One of the coolest and most rewarding things about having a horror website is getting to know the many artists who exist in the genre and helping spread the word about awesome artwork that many people might not otherwise see.
One such artist is Steve McGinnis, a creative and prolific illustrator that has become a great friend of mine over the past year. Growing up in the frozen wasteland known as Canada, Mr. McGinnis has worked his way into many of the greatest horror publications still on the newsstands, like Gore Noir, Fangoria, Diabolique, and Gore Zone.
According to his website, Steve started illustrating from a young age, and his horror style appeared early in life, resulting in many trips to the school office for his parents. Throughout grade and high school Steve was an artistic sponge, absorbing different styles from different mediums, while developing his own young style. This style helped him win multiple awards and honours with his art.
He really caught my eye earlier this year with a new series of classic horror icon illustrations done in a bold new style of black, grey, white, and just a drop of red.
Have a look at his great creations below, along with a brief interview with Steve McGinnis and a look at the various new projects this prolific and talented artist has in the works!
Please tell me a little bit about your black and white classic monster series. Where did the idea come from? The style really stands out.
Steve McGinnis : I’ve always just like sitting at the coffee table or wear ever and sketching. I started with the Myers mask and really enjoyed it. So I did a couple more and couldn’t stop. The last show I did the crowds response was over whelming. So I’m doing quite a few more.
Great, can’t wait to see them! You have really taken that style and run with it, making some very unique pieces. I am looking forward to more in the series. Do you know who is the next icon to be immortalized in this style?
Steve McGinnis : Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s monster. My dad had a tee shirt he always wore on weekends with that face on it and it used to mesmerize me.
Ha! I’m wearing one right now. Can’t wait to see it!
Check out Steve’s more recent masterpieces below, including both Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee as Dracula, Lon Chaney as The Phantom of the Opera, and the one and only Vincent Price!
Tell me a little bit about the pin-up series you have have been working on.
Steve McGinnis : That is a fun new style for me. Writer / Director Ryan M. Andrews approached me to do some art for his new movie Save Yourself. We were back and forth a lot and came up with the idea of a horror pin up for each girl in the film.
So did you actually have Tristan Risk modeling for you? That would be like a dream come true!
Steve McGinnis : LOL!! That would be amazing, but no. I actually was back and forth with her on FB and she sent some good face pics at different angles for reference. I had to research pin up poses and what they look like.
It’s a really fun style. I’d like to do more of them.
So what can you tell us about the film “Save Yourself“? Are you involved in it other than the poster art?
Steve McGinnis : I’m not sure the whole story behind Save Yourself. I was only involved with the poster creations. I think everything is hush hush at this point. No ones really giving any hints about it.
Cool. I like that. Horror films should surprise you. I know you have been hard at work on an original graphic novel. Can you tell us a little bit about what we can expect, and when?
Steve McGinnis : Yeah, it’s been quite a undertaking. I came up with the idea last year at a horror con I was at and thought “That’s it, time for me to write and illustrate this story”. It’s a different take on a slasher story. It spans from early 1900’s to the present day. I wanted to make sure there was some substance and not just GORE GORE blood….but there are some good kills in it.
It sounds great and is looking good in the updates you share on your art page on Facebook! Any idea of when we can expect to see it as a complete project?
Steve McGinnis : I’m releasing the whole book at Horror Rama November 1st and 2nd in Toronto. So, November first and on.
Very exciting! So is it actually complete, or is it crunch time right now?
Steve McGinnis : It is CRUNCH TIME!!! I’ll think I’m finished and read it and say, I need a bit more back story. or, I don’t like that panel.
Of course, the dreaded second guessing! Well, I for one am really looking forward to it. I will wrap this little interview up and let you get back to work. Do you have a favorite horror character to illustrate? I really love your Krueger piece!
Steve McGinnis : Oh thanks! I really like illustrating Michael Myers, that emotionless expression is terrifying to me. And the way he’d cock his head to look you over. Chilling.
One last thing, what’s with all the cute and cuddly characters you have been working on lately? Is it just to help purge the horror from your soul and keep you balanced? Or is it something you do for fun?
Steve McGinnis : It’s the yin to my yang. I’m a children’s book artist as well. As a freelance artist you have to have many irons on the fire to stay busy. So when horror art slows down I jump to children’s novels.
