Thursday, December 25, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
To All Our Friends
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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
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Thursday, October 30, 2014
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This uncommon Frazetta painting demonstrates the joy of graveyard dancing, especially when sky clad and witchy.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Witches Come Forth
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Monday, October 27, 2014
Ghosts and Their Funny Ways
This is a Rackham that you don't often see . . .
Arthur Rackham — Ghosts and Their Funny Ways — 1902
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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
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Hideous and Beautiful
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Reading Such Books
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Saturday, October 25, 2014
Writer of Supernatural Fiction
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)
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Ghosts on Stairs
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Friday, October 24, 2014
A Little Halllowe'en-ish
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.
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Thursday, October 23, 2014
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If the Porch Light isn't On
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Odd Doings at Strathmore Manor
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Monday, October 20, 2014
More Autumn Loveliness
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Saturday, October 18, 2014
That Damn Bell
Art: After Alfred Rethel — Death as a Friend — circa 1885
Don't go asking who that damn bell is ringing for . . .
you just don't wanna know.
Hmm, I wonder how I could phrase that in a classier way.
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The Horror that Awaits
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
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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.
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Not What She Seems
This is where I want the Hallowe'en party to be. You're welcome to come in . . . but will you ever come out?
Beware, the nymph is not what she seems . . .
Ferdinand Keller — Nymphe an der Quelle
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Specter in the Bronx
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Thursday, October 16, 2014
A Spooky Stupor
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.
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This time of year seems perfect for Druidic Rituals . . .
Sorry, again I don't know the artist or source
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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.
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Like Some Forlorn Ghost
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.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Changing of the Colors
Let's start the countdown with some Autumnal imagery.
Frank Godwin (Looking ever-so like Maxfield Parrish)
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The Spooky and Strange
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.
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Sunday, October 12, 2014
Favorite Kind of Princess
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Saturday, October 11, 2014
Swell Lookin' Frail
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Thursday, October 9, 2014
Queen of the Night
Now THIS looks like a sleepwalker, but it's the Queen of the Night!
Charles Folkard — Queen of the Night — circa 1915
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014
A nocturnal fantasy, this is titled "The Sleepwalker", though it seems she's left walking far behind her . . .
Julius Diez — The Sleepwalker — 1907
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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
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Sunday, September 14, 2014
A sweet profile painting, without being saccharin. I love the delicate 'lines' — a style used by a number of artists of this era.
Paul Rink — 1890s
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Monday, September 8, 2014
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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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.
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Where Holy Men Fell to Earth
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
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Friday, August 22, 2014
I've seen several different color variations of this piece,
but this is the most pleasing one for me.
Alexander Benois — Chinese Pavilion — early 20th century
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
I love spooky scenes in art, as long they're not violent. This one is yummy spooky—called Lithuania by Artur Grottger, 1864
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Not by Mucha
This piece is what art elitists would think of as lowbrow art, kitsch, or art for the masses.
Yeah . . . so?
I think it's a charming Art Nouveau graphic that isn't by Mucha for a change. It's from an old postcard.
1903-ish, artist: I. Dunno.
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Monday, August 11, 2014
Handsome Is as Handsome Does
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Sunday, August 10, 2014
The Mountain Spirit
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Friday, August 8, 2014
This art looks like it was drawn by Peter de Sève, for the New Yorker or such. Yet it was drawn by Otto Flechtner some 98 years ago.
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