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THE TWILIGHT GALLERY features the finest of macabre fine arts. Pencil, pen & ink, oils, photographs, sculptures; anything of the weird, wild, whimsical, the eerie or uncanny, can be found along the corridors. Browse freely, but don't stray too far from the tour; many have become lost in these halls…

 

I've labelled this portrait “Jack's Bats Release”, because I sadly don't know the actual name or the artist. (If anyone can enlighten me, please do, so that I may credit this talent appropriately.) I did, and do, find this a delightful evocation of the spirit of the October Season, and it continues to make me smile as much as when I first discovered it. I hope you share the sentiment.
Happy Halloween!

 

June, spoon, moon…June is the traditional time for weddings, as happy couples prepare for a lifetime together during the dawning days of the summer season. And what would be more appropriate for the month than Dark Fantasy's most famous bride and groom? I'm afraid I don't recognize the artist (if anyone does would they please drop me a note so I can credit fully?) but I offer this imaged wedding portrait of the Monster and his Bride, with well-wishes from both sides of the aisle!

 

I love this painting, and experience a variety of emotions when viewing it; I hope it affects you as well. A small Grim Reaper (child? perhaps) on a swing all alone strikes both a whimsical and melancholy note, and it feels both delightful and terribly heart-breaking at the same time. I don't know who the artist is (if anyone does, would you please enlighten me so I may give him or her proper credit?) but I find this particularly evocative for the month.

 

It would be impossible to open a gallery of some of the finest macabre illustrators of our generation (and others past) without including the work of the legendary Gahan Wilson. In addition to his artwork, Mr. Wilson is an author, critic, and occasional performer, but his cartoons in such publications as “Playboy”, “Fantasy & Science Fiction”, “The New Yorker” and “Collier's”, among others are his pièce de résistance . His anthology collections include “I Paint What I See”, “Is NOTHING Sacred”, and “Gahan Wilson's Graveside Manner”. We're pleased to present this bit of foolishness for April.

 

This splendid illustration is the work of artist Javi De Castro (and if anyone has any further information on him, please drop me a line and let me know so I can link to more of his work) and depicts the climactic moment for replicant Roy Batty (played wonderfully by Rutger Hauer) in Ridley Scott's iconic Future Noir BLADE RUNNER. I find this beautifully evocative of the film, and hope you do as well.

 

For Valentine's Day I offer a double hanging: two seductive, beautiful icons of femininity in the Dark Fantastic. On the left is the otherworldly blood-sucking creation of Forrest J. Ackerman, Vampirella; on the right, from Marvel comics “Tomb of Dracula” series the immortal Lilith, Dracula's daughter. The artist of both these exquisite portraits is Bruce Timm, and if the style looks familiar, it's because he was one of the creative forces behind the wonderful BATMAN, SUPERMAN and JUSTICE LEAGUE animated series.

 

I hope your New Year's celebration was as festive! This is, of course, a depiction of the classic moment from THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA when the Phantom invades the Opera House's masquerade celebration costumed as the Red Death. This marvelous interpretation, actually three large panels, is the work of Anne Bachelier, a French artist and illustrator. This is from a new edition of Gaston Leroux's novel, you can learn more about it and see more of Ms. Bachelier's work by clicking HERE

 

The late Frank Frazetta was an iconic Fantasy and SF artist probably most famous for his covers of Edgar Rice Burroughs's “John Carter of Mars” and “Tarzan” books as well as Robert Howard's “Conan” stories, in addition to his comic work in Warren's “Eerie” and “Creepy” magazines; he also co-created the animated film FIRE & ICE with Ralph Bakshi. His work often features huge misshapen monsters, rugged heroes and scantily-glad maidens. But as you can see here, he also had a very delicate, sentimental side, and we're proud to feature his illustration of Father Christmas in our Gallery in time for the Season. Happy Holidays, my Friends!

 

This glorious evocation of Halloween is the work of the extraordinary Nicolas Delort . A close look will reveal that this is Linus from “It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” waiting in the pumpkin patch. (Note the other characters at the distant house for the Halloween party, and the wonderful touch of Snoopy riding among the clouds!) Mr. Delort works in minute pen and ink, often spending weeks on a single portrait, and has graced his talents on another wonderful illustration from “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, as well as the Universal Monster oeuvre. You can see more of his fine portfolio by clicking HERE. (You can also see a larger and more detailed version of the above by clicking on the illustration.)

