Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Lovecraftian Thing a Day (2018) No.86: Illustro Obscurum Collection II by Michael Bukowski

Illustro Obscurum Collection II is, as I understand it, part of Michael Bukowski’s attempt to illustrate Lovecraft’s monsters in their entirety. Bukowski has not only brought to shrieking, horrific life such classic Lovecaftian teratomas as Shoggoths, Elder Things and the Dunwich Horror, but has also revealed the liveliest awfulness of the (quite literally) indescribable beings to which Lovecraft alluded in the vaguest of terms (the ‘white polypous thing’ from The Call of Cthulhu, or the ‘Black winged thing’ mentioned in an entry in Lovecraft’s Commonplace Book). Unfortunately both this and volume I of the collected Illustro Obscurum are currently out of print (being published in very limited, handcrafted editions), but you can find many examples of Michael Bukowski’s wonderful art at his Yog-Blogsoth site here.

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