More art from Galen Dara – “Love From The Black Lagoon” (revised)

This week we’re showcasing the three images she drew for Cthulhurotica, in their new brightly-colored and enhanced state (the published versions are black and white). These images are now available as prints directly from her Etsy shop HERE

Our second offering, Love From The Black Lagoon:


Galen will also be showing off these images at this year’s World Horror Con in Texas.

Colored in and Prettied Up – Galen Dara’s “Deep Ones”

Artist Galen Dara gives us the nicest things!

This week we’ll showcase the three images she drew for Cthulhurotica, in their new brightly-colored and enhanced state (the published versions are black and white). This image is now available as a print here on her etsy shop.

First, Deep Ones:


We love what she’s done with these, don’t you? If so, then go, buy it! Galen will also be showing off these images at this year’s World Horror Con in Texas.

Want more? Check out her new website at http://www.galendara.com/

Interview: Oliver Wetter

Name: Oliver Wetter

Age: 32

Artist of: Cthulhurotica (cover art)

Geographic Location: Germany, close to the borders of Luxembourg

Original Hometown, if different: Trier (The city where Karl Marx was born)

Twitter: @fantasiox

Website: http://fantasio.info

Past publicationsExpose #8 / Exotique #6 (Ballistic media); various cover artworks for sci-fi and fantasy book publishers which can be seen on my portfolio website.

Preferred media: Mixed media involving digital and traditional means.

What’s your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story or other Mythos story? There is  no specific favorite, I love the mythos and even more his biography. Like many other visual artists, I have rather a visual connection to the works of Lovecraft and there are a lot inspiring characters and creatures, an endless inspiration if you want.

What comes to mind when you think “Lovecraft” + “Erotica”? A morbid but fascinating state of transcendence, a sideshow of life, at least as we know it and something that even Tim Burton would hesitate to make a movie about.

What inspired your cover for Cthulhurotica? Probably the visit of the natural-historical museum in Vienna, where I took a photograph, it was so clear to me that I was onto something that fits two of my passions; trans-genetic-metahuman and creatures from mythology.

What music or movies helped you to while drawing? I seldomly watch movies while painting, but sometimes relaxing music, podcasts from colleagues or audiobooks are a worthwhile companion.

How many revisions did you do before the piece was complete? Not many, if I remember right, it ws done in one row of a 7-hour-session, with maybe a minor revision a day later.

Is there anything else you would like to know? Ask Oliver in the comments!

Interview: Galen Dara

Name: Galen Dara

Age: 36

Artist of: Deep OnesLovecraftian Love, and Love From the Black Lagoon

Geographic Location: Edge of the Sonoran Desert

Original Hometown, if different: Meh… I’ve been around a bit.  But in general I claim AZ as home.

Twitter: @galendara

Website: miningthenooks.blogspot.com

Past publications: Rigor Amortis, Sunstone Magazine, Exponent II Magazine.

What’s your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story or other Mythos story? I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I haven’t read much of Lovecraft himself [must rectify that asap]… but I recently picked up, and completely enjoyed, a collection of short stories by W. H. Pugmire, who is obsessively devoted to the mythos of Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith.

What comes to mind when you think “Lovecraft” + “Erotica”? Well, I have a fascination with Hentai, both of the ancient ukiyo-e variety and it’s contemporary  manifestations;  so the combining of Lovecraft’s beasties and sexuality wasn’t a far stretch of the imagination at all for me.  (Plus all the usual notions of death and worship and sex; they all seem to go hand in, er… whatever.)

What inspired your work for Cthulhurotica? First I pulled up lots of images of real deep sea creatures and did a bunch of studies.  Then I pulled up a bunch of other artists interpretations of Lovecraftian Monsters and did a bunch of studies.  Then I pulled up a bunch of porn and erotica and did a bunch of studies.  Then I finally went to town on my own renditions.

What music or movies helped you to while drawing? Have you seen the movie Teeth?  (None of my drawings for in this anthology specifically had any of THAT imagery, But wow.  Yah.)

How many revisions did you do before submitting? hehe, well. Yes, a few. 🙂

Preferred media: for this anthology I used pen and ink, which I love.  But my absolute favorite way to work is mixed media; where I end up using paint, ink, collage, pencils, markers, charcoal, etc, and have put on and taken off many layers before I get the vibe that says “yep, it’s done.”

Which is your favorite piece? I liked them all, but if I have to choose, I’d say Deep Ones.


Interview: Kirsten Brown

Name: Kirsten Brown

Author of: “Le Ciél Ouvert”

Artist of: The Brides of Tintalos

Age: 29

Geographic Location: Atlanta, GA.

Original Hometown, if different: Philadelphia, PA.

Twitter: @unknownbinaries

Past publications: Essays in ‘Women’s Voices in Magic’, Immanion Press, and ‘Lilith, Queen of the Desert’, Knickerbocker Press.

What’s your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story or other Mythos story?: In The Mountains of Madness, though I am far more of a fan of works in the vein of, than the writing of the man himself.

What comes to mind when you think “Lovecraft” + “Erotica”? Tentacle porn, because part of me is forever fifteen and prurient. Also, courting the Jungian Shadow and the unknown. Transformation.

How did you hear about Cthulhurotica? Twitter, gods help me. It’s a terrible, terrible addiction. Or a support group for the self-employed and creative, depending on when you get me.

What inspired your story? I tried to write something that went with the art I also have in there, but it took its own direction. And something in me has always had a bit of a thing for the trickster and shapeshifter that is the Crawling Chaos.

What music or movies helped you to write this story? No movies, really. I don’t sit down at home and watch DVDs often. Music, though…Lots of experimental noise and dark ambient stuff; 15 Degrees Below Zero, Navicon Torture Technology, Wäldchengarten, Derek C.F. Pegritz as Nyarlathotep. Also, lots of Ego Likeness, a gothy-industrial outfit who will get my ass moving on just about any task at hand.

How many rewrites did you do before submitting? It’s hard to gauge. I don’t rewrite from whole cloth often. I excise chunks, replace them, shuffle things around, sometimes endlessly.

What is your favorite bit?

“…there is a sense of surface tension to it, like the darkness, the nothing in it is pressing on the sky and threatening to rupture. I am transfixed, breathless, I am a needle seeking a very strange compass, a crystal glass resonant to this, and I have no idea how long I stand there.”