Friday, May 17, 2019


"Looking down again, they saw that a blob of something was growing on the pavement ten feet from them."

"Turning they saw it emerge into the light--shapeless and jelly-green under the white flare."

"There was a final surge, a shrinking, and its shapelessness contracted into limbs, a head, feet. the naked man-thing pushed itself to its knees and then stood straight, the flesh by now opaque. Eye sockets caved into the face. A mouth ripped apart on the skull and the chest began to move with a west steamy sound in irregular gasps."

"Something was happening at the front. Figures, three or four of them, were detaching themselves from the mother mass and preceding it."
Samuel R. Delany, The Jewels Of Aptor

Thursday, May 16, 2019


"Kirkhusa look more like big land-bound otters than canines. They're trainable, cheap as anything because they eat only the leaves of low bushes and the insects that grow on them. And they're even cuter than puppies when they're small....but this kirkhusa isn't cute. It's big, a good hundred pounds of healthy, sleek-furred flesh."

"It's growling, and as it slinks out of the grass and up onto the road, you see red blooms in the fur around its mouth and on its clawed, prehensile paws."

"That's the problem with kirkhusa, see. The reason everyone can afford them. They eat leaves -- until they taste enough ash, which triggers some instinct within them that's normally dormant. Then they change. Everything changes during a Season."
N.K. Jemisin, The Fifth Season

Wednesday, May 15, 2019


"The light-robed dweller in the red barrens sat there, and the great black blob of shapeless jelly heaved gently on the crystal floor. She saw others she had watched enter, and many more. One was a female creature whose robe of peacock iridescence sprang from her shoulders in great drooping wings and folded around her like a bat's leathery cloak. And her neighbor was a fat gray slug of monster size, palpitating endlessly."
C.L. Moore, Jirel Meets Magic

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


"The naga was massive, wingspan of ten houses, clawed feet and barbed tail, mouth big enough to swallow a person whole."
JY Yang, The Black Tides Of Heaven

"Above all, there were the naga. More lizard than serpent, they soared through the skies on wings of leather, bird boned and jewel toned. These were apex predators, graceful and deadly, inscribed into the journals of adventurers with a kind of reverence reserved for the gods of old. A single bite could cut a man in half."
JY Yang, The Red Threads Of Fortune

"The word literally means 'snake' in Sanskrit but in Java it normally referred to serpent deities. Serpents in ancient Java and India were usually connected with water and fertility. They can be either good or evil. On Borobudur they are depicted in human form, but elsewhere they may appear in their natural animal shape."
Oleh John Miksic, Borobudur: Golden Tales Of the Buddhas

Monday, May 13, 2019


"The kirin lurched out of the shadows a the same second they felt its presence in the Slack."

"The kirin reared, wings swallowing the sky, head brushing the top of the trees, screech shaking the bones of the earth. A creature that was half bird, half lion, and all terror."
JY Yang, The Black Tides Of Heaven

"It is described as being a multicolored animal with a single horn protruding from its forehead."
Carol Rose, Giants, Monsters and Dragons

Sunday, May 12, 2019

This week....

Clockwise from top left:
JY Yang, C.L. Moore, N.K. Jemison & Samuel Delany

Starting tomorrow I'll be posting a weeks worth of monsters from various authors who's work I love! We'll start off with two from JY Yang's amazing "silk punk" Tensorate series, then move on to an obscure creep from a classic C.L. Moore story. After that we'll jump to a creature from N.K. Jemisin's award winning Broken Earth trilogy that I've wanted to draw since I read it. And we'll wrap up with an extremely deep cut from one of Samuel Delany's early novels The Jewels Of Aptor!

Friday, May 10, 2019


"What were those flying out of it? Bits of incinerating building? They looked like bats. Demons." 

"It was a large black bat. And it was clutching her wallet, her glasses in their hard green case, and Udide's Book Of Shadows in its strong sharp claws." 

