‘Werewolf’ specimens or Homo Lupus/Lycanthrope by artist Alex CF.
The fascinating photos you see here of the all-too-realistic looking remains of vampires, werewolves, and everyone’s favorite mythological creature Cthulhu, are actually the creations of London-based artist, illustrator, and sculptor Alex CF. Alex’s bizarre cabinets of curiosity are chock full of authentic-looking artifacts that would even make the most skeptical among us question their legitimacy.
At the website for the fictional Merrylin Cryptid Museum Alex tells the story of Thomas Merrilyn—who the artist cleverly refers to as a “Crypto-naturalist, Fringe Zoologist and Xeno -Archeologist.” According to Alex, he has been entrusted with the care and curation of the oddities that were found in the basement of a home in London in 2006. Here’s more on that:
In 2006, a trust was set up to analyze and collate a huge number of wooden crates found sealed in the basement of a London townhouse that was due for demolition. Seemingly untouched since the 1940′s, the crates contained over 5000 specimens of flora and fauna, collected, dissected, and preserved by many forgotten scientists, professors, and explorers of obscure cultures and species. The collection also housed many artifacts of curious origin, fragments of civilizations that once ruled the earth, of ideas and belief systems perhaps better left in the past.
The various mythological “specimens” that were found were attributed to Merrilyn who had traveled the “four corners of the earth” in search of evidence that would help support the existence of dragons, and other types of oddities such as goblins and a preserved baby werewolf. The backstory on each discovery is so detailed it seems a shame to debunk it. The same goes for the “specimens” and “artifacts” that Alex has created which are so impeccable that they almost seem to demand you believe in them. There are over 50 categories of specimens on virtual display over at the Cryptid Museum that will leave you scratching your head and perhaps reconsidering the idea that werewolves aren’t real. I’ve included a stellar array of Alex CF’s incredibly imaginative work for you to check out below. Though they are pieces of art, much of what follows is NSFW.
Cthulhu specimens and artifacts.
The remains and artifacts attributed to Rasputin, the mystical advisor to Czar Nicholas II of Russia.
The mummified remains of Maria Rosenthal who conceived a child via immaculate conception in 1942 by Sister Josephine Rosenthal.
A vial Maria Rosenthal’s blood held within a glass vessel and a gold leaf case containing a lock of her hair.
A Wraith hunting case. A Wraith is a mutated version of the Vampyrus strain, its origins are unknown.
A closer look at a syringe from the Wraith hunting case.
Mayan artifacts and specimens.
The partially dissected body of a newborn vampyr, and skull fragments of an adult.
The remains of human/animal hybrids.
More specimens of human/animal hybrids.
Another up-close shot of the remains of human/animal hybrids.
A preserved baby werewolf.
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Anatomical Diagrams of Mythical Japanese Monsters
Gothtastic pics of the alluring Carroll Borland as Dracula’s daughter in ‘Mark of the Vampire’
Mummified vampire heart for sale on Ebay