A mock period travel poster / ad for the ancient and famous city of Carcosa:
…For some time I tossed about the bed trying to get the sound of his voice out of my ears, but could not. It filled my head, that muttering sound, like thick oily smoke from a fat-rendering vat or an odour of noisome decay. And as I lay and tossed about, the voice in my ears seemed more distinct, and I began to understand the words he had muttered. They came to me slowly as if I had forgotten them, and at last I could make some sense out of the sounds. It was this:
“Have you found the Yellow Sign?”
I was furious. What did he mean by that? Then with a curse upon him and his I rolled over and went to sleep, but when I awoke later I looked pale and haggard, for I had dreamed the dream of the night before, and it troubled me more than I cared to think.
Inspired by Robert W. Chambers’ “The King in Yellow,” I’ve created a couple of my own interpretations of the infamous Yellow Sign:
This is a simpler version (below), more in keeping with Chambers’ description of the clasp:
…inside lay a clasp of black onyx, on which was inlaid a curious symbol or letter in gold. It was neither Arabic nor Chinese, nor, as I found afterwards, did it belong to any human script.
I’ve been messing around with typesetting short stories in InDesign. I’ve set The Call of Cthulhu, The Nameless City and Arthur Jermyn by HPL, but those are all heavily annotated, and I’m not keen to give them away for free.
This one, however, I have not annotated at all. Just the minimum of formatting to resemble a tasteful book, in PDF format. Plus, an old illustration of a small monkey’s paw.
In honor of October, which I am declaring to be National Monster Movie Month, I am posting some awesome monster movie posters. Most of these have larger dimensions of 1000 pixels or more, some much higher.
And, yes, I ditched the Phantom. LMK if you want him back. Available in a few dark colors.
Now, you can proudly state that you are a bona fide “Classics Scholar.”
By the which I mean, classic monster movies, of course:
Har har har. I made two versions, with and without The Phantom, in case we disagree on what constitutes ‘the classics.’ It seemed like an outlier, and it’s silent as well. All the others are talkies. I deliberately omitted The Creature from The Black Lagoon, as that seemed like an outlier as well (1954? 3D?) and a little more 50’s Monster Movie than ‘classic monster movie.’