Welcome back to “Dark Arts”, our new ongoing feature on the visual splendor of nightmares.
Today’s celebrated artist is Aeron Alfrey, who I first became familiar with through his incredible blog, Monster Brains (http://monsterbrains.blogspot.com/), which—like this feature—showcases artists who have a taste for the macabre. I was absolutely delighted when I discovered that he is an artist himself, and a passionate one as well.
Like many others, he was originally inspired by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, and his paintings have been featured in exhibitions and books, such as Artists Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft (published by Centipede Press). His work has recently been featured on the cover of a reissue of Noctuary by Thomas Ligotti (released by Subterranean Press); he has also worked on another Thomas Ligotti cover, Grimscribe (Subterranean Press).
Not only is he important to the world of weird fiction, he is also a hell of an artist who creates dismal, disturbing landscapes that exist in the realms of Lovecraft, and the darkest corners of your mind.
Visit Aeron Alfrey’s blog here (http://www.aeronalfrey.com/)
|Cover for Thomas Ligotti's Grimscribe|
|The Last Known Picture of Joseph Merrick|
|Illustration from The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities|