Thursday, December 27, 2012

INSECT-PHILOSOPHER

INSECT-PHILOSOPHER
"You and I have drifted to the worlds that reel about the red Arcturus, and dwelt in the bodies of the insect-philosophers that crawl proudly over the fourth moon of Jupiter."
H.P. Lovecraft, Beyond the Wall Of Sleep

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

DARK YOUNG OF SHUB-NIGGURATH


DARK YOUNG OF SHUB-NIGGURATH
"'Ever Their praises, and abundance to the Black Goat of the Woods. Iä! Shub-Niggurath! Iä! Shub-Niggurath! The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young!'"
H.P. Lovecraft, The Whisperer In Darkness

"E hu shub nigger ath n gaa ryula neb shoggoth."

"That's as close as I can come. The mouths was like leaves and the whole thing was like a tree in the wind, a black tree with lots of branches trailing to the ground, and a whole lot of roots ending in hoofs. And that green slime dribbling out of the mouths and down the legs was like sap!"

"It came crawling up the hillside to the alter and the sacrefice, and it was the black thing of my dreams-that black ropy, slimy, jelly tree-thing out of the woods. It crawled up and it flowed up on its hoofs and mouths and snaky arms. And the men bowed and stood back and then it got to the alter where they was something squirmin on top, 
squirming and screaming."
Robert Bloch, Notebook Found In a Deserted House

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

SATAN

 
 SATAN
"Here cosmic sin had entered, and festered by unhallowed rites had commenced the grinning march of death that was to rot us all to fungous abnormalities too hideous for the grave’s holding. Satan here held his Babylonish court, and in the blood of stainless childhood the leprous limbs of phosphorescent Lilith were laved. Incubi and succubae howled praise to Hecate, and headless moon-calves bleated to the Magna Mater."
H.P. Lovecraft, The Horror At Red Hook

"Christian art and literature, the devil is sometimes represented with three faces or three heads in antithesis to the trinity, as in Dante's description. It may also have a head on its stomach or rump or eyes for kneecaps."
Marjorie O'Rourke Boyle, Loyola's Acts: The Rhetoric Of Self

"Two mighty wings, enormous as became
A bird so vast.  Sails never such I saw
Outstretch'd on the wide sea.  No plumes had they,
But were in texture like a bat, and these
He flapp'd i' th' air, that from him issued still
Three winds, wherewith Cocytus to its depth
Was frozen."
Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy; The Vision Of Hell, Canto XXXIV

"The Devil's penis was hard, made of bone or horn (or even iron) as well as flesh; his semen was ice-cold. His penis was bifurcate, able to penetrate two orifices at once."
Erica Jong, Witches



"When these members of the devil have met together, they generally light a foul and horrid fire. The devil is president of the assembly and sits on a throne, in some terrible shape, as of a goat or a dog; and they approach him to adore him, but not always
 in the same manner. "
Fracesco Maria Guazzo, Compendium Malificarum


"At the Sabbat the demon Leonard appeared as  large goat with three horns instead of two. The Devil himself at a Sabbat was supposed to appear in the same shape."

"He is not only depicted as having cloven hooves and a tail and horns, though this is usual."           Leonard R. N. Ashley, The Complete Book Of Devils and Demons 

"To give Satan a visual representation, the early Christians borrowed heavily from earlier mythologies, and the generally accepted appearance of Satan is an amalgamation of such things as the horns and shaggy hindquarters of  the Greek god Pan." 
Richard Craze, Hell 

"Often the Devil appears monstrous and deformed, his outward shape betraying his inner defect. He has an extra face on belly, knees, or buttocks."

