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Nightmarish sculptures of H.P. Lovecraft’s terrifying cosmic entities
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‘Lovecraft Tormented’ wall sculpture. Get it here.
Like many of you oh-so-cool Dangerous Minds readers I am a collector of a great many THINGS. From records to books and a slew of action figures, my house is a mini-museum full of cool THINGS. I also happen to know that a number of our regular visitors to DM seem to have a thing for anything that associated with the great American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. Which leads me to my post for today which features a number of intricate sculptures depicting some of Lovecraft’s eldritch entities such as “Dagon,” a creature that first made its appearance in Lovecraft’s short story of the same name from 1917; everyone’s favorite octopus-headed cosmic being, “Cthulhu”; Pickman’s model, and the nutty Nyarlathotep among others. I’m just aching to bring a few of these critters into my own menagerie of mayhem…

Some of the sculptures in this post are available for purchase. That said they are not cheap—specifically that magnificent wall sculpture “Lovecraft Tormented” (pictured at the top of this post). That puppy will run you a cool $1288. Several toy companies have released sets of Lovecraft’s monstrous nightmares and when they do, they sell out pretty fast, so if you see something in this post that strikes your fancy, get it now before it’s sold out and selling on eBay for bigs bucks. I’ve included some handy links for you to do just that under each available piece below.

‘Nyarlathotep’ sculpture by Sota Toys. Get it here.

‘Dagon’ sculpture. Get it here.
More Lovecraftian terrors after the jump…

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H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu gets the anime treatment
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The year 2018 will see the release of an omnibus anime feature film based on Force of Will, a fantasy trading card game first launched in 2012 in Japan—the project sounds vaguely similar to 2003’s The Animatrix based on the Matrix universe. Excitingly, one of the six movies is called “Cthulhu” and is based on H.P. Lovecraft‘s famous monster. Other narratives in the movie are called “Pinocchio,” “Monkey King,” and “Zombie.”

In his 1926 story “The Call of Cthulhu,” Lovecraft described his most famous creation, Cthulhu, as “a monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind.”

See the trailer after the jump…

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The erotic, macabre art of Virgil Finlay, favorite illustrator of H.P. Lovecraft
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Virgil Finlay

Finlay’s cover for the May 1952 issue of Weird Tales

Master of exquisitely detailed images that often combined the sexual and the scary, Virgil Finlay was born in Rochester, New York in 1914. He was a highly prolific commercial artist in the midcentury years — one commentator went so far as to call Finlay “the most famous fantasy illustrator of mid-twentieth century.”

In his youth during the 1920s, Finlay discovered the magazines Amazing Stories and Weird Tales, which focused on sci-fi and horror, respectively. Once he reached adulthood in the mid-1930s he felt confident enough in his artistic prowess to try to get a position at those journals. Finlay’s mastery of stippling was so advanced that it nearly cost him a job at Weird Tales because his employers weren’t sure that their printing process could reproduce his fine detail, but it turned out that it could.

Finlay in 1969
A key medium of Finlay’s was scratchboard, a method that incorporates a white clay coating covered in black ink—the artist scratches the black ink away with a scribe or knife, and the resultant effect is similar to a wood engraving. The technique is called “working from black to white,” whereas the more usual method of applying dark ink to a white surface is called “working from white to black.” Finlay’s originality and dedication to an impressive effect can be seen in the fact that he would sometimes blend both techniques in a single image, creating isolated areas of black which he would then scratch away to get a specific gray tone or the hatched or stippled effect he desired.

Finlay’s debut at Weird Tales occurred in the December 1935 issue, in which Finlay had illustrations for three different stories. Over the next two decades Finlay’s art would appear in 62 issues. He was also responsible for 19 color covers for Weird Tales. In 1938 he began working The American Weekly and moved from Rochester to New York.

