Werewolves

Werewolf

Werewolf

Werewolf

The Werewolf mythology depicted here in three Old World Etching/Woodcuts. These scans are taken from a lengthy essay featured in Man Myth and Magic Issue #107 ( from around 1971?).

Article synopsis: “Stories of men having the power to change themselves into ravening beasts have gained currency in almost every part of the world; a universality which suggests that the underlying idea emanates from deep within man’s own mind”

Mention Werewolf and it’s impossible not to think of scenes from John Landis’s 1981 Horror / Black Comedy An American Werewolf in London particularly the stunning metamorphosis sequence and the immortal lines “Stay on the road. Keep clear of the moors – Beware the moon, lads”. This article predates that film by 10 years or so, and references material back to antiquity. What’s interesting is discussion on the mental illness known as Lycanthropy  a kind of insanity in which the patient believes himself to be a beast, especially a wolf. Although this condition was diagnosed as far back as the 16th Century it had little effect on the superstition,  the articles surmise is

Ian Miller – The City

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This superbly nightmarish pen and ink visuals were preliminary character studies for the 1994 James Herbert Graphic novel “The City” Illustrated by Ian Miller in his indomitable scratchy Gothic style – a really great demonstration of the detail achievable with a dip pen, brush and ink.

The City is the fourth installment of Herbert’s popular Rats Series, It maps a chilling post-apocalyptic future where the pathetic remnants of mankind scrape out an existence in ruins under the new order – The Rats! available here on Amazon – that’s just got me thinking, what the difference between Post-Apocalyptic and Steampunk?

Images featured courtesy of Ian Miller, via his http://www.ian-miller.org/ portfolio site.