Warren and Simon Strantzas created their own versions of the Crawling Chaos for me to illustrate. Not only that, but there will be two brand new avatars created by Jason McKittrick and myself!!


Secondovly, Seventh Church Ministries now has it's own site! It's still a bit under construction but the framework is there. You can look at past issues of Illustro Obscurum and other artists books. Not only that but you super collectors can see pertinent printing info like, dates, editions and numbers.

I also have some super amazing news that I can't get into too much, but I'll be illustrating a story for Scott Nicolay! Sam at Dim Shores is putting out a chapbook of Scott's super ominous tale after. I'll be doing the cover and three interior illustrations! Scott is one of my favorite contemporary writers, so this is an honor and a blast. I'll post the actual illustrations once I have clearance. 

A detail from my The Thing On the Doorstep piece

Most importantly, I'll be tabling at NecronomiCon in Providence RI this August 20th-23rd. Not only that but I'll be in the Ars Necronomica show at the Providence Art Club with this piece based on The Thing On the Doorstep! The Ars Necronomica show is full of amazing artists who I'm humbled to be counted among. Skinner, Allison Sommers, Jeanne D'Angelo, Jason McKittrick, Dave Felton, Seldon Hunt, Bob Eggleton, Allen Koszowski and Jason C. Eckhardt among a ton of very talented others.

And for you super nerds, I'll have a NECRONOMICON ONLY Illustro Obscurum available at my table!! The guest of honor this year is Ramsey Campbell I'll be making an exclusive Illustro Obscurum Revelations Of Gla'aki I zine limited to 20 copies!!!!



I will also be on two panels at the 'Con. One will be titled ANTARCTICA! about At the Mountains Of Madness and it's Antarctic setting. The other is OH, THE TENTACLES! at Omni 2 about Lovecraftian art. I'm most excited about that panel considering I'll be sharing the stage with John Coulthart, Lauren Panepinto, Allen Koszowski and Jason C. Eckhardt!  
http://necronomicon-providence.com/welcome/

Finally,  Jeanne D'Angelo, Alan Brown and I will be tabling at the Small Press Expo in Maryland this September. If you're in the area hit me up and buy some zines!

http://www.spxpo.com/






Friday, July 10, 2015

PALESMURT

PALESMURT
"Devilish laughter broke out all around him. 
Hideous monsters galloped in herds before him."
Nikolai Gogol, A Terrible Vengeance

"This is the name of a curious humanoid monster in the folklore of the Volga region of Russia. The Palesmurt is described as looking like a human but having only one half of the body, one arm and hand, one leg and foot and a head with only one eye. This horrific being trapped unwary travelers in his territory and choked them to death."
Carol Rose, Giants, Monsters and Dragons


Thursday, July 9, 2015

DOMOVOI

DOMOVOI
"He had not the courage to look at them; he only saw one uncouth monster standing by the wall, with long, shaggy hair and two flaming eyes."
Nikolai Gogol, The Viy

"A few sources note that the spirit had tiny horns and a tail or horse ears;"
Linda J. Ivantis, Russian Folk Beliefs

"Commonly, it was said that he resembled a dwarf-like old man, with tangled locks and a shaggy beard that hid his face, apart from a pair of bright eyes, and soft fur that covered his body, including the palms of his hands and soles of his feet. Hirsuteness was a characteristic feature of demonic beings in general and may be connected with the pictorial representation of devils in icons."
Elizabeth Warner, Russian Myths




Wednesday, July 8, 2015

KOLDUN

KOLDUN
"But when the Captain lifted up the icons, at once the Cossack's face completely changed: his nose grew longer and twisted to one side, his rolling eyes turned from brown to green, his lips turned blue, his chin quivered and grew pointed like a spear, a 
tusk peeped out of his mouth, a hump appeared behind his head, and the Cossack turned into an old man. "
Nikolai Gogol, A Terrible Vengeance

"As a priest intoned 'Christ has arisen' for the first time during the procession around the church, the wizards would be revealed to the holder of the egg with their backs to the altar (and complete with devilish horns)."
Elizabeth Warner, Russian Myths

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

VODYANOI

 VODYANOI
"All these monsters stared about seeking him, but they could not find him, since he was protected by his sacred circle."
Nikolai Gogol, The Viy

"In appearance, the vodyanoi resembled a repulsive old man with hirsute body and long, matter hair and beard. It was frequently suggested that, like the devils in Russian icons, he looked black or that is body-hair was black. Some physical details, on the other hand, suggested the influence of the watery milieu in which he lived. Thus, his hair might be green or he might have webbed feet, a fishy tail, scaly skin. "
Elizabeth Warner, Russian Myths 

"This is the name of a dangerous water being in the folklore and traditions of Russia. The Vodianoi, also called Vodyanoi, Vodyanoy or Vodnik, is variously described as an old man with a blue face, white beard and green hair; an old man covered in scales or fur with huge paws, glowing eyes, horns and a tail; or entirely as a grotesque fish."
Carol Rose, Giants, Monsters and Dragons


Monday, July 6, 2015

NIXIE

NIXIE
"He saw a water-nixie rise from a bed of tall reeds; she turned to him, and her face was clearly visible, and she sang a song which penetrated his soul; then she approached him and nearly reached the surface of the water, on which she burst into 
laughter and again disappeared."
 Nikolai Gogol, The Viy

"The females are described as being beautiful women above the waist and having the tail of a fish in the manner of a mermaid, but the nix usually inhabits freshwater."

"However, in the Slavic mythology of eastern Europe, the female beings are described as resembling the Siren of classical mythology, with the torso and head of a woman but the legs and wings of a birds." 
Carol Rose, Giants, Monsters and Dragons 


Saturday, July 4, 2015

SOLD OUT!!!



GUNSHO'S GOETIA VOL. 1 IS SOLD OUT!!
Thanks to everyone who purchased a copy or tried to. I'll have the first batch in the post by Monday or Tuesday depending on 4th of July holiday restrictions.

THANKS AGAIN!!!