Saturday, July 23, 2016

Lovecraftian Thing a Day 205: Virgil Finlay's Far Beyond

In a change from our scheduled transmission, today we celebrate the birthday of Virgil Finlay, illustrator of classic weird and sci-fi fiction, and the artist who brought us the image of Lovecraft as a periwigged 18th Century gentleman - possibly one of the most popular and best known artistic portrayals of HPL. Finlay of course also provided the cover for the First Arkham House edition of The Outsider and Others, as well as illustrating various of Lovecraft's tales. Far Beyond is the only dedicated collection of Finlay's work that I currently possess, and focuses primarily on the post-Weird Tales era; whilst it includes Finlay's illustrations of tales by Robert E. Howard and Frank Belknap Long, Lovecraft's work, unfortunately, is not represented here. Even so, it is a fine volume that celebrates the life and work of even finer artist.

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