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The Thing on the Doorstep by BryanBaugh The Thing on the Doorstep by BryanBaugh
I've always been a big reader / fan of H.P. Lovecraft's fiction. Love his crazy, cosmically horrifying imagination, his wordy, luxurious writing voice, and his dark, unswerving certainty regarding the unavoidable, miserable future for the pathetic little human race.

So I've been struck by the urge to do a series of illustrations based on his work.
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Who says Lovecraft never wrote stories about strong female characters? You hear this criticism of his work all the time, but I say whoever thinks that never got around to reading "The Thing On the Doorstep".

Asenath Waite is a truly memorable Lovecraft villainess.

Well, okay, she is a girl who may (or may not) have been tainted with the monstrous Innsmouth bloodline, and was clearly possessed by the spirit of her evil undead sorcerer father, Ephraim. But that doesn't change the fact that she was a powerfully seductive young woman, who did some very evil things.

"The Thing on the Doorstep" also gets criticized for being such a "simplistic" horror story written so late in Lovecraft's career - right around the same time he was also churning out really complex, cosmic horror stories like the Cthulhu Mythos. Some critics seem almost bitterly disappointed in Lovecraft, for going back to his roots with this story, and doing something more simple and straightforward... at a point when he was "capable of so much more". Personally I disagree. As much as I am a fan of the Cthulhu stuff, I also have an equally strong appreciation for Lovecraft's straightforward horror stories. And this is by far one of his most unusual.
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Dir-En-Grey-Gabriel Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love this piece!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank yoU!
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yotepha Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
did you do these Lovecratian drawings for a book? or anything else? if not, i would love to use these illustrations to start printing my own line of Lovecraft-themed t-shirts.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The jpg files of these illustrations presented online are too low-rez for printing. If you wish to acquire the hi-rez files I can put you in touch with my agent. He can negotiate with you, the amount of money you will have to pay for the reproduction rights of each illustration, as well as the percentage of profits you will owe me from the t-shirt sales. Anyway if this is a serious proposition, I'll let you talk to him about it, all that business about money and copyright law gives me headaches.
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yotepha Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
sorry, i didnt know you were already famous. im just looking for someone that wants to get their art out there. im flat broke, but want to create something beautiful. sorry for wasting your time.
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Swellragg99 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Another brilliant one! I'm favourite-ing all of these, they're so jolly good.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh thank you for saying so! Yes I need to get back to this series!
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TheWildWestPyro Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student Writer
Do so. You've done four so far....I'd like to see your other ones.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Only six to go. I'll get back to them eventually!
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TheWildWestPyro Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Student Writer
OK! Thanks!
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