Friday, July 26, 2019

NECRONOMICON 2019!!

Hey everyone! I have some cool news about this year's NecronomiCon in Providence RI (August 22nd-25th). I'll be tabling under the banner of Seventh Church Ministries (we literally got banners) along with fellow artists Jeanne D'AngeloJustine JonesStephen Wilson and Tanya Finder

Not only that but I'll be blabbering on two panels! One will be about overlooked and unrecognized authors (which fits perfectly with my work on Stories From the Borderland with Scott Nicolay and Anya Martin) and the other will be about Manly Wade Wellman! 


There are some really cool authors on both panels whose work I've read and loved over the years so I'm a bit intimidated. Hopefully, everyone will enjoy me talking about SATOR squares and Charles Saunders


Speaking of Wellman, I did 4 brand new zines for the Con but the Manly Wade Wellman zine Appalachian Compendium II will be available on this blog, on Friday August 9th 11AM EST. It will be limited to 20 copies online!

Stories From the Borderland III & Horrer Kumpendyum III will be available online after the Con. Wilderling Compendium I will ONLY be available at the Con

Lastly, Jeanne and I will both have original art in the Ars Necronomica show at the Providence Art Club. My piece will be the cover I did for Micheal Wehunt's debut collection Greener Pastures in a custom and weird frame made by Brad Omen!

Hopefully I'll see you there!






Tuesday, July 23, 2019

News....


Hey everyone! This is the first of two news posts. I just wanted to give you a heads up about two anthologies that I did the covers for. 


First up is Broken Eye Books' Lovecraft themed anthology Welcome To Miskatonic University! It includes stories from Kristi DeMeester, Gwendolyn Kiste, Matthew M. Bartlett, Brandon O'Brien, Marcus Chan,  Liz Schriftsteller, Elliot Cooper, Bennett North, Gina Marie Guadagnino, Scott R. Jones, Brenda Kezar, Nate Southard & K.G. McAbee. If that publisher sounds familiar it's because did interior illustrations for the Broken Eye Books anthology Ride The Star Winds

Next up is the David Cronenberg-themed anthology from Weirdpunk Books titled The New Flesh! This anthology features stories by 
Brian Evenson, Sara CenturyC.M. MullerLeo X Robertson, Max D. StantonEmma Alice Johnson, Cody Goodfellow, Bruno Lombardi, Katy Michelle Quinn, Jack Lothian, Mona Swan LeSueur & Fiona Maeve Geist, Madeleine Swann, Charles Austin Muir, Ryan Harding, Alex Smith, 
Gwendolyn Kiste
Brendan Vidito, & Sam Richard! If this publisher looks familiar it's because I did the cover illustration for their anthology Zombie Punks Fuck Off!

I'd highly recommend either of these collections since I've worked with both publishers before and I'm familiar with most of the authors involved.

Stay tuned because I'll be posting NecronomiCon news within the next few days!!


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

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


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

SERVITOR OF GLA'AKI

SERVITOR OF GLA'AKI
"But those in the cult certainly were supposed to have the real witches' marks. It was the long, thin spines which are supposed to cover the body of their god Glaaki. In the initiation ceremony the novice was held (sometimes willing, sometimes not) on the lake shore while Glaaki rose from the depths. It would drive one of its spines into the chest of the victim, and when a fluid had been injected into the body the spine detached from itself from the body of Glaaki."

Through the emission of impulses, perhaps magnetic, from the brain of Glaaki, the man was kept alive while he was controlled almost completely by the being."

Ramsey Campbell, The Inhabitant Of the Lake


Monday, July 1, 2019

LENG SPIDER

LENG SPIDER
"There were scenes of old wars, wherein Leng's almost-humans fought with the bloated purple spiders of the neighbouring vales."
H.P. Lovecraft, Dream-Quest Of Unknown Kadath

"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 


Friday, June 28, 2019

YITHIAN

YITHIAN
"The Great Race's members were immense rugose cones ten feet high, and with head and other organs attached to foot-thick, distensible limbs spreading from the apexes. They spoke by the clicking or scraping of huge paws or claws attached to the end of two of their four limbs, and walked by the expansion and contraction of a viscous layer attached to their vast, ten-foot bases."

"These members were sometimes contracted almost to nothing, and sometimes extended to any distance up to about ten feet. Terminating two of them were enormous claws or nippers. At the end of a third were four red, trumpetlike appendages. The fourth terminated in an irregular yellowish globe some two feet in diameter and having three great dark eyes ranged along its central circumference. Surmounting this head were four slender grey stalks bearing flower-like appendages, whilst from its nether side dangled eight greenish antennae or tentacles. The great base of the central cone was fringed with a rubbery, grey substance which moved the whole entity through expansion and contraction."
H.P. Lovecraft, The Shadow Out Of Time


Thursday, June 27, 2019

HUNTING HORROR

HUNTING HORROR
"And hoary Nodens raised a howl of triumph when Nyarlathotep, close on his quarry, stopped baffled by a glare that seared his formless hunting-horrors to grey dust."
H.P. Lovecraft, Dream-Quest Of Unknown Kadath

"And in the air about him were great viperine creatures, which had curiously distorted heads, and grotesquely great clawed appendages, supporting themselves with ease by the aid of black rubbery wings of singularly monstrous dimensions."
H.P. Lovecraft & August Derleth, The Lurker At the Threshold


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

FLYING POLYP

FLYING POLYP
"...the basis of the fear was a horrible elder race of half-polypous, utterly alien entities which had come through space from immeasurably distant universes and had dominated the earth and three other solar planets about 600 million years ago."

"There were veiled suggestions of a monstrous plasticity, and of temporary lapses of visibility, while other fragmentary whispers referred to their control and military use of great winds. Singular whistling noises, and colossal footprints made up of five circular toe marks, seemed also to be associated with them."H.P. Lovecraft, The Shadow Out Of Time


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

ISRAFEL

ISRAFEL
"There (thought I) lie scenes of pleasure
Where the free and blessed dwell,
And Each moment bears a treasure
Freighted with a lotus-spell,
And there floats a liquid measure
From the lute of Israfel."
H.P. Lovecraft, Astrophobos

"In Islamic tradition Israfel is the angel who will blow the last trumpet to signal the Day of Judgement and the resurrection of the faithful."
Carol Rose, Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, and Goblins

"Isrāfīl is usually conceived as having a huge, hairy body that is covered with mouths and tongues and that reaches from the seventh heaven to the throne of God. One wing protects his body, another shields him from God, while the other two extend east and west."
Encyclopedia Britannica