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The Demons of King Solomon

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Abyzou.

Presenting my illustrations for The Demons of King Solomon, a horror anthology edited by Aaron French. This is a follow up to Aaron’s The Gods of HP Lovecraft which was published by JournalStone in 2015. I did 6 illustrations for the Lovecraft volume, covering half the stories whereas the new book has illustrations of mine for every story.

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Agaras.

The brief for the authors this time was to write a story incorporating a Solomonic demon of their choosing. There are many of these, from the ones described in the Testament of Solomon to the 72 listed in the Ars Goetia (or Lesser Key of Solomon), the latter being familiar to many people via their often comical depictions in De Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernal. My original intention for the illustrations was to do a series of pictures based on each story. Some of the stories were late in arriving, however, and I only had a month free for the work so I changed the plan to a series of depictions of the demons as they’re described in the grimoires. This makes more sense when many of the stories have the demons masquerading in human guise, so the illustrations not only show something new but also act as a connection back to their infernal history. Agaras (or Agares), for example, is described by the grimoires as an old man riding a crocodile with a hawk on his arm. Most of the seals on each picture are taken from the ones for the demons shown in the Ars Goetia. Not all the demons in the anthology are listed there so I had to invent a few seals to fill out the collection. I’ll let people guess which are genuine and which are inventions. The Demons of King Solomon is out now from JournalStone. Larger copies of the illustrations may be seen here.

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Amdusias.

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Asmodeus.

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Belial.

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Beur.

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Caim.

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Ephippas.

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Hanar.

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Marchosias.

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Ornias.

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Ronove.

Previously on { feuilleton }
The Gods of HP Lovecraft
De Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernal

 


 

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5 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Blyss

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    I really love these – so beautiful! I’m ready to sit down and have a chat with a few of them!

  2. #2 posted by Thombeau

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    These are terrific, John! As always!

  3. #3 posted by John

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    Blyss: Thanks!

    Thombeau: Thanks, too, and it’s good to see you here again. I was going to send you a new year message then, er, didn’t. I’m a little swamped by work just now. Hope you’re well.

  4. #4 posted by John Simmons

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    Quite superb John – some of the best work I’ve seen in this style (including your previous series) since Une semaine de bonté!

  5. #5 posted by John

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    Thanks, John, that’s high praise given the regard in which I hold Max Ernst. There’s another book due out shortly which features more of my collage-oriented work. More about that later.

 




 

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