Tuesday, May 10, 2011

ELDER THING

ELDER THING
"Objects are eight feet long all over. Six-foot five-ridged barrel torso 3.5 feet central diameter, 1 foot end diameters. Dark grey, flexible, and infinitely tough. Seven-foot membraneous wings of same colour, found folded, spread out of furrows between ridges. Wing framework tubular or glandular, of lighter grey, with orifices at wing tips. Spread wings have serrated edge. Around equator, one at central apex of each of the five vertical, stave-like ridges, are five systems of light grey flexible arms or tentacles found tightly folded to torso but expansible to maximum length of over 3 feet. Like arms of primitive crinoid. Single stalks 3 inches diameter branch after 6 inches into five sub-stalks, each of which branches after 8 inches into five small, tapering tentacles or tendrils, giving each stalk a total of 25 tentacles.

“At top of torso blunt bulbous neck of lighter grey with gill-like suggestions holds yellowish five-pointed starfish-shaped apparent head covered with three-inch wiry cilia of various prismatic colours. Head thick and puffy, about 2 feet point to point, with three-inch flexible yellowish tubes projecting from each point. Slit in exact centre of top probably breathing aperture. At end of each tube is spherical expansion where yellowish membrane rolls back on handling to reveal glassy, red-irised globe, evidently an eye. Five slightly longer reddish tubes start from inner angles of starfish-shaped head and end in sac-like swellings of same colour which upon pressure open to bell-shaped orifices 2 inches maximum diameter and lined with sharp white tooth-like projections. Probable mouths. All these tubes, cilia, and points of starfish-head found folded tightly down; tubes and points clinging to bulbous neck and torso. Flexibility surprising despite vast toughness.
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“At bottom of torso rough but dissimilarly functioning counterparts of head arrangements exist. Bulbous light-grey pseudo-neck, without gill suggestions, holds greenish five-pointed starfish-arrangement. Tough, muscular arms 4 feet long and tapering from 7 inches diameter at base to about 2.5 at point. To each point is attached small end of a greenish five-veined membraneous triangle 8 inches long and 6 wide at farther end. This is the paddle, fin, or pseudo-foot which has made prints in rocks from a thousand million to fifty or sixty million years old. From inner angles of starfish-arrangement project two-foot reddish tubes tapering from 3 inches diameter at base to 1 at tip. Orifices at tips. All these parts infinitely tough and leathery, but extremely flexible. Four-foot arms with paddles undoubtedly used for locomotion of some sort, marine or otherwise. When moved, display suggestions of exaggerated muscularity. As found, all these projections tightly folded over pseudo-neck and end of torso, corresponding to projections at other end."
H.P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains Of Madness

3 comments:

  1. I found this site via the Lovecraftsman blog spot, but have been a huge fan of your artwork personally since i first found your website a few years back. I am a HUGE Lovecraft fan and have been reading his work since i was little as well and you must understand then how i appreciate your outstanding touch of colour and phorm to the mural that is the "Lovecraft Cycle" or Mythos or however it is formally known. Your undertaking is epic in its completeness of the visuals of the dream cycle and Old & Elder Ones and with holding of originality and personality. Horribly Marvelous. You should attempt a graphic novel? Or an animation? Your work would look great moving i think. haha :) I've been enjoying these for a few days now but hopefully you'll place them in a tangibly accessible format for people to hold and enjoy. Or terrify themselves. Peace and Love
    -Corey

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  2. Popular Lovecraft Myth #251: Lovecraft never described the monsters.

    I didn't know you guested for mythbusters! =D

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  3. Thanks you for drawing this abomination. My mind's eye was having a hard time forming a concrete rendition based on H.P's description. They have such a bizarre makeup and are unlike typical monsters.

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