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The Mad Poet

It was of this place that Abdul Alhazred the mad poet dreamed on the night before he sang his unexplainable couplet:

That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die.

- H.P. Lovecraft, The Nameless City, 1921

Clearly, the literary works of H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) have provided inspiration for many of my drawings, and this one is no exception. If you know anything about Lovecraft’s stories, you’re no doubt familiar with the mad poet, Abdul Alhazred. For those unfamiliar, he’s the one responsible for writing the infamous Necronomicon, the apocryphal “Book of the Dead.” This forbidden tome tells of the race of insane elder gods who once ruled the earth---and who will on some very dark day return…
I thought it would be fun to see what would happen if Abdul Alhazred actually read the very book he was writing (receiving???).
Charcoal on paper .
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1782x2170px 1.35 MB
Desire HD
Focal Length
5 mm
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Date Taken
Jun 27, 2011, 1:47:40 PM
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jsnwallach74's avatar
Outstanding!! Say, didn't you have a table next to mine at Necronomicon 2013?
brettgray's avatar
Thank you, excellent work and yes I believe we did! Hope to see you in 2019!
Patryk1212's avatar
Now imagine this whole mass moving and breathing...simply maddening!
nerapantera's avatar
hei, how are you?
Here, I and my staff want writing a new art magazine, now for the italian people, and we're interested to put this picture in our pages. If you are interested you can write me with a note and tell us that you autorize the use of the image.
thank you ^^
brettgray's avatar
Thank you, I'm very flattered. Yes, you have my authorization to include "The Mad Poet" in your art magazine. I would appreciate it if you could direct your readers to my official website: [link] so that they may see more of my work. Thanks again, and I'd love a copy of the magazine!
FirewaterGrace's avatar
your work is fantastic...the lycanthrope brought me to your page, but THIS, this is my favourite by far. thank you for such inspiration.
brettgray's avatar
Thanks very much!That is so kind of you.
Hesher187's avatar
Awesome! like giger on on a bad trip lol.
Delashael's avatar
This is gorgeous.
brettgray's avatar
Thank you so much. That is very kind of you.
Andromidicus's avatar
My comment disappeared LOL ok fine! I shall repeat myself!! You are my traditional hand drawn monster/ dark creature hero >:D!!!!!!
brettgray's avatar
Wow...thanks so much, my friend! That is very kind of you.
Andromidicus's avatar
Your welcome! You are truly talented! And even my mother who gets scared by all the monster drawings in my group saw yours and agreed with me how incredibly talented u r :3 <333
Andromidicus's avatar
This is the most coolest monster I've seen yet!!! <333 It inspires me!!
FreneticAmnesic's avatar
Wow, way too awesome for words!
APSpinks's avatar
Artists must get bored of hearing this but - there's a bit of Giger in there too ;) Very good work - intense emotion!
XxxTenebraexxX-Stock's avatar
This is, quite possibly, the most perfect depiction of dementia I have ever seen. Your artistic talent is unbelievable.
rinaswan's avatar
Congratulations! This piece has been chosen for :icontraditional-artists: BEST OF: Bi-Weekly Features!! It is currently featured in this week's journal. [link]
Olaf68's avatar
Very awesome. The detail is amazing.
Seen-Artist's avatar
amazing :D the details and shadows. WOW
brettgray's avatar
Thank you very much!
Crimms's avatar
If this were in the cover of a Necronomicon, I would totally believe it's alive.
tiamat9's avatar
Superbly detailed and stylized. I love the form, structure, and balance. Great looking eyes and teeth.
GeorgieGanarf's avatar
Masterfully done my friend,BRAVO!
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