The July 1937 issue of Weird Tales featured a remarkable homage to Finlay’s gifts, in the form of a poem dedicated to Finlay by the great horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. The poem was called “To Virgil Finlay Upon His Drawing of Robert Bloch’s Tale ‘The Faceless God’”—here is the image Lovecraft was referring to, and after that the poem itself:


In dim abysses pulse the shapes of night,
Hungry and hideous, with strange miters crowned;
Black pinions beating in fantastic flight
From orb to orb through soulless voids profound.
None dares to name the cosmos whence they course,
Or guess the look on each amorphous face,
Or speak the words that with resistless force
Would draw them from the halls of outer space.

Yet here upon a page our frightened glance
Finds monstrous forms no human eye should see;
Hints of those blasphemies whose countenance
Spreads death and madness through infinity.
What limnner he who braves black gulfs alone
And lives to wake their alien horrors known?

Much more after the jump…....

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The dark art of H.P. Lovecraft illustrator Lee Brown Coye
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Lee Brown Coye

Even in the twisted milieu of pulp illustration, Lee Brown Coye was an outlier. His was not a world of square-jawed detectives or musclebound Tarzan manqués, nor was he one to luridly but lovingly render the adipose flesh of reanimated dead in colorful gouaches. Coye did ten darkly expressionistic covers for Weird Tales between the mid ‘40s and early ‘50s, in dolefully subdued shades that emerged from dense, nihilistic black fields to coalesce into nightmarish wraiths. It was strong stuff that recalled Emil Nolde and Georges Roualt, and even if he’d never done anything else, those covers and his black and white interior work for that publication surely would have made him the cult figure who inspired Mike Mignola, Guillermo del Toro, and Stephen King. But there were also his macabre black and white ink drawings that graced book covers for the likes of Arkham House and Farrar & Reinhart. Coye secured his reputation with his work for the Sleep No More anthology before going on to produce definitive covers for H.P. Lovecraft works like The Dunwich Horror, At the Mountains of Madness, and perhaps his masterpiece, his work on Three Tales of Horror, which sports 19 Coye illustrations, all more than sufficiently disquieting to merit accompanying Lovecraft’s dark mythos.


More eldritch darkness after the jump…

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The Cuddlification of Cthulhu
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Cthulhu leggings from Ali Express

After endless weeks of snow, ice, and subzero temperatures, the clear, starry winter sky makes a girl’s thoughts turn to one thing: H.P. Lovecraft.

In the manner of people who like to kit themselves out with ducks, spouting whales, pink flamingos, or lucky cats, it is possible to dress head to toe in Cthulhu-themed clothing, jewelry, and accessories. Not to mention all those Cthulhu tea cosies, car decals, window stickers, class rings, Jello molds, and holiday decorations.

Some of these items are downright cute, an adjective never used by Lovecraft in his Cthulhu mythos. The cuddlification of Cthulhu drives a lot of people…well, mad. He’s supposed to inspire mind-fucking fear, not make you want to snuggle him as a plush toy or wear him as a comfy accessory! Still, Geek Crafts is why some of us learned handicrafts.

Cthulhu charm bracelet
Stuart Williams’ Lovecraftian Charm Bracelet

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Stuart Williams’ Cthulhu Medallion Necklace

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Cthulhu Scarf knitting pattern from Merelen’s Knits on Ravelry

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Crocheted Cthulhu scarf from Humphreys Handmade
More after the jump…

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Tentacled H. P. Lovecraft Sculpture
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An H.P. Lovecraft faux bronze bust by Lee Joyner.

According to Joyner’s Facebook page, the busts should be availble to purchase “in the next few days.”

Via Superpunch

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Lovecraft For Kids: The Adventures of Lil’ Cthulhu

Here’s one of the lessons I plan on imparting, someday, to my kids: stay away from Lovecraft!  Or at least until they’re 13.  Should children below that age really be entertaining thoughts of an Old One invasion?  Well, animator Zachary Murray says “yes” (or whatever passes for an affirmative on Vhoorl).  His following short (approved, mind you, by the department of child-developmental psychology at Miskatonic University) seeks to awaken the wee ones to Cthulhu‘s call:

(via Laughing Squid)

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Drive the Ladies Howling Mad With Cthulhu Cologne
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A creeping, wet, slithering scent, dripping with seaweed, oceanic plants and dark, unfathomable waters.

Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft, available at Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs.

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