Josh Hardie returns to our pages with another wonderfully alien idol. He has a real gift for creating creepy icons.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
This tableaux of props from Mike Mignola's "Hellboy" comes to us from the folks at Skelton Crew. Their line of props from the comics is currently on hold, but I'm hoping it will be revived with the reboot of the series.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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Photographer Stephen Alvarez brings us this petroglyph in the Barrier Canyon Style from Utah. The conventional description of what you're seeing is that the large figure on the left is a "bird". That you're actually looking at a painting of humanity cowering before huge, tentacled creatures is too outre for conventional science.
The Mythos has been active in North America for a very, very long time.
The Mythos has been active in North America for a very, very long time.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Alice Tochylovska brings us this rather creepy specimen of an immature mandrake. Even at this stage of development its wail is potentially lethal. To prevent unfortunate incidents the creature is cleverly restrained within a bath of calming potion.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Norwegian artist Stein Strindhaug brings us a collection of fonts based on his self-created Qvasi language. He originally designed the glyphs for a conlang project that didn't pan out. Boutique fonts like this are a great resource for paper props because they're totally unrecognizable. That helpfully avoids what I call the "Curse of Futhark", where the immersiveness of a prop falls apart because the font is wildly overused.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
This recreation of the Stalhrim Dagger from Skyrim comes to us from the talented folks at Arsynal Props. I was a little disappointed Bethesda didn't announce another installment in the Elder Scrolls saga during their E3 presentation.
Monday, June 12, 2017
It appears you'll have a chance to travel to shadow haunted Innsmouth this October. The Haunted Rose Halloween Haunt has posted some work in progress pictures of their upcoming show inspired by Lovecraft's classic "The Shadow Over Innsmouth". I'm looking forward to see how it shapes up.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017
This squad of Colonial Marines comes to us courtesy of Basemental Props. It's telling that fans are still recreating props and costumes from the first two films in the franchise while generally ignoring any of the follow ups.
Monday, June 5, 2017
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Friday, June 2, 2017
Wats6831 returns to our pages with another fantasy RPG inspired meal. This time it's a bit of fine dining from the Underdark featuring favorites from DnD's Drow. You'll find the Reddit discussion over here.
Menzoberranzan black truffle rothe cheese (Black Knight Tilsit), Donigarten Moss Snails (Escargot in shallot butter sauce), Blind cave fish caviar in mushroom caps (Lumpfish caviar), faerzress infused duck egg imported from the surface Realms (Century egg), Black velvet ear fungus (Auricularia Black Fungus Mushroom).
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
These points were discussed very carefully because of their probable connection with the death of Robert Blake. Students in the Psi Delta house, whose upper rear windows looked into Blake’s study, noticed the blurred white face at the westward window on the morning of the 9th, and wondered what was wrong with the expression. When they saw the same face in the same position that evening, they felt worried, and watched for the lights to come up in his apartment. Later they rang the bell of the darkened flat, and finally had a policeman force the door.
-H.P. Lovecraft, The Haunter of the Dark
The talented Mike Jenkins brings us this conjectural seal for the Psi Delta fraternity featured in the Old Gent's "The Haunter of the Dark". Via that connection it also happens to be one of the few fan-made props for The Illuminatus Trilogy, where Robert Blake is prominently featured. Fnord.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Monday, May 29, 2017
Here's an interesting change of pace. Dancer Sony Voodoo shares these snapshots from a performance of her Innsmouth inspired Deep One ritual dance. It's a disturbing mixture of creepy and sexy, which no doubt helps explain why the Deep Ones had such a friendly relationship with certain coastal enclaves.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Copper Centipede returns to our pages with this nicely done idol of Shub-Niggurath, The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young. I own one of his earlier castings with a weathered stone finish and it looks like it just came out of the ground.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Polish artist Sebastian Jarmołowicz brings us a recreation of the pre-Christian idol posts found across Slavic Europe. Personally, I've been a lot more interested in Slavic mythology and history since I was exposed to the Witcher books and video games. It's too bad schools don't give the folklore of eastern Europe as much attention as the Norse and Greco-Roman pantheons.
Friday, May 26, 2017
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
We've featured an increasing number of Cthulhu idols that were sculpted digitally and then 3D printed. Unfortunately, many of them take a serious quality hit because of the layering effect produced as the molten filament builds up the physical model. This very nice design from Dürum & Bass handily dodges that problem. I really like how the facial tentacles taper down to fine, curving tendrils.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
We continue our theme of international Lovecraftiana with this resin Cthulhu idol from Mexican artist Abraham Cruz.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
"All the objects—organic and inorganic alike—were totally beyond description or even comprehension. Gilman sometimes compared the inorganic masses to prisms, labyrinths, clusters of cubes and planes, and Cyclopean buildings; and the organic things struck him variously as groups of bubbles, octopi, centipedes, living Hindoo idols, and intricate Arabesques roused into a kind of ophidian animation."
-H.P. Lovecraft, Dreams In the Witch-House
This octopoidal horror comes to us from Swedish artist Richard Svensson. It's based on an original concept sketch from KingOvRats, itself inspired by the multi-dimensional denizens in Lovecraft's "Dreams in the Witch House".
Friday, May 19, 2017
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This work in progress video of an upcoming bottled creature comes to us from artist Brogan Paul Johnson. I can't wait to see the finished piece floating in liquid.
Made some more progress on this little guy last night. Hopefully he will be done soon and I can get working on his umbilical cord. #alien #creature #creaturedesign #fetus #specimen #oddities #sculpture #chatacterdesign #original #art #modelkitA post shared by Brogan Paul Johnson (@broganpaulcreations) on
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Artist Chris Williams brings us this impressive Elder Thing figure. The one minor quibble I have is the lack of the webbed feet that figure so prominently in "At the Mountains of Madness", but..well, look at it. It's gorgeous.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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Monday, May 8, 2017
This massive statue of the demon Pazuzu from "The Exorcist" comes to us from effects artist Patrick Magee. It was a collaboration with Casey Wong for a haunted house attraction themed on the movie. In a stroke of genius, the final room of the maze featured an actor wearing a costume identical to the statue prop. One can imagine the impact on the unfortunate patrons.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Rich Penn Auctions is offering up this Vampire Hunting Kit from the collection of the late Dick Borgerding. Bidding is currently up to $1600, sans buyers premium.
Vampire kit, wood & leather case w/ornate brass hardware, wolf's head & crossbow, interior sections hold wood arrows, prayer book dated 1914, crucifix, rosary, candle stands, double-barrel percussion pistol, lead balls, bullet mold, powder horn, skull bottle, bone pocket knife, silver match holder, hypodermic needle, holy water bottle, coffin nails & much more, probably early 1900's, all VG cond, case 10"H x 12.5"W x 10"D; top crossbow 18"L x 15"W.On the bright side, they aren't claiming it's an authentic kit or offering up a definitive date of manufacture. Given that many of the individual pieces probably do date back to the late 1800s or early 1900s the bid price isn't too out of line, but does seem a bit high. If the after-market hinges hadn't been attached over the decorative scrollwork I'd be a bit more enthusiastic about its quality.