Very cool, man! Thanks for taking the time to chat with me, and we will be looking forward to new work from you in the future. Cheers!
A big thanks to artist Steve McGinnis for taking the time out of his busy schedule to chat with me! If anyone is still reading this after the link to Tristan Risk’s nude photo shoot above, be sure and check out more work from Steve McGinnis at his website and frequently updated Facebook page!
And don’t forget to check back here often at www.horrorhomework.com for more of your favorite artists, new movie reviews and horror news!
Over the past few years of scouring the internet for fun things to post on the HorrorHomework.com Facebook page, I have repeatedly run into some simple cartoons by an artist named Rafael Koff.
He is a comic artist from Brazil, and has created a long-running series called “Freddy and Jason Have Fun” which features our two favorite slashers getting into all manner of “cute” misadventures.
Unfortunately his website is in Portuguese, and my Google translate isn’t helping much today, but his work speaks for itself. You can find many more similar pieces on the Freddy And Jason Have Fun Facebook page, but in the meantime have a look :
Working with Horrorhomework.com, I get to see all kinds of crazy shit. From a variety of films, to books, and even art. So every once and awhile during a regular session of perusing the macabre on the internet, you come across something that catches your eye immediately. That’s exactly what happened when I came across the art of Stephen Cooney. After looking into more of his artwork I just knew I had to have a chat with him and share it with my fellow horror classmates. Based out of the UK he has been painting for as long as he can remember, but took a couple of years to break into the tattoo industry, which he became very popular in because of his horror art style which is always a favorite of many. He does both ink sketches and full paintings, but prefers full paintings, finding them more enjoyable. Stephen is always doing commissioned pieces of some kind of another.
When I asked him about the dark tone of most of his artwork, some of which looked like it had Lovecraftian influence, this is what he said.
“Well I don’t know really, I’ve always been into the dark side of art. As a kid I grew up listening to Iron maiden and in art class I would sit and copy the artwork and day dream that I would one day do the same thing, designing album covers for the biggest metal bands and seeing my artwork on t shirts. Then I got into the fantasy side of things because a friend was into Dungeons and Dragons, of which TSR had the best artwork I had ever seen. But in terms of influence, it would have to be Derek Riggs, the Iron Maiden artist.”
I can totally see the Iron Maiden artwork influence. Stephen’s artwork seems as if it is right off of an Iron Maiden’s Greatest Hits album cover. While he has not done any album covers as of yet, he has done about 60 book covers and endless magazine covers. He is the over artist for Nightmare Illustrated Magazine, which is a bi-monthly publication. A new project which seems to be growing fast. Check it out at horrifiedpress.com
He has done over 100 paintings so when I asked him if he had a favorite, he said he couldn’t really say. They all have their special meaning, some coming from a time when he was just trying to get his name out there. Knowing his style of work I had to ask the question, had he ever done any horror icons, or was all of his artwork original?
“I’ve been really lucky so far. Publishers have always come to me saying, we’ve got this title, see what you can come up with. Which has been great for me, using my own imagination to come up with something which maybe hasn’t been done yet. I haven’t done an exciting character yet.”
Of course the questions of “If you could do any horror character, who or what would it be? Do you have a favorite horror film?” had to be asked. “Alien was a massive film for me. The fact that you hardly saw it and if you did, it was always in the dark. I love that in a horror film and films like the Exorcist. I love anything demonic. As for existing characters, no one has asked. Really, I’ll paint anything, although I was asked to paint a barbarian thing and I had to say, it been done so many times before so I came up with a mad max type of thing. I think along those lines instead of something that’s been painted by many artists.”
Stephen says in the future he would like to see his artwork on album covers and back stage drops for rock bands, tour t-shirts, maybe films, but in the mean time to just keep doing what he’s doing to push towards that goal. He is now getting into subjects other than horror now, which he is enjoying.
He would like to give a huge thank you to all his publishers for having such faith in his work. And would like to thank his wife Amanda, who puts up with so much crap, paintings everywhere and the like. She is very supportive in her own way and would never have accomplished what he has without her.
I have no doubts that Stephen’s talent will be able to achieve any endeavors that lay ahead of him. I appreciate Stephen taking the time out of his busy schedule to chat with me about his artwork. They are all truly amazing. You too can check out his artwork on Facebook on the Cooney Art page.
