Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Friday, October 31, 2014
Ghosts aren't the only haunting entities in our world. Faerie hosts have been thought, occasionally, to have breached the portal between realms and to have haunted our culture for centuries.
One should be so lucky to see a sight such as this:
Johan August Malmstrom — Faerie Host — 1866
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014
This fellow's portrait has my vote to be that painting in the massive frame in the dark cold hallway of a spooky castle, whose eyes follow you as you walk past.
Portrait of Willem II painted in the 1690s
by Godfried Schalcken
by Godfried Schalcken
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Many a time, a writer of supernatural fiction will write most effectively so as to scare themselves.
Many a time that works only too well.
Howard McCormick — Collier's Magazine cover 10-24-1908
This art published exactly 106 years ago
(with the background color knocked out)
Friday, October 24, 2014
Yep, it's always gotta be Sin mediating between Satan and Death...
William Hogarth — Satan, Sin & Death — somewhere in the 1700s
Actually, the story line here is a bit intriguing, as it emanates from Milton's Paradise Lost. Satan confronts the old guy, Death, who is blocking the way from Hell to Earth. Sin, in the middle here, reveals to Satan that she's his daughter...and get this...that Death is their incestuous child!
The engraving, below, is based on Hogarth's painting, losing in the translation, particularly in Satan's features. In the painting, Satan looks like he would if Peter Jackson were to film Milton's epic poem.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Demons make for excellent gondoliers, especially for transport to demonically mystic realms.
These folks think they're going to a costume party, little suspecting the horror that awaits them—unemployment with outrageously outstanding student loans to repay!!!
Babil & Bijou — circa 1900
Friday, October 17, 2014
Devils are part of Hallowe'en lore aren't they? Aren't they? C'mon, I need to justify including this way cool painting of a submachine-gun-toting-gangster-devil, because, well, because it IS a way cool Mephistophelian characterization.
Artist, year? I dunno.
This art was used for an Argosy pulp cover
somewhere in the '30s or '40s.
somewhere in the '30s or '40s.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Autumn—late afternoon or evening is a delicious time to pull out an old anthology of ghost stories or a supernatural mystery. After dinner, you can read yourself into a spooky stupor where the narrative melts into a dream state and you're not sure if you are awake or asleep as you feel icy fingers caressing your neck.
Delphin Enjolras — early 20th century
Enjolras' favorite subject matter was a woman
reading or writing by lamplight.
Spiders are a part of the traditional Hallowe'en mash-up, and I despise spiders. Yet, I'd pay good money for a steampunk brass spider like this guy (if I had good money)...(which I don't). Steampunk and Hallowe'en seem like a fabulous match.
Sorry, I don't know the source of this creation.
The old cemeteries are wonderfully spooky celebrations of peoples' lives — with spacious tombs, sculptures that mourn, and tombstones that portray the deceased, as here.
It was spooky to stand in front of this tombstone, knowing that this gentleman's 200-some year old bones were 6 feet under me, even as he glowered like some forlorn ghost.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Autumn is my favorite time of year, as it is for many. It's a time of embracing melancholy, a time of acknowledging decay and our own mortalities. It's bitter and it's sweet.
©Thomas Haller Buchanan — Autumn — 2014
This year I was going to refrain from posts about Autumn and Hallowe'en. But with encouragement from my cyber friend Tam B, I've decided to really embrace the theme, as my archives are bursting with eclectic images that demonstrate darkness, death and decay, yet many are sparked with accents of light and love.
I avoid horror and violence in my collections, but I adore the spooky and strange. Some of my images may not be obvious to the theme, but resonate with me in some way.
This will be my countdown to Hallowe'en.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
To be perfectly honest, I'm pretty tired of Monet's lily ponds and such, having seen them a kajillion times in my lifetime. Ah, but this seldom seen beautiful painting strikes a resonant chord with me!
L'Église de Varengeville; soleil couchant
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Illustrations of Alphonse Mucha are very satisfying to my eyes, even when I'm not familiar with the story involved. Here, the young lady hears something...possibly the angels tromping by or the bells swinging like there's no tomorrow. Either way, it's a lovely graphic work, is it not?
If you know the story involved here, please do share.
The old days, the old ways, promoted world travel with most compelling graphics. Travel posters were glorious.
Isipatana means the place where holy men fell to earth, based on the legend that when the Buddha was born, devas came down to announce it to 500 holy me. The holy men all rose into the air and disappeared and their relics fell to the ground.
Sounds like an extraterrestrial close encounter.
This poster portrays a Buddhist pilgrimage to the sacred site.
Art by Dorothy Newsome — 1930ish