Thursday, May 31, 2012

Monday, May 28, 2012

HIDEOUS PREHISTORIC BEAST


HIDEOUS PREHISTORIC BEAST
"27-Life and Death
Death—its desolation and horror—bleak spaces—sea-bottom—dead cities. But Life—the greater horror! Vast unheard-of reptiles and leviathans—hideous beasts of prehistoric jungle—rank slimy vegetation—evil instincts of primal man—Life is more horrible than death."
H.P. Lovecraft, Commonplace Book


Friday, May 25, 2012

PRIMORDIAL THING

PRIMORDIAL THING
"169-What hatches from primordial egg."
H.P. Lovecraft, Commonplace Book



Thursday, May 24, 2012

DWELLER

DWELLER
"It had been old when Babylon was new;
None knows how long it slept beneath that mound,
Where in the end our questing shovels found
Its granite blocks and brought it back to view.
There were vast pavements and foundation-walls,
And crumbling slabs and statues, carved to shew
Fantastic beings of some long ago
Past anything the world of man recalls.

And then we saw those stone steps leading down
Through a choked gate of graven dolomite
To some black haven of eternal night
Where elder signs and primal secrets frown.
We cleared a path—but raced in mad retreat
When from below we heard those clumping feet."
H.P. Lovecraft, The Fungi From Yuggoth


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

UNHEARD OF LEVIATHAN

UNHEARD OF LEVIATHAN
"27-Life and Death; Death—its desolation and horror—bleak spaces—sea-bottom—dead cities. But Life—the greater horror! Vast unheard-of reptiles and leviathans—hideous beasts of prehistoric jungle—rank slimy vegetation—evil instincts of primal man—Life is more horrible than death."
H.P. Lovecraft, Commonplace Book


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

VOORMIS

VOORMIS
"There was a mind from the planet we know as Venus, which would live incalculable epochs to come, and one from an outer moon of Jupiter six million years in the past. Of earthly minds there were some from the winged, star-headed, half-vegetable race of palaeogean Antarctica; one from the reptile people of fabled Valusia; three from the furry pre-human Hyperborean worshippers of Tsathoggua; one from the wholly abominable Tcho-Tchos; two from the arachnid denizens of earth’s last age; five from the hardy coleopterous species immediately following mankind, to which the Great Race was some day to transfer its keenest minds en masse in the face of horrible peril; and several from different branches of humanity."
H.P. Lovecraft, The Shadow Out Of Time

"Also, much was said regarding the genesis of the Voormis, who were popularly believed to be the offspring of women and certain atrocious creatures that had come forth in primal days from a tenebrous cavern-world in the bowels of Voormithadreth. Somewhere beneath that four-coned mountain, the sluggish and baleful god Tsathoggua, who had come down from Saturn in years immediately foIlowing the Earth's creation, was fabled to reside; and during the rite of worship at his black altars, the devotees were always careful to orient themselves toward Voormithadreth."

"They stood only half erect, and their shaggy heads were about his thighs and hips, snarling and snapping like dogs; and they clawed him with hook-shaped nails that caught and held in the links of his armor."
Clark Ashton Smith, The Seven Geases

"The shaman Yhemog, dejected by the obdurate refusal of his fellow Voormis to elect him their high-priest, contemplated his imminent withdrawal from the tribal burrows of his furry primitive kind to sulk in proud and lonely solitude among the icy crags of the north, whose bourns were unvisited by his timorous, earth-dwelling brethren."

"By their obese, stertorously-breathing forms, sprawled recumbent on the pave before the spangled curtain which concealed the innermost adytum from the chance of profanation of impious eyes, he crept on furtive, three-toed, naked feet."

"With paws that shook with the intensity of his loathing and wrath, Yhemog unfolded the antique papyrus and, straining his weak, small eyes, sought to persue the writings it contained."
Lin Carter, The Scroll Of Morloc


Monday, May 21, 2012

DENIZEN OF ANOTHER DIMENSION

DENIZEN OF ANOTHER DIMENSION
"177-The dreams of one man actually create a strange half-mad world of quasi-material substance in another dimension. Another man, also a dreamer, blunders into this world in a dream. What he finds. Intelligence of denizens. Their dependence on the first dreamer. What happens at his death."
H.P. Lovecraft, Commonplace Book



Saturday, May 19, 2012

Return...


The stars are aligning and once again, I will begin posting in this misbegotten bestiary. Tomorrow, Monday May 21st will mark the first of four weeks worth of drawings.

And Volume 1 of what I've dubbed the "Illustro Obscurum" is nearly complete. My goal is to have the first 20 up for sale by July 1st.

Anyway, prepare for a cavalcade of ghoulish monsters for the next four weeks...