The “Its Alive” project is back, this time bringing a blushing bride.
If you recall, in 2011 the project celebrated the 80th anniversary of James Whale’s Frankenstein and raised money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital by assembling a group of very creative artists to re-imagine Frankenstein.
This year, the ongoing project celebrates The Bride of Frankenstein by presenting 80 re-imagined Life Size Elsa Lanchester Bride of Frankenstein Busts from a wide variety of creative people.
According to the Its Alive Facebook page : In addition to the busts, there will be 10 special life sized statues created as part of the collection. Each of the 90 artists will be asked to recreate the Bride in their own vision, style and hand. You will be amazed and frightened by what can happen when these talented artists unleash their creative monsters on this unique and terrifying project. See creations from some of the top local artists as well as Professional Monster Makers from across the country. All proceeds from the auction of these busts will benefit the St Jude Childrens Research Hospital.
All of the busts will be on display at the Son of Monsterpalooza convention in Burbank , California (tickets available here) from September 12-14 this year, and will go immediately up for auction on eBay after the showing.
Check out a collection of my personal favorites in the series below, and stay tuned to the official Its Alive page for more details.
All photos are credited to Michael Gavin.
Artist Tom Bagshaw has been working on a new project for over a year now, an ambitious series of paintings of dark and otherworldly beauty. The new series is fittingly labeled “The Black Lodge”, and it shows off the darkest side of the artist, who is already well-known for his unique style of beautiful and mysterious digital paintings. He creates some of the most unforgettable female portraits in memory, balancing them somewhere between wickedness and whimsy.
The Black Lodge series compiles a year and a half worth of inspired work from Mr. Bagshaw, and as of today August first 2014, will be available as a one of a kind art book, limited to 100. All eighteen of the original portraits in the collection are up for sale right now as well, but going quickly.
Check out the artist’s website mostlywanted.com for more info about purchase of the book and artwork. Collected below are some of the impressive paintings from the Black Lodge.
One of the coolest artists I have met over the past years doing my horror homework, goes simply by the name Zombieking. He first caught my attention producing a series of amazing Hellraiser paintings, and has since consistently filled my news-feed with amazingly creative new works of art. Over the past few weeks I had noticed his conspicuous absence, and now I know why.
He had a well-received showing of his work at MelloMello earlier this month!
Congrats to Zombieking, and what follows is a selection of original new paintings up for sale right now :
Ever since the successful showing, he has apparently been locked away on a creative binge, busy bringing us some new artwork to drool over.
He reappeared last week, teasing a series of unique mythical “test tube babies”. He meticulously designed and constructed these little fellas and their packaging, and has subsequently made them all available now in his store!
As I mentioned, all of the brand new original artwork (and much more) is now available from Zombieking at his official store!
As he is based in the UK, he has put shipping prices on each piece available worldwide, but notes that he “would always prefer a painting to find a new home with somebody who loves it, rather than it be stored away unseen in the studio here. So, I am open to offers on these prices.”
So get them while they are hot, and be sure and stay tuned to the Zombieking Facebook page for consistent updates about his new and upcoming projects.
You won’t be disappointed!
If you’re like me, you love all things weird and wonderful, not just limited to horror. Most of us ghouls got bitten with the collector’s bug at young ages, which means we likely still tend to drool over new action figures, trading cards, T-shirts, and posters of all kinds. Some of us never grow up, and Comic Con knows this!
Also, if you are like me, you are not attending Comic Con this year…
However, the wonders of the internet have not stopped us from letting us all know what we are missing! As my Facebook news-feed fills up with all the collectible awesomeness debuting at the Con right now, I am going to attempt to show you some of the coolest must haves that you will soon be able to find on eBay for triple the price!
Okay, ready? Let’s get jealous!
At the top of my personal wish list would have to be these great “Limited Edition Art Toys” from amazing artist, Jason Edmiston! Based on his Frankenberry/Frankenstein painting from earlier this year, the toy is is sculpted by Barsom Manashian. The unique toy comes in 3 parts and stands at 7″ tall and 4″ 1/2 wide shoulder to shoulder. You can only get him at Jason’s table (#5015) in the illustrators section. This is a SDCC Exclusive, and he will have 50 of them at $65 each.