 

“The falling leaves drift by my window; The falling leaves of red and gold…”
This evocative photo (photographer unknown, sadly) heralds the promise of the coming October Season. The weather is turning, the trees are changing, and spirits are preparing to walk the night again.
“But I miss you most of all, my darling; When autumn leaves start to fall…”

 

This month the Gallery is proud to feature the work of a True Master and Genius: Mr. Vincent van Gogh. Although perhaps best known for his work “Starry Night” and “Wildflowers” among his many other portraits, he was known to explore the macabre on occasion, all in his incredibly vibrant colors for which he's known, as the painting above aptly demonstrates. It's called simply “Skull” (naturally enough), painted as Oil on Canvas on Triples Board sometime around 1887-88. Besides this Gallery, the original currently hangs in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

 

Anthony Petrie is an extraordinary illustrator who specializes in popular films, and has done posters for films such as SHARKNADO, FIRST BLOOD and DAREDEVIL. One of his specialties is creating mock maps and floorplans for some famous film locations, such as the island of JURRASIC PARK, the Stanley Hotel of THE SHINING, an the New York transit System for GHOSTBUSTERS. This beautiful rendering of Amity Island, of course, references the location for the film JAWS. You can click on the image to see a larger version with more details; you can also order this fantastic print from his website, where you can view other pieces as well by clicking HERE.

 

With our discussion elsewhere in the crypt concerning the films POLTERGEIST, the Gallery is pleased to present this new, animated look at the classic film poster. This is the work of IGMUR user SamRAW08, who has animated several classic Horror film posters from the 1980s. Of course, some of the efforts are more interesting than others, but some are startling in their impact; I particularly like BASKET CASE, IT, ZOMBIE, and EVIL DEAD 2, although my favorite may be REANIMATOR. (Make note of the eyes on the severed head!) You can see the entire collection by clicking HERE, and I hope the artists may see clear to try his hand at some classic posters from the 1930s and 40s as his next project!

 

In honor of the recent showing of HOUSE OF HAUNTED HILL at the Eureka Theater, we're offering this fine portrait of my Cousin by our host The Great Razooly under his alternate identity as an artist. Primarily a sculptor, Mr. Razooly has also occasionally dabbled in graphic arts, and we're pleased to feature this effort in our Gallery. You can see more of his work by logging onto his Facebook Page HERE.

 

Chrism Lollar is a local artist and caricaturist whose work is featured on his website “Got Your Face”, his Instagram and his Facebook page. Boasting a clean, sharp style, he does commissions and can often be found at various local events, sketching away for the public's amusement. That was how this fine portrait came about; he was visiting the Excalibur Medieval Faire in Arcata last September and requested that I sit for him. Having seen his other efforts throughout the day, how could I refuse? I love this picture, and am proud to offer it a space in our Gallery.

 

I welcome in the new year with this splendid white reaper (who resemblance to beloved wandering spirits living and undead that haunt northern California coastlines is strictly coincidental), the work of Los Angeles/Hollywood artist Nina, who has a fine flair for the macabre! A self-described student of Naiveism, Ms. Nina's work is also inspired by the Renaissance Masters, but her talent is hers alone. You can see more of it by clicking HERE.

 

What would the December holidays be without Tim Burton's classic THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS? Here the entire cast of the film decorates their tree and prepares heir ghastly gifts. (The artist is unknown; if anyone recognizes him please let me know so I can credit this extraordinary effort.) Merry Christmas to one and all!

 

One of the best parts of traveling to my many appearances is the opportunity to meet my human companions and appreciate their many talents. At this year's Festival of Courage in Blue Lake, CA, I was given this feline graveyard visit by my young friend Lulu. I think she has a rare gift for the macabre. Thank you so much for your contribution to the Gallery!

 

I enjoy this monstrous pastiche of the classic poker-playing portrait. Note in particular how the Mummy has a few card tricks under wraps and the Invisible Man's carefully-guarded hand (and impeccable poker face). The work of artist Richard Baber, who's titled this “With Friends Like These”, it's a tribute to the classic Universal stars Karloff and Lugosi, and a fine exhibit for the October Season!

 

In keeping with the Father/Daughter theme on our PARTING GLASS Page comes this delightful image titled, naturally enough, “Father, This Is For You...” These loving spectres are the work of a talented artist who goes by the alias of SergoZ, who has a genuine taste and feel for the gentle macabre (although several of his other pieces are dark and disturbing). The young spectre is a frequent subject in his portfolio. Beyond that I'm afraid I don't know very much about this mysterious figure (sadly, I don't read Russian very well!); you can see more of his work by clicking HERE.