"Murks look like tiny bats and dwell in pools of darkness-under a fallen tree in a lake, beneath houses, under beds, whatever." 

"'Murks like to slap, ' Chichi said. 'Their wings feel like hot steel.'" 
Nnedi Okorafor, Akata Warrior

Thursday, May 9, 2019


"'What the hell is that?' she asked. It looked like a red grasshopper the size of her hand.
'It's a ghost hopper,' Orlu whispered. 'They're harmless.'"

"It sat on her bed staring at her with its large orange compound eyes. Sunny wasn't afraid of grasshoppers, not even their strong flicking legs. But this creature was the size of an American football. It turned and, with a soft hum, hop-flew across the room, landing on the wall."
Nnedi Okorafor, Akata Witch

Wednesday, May 8, 2019


"Tower 4 was a concrete flower that housed suicidal birds called phoenixes, shape shifting monkeys, glowing spiders, lightning birds, cheetahs with deformed tails who drooled and ran fast as airplanes."
Nnedi Okorafor, The Book Of Phoenix

Tuesday, May 7, 2019


"The dry yellow grasses there had been cut low but still were occupied by hopping ntu ntu bugs, their brilliant orange-pink pigmentation eye-catching in the sunlight."
Nnedi Okorafor, Binti: The Night Masquerade

Monday, May 6, 2019


"Something huge and snake-like leaped out of the water. It arched in the air, twisting in a spiral and noiselessly dropping back into the depths. At least ten grey shark-like fins all in a row surfaced not far from short. They - or it - sharply turned and headed farther out to sea."

"Then Adaora saw something below Hawra swimming up, quickly. Something huge, black, with too many fins. She could see the thing more clearly now. A mouth. Opening. Full of teeth."
Nnedi Okorafor, Lagoon

Friday, May 3, 2019


"I was in the forest digging up clay to make my otjize when a large piglike beast came running at me. I twas too late to make a run for it, so I froze and looked it in the yes. The beast stopped, sniffed me with its wet snout, rubbed its rough brown furry rump against my arm, lost interest and walked off."
Nnedi Okorafor, Binti: Home

Thursday, May 2, 2019


"He'd immediately struck up a conversation with the dorm's elder, a treelike individual who spoke in a series of cracking and creaking sounds."
Nnedi Okorafor, Binti: Home

Wednesday, May 1, 2019


"Over the last year, I'd learned (well, brashly been told) that the females of this group of people had the long antenna with the yellow eyes. The males simply had a large green eye on their dome, no antenna."
Nnedi Okorafor, Binti: Home

Tuesday, April 30, 2019


"She was a creature somewhat like Okwu, jellyfish-like and the size of a storage shed, except her dome was a deep shade of black and she had antennae at the center with a large yellow eye."
Nnedi Okorafor, Binti: Home

Monday, April 29, 2019


"'Tungwas are just things that dwell in Leopard Knocks,' Orlu explained. 'Floating bags of teeth, bone, meat, and hair. They explode when they're ready.'"
Nnedi Okorafor, Akata Witch

"Round and large as a basketball, its thin brown skin grazed the tip of a flower."
Nnedi Okorafor, Akata Warrior

Friday, April 26, 2019


I know it's been a while since I posted new monsters but this coming Monday I'll be posting two weeks worth of new creatures inspired by the work of one of my favorite contemporary authors, Nnedi Okorafor

Her Binti series, a space opera rooted in a futuristic Africa, got me hooked and since then I've read Who Fears Death (which is currently being developed into an HBO series produced by George R. R. Martin) and it's prequel The Book Of Phoenix, Lagoon (a parable about environemental and societal corruption) and the Akata Witch series (imagine Earthsea but set in an alternative modern day Nigeria). 