"Other characteristics are hooves or paws, claws, hairiness, and goat legs."
Jeffrey Burton Russell, Lucifer: The Devil In the Middle Ages


 

Friday, December 21, 2012

MI-GO


MI-GO
"They were pinkish things about five feet long; with crustaceous bodies bearing vast pairs of dorsal fins or membranous wings and several sets of articulated limbs, and with a sort of convoluted ellipsoid, covered with multitudes of very short antennae, where a head would ordinarily be."
H.P. Lovecraft, The Whisperer In Darkness

Thursday, December 20, 2012

RHAN-TEGOTH


RHAN-TEGOTH
'“Wza-y’ei! Wza-y’ei!” howled the madman. “Y’kaa haa bho—ii, Rhan-Tegoth—Cthulhu fhtagn—Ei! Ei! Ei! Ei!—Rhan-Tegoth, Rhan-Tegoth, Rhan-Tegoth!”'

"There was an almost globular torso, with six long, sinuous limbs terminating in crab-like claws. From the upper end a subsidiary globe bulged forward bubble-like; its triangle of three staring, fishy eyes, its foot-long and evidently flexible proboscis, and a distended lateral system analogous to gills, suggesting that it was a head. Most of the body was covered with what at first appeared to be fur, but which on closer examination proved to be a dense growth of dark, slender tentacles or sucking filaments, each tipped with a mouth suggesting the head of an asp. On the head and below the proboscis the tentacles tended to be longer and thicker, and marked with spiral stripes—suggesting the traditional serpent-locks of Medusa. To say that such a thing could have an expression seems paradoxical; yet Jones felt that that triangle of bulging fish-eyes and that obliquely poised proboscis all bespoke a blend of hate, greed, and sheer cruelty incomprehensible to mankind because mixed with other emotions not of the world or this solar system."

"'Rhan-Tegoth, infinite and invincible, I am your slave and high-priest. You are hungry, and I provide. I read the sign and have led you forth. I shall feed you with blood, and you shall feed me with power. Iä! Shub-Niggurath! The Goat with a Thousand Young!”'
H.P. Lovecraft & Hazel Heald, The Horror In the Museum

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

MOLOCH


MOLOCH
"Moloch and Ashtaroth were not absent; for in this quintessence of all damnation the bounds of consciousness were let down, and man’s fancy lay open to vistas of every realm of horror and every forbidden dimension that evil had power to mould."
H.P. Lovecraft, The Horror At Red Hook


"Moloch was the god of the Ammonites, portrayed as a bronze statue with a calf’s head adorned with a royal crown and seated on a throne."

"Rabbis claim that in the famous statue of Moloch, there were seven kinds of cabinets. The first was for flour, the second for turtle doves, the third for an ewe, the fourth for a ram, the fifth for a calf, the sixth for a beef, and the seventh for a child. It is because of this, Moloch is associated with Mithras and his seven mysterious gates with seven chambers. When a child was sacrificed to Moloch, a fire was lit inside the statue. The priests would then beat loudly on drums and other objects so that the cries would not be heard."
Colin de Plancy, Dictionnaire Infernal


"First MOLOCH, horrid King besmear'd with blood
Of human sacrifice, and parents tears,"
John Milton, Paradise Lost

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

KHNUM


KHNUM
"For the cat is cryptic, and close to strange things which men cannot see. He is the soul of antique Aegyptus, and bearer of tales from forgotten cities in Meroë and Ophir. He is the kin of the jungle’s lords, and heir to the secrets of hoary and sinister Africa. The Sphinx is his cousin, and he speaks her language; but he is more ancient than the Sphinx, and remembers that which she hath forgotten."

"What was the land of these wanderers none could tell; but it was seen that they were given to strange prayers, and that they had painted on the sides of their wagons strange figures with human bodies and the heads of cats, hawks, rams, and lions. And the leader of the caravan wore a head-dress with two horns and a curious disc betwixt the horns."
H.P. Lovecraft, The Cats Of Ulthar

"Khnum, one of the oldest gods of Egypt, came from the area of the First Cataract, to the far south. He became associated with the annual Nile flood, which seemed to originate from his domain. As a symbol of fertility which the flood brought, he was depicted with the head of a ram and given the role of a creator-god. A temple of the Roman period portrayed him as creator of all, even the other gods."