 

Nothing says summer like seashells, but you'll receive more than the sound of the ocean with these beautiful creations. Created by New Jersey artist Gregory Halili (born and raised in the Philippines), these bas-relief skulls are carved then painted with oils on raw gold-lip and black-lip mother or pearl. Currently being exhibited at Silverlens Galleries in Manila and the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York, we are pleased to add this piece to our own Twilight Room.
(To see more of his work log onto Mr. Halili's Facebook Gallery HERE.)

 

The internationally-acclaimed artist Travis Louie was born in Queens , New York , about a mile from the site of the 1964 World's Fair, and attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn . His visual style is mostly influenced by the lighting and atmosphere of German Expressionist and Film Noir motion pictures from the Silent Era to the late 1950's. Many of his paintings, most of which are less than 10 centimeters square, have a story to them derived from his notebooks and journals. His influences for his work include genre films, circus sideshows with human oddities, old Vaudeville magic acts, Victorian portraits, and things otherworldly; you can see more at his official website HERE. This somber, magnificent and appropriate portrait is titled “Miss Margaret and the Spirit of Death”.

 

My Cousin may hate me for revealing this, but he does lounge around the home in his off-hours wearing bunny slippers. At least that's my story, and I'm holding to it. I thought this marvelous portrait perfect for the foolish month of April; I particularly enjoy him stirring his tea with a tiny scythe. I don't have a credit for the artist responsible for this wonderful parody; if anyone can enlighten me please let me know so I can credit them properly. April Fools, Everyone!

 

Could this be the reason for the uncommonly severe winter weather battering at my human companions in the midwest and on the east coast? It's as good an explanation as any, I suppose. This marvelous Japanese print (by an unknown artist; if anyone has any clue as to their identity, please email and let me know) evokes the classic collection of Japanese ghost stories “Kwaidan” by Lafcadio Hearn, filmed beautifully by Masaki Kobayashi. It particularly recalls to me the tale “Yuki-Onna”, made as “The Woman In The Snow”, a story in my own repertoire.

 

I welcome two fetching and delightful young ladies into my Gallery in honor of Valentine's Day.

The sweet lil' Medusa is the work of Jérémie Fleury, a freelance illustrator and artist who makes his home in France. An honors graduate of the Lyon School of Illustration and Computer Graphics Émile Cohl, his work has been featured by video game studios such as Ubisoft and in children's book illustrations from Nathan and Pocket Books, among others. He's been featured at the Galerie Daniel Maghen ( Paris) and Nucleus (Los Angeles ), specializing in fantastic creations. His first published book was "Dracula" by Bram Stoker from Dominique Marion Editions Auzou. You can peruse his website HERE.

The gorgeous interpretation of H. P. Lovecraft's Dagon is from our friend Bethalynne Bajema, whose work has been featured previously in our Gallery. (See her Faerie Queen below.) Hailing from Michigan and New England and self-taught, her artwork has been featured in the magazines Weird Tales, Dark Beauty, Dark Realms, and Real Detroit and in the books Gothic Art Now and Vampire Art Now. A writer as well as artist, her prose has been featured in the first two books of photographer John Santerineross, Fruit of the Secret God and Dream. She is working on her first full length graphic novel and publishing her first coffee table book collection of artwork; you can view her portfolio on her official website HERE.

 

This impressive rendering of Krampus, the Dark Denizen of Christmas is the work of author and illustrator Brom, perhaps best known for his work with the roleplaying game company TSR, where he developed and illustrated some of their most popular titles. He's since written and illustrated a series of award-winning novels, including “The Plucker”, “The Devil's Rose”, “The Child Thief”, and the volume inspiring this illustration “Krampus, The Yule Lord”. You can see more of his art at his website www.bromart.com.

 

Among my many visits this past October was a trip to the local Arcata High School to speak to an Advanced English class studying storytelling and mythology. It was a wonderful afternoon, made very special by this delightful portrait of Yours Truly done by one of the students, the lovely (and obviously very talented) Kirsten Hayden. A very big Thank-You to Ms. Susan Clark-Luera for inviting me, for her classes for welcoming me, and the biggest Thank-You to Ms. Kirsten for her artistry!

