Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Monday, 24 January 2011
A drawing illustrating the theme of 'Monsters in Your Backyard' for the June 2009 edition of Paranormal Magazine. The illustration is by Lisa Magee, who was then a student at the North East Wales Institute in Wrexham under the tutelage of Dan Berry.
Friday, 21 January 2011
Wednesday, 19 January 2011
Two illustrations by the celebrated art nouveau artist Willy Pogany from 'The Welsh Fairy Book' by W Jenkyns Thomas, first published in 1907. The top one shows the spirit of a lake near Brecon; below a shepherd boy who was forced to dance all night by the playing of a fiendish fiddler because he spied on some fairy revels. This latter story is set on the slopes of Dinas Bran at Llangollen.
Monday, 17 January 2011
A startling image of a wendigo by South Wales artist Simon Wyatt, who carried out a lot of 'monstrous' work for me in Paranormal Magazine. This bold opening spread was used to kick off an article by Richard Freeman in the May 2010 edition.
Saturday, 15 January 2011
Having watched a documentary round at Robin and Heidi's on poster artist Reynold Brown, here are a few I hadn't already saved by him which I've hunted up, including (top) the US version of Hammer's 'The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll'. I'm sure many of the poster images I've already got saved are also by Brown: he seems to have been very prolific.
Friday, 14 January 2011
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Two peculiar images by an artist I've just stumbled across, Jean-Francois Le Saint. Le Saint mainly works in pastels, which is unusual in itself, and this lends his pictures a luminous quality which I really like. He specialises in portraits of children and scenes of Breton culture and traditional pastimes. Whether these images, two of a short series of fantasy subjects, are intended to illustrate a particular story or are simply inspired by the artist's imagination, I don't know. You can see more of Le Saint's work at: www.flickr.com/photos/lesaint/
Monday, 10 January 2011
Continuing a series of monsters from the now defunct Paranormal Magazine: a hideous entity said to have appeared in a remote country cottage and emanating pure evil. The illustration is by Shaun Histed-Todd and appeared in PM 54, accompanying an article by Richard Freeman.
Saturday, 8 January 2011
Something for the weekend, sir? Yes, thank you how about a nice educational film? This Nude World from 1933 is billed as 'the most educational film ever produced'. Billing a tittilating movie as a documentary was an old dodge to get round censorship laws. Shotgun Wedding from 1962 looks like hokey fun and was directed by one Edward D Wood Jr - it's listed as a comedy on IMDB but the poster here certainly seems to push it as a real life expose. Why and when Sweden in particular became associated with sexual licence is a mystery to me, but just adding 'Sweden' or 'Swedish' to a title or description seemed guaranteed to pull in the dirty mac brigade. I can't find this one on IMDB but guess it dates from the late sixties.
Friday, 7 January 2011
Following on from my Christmas card collection, here are a couple of old birthday cards designed by my friend Alan Daulby. The top one makes a joke about my book 'Haunted Wales', which had gone to the printers in 2005. The other, from a few years previously, refers to my Daily Post column 'Wales of the Unexpected' and the fact that I had recently been running a second-hand shop. He's done a lovely job adapting an old EC comic.
Monday, 3 January 2011
Continuing a selection of monstrous images from Paranormal Magazine, I continue with another by Anne Elizabeth Robinson, simply because it's seasonal (just). Anne's scary Santa, commissioned for the January 2010 edition (published at the end of Nov 09) accompanied an article on seasonal spooks by John Stoker. Despite being so grotesque, he manages to look quite friendly.