The Binti series is a shining example of fiction that makes me work on this blog. Reading it, I had to draw the beautiful, bizarre and alien creatures described in it. As I was reading I was tracing the lines of the Meduse in my head, working out how the jellyfish-people differ and imagining the colors of the ntu-ntu bugs. If her writing wasn't so compelling I'd have put the book down right then and there and started to draw. But her writing is compelling. It's down to earth while being set on Mars. It's got big picture issues told through the lens of a personal experience. I love her work so much and hopefully I'll inspire some of you to read her stories if you haven't already. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019


Hey everyone! I know this February was filled with monsters but I had to take a break from March until now. Mostly because I was working out the details of a very exciting upcoming project. I was keeping quiet about it but now I can announce...

Lethe Press will be publishing three books of monsters that I've illustrated! Lethe Press has  been a stellar publisher of weird/horror fiction having released Tom Cardamone's Pumpkin Teeth, Anya Martin's Sleeping With the MonsterLivia Llewellyn's Engines Of Desire and T.E. Grau's The Nameless Dark.

The first book will focus on creatures from world mythology and folklore, tentatively titled "Monstrous Mythology: Illustro Obscurum I" we're aiming for a release by the end of this year! Here's a quote from the Lethe press release: 

"The ancient myths bears their fangs in this illustrated book by artist Michael Bukowski. As a child, the artist read the works of H.P. Lovecraft and discovered how that weird fiction author name-dropped a veritable who's who of gods and creatures from ancient folklore. Before long, Bukowski began sketching how he imagined Apollo and Circe as frightening entities."

"Paperback, 96 pages, featuring full-color art throughout!"

So for those of you who haven't been able to grab one of the extremely limited hand made zines, I'll finally have a mass market version available. You should also expect some gods/creatures never before available and some reworked or completely redrawn monsters!

I'm extremely excited about working with editor Steve Berman and 
Lethe Press! Keep checking in here or on Seventh Church Ministries or Lethe Press for updates!

Friday, February 22, 2019



"The light-robed dweller in the red barrens sat there, and the great black blob of shapeless jelly heaved gently on the crystal floor."
C.L.Moore, Jirel Meets Magic

Thursday, February 21, 2019


"In a few moments the dwarfish shape had stumbled to Angela. In the darkness Barbara might have mistaken it for a child, except that its unstable head was disproportionately small, its skin appeared to be flapping."

"She handed the object to the dwarfish thing, which floundered away at once, toward the marshes."
Ramsey Campbell, The Nameless

Wednesday, February 20, 2019


"Depictions of Coatlicue are fairly rare in Aztec art. The most famous representation, and one of the most powerful Aztec sculptures, is the colossal figure discovered in 1790 alongside the cathedral of Mexico. Coatlicue wears a dress of woven rattlesnakes. Her pendulous breasts are partially obscured behind a grisly necklace of severed hearts and hands. Writhing coral snakes appear in place of her head and hands, denoting gouts of blood gushing from her severed throat and wrists. The two great snakes emerging from her neck face one another, creating a face of living blood."
Mary Miller & Karl Taube, The Gods and Symbols Of Ancient Mexico and the Maya

Tuesday, February 19, 2019


"An empty black face save for pale grey pinhole eyes, staring up at her, meeting her wide-eyed gaze with utter impunity. A  smudged charcoal sketch of something vaguely humanoid, limbs long and spider-thin. It sat there for a moment, boneless in the seat beside her; it blinked languidly, lids like shutters sliding over those hard grey eyes."

"It lurked there a moment, barely visible but there, and when it finally came into the light - tentative, as if it might burn - she knew what it was. An oil-smear of a creature; the awful distortion of something almost human, crawling slowly on four long matchstick limbs. A narrow, elongated head bobbed limp on a thin neck. Pale eyes flickered open like newly-lit flames."

"The skin of it peeled back, the space below the eyes opening like a shutter to reveal  a gleaming lamprey mouth: a perfect circle of bright, needle-sharp teeth."