Mr. Edmiston is apparently trying to win Comic Con this year, because in addition to the awesomeness above, he has designed the packaging for some of NECA’s new horror icon figures!
He will also have loads of new and exclusive art prints up for grabs, so be sure and stop by his booth.
In fact, NECA is revealing tons of new toys at the Con, including this limited edition “Super Freddy” figure, with package art designed by Horror Homework favorite, Christopher Ott.
Mr. Ott is also in attendance at booth J7, where you will be able to pick up some awesome artwork!
In fact, so many of our favorite artists are all gathered together in San Diego right now, each with unique offers and exclusives for the fans who made it to the con this weekend!
For example, amazing artist N.C. Winters just offered up a great deal on his awesome Predator print for the first person who walks up to his booth (#4531) and says : “If it bleeds, we can kill it.”
The incredible Alex Pardee is also in attendance there, located at booth #5502, offering up this exclusive print, titled “Copycat”.
And back to the toys… Sideshow unveiled their new Hellraiser 3 “Pinhead” figure :
And for the first time ever, NECA is introducing Alien/Aliens figures with likenesses approved by Sigourney Weaver herself :
However, NECA isn’t the only company to debut some new Alien playthings. Check out this Egg Chamber Action Playset from indy toy-makers Super 7 :
And last but not least, he good folks behind Clive Barker’s new art book Imaginer have a booth set up, and will be promoting the grand opening of Mr. Barker’s art show and parade in San Diego tonight!
Con attendees might just want to sneak away at 7 this evening to check this out.
I am sure they have some great sights to show you…
I hope all of you lucky Con-goers are having a blast this weekend, and know that the rest of us hate you this much…
Jay Hansen is a unique painter based out of Minneapolis Minnesota, an award-winning creator of dark and incredibly detailed works of art. His work has been featured in the pages of Gore Noir magazine, and he has recently had several well-received local showings of his work.
Currently working on his tattoo apprenticeship, Mr. Hansen consistently creates and shares his amazing work online, and you can find him on Facebook here. Specializing in “Zombie Girls” and a wide variety of dark and intricate designs, his DeviantArt page is also loaded with stunning imagery, and I collected a few of my favorites below for your enjoyment!
I had a chance for a quick chat with the artist the other day, and was excited to hear that he has an original graphic novel in the works, titled Cesspool. I asked him to tell me a little more about it and this is what we learned…
HH : Tell me a little about the graphic novel you are working on.
Jay Hansen : It’s called CESSPOOL. My lifetime buddy Devin Francisco and myself have been working on projects together for a few years now. He came up to me last year with a possible idea on making a book. It’s not really in the comic book style (panels and such), more of a collection of short stories (somewhat similar to “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark“) Best way I can describe it right now, as I haven’t read most of the stories yet.
We have a group of talented writers, which I believe all live in Minnesota. MP Johnson, Joe Knetter, Ken Olson, Todd Wardrope, Roxie Hockensmith, and Tyler Hansen. We’re trying to get it set up and ready by late October for Minneapolis Crypticon. I just posted another teaser painting for the book on my page about a hour ago if you want to check it out.
Also planning on releasing a hard cover addition that will include a series of short films, only about 1-4mins long. That’s a whole other project altogether. So yeah, Devin and myself have some of our best work included in this project, and we cant wait for it to all piece itself together.
HH : It sounds awesome! How are you guys planning to distribute it? Are you going to create a Kickstarter or anything like that?
JH : As of right now, we are selling these Cesspool exclusive prints through my bigcartel site. We talked about a Kickstarter, but we travel to many conventions, we would like to have the art pay for getting the book off the ground. I cant remember the site we are going through to produce the book, but I think they offer a option on selling it through Amazon. Other than that we will all be selling the books individually.
HH : Is this all of the artwork you are currently selling?
JH : No, there’s more than just that. We are just trying to push those prints the most, as every set sold goes to help fund our book. Some of our darkest illustrations have been unleashed on this project, and we’ve hired some of the best writers Minnesota has to offer. We are all extremely excited to show the world what we came up with, you wont be disappointed.
Everything is listed as convention prices this week. Have a look at JayBird’s BigCartel store!
