mercoledì 11 novembre 2020

Clark Ashton Smith: A Candle to the Night

GIF, montage and sculpture by Andrea Bonazzi

“All human thought, all science, all religion, is the holding of a candle to the 
night of the universe” — Clark Ashton Smith. 

(Montage and sculpture by Andrea Bonazzi)

venerdì 31 luglio 2020

On my desk at the Miskatonic


On my desk at the Miskatonic University: various study sessions, July 1920 (disclaimer: no shoggoths were harmed during the making of these pictures).


Sculpture by Andrea Bonazzi
On my desk at the Miskatonic: Session I     (sculpture by Andrea Bonazzi).







Sculpture by Andrea Bonazzi
On my desk at the Miskatonic: Session II     (sculpture by Andrea Bonazzi).








Sculptures by Andrea Bonazzi
On my desk at the Miskatonic: Session III     (sculptures by Andrea Bonazzi).




giovedì 27 febbraio 2020

H.P. Lovecraft, Tourist



Howard Phillips Lovecraft, Tourist (July 4th,1920).
Montage and sculpture by Andrea Bonazzi.



domenica 9 febbraio 2020

Thomas Ligotti, I suppose...

GIF, montage and background sculptures by Andrea Bonazzi
Thomas Ligotti, I suppose... (montage and background sculptures by Andrea Bonazzi).

lunedì 16 dicembre 2019

Philip K. Dick: do the androids dream of electric birthdays?

GIF, montage and sculpture by Andrea Bonazzi
Do the androids dream of electric birthdays?
Many happy returns to Philip K. Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982).
Montage and background sculpture by Andrea Bonazzi.

lunedì 2 settembre 2019

Unclassified find, Black Crystal Sphere, 1929

Black Crystal Sphere, sculpture by Andrea BonazziBlack Crystal Sphere, sculpture by Andrea Bonazzi
Black Crystal Sphere, sculpture by Andrea BonazziBlack Crystal Sphere, sculpture by Andrea Bonazzi

“Soon enough my thoughts will lose all clarity, and I will no longer be aware that there was ever a decision to be made. The soft black stars have already begun to fill the sky.”


venerdì 2 agosto 2019

An Imp of Aether, W.H. Pugmire


An Imp of Aether, cover art by Andrea Bonazzi
My cover art for An Imp of Aether, the last short stories collection by the late W.H. Pugmire, edited by S.T. Joshi and published by Hippocampus Press.

Mia copertina per An Imp of Aether, l'ultima raccolta di racconti dello scomparso W.H. Pugmire, pubbblicata da Hippocampus Press a cura di S.T. Joshi.

The passing of Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire in the spring of 2019 was a grievous blow to his many friends, colleagues, and devotees, but his literary legacy is likely to endure for decades to come. In this volume, which spans the spectrum of his work from the 1980s to the present day, Pugmire demonstrates why he became perhaps the leading proponent of Lovecraftian short fiction in his time.

Several tales are set in Pugmire’s Sesqua Valley — a parallel to Lovecraft’s Arkham Country, and based on the Pacific Northwest topography he knew from a lifetime’s residence. But beyond the mere evocation of landscape, Pugmire’s tales are enlivened by the presence of vivid, piquant characters—male and female, gay and straight, sinister and naïve, all of whom contribute to the atmosphere of refined strangeness that was Pugmire’s signature achievement.

But Pugmire’s work extended well beyond mere Lovecraftian pastiche, and in such tales as “The Barrier Between” and “The Boy with the Bloodstained Mouth” he demonstrates both originality and skill in weird creation. In sum, this volume is a testament to the pioneering imagination of one of the most distinctive writers of his generation.

An Imp of Aether, back coverInfo: hippocampuspress.comamazon.com.

An Imp of Aether
W.H. Pugmire
Hippocampus Press, 2019
paperback, 232 pages, $20.00
ISBN 9781614982760

domenica 2 giugno 2019

Unclassified find, Cthulhu Lens, 1929


“The figure, which was finally passed slowly from man to man for close and careful study, was between seven and eight inches in height, and of exquisitely artistic workmanship. It represented a monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers...”


domenica 3 marzo 2019

Happy Birthday to Arthur Machen

GIF, montage and sculpture by Andrea Bonazzi
Happy Birthday to Arthur Machen (3 March, 1863 – 15 December. 1947).
Montage and background sculpture by Andrea Bonazzi.

venerdì 15 febbraio 2019

Richard Gavin: La strana fede (The Eldritch Faith)


La strana fede, 2019, copertinaLa strana fede, 2019, quarta di copertina

My Italian translation of the novella The Eldritch Faith (2012) by Richard Gavin, published as La strana fede by Edizioni Hypnos.

La mia traduzione della novella La strana fede (The Eldritch Faith, 2012) di Richard Gavin, pubblicata da Edizioni Hypnos.

“La mia era una vita nella quale il tedio andava a consacrarsi in rare irruzioni dello sconcertante; intrusioni che erano sempre magnificamente terrificanti. Invece di sfuggirle, queste esperienze me le coltivavo, me ne facevo un culto. Volevo imprimere i miei distorti segni sull’opaca argilla del mondo, e così ho fatto. Il tutto si limitava all’attenzione prestata verso impressioni remote, occasionali scorci dell’Oltremondano, per poi allenarmi a coglierne sempre di più la volta successiva, per tendere una mano a dare il benvenuto all’Altro.”

Richard Gavin (1974), canadese, scrive narrativa del mistero nella tradizione di Algernon Blackwood e Arthur Machen. Autore prevalentemente di racconti, ha al suo attivo cinque raccolte, tra cui At Fear’s Altar (Hippocampus Press, 2012) e Sylvan Dread: Tales of Pastoral Darkness (Three Hands Press, 2016), con storie legate al folk horror e alle modalità della ghost story. È anche apprezzato autore di testi esoterici e saggi che esplorano le basi filosofiche del genere horror, tra cui il recente The Moribund Portal: Spectral Resonance and the Numen of the Gallows, Three Hands Press, 2018, mentre nel 2015 è stato tra i curatori dell’antologia narrativa sui temi dell’occultismo Penumbrae: An Occult Fiction Anthology.

Cover art: Ivo Torello. Info: edizionihypnos.comamazon.it.

La strana fede
Richard Gavin
Collana Visioni, Edizioni Hypnos, 2019
brossura, 80 pagine, €8.90
ISBN 9788896952764