Friday, July 23, 2021

The Spiralling Wand

 McCormick Wands returns to our pages with this beautiful spiralling wand


 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Byakhee

I'm a big advocate of journaling tabletop role-playing games.  An in-character narrative mixed with ephemera and documents is a great way to keep track of story details and create a truly memorable record of the character's adventures.  Delinyer Diek demonstrates just how cool that can be with this in-character illustration of a Byakhee.


 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The Thing in the Corner

How would you like to wake up to this grotesque creature growing on the ceiling of your room?  It comes to us from Russian artist Alexie Andreev.


 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Idol of Zara-Hem

In the Hellboy mythos the dark god Zara-Hem is one of the 369 spawn of the Ogdru Jahad.  Dale Bigford returns to our pages with this recreation of the idol worshipped by cultists in multiple runs of the comic.


 

Monday, July 19, 2021

Bask in the Light of the Great Old One

Japanese artist Akihito brings us this impressive Cthulhu lamp.  The quality of the sculpt is impeccable, and it's all the more impressive when backlit. 


 

Friday, July 16, 2021

Fear the Three Eyed Goat!

The three-eyed goat is a common incarnation of Baphomet.  Depending on your point of view, he's either a figure of occult wisdom or demonic influence.  As Patrick Magee demonstrates, that doesn't mean he can't also be amazingly cute.


 

Thursday, July 15, 2021

The Favor of Mother Hydra

Jason McKittrick returns to our pages with this cool Innsmouth whaler pendant, a faux scrimshaw depiction of Mother Hydra.  Back when I lived in New Bedford, MA one of my favorite places to visit was the whaling museum.  This would be right at home in one of the artifact displays.


 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Keisuke Edition.

This beautiful Cthulhu idol comes to us from Japanese artist Yoneyama Keisuke.  Open up the image in a new tab and zoom in to get a real appreciation for the sheer level of detail.


 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

The Necronomicon

 Colin Christian returns to our pages after a too long absence with this amazing Necronomicon.



 

Monday, July 12, 2021

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Seb Edition.

This nicely done Cthulhu idol comes to us from Seb of Seb's Customs.  Click through to see a full gallery showing the sculpt from multiple angles.

 



 

Friday, July 9, 2021

The Greatest Cthulhu

I believe we have a new title-holder for "Worlds Largest Cthulhu".  This massive sculpt from scenic artist Tamara Lujan easily beats the previous champion, the wall sculpture at the much missed Storm Crow Tavern in Vancouver.

 


 

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Star Stone of Minar

I examined the thing in my hand. It was of course a star-stone, featureless, gray-green; the thing might easily have been a small, fossil starfish. Crow, too, gave his stone a thoughtful examination, then said: “So these are the star-stones of ancient Mnar.”

 “Yes,” Peaslee agreed. “Except you couldn’t call these stones exactly ancient. They are samples from Miskatonic’s kilns—but for all that, they’re just as powerful as the real things.”

I love when someone takes a shot at the more obscure props of the Mythos.  This recreation of the Star Stones from Brian Lumley's Titus Crow stories is from artist Uriel Bant.


 

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Darkstar Armor

This is just amazing.  The artisans at Arm Street bring us their all steel (!) "Darkstar" LARP armor.


 

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Vessel of Cthulhu

This clay vessel featuring Cthulhu comes to us from Morok Art Studio.  Pair it up with the sacrificial knife and you're all set for summoning the Old Ones.

 

 



 

Monday, July 5, 2021

Friday, July 2, 2021

The Monkey's Paw

"The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs was written in 1902 and is still one of the most effective horror stories ever set to paper.  John Pinkerton of the Monster Sandbox brings us the tale's titular artifact.  Remember, be careful what you wish for.



 

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Altar of the Necronomicon

The talented George Tsougkouzidis returns to our pages with his latest piece, the Necronomicon Altar.  As always, his texture work is mind-boggling.


 

 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Stone of Dagon

This intriguing artifact featuring Dagon comes to us from artist Peter Burnat.  The hand-carved stone tablet looks exactly like something you would find in a museum collection.



 

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

That Voodoo That You Do

Most of the magical prop sets we see are based on European traditions.  Professional production designer and artist Craig Baurley brings us a change of pace with this collection of props inspired by Haitian voodoo/vodou.  


 

Monday, June 28, 2021

Feed Me

 The talented Karen Main returns to our pages with this fanged carnivorous plant specimen.  



 

Friday, June 25, 2021

Krampus Mask

There's a fine line between quaint rural traditions and terrifying rituals, as many a horror movie has demonstrated.  Artist Arthur Moinat brings us another example with this hand-carved wooden Krampus mask.


 

Thursday, June 24, 2021

The Runes

 This beautiful set of steel rune tokens comes to us from the forge of Wyrdcor.


 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Nazis. I Hate Nazis.

It's no secret that Nazi forces attempted to harness occult powers to win World War II, but it's still disturbing to see just how extensive their efforts were.  The talented Andrea Bonazzi returns to our pages with this photograph from the personal collection of Dr. Henry Jones, Jr., taken at an unknown site in 1941.  It bears some disturbing similarities to figures found at the Göbekli Tepe site in Turkey.


