Horror News: Lovecraftian Monsters in the Style of Gorey

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Saying that I enjoy art is like saying that a zombie occasionally indulges in cerebral gray matter.

Saying that I am fond of Lovecraft mythology would be like implying that Nosferatu was partial to AB positive.

So when I saw this collection of Lovecraftian monsters drawn in the style of Edward Gorey, the part of my brain that gets excited over new art and the part that was driven insane by unnameable evil long ago began to collide like the bow of a ship to the head of an ancient evil god.

These Post-It Monstres were created by John Kenn Mortensen, and you can check out his gallery right here.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Each of these seems to be composed of 521 screams, 387 cold chills, 63 cases of clinical insanity, 28 devoured souls, and 1 terrifying story.

‘Ganja & Hess’ Blu-ray Review: Artsy Vampire Film Casts a Confounding Spell

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First things first, I can almost guarantee you’ve never seen a film like Bill Gunn’s 1973 effort Ganja & Hess. Perhaps incorrectly labeled as “blaxploitation” because of the time period in which it was released, this vampire movie is about as far from something like Blacula as you can possibly get. Kino Lorber, along with the Museum of Modern Art, has restored the film from its abbreviated 78 minutes to the director’s 110-minute vision, and in doing so, has presented us with a soulful, difficult film that’s more of a loose collection of atmospheric sequences than a 1970’s shocker. The movie it reminded me of the most was Let’s Scare Jessica to Death, but even then, that film is more concerned with its narrative than Gunn’s avant garde take on horror.

Duane Jones, recognizable to horror fans everywhere as Ben from Night of the Living Dead, plays Hess Green, who we’re told is cursed with vampirism by being stabbed with a cursed dagger before the film begins. Hess treats his curse a little bit like one might treat a compulsive secret – with personal fulfillment and privacy. He meets Ganja (Marlene Clark), the widow of one of his victims, and she’s unusually tolerant of his vampirism (such is love). Soon, his private activity becomes a shared one.

The Art of Alex CF is Astounding. I must own.

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Alex CF is a self described, “professional cryptozoological pseudo-scientific assemblage artist and illustrator”. The Brit painstakingly engineers self contained art projects that simulate the found evidence of fringe researchers from an era gone.  Each work is a narrative of both the researcher and creature, telling a complete story with a bewitching level of detail.  Or, put more directly, they’re fucking mind blowing and I want one in the worst way.

His latest work is the Henrich Emile Rectangle, an unearthed cube with a tunnel inside it larger than the exterior that also has an effect on the humans around it, causing cavernous spirals to form within their bodies.  I’ve never seen anything like it.  The only thing holding me back is the price; 900 pounds.  I honestly would pay 900 dollars for one of his creations, but considering England’s crushing currency is doing to the American dollar what Luke did to Jabba’s rancor, well, there is no way I can justify spending $2,000 on something just because it will make me happy all over.

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