 

Artist Terri Foss (full name Terri Ann Foss Epidy) lives in the Hudson Valley in New York . A photographer, painter, Ms. Foss majored in graphic design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her specialty is Halloween and witches, as you can see by the lovely gossamer work below. Visit her on Tumblr HERE, which also has links to her Etsy and Ebay Pages to see more of and purchase her work! (One of my favorites is the witch with the snowman, mixing the two best seasons for the ghostly and macabre: Halloween and Christmas!)

 

I don't know who created this marvelous illustration, but it looks to be a genuine Disney creation to my untrained eye. Regardless, Mickey Mouse has been dressing as Dracula for many years during the Halloween celebration at Disneyworld & Disneyland; I thought it most appropriate to accompany this month's website of Disney Horror. And the fetching lass succumbing to the vampire's embrace; could it be Minnie, or another of his brides? He'll never tell…

 

Megan, or “Megathy”, as she is known on the website deviantART, is an illustrator and costume designer from Long Beach, CA, who enjoys author Terry Pratchet and the band Barenaked Ladies, so she has obviously has excellent taste! She obviously has great talent as well, and also enjoys Madeline L'Engle's “A Wrinkle In Time”. In keeping with this month's recommendation of the graphic novel adaptation, I offer a two other artistic interpretations of Ms. L'Engle's iconic characters: Meg Murray and Aunt Beast, presented in a steampunk oeuvre. You can see more examples of her work by clicking onto her deviantART site HERE.

 

This wonderful illustration is the work of Michael Fleming, whose work has appeared in various shows and galleries across the country, including “WonderCon” in San Francisco. Mr. Fleming makes his home in the Bay Area, and his specialties include children's media and character design. This effort was created for “The Book Show” in Paris in 2012, and, of course, references Richard Matheson's classic novel “I Am Legend”. I find it a remarkable bit of macabre whimsy, an equally fitting tribute to the talents of both Mr. Fleming and Mr. Matheson!
You can see more of Mr. Fleming's work at his blog page Tweedlebop!

 

I have no idea who this artist is; if anyone can point me in the right direction, I would be extremely grateful. But I found this image so charming and striking that I couldn't help finding a place for it here in the Gallery. (I particularly love the pale hobbyhorse the Lil' Reaper rides.) I offer it to father's everywhere on their special day; I hope you spend the time with the tiny creature closest to your heart, as I have mine!

 

Laurie Lipton is an extraordinary artist who works primarily in pencil and black & white, with a penchant for religious imagery and a genuinely refined taste of the macabre. Her work encompasses grinning skeletal saints, demonic revelers, televisions that disgorge human faces and grinning Victorian madwomen in front of vintage machinery. The first individual to graduate from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pennsylvania with a Fine Arts Degree in Drawing (with honors), her gallery will haunt your dreams and unnerve you, including a ghastly spectre straight from M. R. James's “Oh Whistle, And I'll Come To You, My Lad!” This piece is entitled “Family Reunion ”; you can see more of her brilliant visions at her website www.laurielipton.com . (You can see much more detail in the larger version of the painting there; I should also note that her work is quite disturbing, and discretion should be advised.)

 

This piece of artwork may look less polished than some that have appeared in my Gallery, but its pedigree is extraordinary. Many fans of the macabre are aware that the legendary author H. P. Lovecraft was also an incredibly prolific letter writer. (Indeed, there are several volumes of his correspondences published that you can find in bookstores and on the Internet.) What some may not know is that Mr. Lovecraft was also an amateur illustrator and cartoonist, and often capped his letters with small drawings to his friends and fans. This is one such example of Mr. Lovercaft's work; his own interpretation of one of his greatest creations, the Old One Cthulhu. I am very proud to hang it here in this place of honor. Thank you, Sir, for all your work, from all of us.

 

This fine, stark interpretation of the hidden skeletal smiler is the work of artist James Michael Blanchand, whose work also appears under the pseudonym “Kreep E. Kreations”. He hails from North Carolina , and has a taste for macabre imagery; you can find more of his efforts at his Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/jamesmblanchard77.

 

“What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet…”
This extraordinary photo of a rare purple rose takes on a more macabre shade with the spectral countenance hidden among the leaves – which probably makes it the perfect bouquet for a deliciously dark Valentine! Enjoy!

 

As I promised in December, this marvelous portrait by local artist extraordinaire (and fan!) Amanda Lightfoot, given to me as a gift during the Christmas Season. It now adorns the wall of my crypt as well as the walls of this Gallery. To appreciate the rich detail of the pen, you can see a larger version of the picture by clicking on the image above. Thank you so much, Amanda; I hope you'll continue to find inspiration and creativity, and gift us with many more examples of your talents!

