Hey guys! Here's my contribution to Trevor Henderson's upcoming HP Lovecraft art zine, Puffed Shoggoths. It's based on the final scene in Lovecraft's short story "The Rats in the Walls," which you can read in its entirety here. So...Spoiler alert!
Ink on paper
8.5" x 13"
In short, a man is haunted by the sound of rats scurrying in the walls of his ancestral home. He follows the sound and discovers an ancient cavernous city beneath his home where his ancestors had raised and fed on human cattle for centuries. Upon reaching this conclusion he goes mad and, seemingly overcome by his latent cannibalistic heritage, attacks and begins eating one of the other men who had come with him to investigate. He is discovered later by the rest of the men and is sent to a mental institution, where he can still hear the sound of rats scurrying behind the padded walls.
So creepy! Also, it turns out the sound of the rats was in Delapore's head all along, which is why the rats in my illustration are just these sort of ghostly silhouettes.
"The Rats in the Walls" is my favorite Lovecraft story out of the few I've read so far, and I was excited to do a piece based on it. I guess I have a strange fascination with the creepy and horrible things that can happen in the dark.
Anyway, here's the sketch:
And just for fun, here's a sketch I did of one of the "Elder Ones" from At the Mountains of Madness, another Lovecraft story. I drew it as I was reading Lovecraft's description of it because I was having trouble visualizing it in my mind. After re-reading it a couple more times I realized I got some details wrong (I think the legs are supposed to be more like tentacles, for example), but I think I came pretty close.tumblr page. And check out this partial list of contributors to the zine!