Friday, September 19, 2014

MARTIAN

MARTIAN
"I think everyone expected to see a man emerge--possibly something a little unlike us terrestrial men, but in all essentials a man. I know I did. But, looking, I presently saw something stirring within the shadow: greyish billowy movements, one above another, and then two luminous disks--like eyes. Then something resembling a little grey snake, about the thickness of a walking stick, coiled up out of the writhing middle, and wriggled in the air towards me--and then another."

"A big greyish rounded bulk, the size, perhaps, of a bear, was rising slowly and painfully out of the cylinder. As it bulged up and caught the light, it glistened like wet leather."

"They were, I now saw, the most unearthly creatures it is possible to conceive. They were huge round bodies--or, rather, heads--about four feet in diameter, each body having in front of it a face. This face had no nostrils--indeed, the Martians do not seem to have had any sense of smell, but it had a pair of very large dark-coloured eyes, and just beneath this a kind of fleshy beak."

" In a group round the mouth were sixteen slender, almost whiplike tentacles, arranged in two bunches of eight each. These bunches have since been named rather aptly, by that distinguished anatomist, Professor Howes, the hands."
H.G. Wells, The War Of the Worlds


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Happy Birthday H.G. Wells


This coming Sunday is H.G. Wells' birthday. To celebrate, I'll be posting a creature tomorrow from one of Wells' best known stories. Wells not only got a mention by HPL in Supernatural Horror In Literature but he's also one of my favorite authors. A master of the science fiction genre before it was really even a genre, he could not only "predict" scientific and social advancements/upheavals but he could tell one hell of a story. 

He was a friend to Booker T. Washington, founded the charity Diabetes UK, hated Nazis and created the first recreational war game. Truly a man after my own heart.

"Mention has been made of the weird work of H. G. Wells and A. Conan Doyle. The former, in “The Ghost of Fear”, reaches a very high level; while all the items in Thirty Strange Stories have strong fantastic implications."
H.P. Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror In Literature

 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

COLLECTION I SOLD OUT, COLLECTION II THREE REMAIN!

 

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Friday, August 22, 2014

BUZRAEL

BUZRAEL
“It must be allow’d, that these Blasphemies of an infernall Train of Daemons are Matters of too common Knowledge to be deny’d; the cursed Voices of Azazel and Buzrael, of Beelzebub and Belial, being heard now from under Ground by above a Score of credible Witnesses now living."
H.P. Lovecraft, The Dunwich Horror

 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AZAZEL

AZAZEL
“It must be allow’d, that these Blasphemies of an infernall Train of Daemons are Matters of too common Knowledge to be deny’d; the cursed Voices of Azazel and Buzrael, of Beelzebub and Belial, being heard now from under Ground by above a Score of credible Witnesses now living."
H.P. Lovecraft, The Dunwich Horror

“May you be the firebrand of the furnace of the earth! Go, Azazel, into the 
untrodden parts of the earth. ”

"And standing behind the tree was one who had the aspect of a Serpent having hands and feet like those of a man, and wings on its shoulders, six pairs of wings, so that there were six wings on the right and six on the left."
The Apocalypse Of Abraham

"Azazel is guardian of goats. On the 10th day of September, on the feast of the Expiation, it was Jewish custom to draw lots for two goats: one for the Lord and the other for Azazel. The goat for the Lord was then sacrificed and its blood served as atonement."
Collin de Plancy, Dictionnaire Infernal

"And Azazel taught the people (the art of) making swords and knives."
The Book Of Enoch

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CALYPSO


CALYPSO
"Six men are lost-O! dreadful cost
But he through danger slips. 
At last from waves no ship he saves
But on Calypsos isle
He drifts ashore and more & more 
He tarries for a while."
H.P. Lovecraft, The Poem Of Ulysses, or The Odyssey

"Only Odysseus was held elsewhere, pining for home and wife; the Nymphe Kalypso, a goddess of strange power and beauty, had kept him captive within her arching caverns, yearning for him to be her husband." 

"O son of Kronos, father of us and sovereign ruler, if indeed the blessed gods now wish that shrewd Odysseus should come to his own land again, then let us instruct the radiant Hermes, the Messenger, to go to the island of Ogygia and without delay to tell the Nymphe of the braided tresses our firm decree that staunch Odysseus is to depart and journey home.’"
Homer, Odyssey


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

JACK O'LANTERN (NYARLATHOTEP)

 JACK O'LANTERN (NYARLATHOTEP)
"Jack O'Lantern is a figure from early Irish folklore. Originally, Jack was a mean, drunken man who was forsaken by both heaven and hell and cursed to restlessly wander the earth for all of eternity. He was given a magical coal by the devil which he used to light his way through the night."

"In reality, this forlorn figure is one of the many masks of Nyarlathotep. He may appear either as the misshapen, bug-eyed, wide-mouthed man or as a man with a grinning jack o'lantern for a head. He sometimes is seen in rags and sometimes in elegant dress clothes complete with tuxedo with tails."

"He was known to and feared by Druids, witches and other pagan peoples, but not worshiped. In the modern world his carved pumpkin lantern has become a symbol of Halloween."
Scott David Aniolowski, Malleus Monstrorum