"The only solid facts I know is that the Shades are actually real, that I started seeing them after the bomb, and that they've been following me about ever since."
Laura Mauro, Naming the Bones

Monday, February 18, 2019


"Sonny thrashed against the floorboards and continued to ejaculate. In the near darkness, she became confused by what she saw--the short quick spurts that arced across his body were neither ropes nor strands, but thick and segmented. She'd seen a dead bird in the garbage and what had feasted upon it in oozing carpets, and her mental equilibrium wobbled mightily. "
Laird Barron, Catch Hell

Friday, February 8, 2019


"And Leonardo was always interested in monsters. He shut himself away and studied all kinds of unpleasant little things - lizards, spiders, bats - and borrowed from all, blending and flavoring them with his own genius."

"If Leonardo da Vinci, a curly-blond boy in his teens, had studied lizards, bats and spiders for this, he had not hodge-podged his studies. Anyone else would have been content with a lizard's body, a spider's knuckly jointed legs, a bat's wings. Not so Leonardo, master of his eye and hand and brush even before his voice had changed and the first peachy fuzz had sprouted for the the beginning of that apostolic beard he was to wear."

"The legs - there seemed to be a great many of them - were hairy and jointed, but those in front, at least, bore hand-like extremities, reminiscent of the forefeet of lizards. Those wings were true da Vinci work; Norbier remembered the tales of how da Vinci, seeking to invent the airplane centuries before Langley or Wright, studied painstakingly ever flying creature, bat, bird and insect. As for the thing's head, that was apparently meant to seem a squat, dark-furred blotch, with two glowing close-set eyes peering from the thick fur as from an ambush. A real face to it, flattened like a bat's and a mouth with a jaw of ophidian shallowness, but a little open to show... yes, fangs. No wonder that everyone who saw the thing, from Piero da Vinci to the present, squared his shoulders a trifle to dissemble a shiver."

"It seemed to crouch there, then to hoist itself erect on the tips of its multiple claws. Among the curved, jointed brackets of its hind legs hung a puffy body, like a great crammed satchel. The integument had pattern, like scales, and from the spaces between the scales sprouted tufts and fringes of dark fur, like plush grown wild. And it had wings, also scaly and tufted, ribbed like a bat's that winnowed and stirred above its bulk. The head, a shaggy ball, craned in his direction. Deep within the thicket of fur upon the face clung two wise, close-set eyes, that glowed greenly, then redly, at him. Between and above them the fur seemed to part in two directions, as if the undeveloped forehead frowned.  A mouth opened, the light caught a stockade of white, irregular, pointed fangs. A great gout of foam came out, and fell splashing on the floor."

"The two foremost limbs rose, and at the ends Norbier saw hand-like claws, like the front feet of a big, big lizard."
Manly Wade Wellman, The Leonardo Rondache

Thursday, February 7, 2019


"'It's the hugest flying thing there is, I guess,' said Miss Tully. 'Its voice tolls like a bell, to tell other creatures their feed's near.'"

"The Toller said gong-gong-gong, from closer in."
Manly Wade Wellman, The Desrick On Yandro

Wednesday, February 6, 2019


"'The Bammat's something hairy-like, with big ears and a long wiggly nose and twisty white teeth sticking out of its mouth—'"

"'Oh!' And Mr. Yandro trumpeted his laughter. 'You've got some story about the Mammoth. Why, they've been extinct—dead and forgotten—for thousands of years.'"

"'Anyway,' he went on arguing, 'the Mammoth—the Bammat, as you call it—is of the elephant family. How would anything like that get up in the mountains?'"

"It was big and broad-headed, with elephant ears to right and left, and white tusks like bannisters on a spiral staircase. But it was woolly-shaggy, like a buffalo bull. The Bammat. How could such a thing move so quiet-like?"
Manly Wade Wellman, The Desrick On Yandro

Tuesday, February 5, 2019


"I knew whose hand it was, black-furry like a spider."

"That third one looked at first glimpse like a big, big man wearing a dark fur coat. Then you saw the fur was on the skin, with warty muscles bunching through. The head was more like a frog's than anything else, wide in the mouth and big in the eye and no nose. It spread its arms quiet-like around the shoulders of Reed Barnitt and Aram Harnam, and took hold with two hands that had both claws and webs."