"Khnum created the human race from clay, which he made by mixing earth and
water with air."
 Charles Freeman, The Legacy Of Ancient Egypt

"Khnum was self-created and the maker of heaven, raising it on its four pillars. He was also the maker of the underworld and of water, of things which are and of thing which shall be."

"Khunum was represented as a man wearing the head of a ram with horizontal wavy horns, or as a ram standing on its hind legs, which was called the 'living soul of Ra'."
Veronica Ions, Egyptian Mythology    

  

Monday, December 17, 2012

ISIS


ISIS
"Then we knew that we were done with Saracen Cairo, and that we must taste the deeper mysteries of primal Egypt—the black Khem of Re and Amen, Isis and Osiris."
H.P. Lovecraft & Harry Houdini, Under the Pyramids

"At other times he was seen protecting the deceased (Osiris or others identified with him) with long feathery wings. Most often Isis was represented as a woman with a throne on her head. At other times her headdress was a disk flanked by feathers and cow's horns. "

"Accompanied by seven protective serpents, she took refuge in the swamps of Buto and there gave birth to Horus."
Veronica Ions, Egyptian Mythology

"Snakes of all types are sacred to Isis and were used in Her rites, often being carried processions."
DeTracy Regula, The Mysteries Of Isis

Friday, December 14, 2012

News...


Hey dude! So while you're waiting for next week's monsters to post you can check out my 2012 best of mix to get an idea of the crud that I listen to while I'm drawing these hideous blasphemies. My friend Justin started the blog as a place to share our favorite new (to us at least) music of the year and this is the third year I've done it.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT!

In more Yog-Blogsoth related news, I'll be doing another run of Illustro Obscurum Volume III after the holidays so those of you that missed out will still have a chance to get a copy.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Sketches 9

Hey folks! So, Illustro Obscurum sold out really, really fast despite paypal problems. Because of that, everyone that stuck with it and purchased a copy during that annoying period got a special original drawing with their copy!

If you follow this blog, you know I like to redraw stuff. Mostly because of the fast pace I set for myself, as time passes I realize there are things I could do better with a certain drawing or I have a better understanding of the creature based on other information. The drawings everyone got are the first time passes at monsters that have been redrawn. Some of them are from when I first started this project (as a one time show not a continuous blog) four years ago, so they may not be too good, hahah. Anyway, what I'm trying to say is, thanks!

Everyone's zines (preorders and stand alone, domestic and international) went out yesterday December 11th, much to the chagrin of the 8 people behind me at the post office (37 packages, ugh!). It was late in the day so they probably won't start their journey to you until today.

Also, since it's been a while, here are two sketch/completion comparisons...

This first one changed a little bit but mostly just in posture. The general idea is still the same. 

This guy is almost exactly the same as his sketch....adorable!

In other news, I'll be back on schedule and posting a full week's worth of new guys next week (two new and 1 redraw that was done to fix line work/color and 2 awesome redraws that are just cooler than the old versions). Jeanne and I are going to the Czech Republic and Slovakia for Christmas and New Years so, I'll be absent for a bit, however, I will have a special holiday post on Christmas day...it will NOT be safe for the dinner table.

Again, thanks!!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

VOLUME III SOLD OUT

Illustro Obscurum Volume III has sold out despite annoying paypal problems. 

All the zines (including combo pack orders) are printed, put together, and ready to be signed and numbered. I'll get them out early next week which should be in time for the holidays (SOME international destinations have taken an extended period of time to arrive but it should still be good). 

If you couldn't get Volume III because of the button issue write to me in the comments and I'll do a short run repress. Thanks everyone!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

News...

Preorders for the combo packs will be available Monday November 19th at 10:30am EST.

