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The Dreams in the Witch House

I've always been a big reader / fan of H.P. Lovecraft's fiction. Love his crazy, cosmically horrifying imagination, his wordy, luxurious writing voice, and his dark, unswerving certainty regarding the unavoidable, miserable future for the pathetic little human race.

So I've been struck by the urge to do a series of illustrations based on his work.


"The Dreams in the Witch-House" was one of the first stories I ever read (or tried to read...) by H.P. Lovecraft, when I was just beginning to take an interest in his fiction... I think I was probably about 15 years old at that time. If you know Lovecraft's work - you know that his complex writing style can take some getting used to. Like most delicacies, it's an unusual flavor, and at that early stage I hadn't acquired a taste for it yet. So, on my first reading of "Dreams in the Witch-House", it didn't make a big impression on me.

As time went on, I gradually plowed through all of Lovecraft's shorter, simpler stories, then worked my way through his longer novellas, and finally reached a point where I felt downright cozy with Lovecraft's "voice". Eventually I ran across "Dreams in the Witch-House" in one of the collections, and decided to give it another try. ...And this time - loved it.

Clearly the only reason I hadn't enjoyed it the first time around was because I was still too new to Lovecraft's style, too unfamiliar with the continuing themes of his work, and just not ready for this insane little epic, which offers a mind boggling blend of old fashioned haunted-house horror with sci-fi quantum physics and alternate dimensions.

Since then, I have found myself returning to "Dreams in the Witch-House" over and over again, and enjoying it more and more each time. It has definitely entered my top ten list of all-time favorite Lovecraft stories.
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ardashir's avatar

No, no, Brown Jenkin -- you eat their heart out AFTER they sign their name in Nyarlathotep's book!

ardashir's avatar
Another HPL tale I love, not least for bringing the whole 'it's not magic, it's a highly alien science' aspect to the fore. And the villains are too delightfully vile for words.
DoctorRocket's avatar
Brown Jenkin gave me nightmares after I first read the story... that had never happened before!
Brian-OConnell's avatar
The Dreams in the Witch House is my favorite.

And this art is perfect! Nyarlathotep is especially good.

Brian-OConnell's avatar
You're welcome. I submitted to it my group and am waiting for your permission.

Dir-En-Grey-Gabriel's avatar
I love Nyarlathotep in this Picture.  know he take many forms. But I always picture him as Egytian when he isn't as the crawling chaos or the dark figure in this story.
johnnyharadrim's avatar
Eaten from within. That scares me to this day... and then the Italians went and made 'Ratman'

BryanBaugh's avatar
Well it would be interesting to eat your food from the inside out, you must admit. 
I tried that once with a bowl of spaghetti and it made a huge mess. 
Got to love Brown Jenkin.
BryanBaugh's avatar
Haha, yeah I love that little guy.
sufferdeception's avatar
awesomeness give me a trick please :D
Swellragg99's avatar
Damn, this is brilliant! Shame you couldn't get an Elder Thing somewhere in this one - if I remember correctly, didn't they feature vaguely in this story?
BryanBaugh's avatar
It's been a while since I read Dreams in the Witch House. I recall that the hero found a miniature statue of an Elder Thing but I don't remember if a real Elder Thing actually showed up in this particular story. Perhaps he saw one in a dream? That may have been the case. I need to go back and read this story again! Thank you for commenting on my HPL drawings, by the way.
Swellragg99's avatar
Yeah, if I recall correctly the main character had a vision in his sleep, and I'm pretty certain the Elder Things did appear...
TheIckyMan's avatar
Brown Jenkin :heart:

I'm glad someone drew "The Black Man" after he was shamefully omitted from Stuart Gordon's episode of the story.
BryanBaugh's avatar
Well thanks but I'm willing to give Stuart Gordon the benefit of the doubt. You never know what complications may arise when adapting a complex story like this, to a script for a cinematic adaptation. I had it easy - all I had to do was one image. But thanks for your comments!
RoninSensai's avatar
Not only an excellent capture of the book's essence but also a nice nod to Lovecraft himself. Have you made one for At The Mountains of Madness?
BryanBaugh's avatar
Thank you. I have not made an illustration of Mountains of Madness. My original plan was to create 10 illustrations of my Top 10 favorite HPL stories. Mountains is a great story but it did not quite make my Top 10.

I got distracted from this little project when I was asked to illustrate a comic book adaptation of "The Hound" for the "Lovecraft Comic Anthology" to be published in 2012 by a European publisher called Self Made Hero. Stay tuned for more info!
RoninSensai's avatar
I see. I will definitely check that out when it is done then.
BryanBaugh's avatar
Thanks. Actually I forgot to mention, my story ("The Hound") will appear in the Lovecraft Anthology "Volume 2".
RayMax90's avatar
Just read that last night. Never had nightmares before reading his stuff...
BewareOfNerd's avatar
Really nice.

I can't help but think that the Black Man is saying "SIGN YOUR NAME IN THE DAMN BOOK SO I CAN GO HOME AND WATER MY PLANTS."
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