Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tomes of Darkness

Across most of the internet calling something "creepy and disturbing" is an insult.  Here, it's high praise.  This pair of creepy and disturbing prop tomes come to us courtesy of Mr. Zarono.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Lovecraftian Newspaper Articles

Mike Jenkins has collected some excellent classic era articles to serve as filler elements for prop clippings.  It's wonderfully horrible stuff.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sweet Lucille

This is foam.  I can't think of any higher praise for this recreation of Lucille from "The Walking Dead" by Sander Propworx.  Absolutely amazing. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Numanewt Specimen

Tayler Brown returns to our pages with this fetal numanewt specimen.  The translucence of the flesh really sells it.

Friday, November 25, 2016

The Sorceror Troll

The gifted Alice Tochylovska brings us this wonderfully well done sorcerer troll. It's probably the triangular symbols and staff headpiece that gives me a heavy "Dark Crystal" vibe.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Catmander

Johnathan Rode returns to our pages with this specimen of the rare and elusive catmander.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

LARP Alchemist's Kit

Leatherworker Stefano Meo created this wonderful LARP alchemist's kit.  Unfortunately, it was only briefly available on Etsy, so I was forced to mine Google's cache to grab these photos.  His storefont may have some other items you'll enjoy.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Threlfall Edition.

Artist Jack Threlfallbrings us this work in progress shot of his Cthulhu bust.  I look forward to seeing how it looks once the wings are mounted.

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Book of Myst

"Myst" is a legendary game that, it many ways, created the open world exploration genre.  One of the defining features of the game and its sequels is the importance of books, including the magical linking books that allow inter-dimensional travel. Artist Jonas Eklundh has spent years recreating the "Myst" book that allows the player to initially enter the game world. That includes illustrated maps from the game as well as the notes and documents found in various locations.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Mea Culpa

I have a rather embarrassing confession to make.

I'm still in the process of unpacking from the move.  Imaging my surprise when I came across a box containing half a dozen Miskatonic University Alumni packages.  That should be impossible, since I mailed all of them.

Except, upon reflection, I didn't.  I'd set aside a number of them for international customers and had started posting them off as I checked the shipping charges for each country.   That process was well underway back in June when the I had the one-two punch of twin high school graduations followed by my eldest's wedding.  In the mad three week rush of those events I totally forgot about the remainder of the international orders.  That means some of you are still waiting to hear back from me about how much your order will cost.

And you've been waiting five months.

Because I'm a putz.

For that, I sincerely apologize. 

On the bright side, I still have your packages.  Unfortunately, I don't have any record of who is still waiting.  I have the PayPal invoices for the orders that did go out, but I only billed people right before I actually sent out their packages.  If you contacted me about a set, but never received a shipping quote or PayPal request, your package is sitting in my workshop.

If you're still interested please drop me an email at  Again, my sincere apologies for letting this slide through the cracks.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Shrouded Dead

The talented Ash Robles brings us this South American style mummified body.  A lot of artists trying to reproduce the look of real mummies end up creating glorified skeletons.  Mrs. Robles does an outstanding job of capturing the nuances of desiccated flesh shrinking to conform to the bones as it dries.   

Friday, November 18, 2016

Idol of Nightmares

Italian artist Christian Alpini has uncovered an unusual idol that reportedly causes nightmares in anyone that touches it.  Surprisingly, there appears to be a scientific basis for this apparently supernatural power.  Read more about the "L'idolo degli Incubi" in Italian, or peruse the Google translation in English.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

It Bites

This nasty little parasitic worm comes to us from artist Ian Austin.  The paint job really highlights the wonderful texture work.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Dark Warrior

If I saw this striding toward me across the battlefield I'd probably wet myself.  Sander Propworx brings us his personal LARP armor, photographed by Moritz Jendral Photography.  We featured the helmet earlier this year, but the complete costume is even more impressive.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign*

"I opened the box. On the pink cotton inside lay a clasp of black onyx, on which was inlaid a curious symbol or letter in gold. It was neither Arabic nor Chinese, nor, as I found afterwards, did it belong to any human script."
-William Chambers from "The King in Yellow"

The Kickstarter for the King in Yellow Christmas Cards is in it's final hours. As part of the project artist Daniel Gelon has created a conjectural version of the Yellow Sign to avoid infringing on the well-established design from Kevin Ross.

*With apologies to the Five Man Electric Band

Monday, November 14, 2016

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Stonegoblin Edition.

Finnish artist Stonegoblin crafted this garden-ready Cthulhu idol.  The main body is soapstone, while the wings are granite. 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The White Grimoire

Mille Cuirs returns with this beautiful tome.  Hand bound in tooled white leather with brass and mother of pearl adornments.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Trophy Mount

The talented Christopher Andres brings us this mounted bat goat.  A wall full of fantasy trophies like this is one of the highlights of the three story library I'll build when I win the lottery.  Heh.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Cthulhu Crusades

"Cthulhu Crusades" is a new card-based building game currently up on Kickstarter.  There's a lot to like about the project.  That includes the historical mythos art of Robert Altbauer, who's no stranger to these pages.  His illustrations based on the Bayeux Tapestry are at the heart of the game, filling the tarot deck/game cards.

The extras are equally high quality, featuring an Altar to Dagon/deck box and Cthulhu idol sculpted by the gifted Daniel Ritthanondh.

The icing on the cake is the involvement of Alberto Cano of the Cthulhu Project.  He has a long history of successfully shepherding projects through Kickstarter and making sure everyone gets what they were promised.   That's no small thing given the unfortunate history of failed Kickstarters run by less experienced organizers.  Given all that I think it's a project worthy of your support.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Winged Degu

The degu, or bush tailed rat, is a mundane rodent native to Chile.  Artist Kimberly Alisse Boyer brings us this specimen of the winged degu, the far rarer Awakened variant of the species.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Long Live the King

Thiago Gonçalves donned the rainment of the King in Yellow for Halloween.  This nicely done ensemble was created as part of a cycling in costume event.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Black Pharaoh

Unsungno1 created this faux papyrus by phonetically translating H.P. Lovecraft's poem "Nyarlathotep" into hieroglyphics and then embellishing it with modified Egyptian figures. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Great Cthulhu

If I had half of Paul Komoda's talent I would die a happy man.  His latest project is this incredibly detailed Cthulhu bust.  The texture work is simply amazing.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Lion's Roar

AlexLibris999 returns to our pages with this beautiful leather journal.  Hand bound in tooled leather with riveted straps, corner embossments, and gilded lion design. 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Toothsome Maw

Dogzilla Lives returns with another of her wonderful creations.  The paint job really brings out the fleshy, organic texture of the critter. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

The Necronomicon, Makov Edition

Artist Victor Makov brings us this well done take on the "Evil Dead" style Necronomicon.  The whole "cover made from a human face" thing is a bit ridiculous, but over the last few weeks we've seen some really outstanding interpretations. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

In Transit

Things may be a bit spotty over the next few days.  I'm in the middle of moving and it's starting to sink in just how much...stuff...I've accumulated.

Right now I'm seriously regretting my decision to collect vintage encyclopedias.  On the bright side, I'm going to have forearms like Popeye by the time I'm done re-shelving everything.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The White Knight

Sweet fancy Moses.  This set of incredibly ornate leather armor comes to us from Prince Armory.