Tuesday, June 13, 2023


'"Don’t think I was a fool—you ought to have seen that skull. It had four-inch horns, but a face and jaw something like yours and mine.”'

"I was not so seriously hurt, but was covered with welts and contusions of the most bewildering character, including the print of a split hoof."

'“No—it wasn’t that way at all. It was everywhere—a gelatin—a slime—yet it had shapes, a thousand shapes of horror beyond all memory. There were eyes—and a blemish. It was the pit—the maelstrom—the ultimate abomination. Carter, it was the unnamable!”'
H.P. Lovecraft, The Unnamable
Here's another one where I liked the majority of the design, though I did redo the face and the linework and color got a revamp.
This story is an interesting one; two friends sit on a tomb and talk about a local legend. A child born hideously deformed and even written about by Cotton Mather. The child has horns and a blemished eye and possibly one cloven hoof. A very Jersey Devil style story. But then they encounter the thing and it's unlike that. It's amorphous, taking and losing forms and shapes at will. Like a shoggoth but a little more specific. I imagined that the aspects mentioned in the legend were actually people just catching glimpses of a much more monstrous creature.

This story was adapted into a movie where they ignored the part about the monster actually being a gelatinous, shape-shifting blob and made it about the original legend. Boring.

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