So there you have it. A group of talented, creative people doing it the old fashioned way, by just jumping in there and making it happen!
Be sure and help make this project a reality by purchasing some unique artwork, and stay up to date with the status of this project on the official Cesspool page. And don’t forget to follow Jay Hansen’s art page for consistent updates and new artwork!
An uncharted realm where beauty and the plague collide, imagination is a creation without cause. Chaos is not feared, only fed upon. And the impossibility of transformation is only the start of a future yet to be born.
When I was growing up in the 1980s, anything “retro” obviously meant a throwback to the generations before I was born, which didn’t mean a lot back then. I was your typical self-centered child, who believed that history started on the day I was born.
Now, all these years later and just slightly wiser, the term retro brings me right back to those childhood days of secretly watching horror VHS tapes, collecting Garbage Pail Kids and melting the heads of my G.I.Joes.
Nowadays, I fall for anything that reminds me of that sweet sweet wasted youth…
Suddenly, along comes the Strange Kids Club, with an idea that combines all of the things I lovingly reminisced about above. They have successfully evoked a strange neo-nostalgia for the whole time period!
They have set about creating an original new series of monster-themed trading cards to make all of us greying geeks giddy with excitement. The series is called “Closet Monsters” and boasts designs from a wide array of some of the best horror artists working right now!
Updated with new monsters weekly, the plan is for this unique collection of monsters to eventually be printed as physical trading cards!
Check out the collection below of some of my favorites in their current line-up, complete with amusing stories behind why each of them came to be hiding in your closet.
Be sure and swing by The Strange Kids Club website to check them all out!
Also, I have linked to current pages for all of the artists who have worked on this project, and just in researching this post, I have discovered some new and fantastic artists here.
So do yourself a favor and follow those links and do some good old-fashioned web-surfing.
There are some seriously fantastic, subversive, and unique artists on this project.
You won’t regret it!
“Boogary Bill” by Lou Rusconi.
“Compiled of all your nose pickings that are flung about, this creature has pulled himself together to form one being: BOOGARY BILL! Nothing to fear from Bill, look, has all of your favorites toys and just wants to PLAY!!!”
“Count Vonrape” by Makinita. “Not much is known about the Count, aside for his Snuffleupagus fetish, a flair for the theatrical and an obsession with numbers. For the most part the Count prefers to hide in the shadows, counting his many victims and dreaming of one day making it to Broadway.”
“Flloyd comes from a distant planet. Classified as garbage he was dumped on Earth to fend for himself. Sadly he didn’t really understand the human art of “Wearing Clothes.” He’s always looking for a new ‘suit.’”
“Referred to as a ‘Penanggalan’ due to a resemblance to the flying vampire-head creature from Southeast Asian mythology, this Closet Monster is actually more of a Cthuhlu/Gieger/8th Dimension sort of devil-spawn. It floats around, scaring the begeebus out of people, forcing them to look for hidden genitalia, and generally getting up to no good.”
“Hansel is a tobacco chewing leprechaun that was cursed from drinking stagnant water from a tainted wishing well. He lost his arm to a goat and then traveled to the future to have a robot arm installed. Today, with his stick of justice, he seeks the goat that took his arm. He’s also a Shriner.”
“Eech & Fangface” by Eric Pigors.
“EECH & FANGFACE live 6 feet under, down at Rotting Caskets Funeral Home where they take care of the freshly buried corpses. Well… in their own sick way, which is stacking them up inside their hide out, underground coffin #13. They like reading to their newly decayed friends, especially their favorite spooky book,’GHOULISHLY GHASTLY DEADTIMES STORIES’ from their creator UNKLE PIGORS.”
“When a certain thrash metal cassette (Slayer) is inserted into his back, mild mannered Teddy transforms into a maggot-ridden monster from Hell! Attacking the other toys he finds in the closet, Deadly dismembers them and uses them as his trophies.”
“A poor fellow who went insane after playing too many zombie video games, Intes-Stan now thinks he IS a zombie. He is confused however, and eats his own guts instead of munching on hapless victims, making him a perfectly safe and fun playtime companion!”
