Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Niteblade Art Blog: Pencilled Mayhem II

In the latest installment of the Niteblade art blog, "Pencilled Mayhem II", I once again feature pencil creations by the fantasy artist Shane Lees. This time around, Shane has sent me some works with a surreal bent. I find his "Astral Jellyfish" and "Spider Eye" especially appealing from a compositional perspective. And you simply must check out the detail in the dragon in Shane's "Moment of Decision". He did an amazing job drawing the beast's scaly texture.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Poem Accepted for Publication in THE MONSTERS NEXT DOOR #8

My dark poem "Visages of Betrayal and Madness" has been accepted for publication in Issue 8 of The Monsters Next Door. This time, I describe a man's descent into murderous madness, triggered by the painful betrayals of the human monsters in his life. All I had to do was draw on my own personal pain, and let my warped creativity do the rest! (Yes, I do tend to dip into that particular creative fount quite a bit.)

Friday, June 26, 2009

"Yellow Eyes" in EVERY DAY POETS

My cinquain "Yellow Eyes" now appears on-line at Every Day Poets. Please check it out, perhaps leave a comment, and maybe rate it as well. Thanks!

Although I was inspired to write this poem after reading a story about a ghost cat, I deliberately left the potentially supernatural nature of the piece ambiguous. It may be a speculative cinquain about a ghostly feline, or it may simply be a literary work about a mundane cat.

After all, there is something a bit spooky about all felines. Traditional lore often linked them to the supernatural. Perhaps those old tales were more than just fanciful yarns. Perhaps the storytellers of yore knew something about cats that we modern folk do not.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Art in DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES #83

I received my contributor's copies of Dreams and Nightmares #83 today. My illustration "Barixas Hunt" appears as filler art on page 10. This drawing depicts a six-legged draconic hunting beast pursuing a furry beaked barixas (my idea of what an extraterrestrial boar analogue might look like). I utilized a similar composition in my medieval-style "Boar Hunt", and figured such a good thing was worth using twice.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Framed Art/Poem Combo to be Raffled Off

A framed combo of my art and poetry will be raffled off at a local fundraiser. I donated a print of my illustration "Eldritch Miasma", mounted in a double matte alongside a signed copy of my poem "Sorcerous Evolution", to be used as one of the prizes in the fund raising event to support Kathryn Warrender's People to People Student Ambassador trip to Europe. To jazz up the poem itself, I created a decorated initial for use in the title, used a medieval-style font and knotwork border (one off the word processor, not one of my own), and printed the work on parchment-coloured card stock.

The event will take place June 19th 6-9pm at Alldays and Onions in Bennington, Vermont.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Decorated Letters

My latest art assignment (for a forthcoming Cyberwizard Productions Diminuendo Press publication) consists of composing knotwork borders and drawing decorated initials. Crystalwizard isn't quite ready to have me start work on the borders, but I have begun to see what I can come with in terms of medieval-style decorated/illuminated letters.

Being happy with the results so far, I also created a similar letter for use on a framed combo of my art and poetry, to be raffled off at a local fund raising event. I wanted something to use for the first letter in the poem's title, something medieval-looking, and yet something with a fantasy feel as well. This was the result:

Thursday, June 11, 2009

"Clattering Hooves" in APHELION

My horrorku "clattering hooves" now appears in the June 2009 issue of Aphelion. Check it out!

If the poem itself wasn't creepy enough, the truth behind my inspiration is even creepier. The creative spark for this piece came from something strange my wife claimed to have seen, for a split second, on the roof of our current abode. She swore she saw (perhaps with her "second sight") a goblinish, gremlinish, impish being standing on the peak. And my wife is certainly not prone to flights of fancy or hallucinations.

Strange indeed.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

"Polypod at Home" in ABANDONED TOWERS

My illustration "Polypod at Home" now accompanies my scifaiku "purple methane swamp / yellow vampire tree / polypod at home" (poem originally published in the July 2007 issue of the web-zine Aphelion) in the on-line version of Abandoned Towers. It also appears on merchandise in the Abandoned Towers Zazzle Store.

Again, I'm hoping to eventually use a black-and-white (tonal) version of this illustration in a speculative poetry collection-in-progress. Sooner or later, I'll finally have enough illustrations to make this project a reality! (The publisher wants to make sure we have enough pages to print my name on the spine before we go ahead with the collection. Otherwise, she'll be coming back for more art and poetry!)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

"Temporal Crack" in ABANDONED TOWERS



© 2009 Richard H. Fay

Temporal Crack
by Richard H. Fay
Ink on bristol board, digitally coloured and manipulated

My scifaiku "temporal crack", originally published in the May 2009 issue of the web zine Aphelion, is now on-line at Abandoned Towers. It appears with the above accompanying illustration.

My "temporal crack" illustration, along with images of the knight and allosaur separately, also appear on merchandise in the Abandoned Towers Zazzle Store.

Supernatural Tug on Shirt?

Last night, while sitting at the computer, I felt a distinctive tug at the back of the neck of my shirt (a henley-type garment). It felt as if someone was trying to get my attention by pulling the shirt back. It wasn't yanked back terribly hard, but enough that I distinctly felt the shirt pull out and away from the nape of my neck.

My daughter was sitting in a chair next to me, and I asked if she had pulled at my shirt. She said she did not, and both she and my wife, who was sitting at the opposite side of the living room, saw nothing. However, they were both watching the telly at the time, so their attention was directed elsewhere.

Someone was trying to get my attention, but who (or what)?