 

Les deseo un feliz Día de los Muertos a todos mis amigos humanos y compañeros en todas partes! Which means (or I hope it means) “I wish a happy Day of the Dead to all my human companions everywhere!” Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos) is a holiday known to the general public as “the Mexican Halloween” (although the only true similarities are the skeleton vestments and art, and the passing out of sugared-candy skull-treats). It is more a celebration of those departed, and the accruements include altars to honor dead relatives, skeletal figurines (called “calacas”) food, music and merriment, and the adorning of intricate makeup. This beautiful damsel invites you into the celebration; who can resist that smile?

 

The difficulty at this time of year (if you can call an embarrassment of riches a ‘difficulty') is that there are so many splendid artists of the macabre to choose from, and their work is so wonderfully varied. How to choose the best to represent the October Season here in the Gallery? Well, if you're like me, you simply break tradition and present two splendid pieces of work for your seasonal enjoyment! (Cue Rod Serling impersonation…)

Our first selection is an evocative image of the Halloween Season that I've always felt a genuine affection for; it's the work of artist William Basso, and is a mixed-media creation oil and photographic collage on canvas. The image (also named “October Shadows” ) was chosen to publicize the Halloween Art exhibit at Creature Features Horror/SF Memorabilia Store on Sierra Madre, CA. (It was also supposed to be the cover of a book detailing the exhibit; as of this date the book remains unpublished. Pity…) In addition to his fine arts, Mr. Basso has contributed to films such as INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE and JURRASIC PARK. You can see more of his work at his official website by clicking HERE. (And you can see the fantastic collection of events and collectables available at Creature Features by clicking HERE. )

As for the second piece, I know nothing about its creation or the artist, but the idea of a French Witch captured my fancy completely, and I couldn't refuse her admission to our display. (Although perhaps more accurately she should belong on my LETTERS Page; perhaps after the Holiday I'll move her there.) If anyone can give me more information on her creation and her artist, I would be extremely grateful.

And so, allow me to wish you a very happy and eerie Halloween, now and anytime you choose to celebrate it!

 

I'm sorry I don't know who the artist is, but this rare collection of Monster stamps struck my fancy. Obviously inspired by the Universal Monster stamps issued by the US Postal Service back in 1997, these present a greater diversity of xenobiology. Note in particular that each creature's stamp has an appropriately accurate mail location. (Would that some enterprising postal service commission these for genuine use!) For those interested in the actual Universal stamps, you can click HERE.

 

This painting tickles me; it's a wonderful parody of a famous 1931 photo of Boris Karloff being made up as Frankenstein's Monster by makeup master Jack Pierce and an assistant. I think transposing it to the cartoon character Frankenberry is a stroke of genius! This bit of satire is the work of cartoonist, animator and illustrator Bob Renzas; you can find more on his own blog HERE, as well as Robot Tiki and the Rare Breed Gallery, among others.

 

Just in time for Father's Day, a portrait of perhaps the most famous father and son in the Dark Fantastic. This striking portrait of Dr. Henry Frankenstein and his creation is the handiwork of Francesco Francavilla, comics artist and illustrator extraordinaire; you can find his work in “Detective Comics,” “The Green Hornet,” and “Zorro,” among countless others. You can see more of his art at www.francescofrancavilla.com.

 

This month's selection marks the first time a magazine cover graced the gallery, but I found this portrait of Ray Bradbury so evocative of the gentleman that I couldn't resist! (Notice especially his “Illustrated Man” business suit!) The painting is the work of Pixar studios animation artist Lou Romano; I think you can see the definite style in the caricature. It's from the Summer 2010 issue of “Written By”, the magazine of the Writers Guild of America West, for an article celebrating his 90 th birthday. We hang this portrait in honor of a man who gave so much pleasure to so many, and who will be greatly missed.

 

“ 'M' is for the many things she gave me..." There are no secrets in this family; the resemblance is too dear. This macabre ode to motherhood is the work of an unknown artist; should anyone know who the artist is and could enlighten me, I would be most appreciative. This striking painting came to my attention via my human companion Ozmantic Bates, who also presented the Gallery with the wonderful Tree Skull featured below. A grand day to mothers and children everywhere!

