The Hound

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By BryanBaugh
I first read the story "The Hound" by H.P. Lovecraft, when I was a teenager in high school… probably around 1988 or so. What a great little horror story. It was very short, but it had graverobbers, an underground Museum of Death, a cool monster, and some really gory violence. Even on my first reading, "The Hound" made a very strong impression on me. Right then and there, I decided that someday, somehow, I had to draw this story as a comic book. For years this was one of those hopeful, secret "dream projects" brewing in the back of my slimy green brain.

23 years later, I finally got my chance.
In 2011 a European publisher (SelfMade Hero) hired me to illustrate a comic book adaptation of "The Hound" for a book called "The H.P. Lovecraft Comic Anthology Volume 2".

SMH hooked me up with Chad Fifer (who is not only a great writer but also the co-host of the excellent "HP Podcraft" show). Chad really understands Lovecraft, and did an amazing job of adapting the original story into an efficient comic script that somehow managed to include all the best sections of HPL's wordy text - while still leaving plenty of room for me to draw big, detailed panels. Chad was also very generous and agreeable whenever I asked him to change something in his script - to allow me to go even crazier with the artwork! I couldn't have asked for a better collaborator.

I really poured my cold, black, rotten heart into drawing this little story. It's probably the best comic illustration work I've ever done and the printing quality on the final product turned out excellent. For me, this was a real "dream project" come true.

"H.P. Lovecraft Comic Anthology Volume 2"... The book featuring my comic adaptation of "The Hound", is now available for order at Amazon.
Here's the link!

www.amazon.com/Lovecraft-Antho…



Sample Images from "The Hound".
This is the Frontispiece.
Every story in the book has a front page illustration to introduce it.
The Hound (Frontispiece)

Sample Images from "The Hound".
This is Page 3, which shows the "Museum of Death".
The Hound (Page 3)

One more sample, because I wanted to show a page of sequential (panel-to-panel) storytelling. This is Page 5, which shows the two main characters looting a very evil grave.
The Hound (Page 5)

Okay that is all I'm giving you for now. With these samples I tried to choose a few decent pages that tease the story without giving away the best stuff.  

On a final note - this DA Journal is not a commercial, I don't make a dime off your purchase, I have already been paid by the publisher for my work.
I'm promoting this book just because it turned out very well, and I'm so proud to be a part of it.
If you are a fan of H.P. Lovecraft's stories... (or my art!) - I hope you might give this book a chance.


www.amazon.com/Lovecraft-Antho…



-Bryan
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Huwman's avatar
I FINALLY got around to ordering this. Looking forward to seeing it!
BryanBaugh's avatar
Awesome! Be sure to write and let me know what you think of it after reading!
Huwman's avatar
I really liked the whole book. I think your art was probably my favourite. As you know, I'm a big fan of that oldschool comic book style, but I even liked a lot of the painted stories here, which I'm often not a huge fan of. Your story was especially good though. The use of muted colour, except for the amulet and blood, was brilliant! And the 4th page (in the room with all the stolen skeletons, etc.) is one of my favourite comic pages ever! Great stuff!
BryanBaugh's avatar
Aww thanks man. That means a lot.
Huwman's avatar
No problem. Bryan. Just callin' 'em like I see 'em!
Noctemi's avatar
I have to confess; I have (yet) only listen to the Hound on audio CD but there it's read by Ernst-Hugo Järegård. He was a swedish actor with a VERY special voice and to hear his voice reading in english in my head and see your comic; it's just a perfect fit :D The style with black and white and some other colour is a very nice style. Makes you mind the special detail ;-)
BryanBaugh's avatar
Thank you! I usually prefer to experience HPL by reading his stories in the actual, printed books. But I may have to check out that audiobook. Actually I do have a few audio readings of some other HPL stories, read by a guy named Wayne June - who just has THE most perfect voice for reading Lovecraft.
Noctemi's avatar
Yea reading is the best:) but it's tricky to read a book when you go for a walk ;) Do you know about HPLHS (HP Lovecraft historical society)? Crazy gang but they are just lovely:)
I shall listen Wayne out. I got some stories in english, Järegård reads in swedish, and some are good but sadly not others:-/
grind-universe's avatar
That´s COOOL !!!!
single-leg's avatar
Yeah this is a Mean and Lean Lovecraft story!!! One of my favorites..it really puts images in the mind of almost modern horror elements!!!

Great work!!!! Having the talisman be Green against the Black and White is brillaint!!
BryanBaugh's avatar
Thanks! Yes I wanted to use limited color palette but I had to make the all-important jade amulet stand out!
TheIckyMan's avatar
HOLY SHOGGOTH THIS LOOKS AMAZING. I've admired your Lovecraftian artwork so this came as great news.
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Huwman's avatar
It looks excellent, Bryan! I may just have to order this. It's odd that I've read everything by Poe about ten times over, since I was around 8 years old, but not much HP Lovecraft at all.
BryanBaugh's avatar
Well Lovecraft was a real "student" of Poe. Lovecraft considered Poe the grand master of macabre fiction and just adored Poe's voice and work, and never fought the influence. In fact "The Hound" is one story where Lovecraft pays homage to Poe frequently in the text - borrowing some of Poe's trademark descriptive phrases: "A red death!" / "oblong box"... etc. You can tell Lovecraft is having fun sometimes, dropping in little notes that he knows other fans of Poe will catch. It's comparable to the way Stephen King often has fun allowing little hints of Ray Bradbury into his stories. One accomplished writer proudly and openly displaying his affection for his literary idol in his work.
Huwman's avatar
I think I'll definitely pick up some of HP's work. Of course I have seen a lot of comic and movie adaptations of his stories and I did read a couple of them many, many years back. I also plan to buy this comic you did. Looks like maybe your best work ever! Great stuff!
BryanBaugh's avatar
Aww thanks man!!
SylvanSmith's avatar
It looks awesome my friend. Happy Halloween, and great work.
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Devin-Lannigan's avatar
Awesome work Bryan ! You always rock ! I'll give this one a read !
BryanBaugh's avatar
Thank you Devin!! I always appreciate your compliments!
Devin-Lannigan's avatar
you are most welcome !
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