Friday, 12 April 2013

The Sleep of Reason

Yeah, I know, I should finish the 52 Pages ... and the d20 table series ... and the wilderness encounter series ...

But I've been nursing this idea for a while - a companion to the monstrous visions of the great imaginative artists, Bosch, Breughel, Goya, the Surrealists, and lesser known figures. A sort of sequel to Varlets and Vermin, if you will.
For example, Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, who dreamed of gigantic ghouls before ever there was a Lovecraft:

Or John Mortimer's fish-herding mer-satyr.

Or this nonesuch of obscure allegory from George Dance.

Surely the compilation would also contain Bosch's creatures from the "Temptation of St. Anthony" (youtube) level of my Castle Ruins.

Ah well, maybe some other time - back to finishing all the half-finished stuff!


  1. Do you know "A Wild Ride Through the Night" by german author/cartoonist Walter Moers? It is written around 12 engravings by Gustave Doré, who would qualify for such a compilation.
    I was reminded by your cover of his works, but I'm not quite sure if it's him?

    1. Ah, Goya, of course... <_<

  2. The tricky thing about Dore is that he mostly illustrated works of literature, so it's hard to say how much his visions originate in the world of visual art. His rough contemporary Grandville might be a better bet.

  3. I really enjoy Varlets & Vermin and would love to see this.