 

Mark Redfield is a man of many talents; actor, writer, director, producer, (his film of DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE is still the best adaptation of the novel, in my humble opinion) and painter (we featured his Lovecraft portrait some time ago; you'll find it hanging below in the Gallery). He is also, apparently, one of the few people who know what Barnabas Collins really looks like, and it isn't Johnny Depp! (Sorry, I'm still bitter; you can read about it on my Menu Page.) This work, along with many others, is available at Mr. Redfield's Etsy Store; you can access it by clicking HERE.

 

This extraordinary image is the work of an unknown artist; it was brought to my attention by an Internet companion named Ozmantic Bates, and her source was the wonderful store Gorey Details. Although as the name implies the work of the great Edward Gorey is indeed featured, they stock far more for those whose tastes wander into the dark macabre. You can find them at www.goreydetails.net.

 

This may well be my favorite portrait. It was done by a wonderful young artist in the Washington DC area named Jessica Wolfman, as an illustration for my novella "My True Love's Eyes Are Moonlight Grey" (which you can begin reading by clicking on my STORIES Page). Ms. Wolfman was a frequent visitor to Six Flags America during the Fright Fest celebration when my fellow Patient Creatures and I were performing in out theater. She was introduced by Sir Muckford Wurmbath, the pseudonym of another companion from those days. I enjoyed all her illustrations immensely, but have a special affection for this one, for obvious reasons. I'm happy to give it a permanent viewing here in the Gallery.

 

John Kenn is an extraordinary artist. His black & gray illustrations bring to mind the crosshatched wonders of Edward Gorey, while his macabre whimsy and uneasy imagery recalls the best of Gahan Wilson. What makes his art even more amazing is that it's all done on Post-It Notes! The drawings on his website http://johnkenn.blogspot.com are almost all actual size! It wouldn't be possible to choose my favorite, but this one of Cthulhu rising from the sea stands near the top of the list, and fits our month of Lovecraft perfectly! (Bookmark that site; you'll want to spend many hours perusing his talents!)

 

According to the Icelandic and Scandinavian legends, Santa Claus traveled the land bringing gifts to good children, but he had a companion that would also journey with him; a creature of darkness whose mission was to punish the disobedient children. Sometimes he was a human known as Black Peter, who would carry a switch to beat the bad youngsters, but often he was a bestial, demonic being named Krampus. In many northern countries Krampus has a following of his own, and adults cavort about in rowdy revelries, wearing masks and costumes (and causing no small destruction in the process). This painting is the work of illustrator Thomas Boatwright; you can find more of his wonderful work (including monsters and heroes like The Shadow and Batman) on http://boatwright.deviantart.com/.

 

What do you see? Two ladies sharing each other's company? Or something far more sinister? This is a classic illusion named "Blossom & Decay," created by an unknown artist many years ago. I thought it most appropriate to cap the October Season's celebration! There are several other examples of such macabre placements. I hope you enjoy, my Friends...and ignore that feeling of being watched...

 

This delightful lady, an obvious play on the girl who pops out of the cake at parties, seems more than ready for the October Celebration. The artwork was sent to me by The Bone Jangler, one of the premiere HorrorHosts in the country. For the past 10 years he's hosted several programs from his native Chicagoland on ACTV Channel 10. (He recently celebrated his anniversary), and can also currently be seen on The Monster Channel at www.monsterchannel.tv. Sadly, I don't know the name of the artist, but if anyone can enlighten me please do. (I ‘m sure the young lady will be pleased as well...)

 

Liza Phoenix is a graphic artist based in Seattle , Washington . I would describe her style as "pop-urban-phantasmagorical", but that's just me. Her eye-catching use of bright color and off-beat stylized imagery is a heady combination, and seems perfectly suited for product labels such as Vampire's Kiss Ale and Green Goddess Absinthe. But don't try and find these in your local market; all products (and tavern logos such as Beelzepub) are figments of her considerable imagination. I was drawn to this work of skeletal surrealism named "Moth King"; I find the colors and butterfly patterns almost hypnotic. You can see more of her efforts, purchase your favorites and learn more about this lovely lady at www.lizaphoenix.com/fantasy.html.
(Be advised that some of her work is for mature viewers.) 

 

Being a connoisseur of the human skull (so to speak) I find this painting extraordinarily lovely. I wish you could see more of the details clearly; each layer of the skull is made up of smaller skulls laughing, grimacing, and staring. UK artist Danielle Tunstall generally works in photography, creating stark, disturbing images for book covers, magazines and CDs. You can find more of her amazing creations at her website www.danielletunstall.com. (Be warned that her images are extremely intense, and are definitely not meant for younger eyes; discretion is very much advised.)