 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Skaven Warrior

The appropriately named Larping Photographer brings us this Skaven warrior from a Russian Warhammer LARP.


 

Monday, June 21, 2021

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Sefy Edition.

 Spanish artist Jorge Sefy brings us this nicely done resin Cthulhu idol



 

Friday, June 18, 2021

Tools of the Trade

 This beautiful selection of hand-carved wooden wands comes to us from McCormick Wands.


 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Dem Bones

The amazing Tom Kuebler returns to our pages with a selection of his sideshow-style gaff skulls, including the bi-cephalic skull of Edward Mordrake.


 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Innsmouth Brawler

If you ever wondered just who Zadok Allen was worried about being seen by in "The Shadow Over Innsmouth", wonder no more.  Abraham Marsh brings us this Innsmouth brawler, clearly touched by the taint.


 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Innsmouth Amulet

 This Innsmouth inspired amulet in silver and carnelian comes to us from Ash Tree Metals.  


 

Monday, June 14, 2021

Ancient Deep One

 The talented Jason McKittrick returns to our pages with this ancient Deep One figure, part of the upcoming "Summer out of Innsmouth" project.


 

Friday, June 11, 2021

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Cognomorfosis Edition.

This Cthulhu idol, depicting the Great Old One atop one of the sunken temples of R'lyeh, comes to us from Cognomorfosis.

 



 

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Bad Medicine

 This nicely done poison bottle comes to us from artist Andrea Falaschi.


 

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Fallout Mr. Handy Replica

Folkenstal returns to our pages after a long absence with this full-sized replica of Codsworth, the main character's Mr. Handy household robot from Fallout 4.  Amazingly, it's almost totally made from foam.  Click through to see his complete build log, including dozens of in-progress photographs.


 

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Prop Tableaux

This is pure prop pr0n, and it's glorious. Courtesy of the artists at Ateliers Nemesis.

Monday, June 7, 2021

The Black Grimoire

The Black Grimoire is the latest bit of tomecraft from the immensely talented Alex Libris.  Hand bound in wood and leather with custom brass hardware and cast embossment.



 

Friday, June 4, 2021

The Shoggoth Slate

"Known to have once been in the possession of the Esoteric Order of the Dagon, the so called "Shoggoth Slate" was found washed ashore near a rotting wharf in Innsmouth, Massachusetts. While never officially sighted, the creatures known as "Shoggoths" have been rumored to inhabit underground tunnels below the town of Innsmouth. Shoggoths have also been linked to a mystery-shrouded city reported to exist somewhere in the icy mountain ranges of Antarctica. Analysis of Item #752-S13 has revealed a unique make-up of both slate and basalt adjacent properties, something never recorded before."

Jason McKittrick is back with another item from the Miskatonic University Special Collections vault.  His latest is the "Shoggoth Slate", featuring a fantastic sculpt mounted inside a presentation shadow box.  Wonderful work, as always.


 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

On the Menu at the Mountains of Madness

This white, waddling thing was fully six feet high, yet we seemed to realize at once that it was not one of those others. They were larger and dark, and according to the sculptures their motion over land surfaces was a swift, assured matter despite the queerness of their sea-born tentacle equipment. But to say that the white thing did not profoundly frighten us would be vain. We were indeed clutched for an instant by a primitive dread almost sharper than the worst of our reasoned fears regarding those others. Then came a flash of anticlimax as the white shape sidled into a lateral archway to our left to join two others of its kind which had summoned it in raucous tones. For it was only a penguin—albeit of a huge, unknown species larger than the greatest of the known king penguins, and monstrous in its combined albinism and virtual eyelessness.

One of the defining features of H.P. Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness" are the huge, misshapen penguins discovered in the ruins of the ancient Elder Thing city.  Ironically, they could be the one thing that makes long-term exploration of the high plateau structures by the Miskatonic expedition possible.  Charles Dickinson was kind enough to send over this article from the Guardian about the use of raw penguin meat to prevent scurvy during one of the earliest polar expeditions.

Thirteen years before he became the first person ever to reach the south pole in 1911, the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen experienced his first merciless taste of winter in the Antarctic. Stuck onboard the Belgian expedition ship Belgica, which was grounded in pack ice, he and the rest of the crew contracted scurvy and faced certain death.

That is when, according to a new book published later this month, Amundsen started eating raw penguin meat – and discovered a secret that would later give him a huge advantage over Captain Robert Falcon Scott in the race to the south pole.

It's a fascinating story.  Amundsen was a huge influence on Lovecraft's story, in particular his use of the Dornier Wal seaplane for polar exploration.  Given that resource management is a large part of Chaosium's classic "Beyond the Mountains of Madness" adventure, his use of penguin meat opens up some interesting story options .  Having gigantic, eyeless albino penguins on the menu would be a wonderfully icky option for the final act.


Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

 The gifted Karen Main returns to our pages with this mirror framed in flesh.  


 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Cthulhu Rising

Okedoki Art brings us this work in progress shot of their upcoming Cthulhu idol designed by Mike Sass.  Browse their feed an you'll see the insanely complicated seven part mold needed to cast it.