Friday, October 31, 2014

Haunting Entities

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

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Them Witches

Gettin' them witches ready to RIDE . . .

William Mortensen — 1926

Graveyard Dancing

This uncommon Frazetta painting demonstrates the joy of graveyard dancing, especially when sky clad and witchy.

Frank Frazetta

Punkin Guts

O boy! Time to harvest those greasy grimy punkin guts!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Witches Come Forth

Witches come forth in many forms from an artist's vision.

Virgil Finlay 

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

Sunday, October 26, 2014

That Painting

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

Hideous and Beautiful

Now this is what I expect a ghost to look like, hideous and beautiful.

Takato Yamamoto

Reading Such Books

And of course reading such books can heighten your imagination!

Both images: Anna & Elena Balbusso

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) 

Ghosts on Stairs

I've allus been afeared of ghosts on stairs. It's a phobia of mine.

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.