"Their eyes piced up  thelantern light and shone green, like dog eyes."

"'The Ancients are dead,' spoke up Clay. 'Way I reckon, what's in there ain't no Ancients; just something the Ancients left behind.'"
Manly Wade Wellman, Shiver In the Pines

Monday, February 4, 2019


“Like many Martians, he was braced upright on his lower tentacles by hoops and buckles around his bladdery body, so that he had roughly a human form, over which lay a strange loose armor of light plates. In the breathing hole of his petal-tufted skull was lodged an artificial voice-box that achieved words.”

Behind them three Martian space-hands, sprawling like squids near the control-board, made flutelike comments to each other. The tentacle of each twiddled an electro-automatic pistol.”
Manly Wade Wellman, The Devil’s Asteroid

Tuesday, January 29, 2019


Hey all, as you may have noticed, this week's Manly Wade Wellman creatures have been postponed. I had a commission and attended the Black Flags Over Brooklyn fest so I didn't have enough time to finish them all up. However, they are scheduled to post starting this coming Monday February 4th.

Friday, January 25, 2019


"The smoke was molding itself, in what light I could make out, and began to look solid and shapy, as tall as me but thicker across, and two streamy coils waved out in the air like arms."

"I saw that smoke shape drifting sort of slow and greedy, clear of the hearth, and betwixt those two wavy steamy arm coils rose up a lumpy head thing. There was enough firelight to see that this smoke was thicker than just smoke. It must have soot and ash dust in it, solid enough to choke you. An in the lumpy head hung two dull red sparks, like eyes."
Manly Wade Wellman, Dumb Supper

Thursday, January 24, 2019


“Years afterwards, I saw through a microscope, the plodding of an amoeba. The thing up under the roof sounded as an amoeba looks, a mass that stretches out a thin, loose portion of itself, then rolls and flows all of its substance into that portion, and so creeps along. Only it must have been many, many thousands of times larger than an amoeba.”

“It seemed to me, at that moment, that the lath and plaster were no tighter or stronger than a spider web. And that the entity was incalculably more awful than prince and father of all spiders.” 
Manly Wade Wellman, Up Under the Roof

Wednesday, January 23, 2019


"The front of the picture was filled with lively dancing creatures, as pink, plump and naked as cherubs and as patently evil as the meditations of Satan in his rare idle moments."

"In my first half-moment of wakefulness I was aware that the room was filled with the pink dancers of the picture, in nimble, fierce-happy motion. They were man-size, too, or nearly so, visible in the dark with the dim radiance of fox-fire. On the small scale of the painting they had seemed no more than babyishly plump; now they were gross, like huge erect toads. And, as I awakened fully, they were closing in, a menacing ring of them, around my bed. One stood at my right side, and its grip, clumsy and rubbery-hard like that of a monkey, was closed upon my arm."

"That was their strength and horror—their ability to go flabby and non-resistant under smashing, flattening blows."

"She spoke, not in reply, but as if to herself. "They have no faces," she whispered. "No faces!" In the half-light that was diffused upon them from our lamp they presented the featurelessness of so many huge gingerbread boys, covered with pink icing."

"I met them, feet planted. I tried to embrace them all at once, went over backward under them. I struck, wrenched, tore. I think I even bit something grisly and bloodless, like fungoid tissue, but I refuse to remember for certain."
Manly Wade Wellman, The Golgotha Dancers

Tuesday, January 22, 2019


“‘And there's the Behinder.’ 
‘And what,’ said Mr. Yandro, ‘might the Behinder look like?’ 
‘Can't rightly say, Mr. Yandro. For it's always behind the man or woman it wants to grab.’”
Manly Wade Wellman, The Derrick On Yandro

“A biggish beast, standing about five feet and walking erect. The slender body mades it possible to hide completely behind the bole of a ten inch tree. The belt is long, thick and black, and the tail is carried recurved.”