“Kreap was once a violent demon with powerful horns. In an epic battle the magical ice cream wizard of Neptune saved the universe by turning those horns into ice cream cones. Without his horns Kreap was unable to keep up his pitch-black aura and his evil powers vanished. The curse that the mighty wizard brought upon him left him unable to return to the demonworld. Candy and the color pink are not very popular over there. He now wanders through the shadows trying to find a way to lift his curse. His revenge will be served ice cold.”
“Time makes monsters of us all. Especially if that time is spent drinking windex and freebasing flea powder. This bunny had it all: adorable fluff, a great catch phrase. But that all melted away and left nothing behind but a hideous ghoul. When this bunny finally OD’ed he went straight to hell, then was immediately kicked out when they found him snorting up all of the lava and brimstone. Now he wanders the earth, scouring children’s closets for his next fix. Maybe he’ll find it in that juicy skull of yours!”
“Wretch Armgone is all that is left of your beloved Stretch Armstrong. Once a favorite beloved toy, Wretch has been transformed, deep in the recesses of your closet, into a rotting, goo-spilling toy-corpse bent on revenge! You should have taken better care of him, because now he’s going to take care of you.”
“Pumpkin carvers beware! This freaky, knobby skinned creature can be found roaming around in gourd patches among the pumpkins, which he considers family. When eager children come to pick out a Jack O’ Lantern the Gourd Goblin instantly goes nuts, jumping out from his hole with ferocious speed and razor sharp claws to rip each kid’s face off and paste it on one of his pumpkin pals.”
“Ron, a once top tier elementary school cafeteria worker respected by parents for developing a healthy lunch program for the students. Until one day when the kids revolted and a quickly escalated melon balling fight went out of control leaving Ron with the loss of his lower mobility. Due to severe cutbacks, no wheelchair could be provided to Ron but instead an old bathtub long abandoned by the phys ed department.
With no one to take control of the kids dietary needs the school moved in another direction; installing deep fryers. After years of exposure to the grease, Ron’s body is now covered in self erupting zits and he wears a mask to hide his true emotions. He is now referred by the children as Ron Pussman.”
“My name is ZombieYeti and this is my self portrait. I imagine if I were stuffed in a closet I would have to pee in the closet if there were no bathroom.* I also like circus peanuts. *This is in fact the truth. I tried it shortly after writing this.”
“Billy Skinsuit” by Trevor Henderson.
“Billy Skinsuit is a tiny, mummified corpse that lives like a parasite! He infests various creatures around the galaxy and wears their slowly decomposing corpses as suits!
He does this to use their vital fluids to rejuvenate his shriveled and puny body, and to get close to his next victim. If you find Billy in your closet, you should feel very special! He’s traveled a long way to see how it feels to experience life in your skin!”
“Billy is your everyday, average spawn of Satan who decided the 5th wasn’t fun enough for him- so now he lives in random kids closets, terrorizing youngsters late at night- waking them up with scratching at the closet doors—slowly opening the doors to reveal his crimson smile, and dark, dark empty eye holes.
Fun Fact: Bloody Billy’s shoes aren’t actually shoes but are his actual feet. Oddly enough, one foot prefers to eat rats….and the other foot, baby humans.”
“Little Ike Rust always had a runny nose and crusty eyes. He was constantly teased at school for his sniffling, eye rubbing, and general oozing appearance.
One morning Ike Rust woke up with a case of eye crust so bad that his eyes were stuck shut. The children of the town all pointed and laughed as he stumbled down the street searching for someone to tell him where he was. Blinded by eye crust, Ike Rust wandered into what he thought was a doctor’s office, but actually turned out to be a cave full of hungry bears. And while the bears did test and treat Ike for several of his diseases and infections, they also ate him.
Now the ghost of little Ike Rust and his eye crust seeks his revenge. Waiting in your closet until you get up to pee in the middle of the night, Ike Rust sneaks over to your bed, rubs his eye crust on your blankets, steals your eye drops, and farts on your pillow.
So when you lie in bed late at night and hear a faint noise in the distance that sounds like: “Ah! My eyes are so itchy!” You’d better hold it in, because Ike Rust may be waiting to share his crusty eye infection with you.”
“Pikkels are known to dwell in moist, damp closets, living off the fungus growing on their backs and shoulders. These monsters prefer closets with lots of secrets, so it’s best to keep your stash somewhere else, unless you want it covered in Pikkel juice.”
