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The Gods of HP Lovecraft

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Yig for Rattled by Douglas Wynne.

Presenting one of this summer’s bigger projects, these are my drawings for The Gods of HP Lovecraft, a collection of 12 all-new stories edited by Aaron French for JournalStone. After I’d begun work I was asked whether I could illustrate all 12 stories but since I was already busy with The Monstrous it wasn’t possible. My drawings occupy the second half of the book, with the first half being filled out with suitable illustrations by Paul Carrick and Steve Santiago. The contents are as follows:

Call the Name by Adam LG Nevill (Cthulhu)
The Dark Gates by Martha Wells (Yog-Sothoth)
We Smoke the Northern Lights by Laird Barron (Azathoth)
Petohtalrayn by Bentley Little (Nyarlathotep)
The Doors that Never Close and the Doors that Are Always Open by David Liss (Shub-Niggurath)
The Apotheosis of a Rodeo Clown by Brett J. Talley (Tsathoggua)
Rattled by Douglas Wynne (Yig)
In Their Presence by Christopher Golden & James A. Moore (The Mi-Go)
Dream a Little Dream of Me by Jonathan Maberry (Nightgaunts)
In the Mad Mountains by Joe R. Lansdale (Elder Things)
A Dying of the Light by Rachel Caine (Great Race of Yith)
Down, Deep Down, Below the Waves by Seanan McGuire (The Deep Ones)

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Mi-Go for In Their Presence by Christopher Golden & James A. Moore.

Despite having produced a fair amount of Lovecraft-related illlustration there’s still some areas of his work that I haven’t touched, especially where creature portraits are concerned. So this collection features my first attempts at rendering one of the Mi-Go and one of the Yithians from The Shadow Out of Time. The latter are often represented as fearsome monsters which always strikes me as erroneous when so much description in the story is devoted to their book reading and archive building. Aliens, yes, but monsters they are not. There was some concern when I delivered the artwork that the fine lines and detail might not print so well on paperback stock but the printing is excellent throughout. I recommend this collection for anyone in the mood for some new Lovecraftian fiction.

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Night-Gaunt for Dream a Little Dream of Me by Jonathan Maberry.

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Elder Things for In the Mad Mountains by Joe R. Lansdale.

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The Great Race of Yith for A Dying of the Light by Rachel Caine.

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Deep One for Down, Deep Down, Below the Waves by Seanan McGuire.

Previously on { feuilleton }
Lovecraftiana calendar
Providential
NecronomiCon Providence 2015
Yuggoth details
A Mountain Walked
Lovecraft’s Monsters unleashed
Lovecraft’s Monsters
JK Potter and HP Lovecraft
Cthulhu Labyrinth
Tentacles #4: Cthulhu in Poland
Cthulhu Calendar
S. Latitude 47°9, W. Longitude 126°43
Resurgam variations
De Profundis
H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Fiction
Heavy Metal, October 1979: the Lovecraft special
Cthulhoid and Artflakes
Cthulhu for sale
Cthulhu God
Cthulhu under glass
CthulhuPress
The monstrous tome
Cubist Cthulhu

 


 

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5 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Dave C

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    Some really great work John, your rendering of the Great Race is the best I’ve seen! I also particularly like the way you’ve portrayed Yig. A real shame you couldn’t illustrate all twelve stories.

  2. #2 posted by The joey Zone

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    Brilliant work ‘as usual’, singling out (if possible) the night-gaunt clambering up the buildings in *modern* Providence (The Industrial Trust Building!). New iconic work for that city & the genre of Lovecraftian visual arts!

  3. #3 posted by Daniel del Valle

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    Great work, John. You are my favorite artist of Lovecraftian monsters and themes. I immediately ordered a copy of the book.
    Super cool!

  4. #4 posted by John

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    Thanks, everyone! Yig is bit more more accurate than the melange of snakes I did for the Great Old Ones section in the HotD book.

    Daniel: That’s good to hear, thanks. It’s a big collection, well-designed and typeset, and with some quality authors.

  5. #5 posted by herr doktor bimler

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    These are wonderful and excellent.

 




 

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