Drawing every weird creature in every HP Lovecraft story

TheLoveCraftsMan sez, "An artist is spending a year trying to draw every Lovecraft creature ever mentioned. His ultimate goal is "to draw EVERY creature he ever describes (sticking to Lovecraft only so far) from Elder Things and and The Great Race (who are described in immense detail) to Vooniths and Wamps (who are only mentioned)."
THINGS THAT DEVOUR AND DISSOLVE
"You think those floundering things wiped out the servants? Fool, they are harmless! But the servants are gone, aren't they?"

"Things are hunting me now--the things that devour and dissolve--but I know how to elude them."

"My pets are not pretty, for they come out of places where aesthetic standards are--very different. Disintegration is quite painless, I assure you--but I want you to see them. I almost saw them, but I knew how to stop."

H.P. Lovecraft, From Beyond

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  1. This is funny, because the reason I hate Lovecraft is he doesn’t describe anything. “It’s maddening! It’s horrifying! It’s cyclopean! It’s twisted!” Ok, but WTF is it?

    GG to this cat, for doing the author’s job for him, decades after the fact.

    1. No one’s going to point out that the reason why Lovecraft is effective at all is because he let’s the reader construct their own personal horror? Especially, as Lobster points out, a large number of the things in his stories are so horrifying that the very site of them cause insanity.

      That said, I’ve always enjoyed illustrations that stem from Lovecraft’s works.

      1. As a fan of his work, I can say that’s probably the only reason it was so successful. Some of us also don’t seem to understand that no one is going to tape our eyelids open and force us to look at the pictures.

  2. Got mixed feelings about this, the whole rise of the mainstreaming of Lovecraft has exposed a lot more people to his work, while at the same time robbing it of some of it’s mystique. Somehow it doesn’t seem right to have an artist present a rendering of how the various things should look(TM) and bias everybody’s view of it forever.

    I mean I stopped being scared by KTulu when he got a plushy…..

      1. Doesn’t matter, I don’t want his ideas in my head. If it was Lovecraft it would be different, but it’s not.

    1. I call what you’re referring to as tyranny of the imagination, an overpowering canonical vision hat opresses the reader’s interpretation. I’ve been re-reading LOTR off and on for over 30 years and Peter Jackson’s movie has supplanted what I had in my head and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get back. Reading is cinema of the mind, and I don’t always agree with someone else’s casting decisions or art direction.

      For this project, though, it’s going to be tough going when the illustrator gets to the Colour out of Space. ; )

  3. True, but there’s a lot to be said for the Old Geek sport of, “How Wrong Did He Get It?” (Personally, I’m impressed with his voonith. But it’ll be the buopoth what makes or breaks it. I’ve never seen a really good buopoth, and they’re one of my favorite HPLganisms.)

  4. So how many illustrations do we have of, “gazing upon it drove me insane and if I described it sufficiently it would drive you insane too, so I won’t even try.”

  5. I agree with GreenJello. I once bought a comic book with Lovecraft stories. I was gonna read it, but, having second thoughts, I never opened it. I rather have my own TERRIFYING imagination than someone else’s.

  6. So, the issue is that you don’t like illustrations of literature. That’s fine.

    But this really has nothing to do with everyone pissing into the main streams.

  7. As an interlude to the Lovecraft fanboy wet-blanketing: these illustrations are crisp and lovely. His visual interpretations of the text are at the same time faithful and artistically fresh. I especially like that he actually uses color in his work, rather than washing everything out to the muddy sludge-looking stuff most lovecraftian critter artists seem to love when they do their thing.

    Those who are refusing to look at this blog in order to maintain some ridiculous idea of “narrative purity” are missing out on some primo art.

  8. Lovecraft was part of a group of writers who all wrote about and expanded upon his original Mythos. As I see it, this artist is just carrying on that tradition. And this is just his interpretation anyway; you can still imagine shoggoths to look however you like. :)

  9. don’t mean to sound illiterate but hey nice quote from ‘From Beyond’. I enjoyed the horrid cheesy film they made based on that. The addition of former soap stars to the cast helped a lot.

    wait, the current topic weather Lovecraft could stand being soiled right? people been lovingly hugging Lovecraft’s work till its an unidentifiable mushy mess for ages.

  10. As a former roommate, and someone who is still friends with the artist, let me say that this project is a labor of love by someone who has been reading Lovecraft since he was a teenager. Mike is now 30+ years old, so his affinity for the Cthulhu Mythos transcends the modern hype for “all things Lovecraft”. I understand that every reader forms their own mental image of what these creatures look like, but I think you will find that there has been a considerable amount of thought placed upon the depiction of each monster. Mike is a swell dude, and a true fan.

  11. Can you really soil Lovecraft’s reputation anyway? let’s face it, much as I enjoy some of his stuff, it’s not as it he was a great writer in the first place. And he was quite capable of soiling his reputation all by himself by being a big old racist.

    1. “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there” – L. P. Hartley

      For a shut-in who lived in the early part of the last century, his views were not that out of line. As much as it might pain anyone to think about it, we haven’t always been the progressive state that we are now. People used to be racist. Hell, people used to own slaves too, that doesn’t mean that everything done in the past should be discounted.

      Lovecraft was a man of his time. We can’t criticize him for his period-specific attitudes than we can for him spelling it “colour”. If it personally puts you off, that’s fine, but don’t go around criticizing The Seven Samurai because it’s not shot in high-def 3D.

      1. FnordX, thanks for the patronising and pat response, but this doesn’t wash – even the Wikipedia article (linked by travtastic above) notes that his attitudes were somewhat stronger than the norm for his time. (You also missed the Father Ted reference, which makes the whole allegation a little less serious).

        I am not quite sure what the techno references are supposed to represent. Analogies like this rarely work and this one certainly doesn’t. And again, you miss the point that it quite clearly doesn’t ‘put me off’. Nor am I part of the ‘we’ to which you refer, or your ‘progressive state’…

      2. I’m fairly certain that racism and slavery were wrong, even when they were widespread. Maybe that’s just my inability to move the goalposts speaking.

  12. Lovecraft DID describe certain beings very well. I remember as a girl too young really to be reading it reading At the Mountains of Madness and drawing Elder Ones based on his exacting description.

  13. http://www.amazon.com/Petersens-Field-Guide-Cthulhu-Monsters/dp/0933635486 I have had this bad boy since around age 16 and it’s still available.

    Also.. Lovecraft was a fanatical hermit and a lot of his misguided writing came from the previous generation of his idol Poe. If you read his biographies, it seems that he became more open towards modern thinking before he died and regretted many of his backward statements in his writing and correspondence. We can’t take the racist stuff out of the literature we love. It’s just there to make us wince.

  14. I always thought that Lovecraft was a vegetarian trying to describe the absence of mind that associates itself with the over consumption of meat that accompanies a famine… At the mountains of madness

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