Friday, November 9, 2012

BUDDAI

BUDDAI
"They connect them in some way with their common racial legends about Buddai, the gigantic old man who lies asleep for ages underground with his head on his arm, and who will some day awake and eat up the world."
H.P. Lovecraft, The Shadow Out Of Time

"They are known by many names by all the natives across the continent, and take a number of different forms. They are the giants of the dream time, races of giant hominids that roamed the continent even before the appearance of the first Aboriginal."
Rex Gilroy, Giants From the Dreamtime; The Yowie In the Myth and Reality 

"Buddai, [is] a gigantic old man lying asleep for ages, with his head resting upon his arm, which is deep in the sand.  He is expected one day to awake and eat up the world."
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1894* **


*Thanks to starblazie on the HPPodcraft forums for unearthing this.
**The original text uses terse, racist vernacular. Indigenous Australians have and continue to face horrible forms or racism in their homeland. To read more, visit Aboriginal Rights Coalition


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

KHEM/MIN



KHEM/MIN
 Then we knew that we were done with Saracen Cairo, and that we must taste the deeper mysteries of primal Egypt—the black Khem of Re and Amen, Isis and Osiris."
H.P. Lovecraft & Harry Houdini, Under the Pyramids

"Min was represented as an ithyphallic bearded man. He wore the same headdress as Amon, two tall feathers, and held one arm raised to brandish a scourge or a thunderbolt. In the New Kingdom he was shown presiding over the harvest festival in the form of his sacred animal a white bull."
Veronica Ions, Egyptian Mythology

"An important male fertility god was Min, the local god of the ancient trading center of Gebtu, north of Thebes, where trails across the desert from the Red Sea met the Nile. Min is instantly recognizable on artifacts by his flail and his erect penis."
Charles Freeman, The Legacy Of Ancient Egypt

"As Khem or Min, he was the god of reproduction; as Khnum, he was the creator of all things, the maker of gods and men".
Florentine Bechtel, The Catholic Encyclopedia 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

OSIRIS

"They conceived of a literal resurrection of the body which made them mummify it with desperate care, and preserve all the vital organs in canopic jars near the corpse; whilst besides the body they believed in two other elements, the soul, which after its weighing and approval by Osiris dwelt in the land of the blest, and the obscure and portentous ka or life-principle which wandered about the upper and lower worlds in a horrible way, demanding occasional access to the preserved body, consuming the food offerings brought by priests and pious relatives to the mortuary chapel, and sometimes—as men whispered—taking its body or the wooden double always buried beside it and stalking noxiously abroad on errands peculiarly repellent."
H.P. Lovecraft & Harry Houdini, Under the Pyramids

"Osiris was represented as a dead kin, with only the hands emerging from the mummy wrappings to grasp the emblems of his supreme power, the shepherd's crook and whip. His body was colored red for the earth or green for vegetation, and on his bearded head he wore the atef crown, composed of the white crown of Upper Egypt and the two feathers of Busiris, to which were sometimes added a pair of horns."
Veronica Ions, Egyptian Mythology 

  

Friday, November 2, 2012

TSATHOGGUA

TSATHOGGUA
"Black Tsathoggua moulded itself from a toad-like gargoyle to a long, sinuous line with hundreds of rudimentary feet, and a lean, rubbery night-gaunt spread its wings as if to advance and smother the watcher."
H.P. Lovecraft & Hazel Heald, The Horror In the Museum

"He was very squat and pot-bellied, his head was more like a monstrous toad than a deity, and his whole body was covered with an imitation of short fur, giving somehow a vague sensation of both the bat and the sloth. His sleepy lids were half-lowered over his globular eyes; and the tip of a queer tongue issued from his fat mouth."
Clark Ashton Smith, The Tale Of Satampra Zeiros

"In that secret cave in the bowels of Voormithadreth . . . abides from eldermost eons the god Tsathoggua. You shall know Tsathoggua by his great girth and his batlike furriness and the look of a sleepy black toad which he has eternally. He will rise not from his place, even in the ravening of hunger, but will wait in divine slothfulness for the sacrifice."
Clark Ashton Smith, The Seven Geases


Thursday, November 1, 2012

GOD OF YAKUB

GOD OF YAKUB
"A strange structure rose in the middle of the rainbow-hued floor, tier on tier, each of a separate, vivid color. The ultimate tier was a purple cone, from the apex of which a blue smoky mist drifted upward to a sphere that poised in mid-air—a sphere that shone like translucent ivory."

