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The Mothers by TheMichaelMacRae The Mothers by TheMichaelMacRae

Every night at 2 am.

Loss is the one shared quality prevailing in all of those who are taken before their time. But with that loss comes the caveat of something that was had, something worth celebrating. The dead are remembered and in keeping all the lessons taught they remain assured of the finality of death and mournful of it.

But this is not always so.

Few, in their life long fit of stagnation, develop an inner rage. A hatred of themselves and of others so white hot that it prevails beyond entombment. The seething envy of what was long desired but never had fuels their soul to rise as a ghastly husk with newfound power over the living. In death they seek to claim what artifacts and persons they could never have in life. But they are bound by otherworldly rules such that even with an ability to claim what they will they can never have enough to satiate the unbearable need. They become more bold, more dangerous and with growing numbers they claw and tear like starved dogs all for but a moment of respite.


They set sights upon this house one week ago and each night since under the cover of snowfall they have invaded. Without sound, not a scratch or gust of air they drift through the walls in search of her son. This activity will continue indefinitely until both mother and child are sucked dry of all life and will to care. She knows this because it has happened before. This town is intertwined in the goings on of unnatural creatures, things that exist outside our realm yet have a vested interest in its functions. Most of the people here are unknowing pawns drawn in with the promise of long life and ample food and drink entirely ignorant that what is given is not a gift. There are a select few who in their own potentially miss-guided efforts are here to pursue interests of their own.

“Do not take my child!” someone must have cried in the face of losing their kin to the nightly raids, to pass the burden along. Admittedly those of a lesser fortitude should be driven mad by the spirits’ horrid consistency and in such case is it not reasonable to do any and all one can to protect those they love? Regardless, she had endured so much to keep him hidden as all who live in this place must do to guard what they value most. She is no saint, she would not sacrifice herself to better her moral stance, taking onus to satiate these spirits with her own blood. Passing on a curse only secures ones position for it to return some day with considerably more terrifying force. She had always thought highly of her ability to suffer at great cost in favour of even greater benefits and this is one such situation. The dead reside in parts unknown and if coaxed with the right bait they can become unwitting pawns themselves.

“One and all, ghosts evoke a less dignified existence than those of maggots, so do not pity them. They are all but waste fit only for the harvest of their gullible, putrid hearts.”


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Given 2015-05-26
The Mothers by TheMichaelMacRae ( Suggested by FallenAngelGM and Featured by Aeirmid )
Randomizing101 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2019  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the composition in this one
OkayJessiJay Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2019  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As haunting as it is detailed. Wow
Danny2849 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2018
Hi TheMichaelMacRae, really love this art, particularly the emotion I can feel on all the faces, and enjoyed the story piece you’ve put with it. I am currently co-developing a writing app allied Prompt that harnesses the power of visuals as some of its prompts and I think The Mothers would be an amazing addition to our initial line-up. Would it be possible to use your image as a prompt, please? We obviously would be adding full accreditation and links to your art as we want to promote artists as well as writers and hope it would be a good opportunity to help get some more exposure for artists.


k58mXP4 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018
cascavalnr1 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018
It's not a simple painting anymore. It's a very good told story. Congratulations!
DEVNOON111 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017
You should sell this in print form.
Raught19 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2017
I second this, I would definitely buy this in a canvas print
Coldskye Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017
Beautiful picture!!
DarknessDreaming Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017
You should submit this to Neil Gaiman for his Graveyard Book story. Not how it turns out and there are no decomposing but capturing a Mothers love for her Child after she passes is STUNNING!! Seriously. Amazing.
maxpancho Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2017
Do you legit not use any reference for people? Crazy how you can invent poses and lighting like that.
henpitts Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017
I keep coming back to her face. So much emotion. Every time I come to featured I have to look at her face.
parisa777 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2017
Hi , I'm from Iran.
I love the way you make art. I'm so acxitied about your drawings. Very bountiful and gorgeous. Good luck
henpitts Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2017
TheMichaelMacRae created this beautiful drawing. I only commented. I'm sure he will see and appreciate your comment.
chadestioco Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Got a Witcher 3 crones vibe to this. Nice!
KojotnPfotn Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017
This is some fucked up shit.... I love it!
This reminds me of the artwork for Kingdom Death board game. Really love the gloomy lighting going on & the expressions on the lady & the boy faces, not sure if they are sad or angry, more like angry to me.
5WeThA-Ra0 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017
Amazing art!! Very good details
yamiryuuzero Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is what it feels like when you're a kid and your mother's friends all gather around you to pinch your cheeks...
I don't miss it a single bit...
angelofdeath241107 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
OlympianSoul Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017  Student General Artist
Wow, great job. Although, I'm just wondering, did you make the story up your self, or is it someone elses? Also, why is one of your tags Pokémon?
rooshavik Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017
extreme heresy here 
but good shit here though
Haynu Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2017
Emperor guide my path !
Ferriman Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017
REINALDO-RASEC Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017
So awesome!
stuffinmyoffice Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017
r4ndomconcept Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so PRO!
Thunder-B Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017  Student Digital Artist
wow, pretty good!
AndreeaLupsaNL Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Good work
Chey4ever Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The amount of feelings filling me at the sight of this piece. I have no words.
AnikaNexus Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a daughter who is 19 months old, and this really got me.
MythosArcane Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Powerful imagery; extremely well done!
TheStaticMan Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This would be a nice The Witcher quest. :D
bleikurxhvalur Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017
omf, i love it (܍ᗝ܍)
SMUDGEGHOST Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Left me wordless at the beauty 
Maxios-7 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE IT !!!! :heart: !!!
theworldleader Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017  Professional General Artist
krass ey, unnormal ey!
JS2080 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017
Abu4tw Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017
This is Amazing!
Zaloffshat Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017
This is terrifyingly amazing! I love the concept behind this, and the composition too!
sapphire-dragon13 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
WARNING! Carry on reading! Or you will die, even if you only looked at the word warning!
Once there was a little girl called Clarissa, she was ten-years-old and she lived in a mental
hospital, because she killed her mom and her dad. She got so bad she went to kill all the
staff in the hospital so the More-government decided that best idea was to get rid of her so
they set up a special room to kill her, as humane as possible but it went wrong the
machine they were using went wrong. And she sat there in agony for hours until she died.
Now every week on the day of her death she returns to the person that reads this letter, on
a Monday night at 12:00 a.m. She creeps into your room and kills you slowly, by cutting you
and watching you bleed to death. Now send this to ten other pictures on this one site, and
she will haunt someone else who doesn't. This isn't fake. apparently, if you copy and paste
this to ten comments in the next ten minutes you will have the best day of your life tomorrow.You
will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain u will see a little dead girl in your room
(Why not??? I know it's fake and i thought ghosts and the art is really awesome!!!)
k58mXP4 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017
Terrific job
NelfirArts Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Student General Artist
This is amazing, like your work and hope to see more soon
Arshehremen Featured By Owner Edited Nov 24, 2017
while the rope looks very contradictory, if the mother wants then to find and return the child, why give he now?
eve-the-strange Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wade7 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Hey man congrats on the daily deviation! You totally deserved it! Keep up the amazing work
OlgaBod Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This art work has a lot of meaning. It is excellent. Without reading the descriptions, just looking at the drawing, I almost cried, because death, this is ... what we are most afraid of ..
Creativemohamedadel Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
eltiempodeadolini Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i have no words... stunning!
Corpsii Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing details and emotions! 
0-Made-Of-Stars-0 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Impressive illustration, I like your style Heart 
The text is very interesting, did you write it ?
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