Monday, June 22, 2015

GOETIA VOL. I


Hey everyone! I'm super excited to announce the second zine under my Seventh Church Ministries imprint: The Goetia Vol. 1 by Gunsho (aka James Quigley). Gunsho is an amazingly talented dude that, much like myself, has been working on a series of illustrations depicting unutterable and indescribably horrific beings. We met in 2013 in Providence at NecronomCon and I've been in awe of his work ever since. His demon illustrations seems a perfect fit for a Seventh Church release since, HPL, Robert E. Howard nad Clark Ashton Smith all drew on classical demons for inspiration.

The Goetia Vol. 1 will be limited to 50 hand assembled, hand signed copies with screen printed covers. Each zine will also come with 2 poster prints; one by myself and one by Portuguese artist Ze Burnay!

If you're unfamiliar with the Goetia, this Wikipedia description sums it up pretty nicely:

The Ars Goetia is the first section of the Lesser Key of Solomon, containing descriptions of the seventy-two demons that Solomon is said to have evoked and confined in a bronze vessel sealed by magic symbols, and that he obliged to work for him. The Ars Goetia assigns a rank and a title of nobility to each member of the infernal hierarchy, and gives the demons "signs they have to pay allegiance to", or seals. The lists of entities in the Ars Goetia correspond (to high but varying degree, often according to edition) with those in Johann Weyer's Pseudomonarchia Daemonum an appendix appearing in later editions of his De praestigiis daemonum, of 1563.

This will be the first of three Volumes containing Gunsho's demons. The illustrations themselves are disgusting, funny, weird, meticulous and gorgeous.


GUNSHO'S GOETIA WILL BE RELEASED ON 
FRIDAY  JULY 3RD AT 11AM EST IN THE YOG-BLOGSOTH STORE!!!!

Stay tuned for more updates!


Friday, June 19, 2015

BLADDER DEMON

BLADDER DEMON
"Over him something hung in the air which looked like a gigantic bladder covered with countless crabs’ claws and scorpions’ stings, and with black clods of earth hanging from it."
Nikolai Gogol, The Viy


Thursday, June 18, 2015

RUSALKA


RUSALKA
"Maidens who have lost their souls rise up one after the other from the depths of the Dnieper, their green tresses stream over their shoulders, the water drips splashing to the ground from their long hair;"
Nikolai Golgol, A Terrible Vengeance

"'Look, look!' She said quickly, 'she is here, she is on the bank, playing games among my maidens, bathing herself in the moonlight. She is sly and cunning, she has taken the form of a drowned maiden;'"

"But they were pale; their bodies looked as thought molded out of transparent clouds, and it seemd as though the moonlight shone through them."
Nikolai Gogol, A May Night

"Descriptions of rusalki from all over Russia present them as attractive young women, insubstantial beauties with delicate, pale faces and translucent skin, an indication both of their ghostly nature and of their long residence deep under the waters of river or lake, far from the light of the sun. The rusalki often had green hair, like the water weeds and the grasses along the river banks where they frolicked on moonlit nights. More significantly, the rusalka wore her hair unbraided and uncovered, a state that the Russians associated with the supernatural -witches did not cover their hair either - or with liminality, for a bride's hair was unbraided on the eve or her marriage as was the hair of a dead woman in her coffin."
Elizabeth Warner, Russian Myths


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

VED'MA

VED'MA
"It is not for nothing that God has given each some special peculiarity; the learned maintain that every witch has a little tail."

"'Every old woman is a witch,' said a grey-headed Cossack quite seriously"

"But she looked quite blue, and her eyes sparkled like fiery coals. She seized the child, bit its throat, and began to suck its blood."

"He even thought he saw a tear roll from under the eyelash of her right eye, but when it was half-way down her cheek, he saw it was a drop of blood."
Nikolai Gogol, The Viy

"More often than not there was little to distinguish the born ved'ma (witch) physically  from ordinary women. Her supernatural provenance might, however, be revealed by a small, furry tail, which grew longer as she matured."
Elizabeth Warner, Russian Myths

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

CHORT

CHORT
"How could anyone let a devil into a tavern? Why, thank God, he has claws on his paws and horns on his head."

"But the pigs with legs as long as stilts climbed in at the windows and so revived him in an instant with a three-thonged whip, making him skip higher than this ceiling."

"The rest of the sentence died away on the speaker's lips: there was a loud rattle at the window, the panes fell tinkling on the floor, and a frightening pig's snout peered in through the window, roll it its eyes as though asking, "What are you doing here, folks?'"
Nikolai Gogol, The Fair At Sorochintsy
 
"In pre-Christian central and eastern Europe, the chort was a demon used to personify evil forces. He would be pictured as walking on two legs in an erect position, but with horns, hooves, a tail and often the bottom half of a goat. Sometimes he would have a pig face. Chorts would often live in hollow willow trunks or abandoned buildings, like mills. It’s the pre-Christian, pre-gentrified version of a savage, country-style devil. 
Luiza Oleszczuk, European Folklore Rife With Halloween Costume Inspiration


Monday, June 15, 2015

LESHII

 
LESHII
"Those forests on this hill are not forests: they are the hair that covers the shaggy head of the wood demon."
Nikolai Gogol, A Terrible Vengeance

"Even today, no Russian living at the forest's edge will take the forest for granted."

"Many stories about him stress his affinity with the vegetation of the forest. His skin might be gnarled like the bark of a tree, his hair and beard green as grass."

"Iconographic influences may be detected in some descriptions of the leshii's appearance, which endow him with a shaggy body, cloven hooves, a tail and horns."
 Elizabeth Warner, Russian Myths


Friday, May 29, 2015

EROS

 
EROS
"A comly youth, in with and learning great, 
Skill'd in each art, and master of debate- 
Yet pensive now, since Eros' cruel dart 
Had pierc'd his own, but not his Delia's, heart."
H.P. Lovecraft, Why the Trees Are Tall

"He is generally described as a son of Aphrodite; but as love finds its way into the hearts of men in a manner which no one knows, the poets sometimes describe him as of unknown origin 2), or they say that he had indeed a mother, but not a father. In this stage Eros has nothing to do with uniting the discordant elements of the universe, or the higher sympathy or love which binds human kind together; but he is purely the god of sensual love, who bears sway over the inhabitants of Olympus as well as over men and all living creatures: he tames lions and tigers, breaks the thunderbolts of Zeus, deprives Heracles of his arms, and carries on his sport with the monsters of the sea. His arms, consisting of arrows, which he carries in a quiver, and of torches, 
no one can touch with impunity."

"His arrows are of different power: some are golden, and kindle love in the heart they wound; others are blunt and heavy with lead, and produce aversion to a lover. Eros is further represented with golden wings, and as fluttering about like a bird. His eyes are sometimes covered, 
so that he acts blindly."
 Sir William Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Mythology