      "This, the deep-grooved memories of Tothe told Campbell, was the god of Yekub, though why the people of Yekub feared and worshipped it had been forgotten a million years. A worm-priest stood between him and the altar which no hand of flesh had ever touched."
H.P. Lovecraft, C.L. Moore, A. Merritt,
Robert E.Howard, & Frank Belknap Long, The Challenge From Beyond


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

'UMR AT-TAWIL (YOG-SOTHOTH)


'UMR AT-TAWIL (YOG-SOTHOTH)
"There was another Shape, too, which occupied no pedestal, but which seemed to glide or float over the cloudy, floor-like lower level. It was not exactly permanent in outline, but held transient suggestions of something remotely preceding or paralleling the human form, though half as large again as an ordinary man. It seemed to be heavily cloaked, like the Shapes on the pedestals, with some neutral-coloured fabric; and Carter could not detect any eye-holes through which it might gaze. Probably it did not need to gaze, for it seemed to belong to an order of being far outside the merely physical in organisation and faculties."

"For this Shape was nothing less than that which all the world has feared since Lomar rose out of the sea and the Winged Ones came to earth to teach the Elder Lore to man. It was indeed the frightful Guide and Guardian of the Gate—’Umr at-Tawil, the ancient one, which the scribe rendereth the Prolonged of Life."

"At this reply the Guide seemed to make a sign by certain motions of his robe which may or may not have involved the lifting of an arm or some homologous member."

"Gradually and mistily it became apparent that the Most Ancient One was holding something—some object clutched in the outflung folds of his robe as if for the sight, or what answered for sight, of the cloaked Companions. It was a large sphere or apparent sphere of some obscurely iridescent metal, and as the Guide put it forward a low, pervasive half-impression of sound began to rise and fall in intervals which seemed to be rhythmic even though they followed no rhythm of earth."

"It was an All-in-One and One-in-All of limitless being and self—not merely a thing of one Space-Time continuum, but allied to the ultimate animating essence of existence’s whole unbounded sweep—the last, utter sweep which has no confines and which outreaches fancy and mathematics alike. It was perhaps that which certain secret cults of earth have whispered of as YOG-SOTHOTH, and which has been a deity under other names; that which the crustaceans of Yuggoth worship as the Beyond-One, and which the vaporous brains of the spiral nebulae know by an untranslatable Sign—yet in a flash the Carter-facet realised how slight and fractional all these conceptions are." 
H.P. Lovecraft & E.Hoffman Price, Through the Gates Of the Silver Key 

 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

PEGASUS


PEGASUS
With this grave retinue he trod the grove
And pray’d the Fauns he might a Poe-et prove.
But sad to tell, ere Pegasus flew high,
The not unrelish’d supper hour drew nigh;
Our tuneful swain th’ imperious call attends,
And soon above the groaning table bends."

H.P. Lovecraft, The Poe-et's Nightmare 
 
"But when Perseus had cut off the head of Medousa there sprang from her blood stout-hearted Khrysaor and the horse Pegasos so named from the pegai (springs) of Okeanos, where he was born." 
Hesiod, Theogony

"While deep sleep held fast Medusa and her snakes, he [Perseus] severed her head clean from her neck; and from their mother's blood swift-flying Pegasus and his brother [Khrysaor] sprang." 
Ovid, Metamorphoses


"Men believe it [Pegasos] sprang with its blood-spattered mane from the butchered Medusa’s pregnant neck."
Ovid, Fasti



Monday, October 29, 2012

BELIAL

BELIAL
"Madness rides the star-wind . . . claws and teeth sharpened on centuries of corpses . . . dripping death astride a Bacchanale of bats from night-black ruins of buried temples of Belial. . . ."
H.P. Lovecraft, The Hound