 

To go along with THE EXORCIST tribute on my PARTING GLASS Page, I present this classical interpretation of Dick Smith's award-winning makeup on Linda Blair. I don't know who created this image; it's been all around the Internet, and if someone would like to credit the artist for me I would gratefully appreciate it. There is a website where you can create your own Mona Lisa image similar to this: log onto www.megamonalisa.com  to learn how. (Be advised, some of the images are recommended for mature viewers.)  

 

I've had the pleasure to know John Dimes for many years; he's an extraordinary individual. In one guise he's known as Dr. Sarcofaguy, HorrorHost of the long running SPOOKY MOVIE in the Washington DC area; in another he's the author of several books, including “Intracations” and “The Rites Of Pretending Tribe” . He's also a very talented artist, and the first member of our dark exhibit to warrant a side-by-side showing: on the left is an original portrait of Yours Truly, done several years ago; on the right is a variation on the theme, finished several months ago, and I am extremely humbled by both efforts!

 

"Oh the January man he walks abroad in woollen coat and boots of leather;
The February man still wipes the snow from off his hair and blows his hand;
The man of March he sees the Spring and wonders what the year will bring
And hopes for better weather."


What is it? A snowbeast; a Yeti of the Himalayas ? An alien from a frozen moon circling Saturn? A transformed wizard from the Arctic North? Whatever this breathtaking Warrior of Winter may be, it is the work of photographer Garibaldi, and a harbinger of this season, particularly for those on the East Coast of the United States.

 

Thomas J. Wright is now an acclaimed television and film director, with episodes of genre favorites such as THE X FILES, MILLENIUM, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, MAX HEADROOM, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and ANGEL among his many credits. But in the 1970s he was primarily an Art Director, and in that capacity painted all the paintings used during the NIGHT GALLERY series to introduce the stories. (You can find one of his “self portraits” as the mortician in the “Die Now, Pay Later” episode painting.) Several of the paintings he did were made for segments that were never filmed, but hung in the background during Rod Serling's introductory comments. One such painting was this lovely damsel presented here, in honor of Valentine's Day, in our own Twilight Gallery.

 

I welcome in the New Year with this handsome portrait of myself, done by the Lady Raven, my companion for Halloween. (She is also the talented photographer responsible for the handsome portrait adorning my IndexPage when you first log onto my website.) It was taken from a photo of Yours Truly enjoying the Festival Of Courage some years back, and I think it makes a fine addition to the Gallery! Thank you so much, my Dear!

 

Season's Greetings! These festive spectres are the work of a very talented California artist who goes by the Nome-de-plume of YummyKitty. I like the idea of the three Christmas Spirits presented as young ladies, and enjoy the Celtic/Pagan horn references. You can peruse more of her art on her website http://yummykitty.deviantart.com/gallery/. (Please be advised that some of her work is for mature audiences only.) .

 

The title of this picture is “The Haunted House” ; it is the work of Italian artist Danielle Montella, and has been used in many seasonal affairs, including advertisements for ghost-hunting events. It may well be one of the most famous haunted house depictions in modern art. What you may not know is that the model for this fine, spooky domicile is the Carson Mansion here in Eureka , CA, on the Lost Coast itself! To learn more about this haunting and (supposedly) haunted structure, take a look at my Parting Glass Page!

 

I was again honored this year to visit Arcata High School and give a talk on storytelling to an advanced AP English class. One lovely young lady named Erin McNulty drew this portrait while I was visiting, and I am delighted to share it with everyone here in the Gallery! Thank you so much, Erin, and a Happy October Season to you!

 

Mark Redfield is a man of many talents; actor, writer, director, producer, and, unbeknownst to me until recently, quite an accomplished artist and painter as well, as evidenced by this delightful portrait of the Master of Providence himself, H. P. Lovecraft (with Cthulhuian disciple standing by). Mark's films include CHAINSAW SALLY, COLD HARBOR , THE DEATH OF POE , and the definitive adaptation (in my humble opinion) of DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE . You can see his thespian work at www.redfieldarts.com , and you can browse (and purchase) more of his delightful artwork at www.markredfield.etsy.com . (Just in time for the October Season!)

