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The Dreams in the Witch House by BryanBaugh The Dreams in the Witch House by BryanBaugh
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.

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"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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DoctorRocket Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
Brown Jenkin gave me nightmares after I first read the story... that had never happened before!
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Brian-OConnell Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The Dreams in the Witch House is my favorite.

And this art is perfect! Nyarlathotep is especially good.

BRIAN
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Brian-OConnell Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. I submitted to it my group and am waiting for your permission.

BRIAN
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Dir-En-Grey-Gabriel Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
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.
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johnnyharadrim Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Eaten from within. That scares me to this day... and then the Italians went and made 'Ratman'

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
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. 
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doctor3uk Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Got to love Brown Jenkin.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, yeah I love that little guy.
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Randy-Cushman Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
well done!
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sufferdeception Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesomeness give me a trick please :D
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Swellragg99 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
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?
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
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.
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Swellragg99 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Yeah, if I recall correctly the main character had a vision in his sleep, and I'm pretty certain the Elder Things did appear...
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TheIckyMan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Brown Jenkin :heart:

I'm glad someone drew "The Black Man" after he was shamefully omitted from Stuart Gordon's episode of the story.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
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!
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RoninSensai Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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?
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
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!
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RoninSensai Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I see. I will definitely check that out when it is done then.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. Actually I forgot to mention, my story ("The Hound") will appear in the Lovecraft Anthology "Volume 2".
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RayMax90 Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
Just read that last night. Never had nightmares before reading his stuff...
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BewareOfNerd Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
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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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha he is an impatient evil deity isn't he.
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BewareOfNerd Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
Dude just wants to watch his soap operas. I guess they don't have DVR in the realms beyond time and space.
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DickStarr Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
Awesome work! Totally encompasses the story. Have you seen the episode of Masters of Horror by Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator) called "Dreams in the Witch-House"? Fantastic.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
No I still haven't seen that but lotsa people have recommended it. I mostly enjoy Stuart Gordon's movies, so I will have to check it out soon.
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DickStarr Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
Yeah, I tend to really enjoy most of the MOH series anyway. Great piece again.
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CanadianWolfGod Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
It was ironic...I had found the entire Mythos on the Kindle store for a dollar fifty, and paused reading a book on the science of the fourth dimension...and "The Dreams in the Witch-House" was the first one I came onto :D I am now a HUGE Lovecraft fan. I really enjoy his writing style, though you are correct that it can take some time getting used to.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool! Thanks for your comments. Keep reading HPL... once you get "used to" his writing "voice" his stuff becomes a lotta fun.
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Tillinghast23 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
These sepia-tone HPL illustrations are fantastic- any more in the works? Maybe At the Mountains of Madness or The Dunwich Horror?
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! When I started this illustration series I made a list of 10 HPL stories I wanted to draw... basically my personal "top ten" favorite HPL stories. I've finished 5 so far, still got 5 "on the list" that I want to do. Haven't started any of them yet, though. Just haven't had time. But I will eventually.
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Nemesis12 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
Gorgeous. Have you seen the Stuart Gordon version?
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Not yet, but I'm keeping my eyes peeled for the dvd. Soon as I spot it, I plan to grab it.
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jerrykimbro Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Artist
I love your pic! You have drawn all the characters in horrible reality-including the obscenely human rat Brown Jenkin...

Its one of my favs too. i think my most favorite HPL tale is however 'The Haunter of the Dark'. Its got it all. A Crazy writer in an attic room obsessed with sa hunned cult and abandoned church, inadvertantly calls up an Ancient Evil thourgh an hideous artifact known as the Shining Trapezoid... And he wrote it in 1935. What a visionary!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for your kind words.

Funny you mention "The Haunter of the Dark" because last winter, I was asked to draw a whole comic book adaptation of that story for an upcoming comic anthology of Lovecraft stories drawn by different artists... and I turned it down. I turned it down for two reasons...

1.) Because the timing couldn't have been worse for me. If the publisher had come around and asked me at any time between August and December of 2009, my schedule would have been wide open and I would have had plenty of time for it. But they didn't ask me until February of 2010 - just about one month after I was already locked into working full time on my current animated TV series, and I just didn't have any extra time to do anything else.

2.) Because honestly, I never really liked "The Haunter of the Dark" as a story... Nice atmosphere, interesting environment, yes... but not enough physical horror or monster action for my taste. I had no real enthusiasm to draw that particular story so it was not a huge heart breaker to let that comic gig pass me by.
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jerrykimbro Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Professional Artist
1) You have an animated tv show? Of course you do.

2) i see waht you mena. its aliterary story with lots of atmosphere and was really wrotten as a joke by HPL. th cahracter of robert Blake was a spoof on Robery Bloch- a young corespondant of HPL- who had killed HPL as a character in another story "Shambler from the Stars".
So Lovecraft created the Blake character and returned the favor. it was never menat to be more than literary laugh between friends, thats why its so over the top- not at all subtle like "Call of Cthulhu" or anthing.

3) You knew all that of course.

4) Just finished reading the sequel to Dracula by Bram Stoker's great nephew Dacre Stoker, entitled "Dracula: the Undead."

Have you read it yet? It would make an interesting horror comic book...
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I have been working in the TV animation industry since 1999... Currently I am working as a storyboard artist on: [link]

Yeah, I've read that about HPL, Bloch, and the story. I think that's awesome!

I am a huge fan of the original Dracula novel... and some (not all) of the movie versions. Haven't read that sequel book you mentioned though.
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jerrykimbro Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Professional Artist
WOW! You work on that! thats about the best animation i've seen on tv in years! Well you ae so talented- its no wonder.

Persoanlly i am a complete failure as a professioanl artist. I;ll probably never make a dime on my comics. Except when i'm dead. maybe. but i do it for the love of the genre. I guess soemone has to be at the bottom.

I;m glad you are familar with that Lovecraft story. i love all the wroiters of the cthulhu mythos as they call it. i was into Brian Lumley for a while- His necroscope series is fantastic!-but now i'm into Ramsey campbell. Finished his new one "Creatures of the Pool". You might like that one- its a very subtle horro story. Currently reading ons of his: "the Darkest part of the Woods". Again subtle and disturbing- but witha tie in to the Necronomicon and Joseph Curwen (HPL's "The Case of Charles Dexter ward").

I'd love to draw a Lovecraftian comic one day. Something along the lines of the old DC House of Secrets with horror stories popping up relating to a family called Tombs and their family portraits stretching back centuires. but i haven't put much thought into it!

anyway- as always a pleasure to bend your ear and to marvel at your immense talent! I'll be looking forward to the Transformer show when it goes on tv..
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RagingBarbarian Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Awesome work B!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!!!
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girloncanvas Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
I'm planning to feature this in a future blog post on girloncanvas.com. I will be linking to this page and I hope that it is alright with you. If you do not want it to be featured please contact me and let me know. Leave a comment on my blog or message me back through here. Thanks Christie aka girloncanvas
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure go right ahead. Thanks for your interest in my work and spreading it to others. All I ask is that you get back to me when the blog goes up and let me know! Thanks again.
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girloncanvas Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
[link] ~ I've posted the entry :)
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool, thanks for featuring my work!
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Metaloonie Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Didn't they make a movie of this?
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Stuart Gordon made a version of it for the Masters of Horror series.
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010   Traditional Artist
One of my favorite Lovecraft stories too. Creepy as hell. Great work as always. The detailing and stylization are superb.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you once again!!
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010   Traditional Artist
You're welcome:).
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ManteikoaFantomu Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
FHTAGN!
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