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the Thing At the Doorstep

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By nightserpent   |   
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Acrylic, 8-1/2 x 11"

This illustration is of the story "the Thing At the Doorstep" by H.P. Lovecraft.  It was created for a Spanish translation for a Lovecraft anthology, "Los Mitos del Cthulhu" (the Cthulhu Myths) which was released through Alma Publishing in Barcelona, Spain.  www.editorialalma.com  publisher's instagram: @almaeditorial
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DrevnyKocur's avatar

Well done! Creepy and mysterious, love it :D

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Thank you! It was fun, and a challenge. :)

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It's amazing the type of folks that drop off menus from local restaurants.

Long-pork sandwiches anyone?


Kudos.

Jokes aside, you've done a wonderful job.

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thanks! :)

NO MENUS!!!  :lol:
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SeothenProfessional Digital Artist

Very nice work Paul - there's this viscosity to the water that seems extra sinister.

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Thanks!!  I've been noticing how often the success of Lovecraftian images relies on an expression or one small bit of texture.
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One of 3 zombie stories done by Lovecraft.
1 - What happened in that vault when the trapped gravedigger stood on a coffin to reach the window.
2 - Dr.Munoz in that 14th street boardinghouse.
3 - This yarn. A marriage made in hell.
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Interesting, if you'd asked me if there were any zombies in HPLs stories I am not sure if I would have come up with any.  But, if one broadens the definition of zombies to something a bit more sophisticated, then I see what you're saying. :)
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I forgot the undead slaves in THE MOUND . That tale was 99.99% Lovecraft.
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The end result of a marriage made in Hell !
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I guess Lovecraft's marriage wasn't quite as bad as this one, though it was a bit rocky.
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I do know that on their wedding night, Sonia Green expected more than just going over a manuscript with Lovecraft.
carvenaked's avatar
I don’t know much about Lovecraft but what I’ve seen in your illustrations, I can tell ya I’m on the verge of looking into his work! Another neat illustration, glad to see you are keeping busy!
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I'm flattered to hear that my illustrations have been piquing your curiosity!  That's perhaps the most essential goal of illustration, to make the art compelling enough to encourage the viewer to try the story (or listen to the album, etc).
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Sometimes it takes an intermediary to break a person into something outside of their own realm!
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That, or I am a bad influence.  Didn't your mother tell you to not play with me? ;)
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I can imagine the smell of this specter! Great Work! Clap 
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Thanks!  You're the second one to mention the stench :lol:
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son-of-the-paladinHobbyist General Artist

But my will is not weak and I shall not let it be undermined by the terrors I know are seething around it.

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great story, isn't it?? :)
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In length, it belongs to a group that includes The Shunned House, The Call of Cthulhu, Herbert West: Reanimator, and The Colour Out of Space, so it's in great company!

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An interesting and thought provoking depiction of this myth. Well done, my Friend. Critters are afoot!
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Thanks, Daniel! :)  Yes, watch out for the critters... don't step on any! :lol: ;)
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"It is true that I have sent six bullets through the head of my best friend, and yet I hope to shew by this statement that I am not his murderer." One of the most captivating introductions I have ever seen.


A very disturbing tale. However, upon trying to explain it to someone, I realized that one needs to read it to understand why. This is an excellent pictorial representation of a moment during which the reader cannot help but hold their breath.

I especially like the way he/she/it... is draining through the floorboards.

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