“The Hidebehind is never found in the open. He always conceals himself behind a tree trunk. His marvelously quick, stealthy gait makes it possible for him to stay constantly behind his prey, no matter how quickly the suspicious victim may spin about in the hope of glimpsing the marauder.” 
Henry Tryon, Fearsome Critters

Monday, January 21, 2019


“‘Like what the Ashantis in Africa call Sasabonsam,’ said Holly ‘He lives in a silk cotton tree there, and catches unwary men with his feet as they pass below’”
Manly Wade Wellman, The Old Gods Waken

The Sasabonsam is described as a tall, thin humanoid shape that is colored red, with straight hair and bloodshot eyes. Their incredibly long legs have feet that point in both directions.”
Carol Rose, Giants, Monsters and Dragons

“One non-human vampire creature is also found in Africa. That is the asasabonsam, a monster described as having ferocious iron teeth.”
Kostantinos, Vampires: The Occult Truth

“A vampire found in Africa, known among the Ashanti of southern Ghana and by people in the areas of the Ivory Coast and Togo. The asanbosam is believed to reside in deep forests, most often encountered there by hunters. It is of general human shape with two exceptions: its teeth are made out of iron and its legs have hooklike appendages.“

Matthew Bunson, The Vampire Encyclopedia

Saturday, January 19, 2019


Hey everyone! I hope you're enjoying these new monsters. So after this two weeks of Margaret St. Clair creatures we're gonna mix it up a bit and I'll be giving you two weeks of creeps based on the works of Manly Wade Wellman! 

In the meantime, I thought I'd post my top "10" list from 2018 so you can get a little insight into what I listen to while I work. These are (in no particular order) all songs that either came out in 2018 or were written earlier but I heard them for the first time in 2018.

Crow Call (2014)
Jeanne got me into Ellie Bryant's solo work and this, her band with Peter Ruddy.

2-The Guests-Watching the War
Popular Music (2018)
I fell in love with Philly-based socialist goths The Guests after seeing them live this year.

Like I really fell in love with them.

Sisters Of Shaddowwe (2017)
More goth!

5-Dame-Bubble Baby
Charm School (2015)
Another band I was lucky enough to see live this year.

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Mávastellið (1983)
Jeanne and I discovered this Icelandic band when we were in a museum in Reykyavik last spring. They were active (and hugely popular locally) in the early 80s and their name translates to The Witches!
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Another Icelandic band I found after researching Grýlurnar!

Planet Y (2016)
Danish punk in the vein of Masshysteri or Burning Kitchen!

Not Your Target (2017)
Fast paced punk that reminds me of early Dag Nasty.

Musique Exotique #01 (2016)
Raging Brooklyn-based hardcore. 

Demo (2015)
Angry hardcore from Austin TX.

More angry hardcore, this time from Oakland CA.

Demo (2016)
Even more angry hardcore, this time from NYC....seeing a pattern here?

Padded Cell
Philly locals that I got to see put on an amazing, energetic show this year.

The Savage Season Continues (2017)
Self described as "Black Liberation Hardcore" Mass Arrest hail from Oakland.

City Of Ash (2018)
Another Philly band with an "former members of" list as long as my arm.

Tour Tape 2K18 (For the Homie)
Even more Philly (this city is cool)! Chaotic and crazy their live shows are just as intense as their music!

18-Hirs-Yøu Can't Kill Us
Yøu Can't Kill Us (2018)
Philly locals (yup, again) made the national news as NPR covered the collective's intense newest release.

Riff-laden doom in the vein of St. Vitus...and guess what...they're from Philly!

Ethereal Danish black metal with alternating screamed and clean vocals.

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21-The Coup-The Guillotine
Sorry To Bother You (2013)
The Coup's anti-capitalist anthem is more relevant than ever now.

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Black Panther Soundtrack
I love this song and love this movie. I only wish they didn't rip off Lina Iris Viktor's work for the video.