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H.P. Lovecraft's - The Terrible Old Man

H.P. Lovecraft – The Terrible Old Man

“…curious folk who sometimes steal up to the house to peer in through the dusty panes. These folk say that on a table in a bare room on the ground floor are many peculiar bottles, in each a small piece of lead suspended pendulum-wise from a string. And they say that the Terrible Old Man talks to these bottles, addressing them by such names as Jack, Scar-Face, Long Tom, Spanish Joe, Peters, and Mate Ellis, and that whenever he speaks to a bottle the little lead pendulum within makes certain definite vibrations as if in answer.”

What these curious folk described as ‘small pieces of lead’, seen as they were at a distance through dusty panes of glass were actually likenesses of the crew the Terrible Old Man had fashioned, and with certain arcane machinations had endowed with special properties. Late at night they can sometimes be heard arguing amongst themselves, ringing gently against the sides of the bottles. Upon inspection they hang still.

Each of the crew are about ¾” in size, cast in resin and suspended in ‘aged’ bottles 5 ½” tall.

Copies of this mixed media sculpture are available as a set of four for $65,  plus shipping.  Contact me at for details.

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ITALOxbox360's avatar
Absolutely amazing, it's so good to see someone bringing Lovecraft works to life.
ColdSunRising's avatar
I'm sure this was fun to make. Glad someone brought this to life. 
Martin-Ravencroft's avatar
Wow, great work... Amazing heads, and great bottles and labels... How do you aged the bottles? Im working on a vampire killing kit and the real vitage bottles are too expensive...
zombiequadrille's avatar
Thanks. Sandpaper and paint, basically. Since the bottles don't have liquid in them they can be stained on the inside easily. You might also try a mist of clear flat sealer for the outside. It would look good, but handling could wear it off.
NamezMud's avatar
I just came across this while running H.P. Lovecraft through the search. I really think you did the story justice and I love the idea of giving the tiny lead weights faces. Cheers!
zombiequadrille's avatar
Thanks. Yeah, I think Lovecraft's idea was great by itself but thought it was written in a way that would allow my little interpretation without contradicting the original. Doesn't seem to have upset anyone yet. :-)
ShadowedAcolyte's avatar
I loved this. What an excellent collection.
lillydarose's avatar
these look awesome, liked them a lot! :)
zombiequadrille's avatar
Thanks. They're fun to have around.
TheElementologist's avatar
So how much to own not joking seriously how much
FollowinTheBlackBird's avatar
This is one of my favorite Lovecraft stories.
nightserpent's avatar
Joe! You never fail to pull out unique and inspiring projects out of the Mythos. I never would have thought of this- great work! :)
zombiequadrille's avatar
Thanks, Paul. Hope things have been well with you.
doctorslime's avatar
where can i get one! head or a series of heads these are awesome
I have great bottles for them..
HerbertW's avatar
Outstanding sir! I wish I
'd thought of it. :)
zombiequadrille's avatar
Thanks! I had a look at your art. You've thought of LOTS of great things!
HerbertW's avatar
You're too kind sir. Thank you.
JasonMcKittrick's avatar
JOE! These came out awesome!
zombiequadrille's avatar
Thanks, Jason. They're fairly uncomplicated but effectively creepy.
Alleby's avatar
Like it!!!! :)
well done!!!
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