Friday, February 12, 2016

ILLUSTRO OBSCURUM SALE!!!

While you're waiting for new monsters to post, you can grab some of these Illustro Obscurum back Volumes:


There is only one copy remaining of Collection I
SOLD OUT

 
Illustro Obscurum Volume I
SOLD OUT

 


There is ONE copy of Volume IV remaining

Shipping incl.
Illustro Obscurum Yuletide Compendium
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And there are still five copies of Illustro Obscurum Book Of One Thousand Forms




Thursday, February 4, 2016

NEGOTIUM PERAMBULANS


NEGOTIUM PERAMBULANS
Night would soon fall, and it was then that the mountainous blasphemy lumbered upon its eldritch course. Negotium perambulans in tenebris. . . . The old librarian rehearsed the formulae he had memorised, and clutched the paper containing the alternative one he had not memorised.
H.P. Lovecraft, The Dunwich Horror

"In the entry stood the figure of a robed priest holding up a Cross, with which he faced a terrible creature like a gigantic slug, that reared itself up in front of him. "

"Below ran the legend "Negotium perambulans in tenebris" from the ninety-first Psalm. We should find it translated there, "the pestilence that walketh in darkness," which but feebly rendered the Latin."

"The Thing had entered and now was swiftly sliding across the floor towards him, like some gigantic caterpillar. A stale phosphorescent light came from it, for though the dusk had grown to blackness outside, I could see it quite distinctly in the awful light of its own presence. From it too there came an odour of corruption and decay, as from slime that has long lain below water. It seemed to have no head, but on the front of it was an orifice of puckered skin which opened and shut and slavered at the edges. It was hairless, and slug-like in shape and in texture. As it advanced its fore-part reared itself from the ground, like a snake about to strike, and it fastened on him ..."
E.F. Benson, Negotium Perambulans


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

FORMLESS SPAWN

FORMLESS SPAWN
"At any rate, when the men of K’n-yan went down into N’kai’s black abyss with their great atom-power searchlights they found living things—living things that oozed along stone channels and worshipped onyx and basalt images of  Tsathoggua. But they were not toads like Tsathoggua himself. Far worse—they were amorphous lumps of viscous black slime that took temporary shapes for various purposes." 
H.P. Lovecraft & Zealia Bishop,
 The Mound

"Then two arms—if one could call them arms—likewise arose inch by inch, and we saw that the thing was not, as we had thought, a creature immersed in the liquid, but that the liquid itself had put forth this hideous neck and head, and was now forming these damnable arms, that groped toward us with tentacle-like appendages in lieu of claws or hands!" 
Clark Ashton Smith, The Tale Of Satampra Zeiros


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

News II...

As I said yesterday, one of the reasons that I haven't posted on the blog in January is because I was busy with commissions. Today I'm gonna give you a rundown of what I was working on and what's scheduled for 2016.

First off, I completed two illustrations for AdeptiCon '16. A shirt design and a smaller design for pint glasses, etc. 


I was also commissioned by Lethe Press to draw the creature from Hammer's The Lost Continent for a secret project. This is the 5th illustration I've done for them.



I'm also excited about this logo for a podcast that will explore the works of author Robert Aickman.


As far as what's coming up, there's a lot! I can only really talk about the Seventh Church Ministries projects so here's a tentative list of what's in the works for 2016
  
Justine Jones: zine based on the works of Clark Ashton Smith
Johanna Öst: zine based on various Victorian ghost stories
Michelle Dugan & Ellie Gill: zine based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien  

Trevor Henderson: zine inspired by H.G. Wells' The Island Of Doctor Moreau
Nick Gucker, Outer Monstrosities: zine based on the works of William Hope Hodgson
Illustro Obscurum Volume IX
Illustro Obscurum Wizard's Compendium

On top of all this, I'll be posting a few monsters at the end of this week, including a re-rendering of an oldie and a brand new, extremely obscure HPL monster!

Stay tuned for more info on all this stuff by following me here or on instagram @illustro_obscurum or @seventh_church_ministries





Monday, February 1, 2016

News...

Hey everyone! Sorry it's been quiet here for the first month of 2016 but I've been super busy with commissions. I thought I'd give a new round up and then let you know what's up next.


Last year was an extremely productive year for me. While that's awesome, and I'm by no means complaining, it did mean that I failed to meet my self proclaimed "Year Of 100 Monsters" goal. I did however, manage to illustrate 89 monsters including collaborations with Simon Strantzas, Kaaron Warren, Nathan Ballingrud and Jason McKittrick for my Nyarlathotep series as well as five creatures for my new Stories From the Borderlands project with Scott Nicolay.


On top of that, I did illustrations for Scott Nicolay's "after" (Dim Shores), Richard Gavin's "Fume" (Dunham's Manor), Bill Coberly's short story "Cassilda's Songs" (Unwinnable 60) and Michael Wehunt's "Greener Pastures" (Shock Totem)! I posted the cover for Nicolay's "after" but I never posted the interiors, so here's all those pieces together at once!

 

Unfortunately, I can't post the art for Michael Wehunt's collection yet but rest assured I'll be making a big stink about it when the time comes. I'm extremely happy with how the piece turned out.


I was also commissioned to do an illustration and a spot illustration for Matthias Weeks' entries in a  DCC Mega Zine as well as a piece for Jason McKittrick's Parcel Of Terror!

There were also these pieces I did for the Ars Necronomica show during NecronomiCon, an ad for Seventh Church Ministries and a bonus print based on a Ramsey Campbell Hallween-themed short story.




Tomorrow I'll be posting images of what I've been working on in January as well as upocming Seventh Church Ministries releases and info on the next batch of monsters to post on the blog!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

CENTIPEDE FAMILIAR


CENTIPEDE FAMILIAR

“I wasn’t talking about your grandmother Selig, but about that abominable centipede.”

“My grandmother used to say that thrice seven hours after death, the spirit of the deceased sorceress appears in the form of one of those wretched animals and revisits its home, at which time it will become extremely dangerous. It is now exactly 21 hours since the spinster Sturmfeder died.”

"He poked one nicotine yellowed finger at the street.
Three gaunt men were carrying Miss Sturmfeder’s coffin toward the house."

"It was as if an antique battering-ram was smashing the furniture, breaking open the armoires--the shattered glass falling in shrill cascades.
“It’s the coffin!” roared Bilsen, and he began applauding wildly."

“The centipede!”
“It’s coming from inside this house!”
“A centipede...that means a thousand times the weight of a foot on the steps,” Selig thought out loud. “Who knows if the stairs will survive?”
Jean Ray, The Centipede 

Thursday, December 31, 2015

DIVER-IMITATING FISH-LIFE

DIVER-IMITATING FISH-LIFE
"Well, I swam and I swam and I swam. You know how a chase takes you, and somehow being unable to overtake a mere girl made it worse. But I was gaining, age and all, until just as I got close enough to sense something was wrong, she turned sidewise above two automobile tires-and I saw it wasn't a girl at all"


"I had been following a goddamned great fish-a fish with a bright blue-and-orange band around its belly, and a thin white body ending in a black flipperlike tail. Even its head and nape were black, like her hair and mask. It had a repulsive catfishlike mouth, with barbels."


"The thing goggled at me and then swam awkwardly away, just as the light went worse yet. But there was enough for me to see that it was no normal fish, either, but a queer archaic thing that looked more tacked together than grown. This I can't swear to, because I was looking elsewhere by then, but it was my strong impression that as it went out of my line of sight its whole tail broke off." 
James Tiptree Jr., Beyond the Dead Reef