“Soozey feeds on every nasty thought you’ve ever had, every guilty pleasure that you’ve hidden inside a dirty box and forgot all about, but soon enough she’ll be able to escape from the closet, and the only thing to satisfy her appetite will be the same filthy brain that created her. Yes, the one inside your skull!”
“Johnny’s parents asked him where he’d been getting his new toys. When he answered, ‘My closet.’ his parents scolded him for lying. ‘I’m not lying!,’ Johnny proclaimed. ‘The funny man in my closet gave them to me. He said it makes him happy.’”
“The failed first attempt by toymaker Aleister Rothman to create a living, breathing “doll” to compete against Xavier Roberts’ popular line of Cabbage Patch Kids, Double Dewey was the result of a malicious ex-assistant’s reprisal. After being fired by Rothman the sour subordinate poured a vial of his former employer’s “Creature Serum” into Dewey’s test tube and the resulting monstrosity was hidden from public view in the second bedroom of Aleister’s condo. Poor Double Dewey – will he ever know the outside world?”
“Pumpers was once actually a magical elf who helped fix people’s shoes until the day he decided to fix the neighborhood’s 10 year old miscreant: Blottnickel. Blottnickel thought it would be funny to trap poor little Pumpers inside the shoe he was selflessly trying to fix, and then stick in the microwave for a good 30 minutes.
Pumpers who had then become a radioactive bubbling blob, slithered away and hid inside another pair of Blottnickel’s shoes, patiently awaiting his moment of revenge. However, before Pumpers could react, Blottnickel thrust his foot into the shoe, squashing the radioactive slime that Pumpers had become. Immediately they fused into one single hideous, radioactive, mutant being known simply as Pumpers Blottnickel.
Today, Pumpers Blottnickel can usually be found leaking and pulsating in closets with old worn-out shoes.”
“There have been many different tales told of this particular gaming system. Some say it’s host to a 1,000 year old evil genie. Others claim it’s possessed by the angry spirit of a worker who was crushed on the assembly line. Still others say it was just “born” evil. The only thing anyone really knows is that anyone who plays it gets a disturbing phone call from the 1-900 Pretendo hotline and dies seven days later.”
“The unwanted remnant of a past lunch, a lone pickle lies buried within the dank and odorous closet in its skull emblazoned lunchbox tomb. The unique chemistry of putrid undergarments and a rotten vinegar soaked cucumber gives rise to the unmentionable Salty Pickens. Armed with a spatula and improper attire, he longs to join humanity… By replacing you!”
Last year a little project popped up called “Hellraiser Origins“, meant as a true re-invention of the world of Clive Barker’s beloved Cenobites. Spearheaded by artist and producer Paul Gerrard, the project was envisioned as a love letter to Barker’s original mythology and a completely new take on the characters and storyline.
The project even got as far as a (very impressive) teaser trailer, just before Clive Barker announced his own intention to re-boot the franchise himself. Unfortunately, this announcement killed Mr. Gerrard’s project, because as he said himself, “Who’s going to argue with Clive Barker and the Weinsteins?”
Rather than curling up in a ball and letting this defeat him, Mr. Gerrard re-grouped and decided to go 100% independent and produce his own art book, filled with short stories and many of the unused design concepts.
For more information on the contents of the book, please see our most recent interview with Mr. Gerrard right here.
With a fundraiser that started back in early June, the ambitious project is now nearing 60% funding. And that is where you come in…
The artist has graciously offered a prize package for you, the students of Horror Homework! The prize will be an original painting from Paul Gerrard titled “The 8 Steps” (seen below), and a “Body Horror” edition of the art book, which includes one original pencil sketch and three extra signed prints.
“The 8 Steps” by Paul Gerrard.
All you have to do is help spread the word about the fundraiser, and help this incredibly creative man get his artwork seen.
The details of the fundraiser can be seen here (only 26 days left).
Visit Paul Gerrard’s Art Page on Facebook and the Hellraiser Origins page to learn more, and share from these pages in your effort to help spread the word.
Get up, get out, and tell a friend about this project, and you could be the lucky winner of this great package from a unique artist!
He is currently adding new sketches and artwork daily to entice some more contributors, and I have collected some great examples below.
There is no doubt that this book has such sights to show us…
“In order to be created, a work of art must first make use of the dark forces of the soul.”