 

Roger Scholz is a marvelous illustrator from Grand Rapids , MI who specializes in automotive, horror, music and pin-up art. He is equally at home with “realistic” portraiture as well as stylized cartoon, and is adept in both color and black-and-white. I came across his work on MySpace, and was very impressed with his monster illustrations (particularly his work with creatures from film). I asked to display this piece, named “Nanny Death & The Kreepy Kids” because of the obvious (to my mind) pastiche of the classic Edward Gorey “The Gashlycrumb Tinies” cover art. (You can compare the two HERE.)

To see more of Mr. Scholz's work (be aware, however, that some of it is definitely for more mature audiences) log onto his website at www.myspace.com/wickedillustration .

 

I first became acquainted with local artist Rebecca Degagne at the Arcata Street Fair in May. A professor and lecturer at College Of The Redwoods and Humboldt State University, Ms. Degagne's art is, in her words,
“based on organisms and patterns found in nature, many pieces reference obscure lifeforms which take on an otherworldly quality when confronting the audience...I enjoy enticing viewers with sensual forms moving with a sense of weightlessness common in underwater and zero gravity environments. Soft, dark openings are suggestive of cavernous mouths of creatures of the deep – mysteriously inviting, yet disconcerting…and leaves my audience wondering what is "real" and what is imagined.”

Very true; I find in her work comparisons to Lovecraft's denizens of the deep and dark shadows, conjured believably and fantastically. Some of the biological aspects remind me of a more serene, whimsical Giger.

This creature is known as the Red Nudibranch, is even more impressive in three dimensions. You can find more of Ms. Degagne's creations at www.rebeccadegagne.com , along with a listing of the galleries were her work can be viewed in person!

 

This exotic Fey Creature is the work of an extraordinary artist named Bethalynne Bajema. Her work is at once ethereal and unsettling, exquisite and multi-layered, with a true sense of the beauty that often accompanies the dark macabre. I'm also delighted to report that she is, as I am, a devote of Lovecraft, and her Cthulhu homage are both delightfully quirky and true to the Master's memory. But don't take my word for it; you can find more of her images by logging onto www.bethalynnebajema.com .

 

It's often said that the eyes are the windows of the soul. If that's true, then you can see right into mine through this marvelous painting by my lovely com panion, artist Tessa Thornberry. I met her last year at FaerieWorlds in Eugene , OR ; in addition to her paintings she also does sculpture, costuming and mask-making. You can see more of her work by logging onto her art site www.thornberryarts.com.

 

"In The Deep Midwinter..." Beware than the January chill doesn't bring you face to face with this representative of the Snowscape. (Although not everyone seems terrified; look at the ace of the youngster…) This menacing version of Frosty was created by Serj Iulian, an avid gamer and industry aficionado, for the cover of Issue #28/January 2009 of Clarkesworld Magazine, an online periodical dedicated to fiction of SF, Horror and Fantasy. (Learn more about this wonderful Zine on our LINKS Page.) You find more of Mr. Iulian's fascinating work by going to
www.beloved-creature.deviantart.com.

 

We open our new Gallery with this wonderfully atmospheric October Season work by photographer Bernadette Fischer. You might remember some of her work gracing our pages from the last website; she is one of our friends from Six Flags America's FRIGHT FEST. She has her own company now named [OneThousandWords] Fine Art Photography. To find out more information about her company and see more stunning examples of her art, you can visit her at http://www.myspace.com/otw_photography .

 

What is it? Whatever your senses tell you it may be. Tilt your head to the right; could it be a skull, staring out from a black evening? Tilt your head to the left; is it a robed spectre reaching for you from the void? The image was contributed by one of our friends who goes by the Internet name of BigPenguin. He lives in the northernmost reaches of Canada , and photographed this Rorschach display of the Aurora Borealis for your viewing pleasure.

 

This darkly whimsical portrait, entitled Krahe , is the work of German illustrator and cartoonist Rudi Hurzlmeier, whose work has been featured in television and satirical magazines. Painting since 1990 under the signature RuDiHu, I believe Mr. Poe would greatly approve of this interpretation of one of his most famous creations.

 

This beautiful vampire maiden, awakening from her daylight slumber, is the work of an artist named Phoenix . It was discovered on the pages for The Paranormal Research Society (www.theparanormalresearch.com ). I'm afraid I know little else about its creator, but I found the work striking and wanted to offer it here in my Gallery for your edification and entertainment. If you have any further information about Phoenix , please email me at twilightgallery@patientcreatures.com .



Do you have a drawing, photograph, sculpture, or morbid bit of d'art that you'd like placed in our Gallery? You can email it to the Curator at carpathain@patientcreatures.com, and we'll be happy to arrange a showing.


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