"The Sixty-eighth Spirit is Belial. He is a Mighty and a Powerful King, and was created next after Lucifer. He appeareth in the Form of Two Beautiful Angels sitting in a Chariot of Fire. He speaketh with a Comely Voice, and declareth that he fell first from among the worthier sort, that were before Michael, and other Heavenly Angels."
Clavicula Salomonis Regis, Lemegeton, Book I:The Goetia

"Belial came last; than whom a Spirit more lewd
Fell not from Heaven, or more gross to love,
Vice for itself. To him no temple stood
Or altar smoked; yet who more oft than he
In temples and at altars, when the priest
Turns atheist, as did Eli’s sons, who filled
With lust and violence the house of God?"
John Milton, Paradise Lost

"But for corruption thou hast made Belial, an angel of hostility. All his dominions are in darkness, and his purpose is to bring about wickedness and guilt. All the spirits that are associated with him are but angels of destruction."
The War Of the Sons Of Light and the Sons Of Darkness, Dead Sea Scrolls



Friday, October 26, 2012

News...

Hey everyone. Just a quick update. I just did a really cool interview with David Johansen Rodger that you can read here. It's specifically about HPL as an influence.
Also, next Monday starts two weeks worth of new monsters, including (actually starting with) one of the most NSFW images I've ever drawn. 

I've decided to do preorders for Illustro Obscurum combo packs. There will be a pack of Volumes I, II & III and a combo pack of Volumes II & III. You will be able to preorder as soon as the next batch of monsters is over, so probably around the second week of November.

Thanks!!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

News...

Hey guys, sorry for the delay but I've been busy. I had a poster to do for an upcoming Earth and Balmorhea show in Arizona.

I was asked to do something occult related but not satanic. I opted for a subject from one of my favorite occult texts, The Goetia.

"Goetia refers to a practice which includes the invocation of angels or the evocation of demons, and usage of the term in English largely derives from the 17th-century grimoire The Lesser Key of Solomon, which features an Ars Goetia as its first section. It contains descriptions of the evocation of seventy-two demons, famously edited by Aleister Crowley in 1904 as The Book of the Goetia of Solomon the King."


The piece I did is based on the demon Orias.
"The Fifty-ninth Spirit is Oriax, or Orias. He is a Great Marquis, and appeareth in the Form of a Lion with a Serpent’s Tail; and he holdeth in Hand two Great Serpents hissing. His Office is to teach the Virtues of the Stars, and to know the Mansions of the Planets, and how to understand their Virtues."

Since I like the idea so much I decided to do a version with no text for my friend Ryann's upcoming group show to benefit the WWF (World Wildlife Fund not World Wrestling Federation, they lost that lawsuit a while back). The idea was to make a piece that featured an endangered animal or habitat. Well, lions are listed as "vulnerable" and so are King Cobras. The San Francisco Garter Snake is actually listed as endangered. Anyway, the show is called Countdown to (En)Danger and the opening is this Saturday at B2. If you're in the Philadelphia area you should totally check it out. There are some amazing artists participating including Jeanne D'Angelo (her pieces is seriously stunning).

Anyway, in Yog-Blogsoth news (which is probably why you're here), I've been working on a bunch of really obscure new gods for the site including the most NSFW drawing I've ever done. Like, I wasn't sure if it was ok to draw it when I first had the idea. There will also be a long needed redraw in there too. Expect those the week of Halloween!

I'll also have Illustro Obscurum Vol. III ready for purchase for Christmas (what could be more blasphemous?). I'm thinking about doing another combo pack of Vol. I, II & III but maybe with preorders so I know how many to make? What do you guys think? Honestly, I have no idea so your comments will be very appreciated.

Lastly, if you guys are interested in creepy, weird stuff, I started a new tumblr that's just pictures of dead stuff and monsters I've seen traveling. It's called Corpse Altar, check it out.

Friday, September 28, 2012

GENIE/DJINN


GENIE/DJINN
The Genie that haunts the moonbeams spake to the Demon of the Valley, saying, "I am old, and forget much. Tell me the deeds and aspect and name of them who built these things of Stone." And the Demon replied, "I am Memory, and am wise in lore of the past, but I too am old. These beings were like the waters of the river Than, not to be understood. Their deeds I recall not, for they were but of the moment. Their aspect I recall dimly, it was like to that of the little apes in the trees. Their name I recall clearly, for it rhymed with that of the river. These beings of yesterday were called Man."
H.P. Lovecraft, Memory

"They mostly take the shape of a gigantic human but may be invisible or take other shapes, such as that of a vast and grotesque beast."

 "Their deception may be detected because they will have bertical eyes and the feet of a goat or a camel."
Carol Rose, Giants Monsters and Dragons

"Surely, I shall fill Hell with jinns and men all together."
The Noble Qur'an, Huud 11:119

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

TRITON

TRITON
"And the conches of the tritons gave weird blasts, and the nereids made strange sounds by striking on the grotesque resonant shells of unknown lurkers in black sea-caves."
H.P. Lovecraft, The Strange High House In the Mist

"This Is the name of a merman and, later, a class of mermen in the classical mythology of Greece and Rome."

"The Tritons are the sons of Neptune/ Poseidon and Amphitrite and are described as having humanoid bodies covered in scales with tails like those of a dolphin. Their heads have matted green or yellow hair, with gills behind their pointed ears, and their wide mouths have huge, fang-like teeth."
Carol Rose, Giants Monsters and Dragons


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

GARGOYLE II


GARGOYLE II
"77-Unspeakable dance of the gargoyles—in morning several gargoyles on old cathedral found transposed."
H.P. Lovecraft, Commonplace Book

"Its companion was a horned satyr, with the vans of some great bat such as might roam the nether caverns, with sharp, clenching talons, and a look of Satanically brooding lust, as if it were gloating above the helpless object of its unclean desire."
Clark Ashton Smith, The Maker Of Gargoyles


Monday, September 24, 2012

GARGOYLE I


GARGOYLE I
"76-Ancient cathedral—hideous gargoyle—man seeks to rob—found dead—gargoyle’s jaw bloody."
H.P. Lovecraft, Commonplace Book

"One was a snarling, murderous, cat-headed monster, with retracted lips revealing formidable fangs, and eyes that glared intolerable hatred from beneath ferine brows. This creature had the claws and wings of a griffin, and seemed as if it were poised in readiness to swoop down on the city of Vyones, like a harpy on its prey."
Clark Ashton Smith, The Maker Of Gargoyles




Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Progress...

Just an update about the process of making Illustro Obscurum Vol. II.


Folding covers with Cast A Deadly Spell and T.E.D. Klein keeping me company.

Tearing covers...

Folding pages with My Brother, My Brother and Me keeping me company now...

and finally, tearing pages (which is still happening) with MST3K keeping me company...

Monday, September 10, 2012

News...

Hey everyone, just to give you an update, Volume II is all printed (covers and interior pages), and will be available this Friday at 10:30am EST. There will be 30 copies available and there will also be a very limited edition of 13 sets of Volume I & II. I'll be posting a bit more as the week goes on so everyone will have a decent heads up.



Thursday, September 6, 2012

YIG

YIG
"It seems that Yig, the snake-god of the central plains tribes—presumably the primal source of the more southerly Quetzalcoatl or Kukulcan—was an odd, half-anthropomorphic devil of highly arbitrary and capricious nature. He was not wholly evil, and was usually quite well-disposed toward those who gave proper respect to him and his children, the serpents; but in the autumn he became abnormally ravenous, and had to be driven away by means of suitable rites."

"Yig was a great god. He was bad medicine. He did not forget things. In the autumn his children were hungry and wild, and Yig was hungry and wild, too."
H.P. Lovecraft & Zealia Bishop, The Curse Of Yig

"The secondary motif, a semi-anthropomorphic serpent, I did quite readily place as a prototype of the Yig, Quetzalcoatl, and Kukulcan conceptions."
H.P. Lovecraft & Zealia Bishop, The Mound