Apocalyptic art

When I signed with Voodoo Press to publish my novella, The Eschatologist, I knew one of the first things I hoped to include was some internal illustrations to complement the story.

Art played a big role from the very beginning, with some favourite pieces of art influencing the overall look and feel of the narrative. I wanted to share some of them with you and also give you a little ‘hint’ at what my internal illustrations will look like.

The Great Day of His Wrath, by John Martin, was one of the first artworks which came to mind. This image is essentially what happens to the world in my story. The way this painting captures the absolute end of the world scenario has always taken my breath away.


Another piece is The Triumph of Death by Pieter Bruegel. The medieval times were so fraught with peril and faith in the end times, that it wasn’t hard for artists at the time to represent the apocalypse.


The art of late Polish painter, Zdzisław Beksiński is also a huge influence. Although my story isn’t as surreal, the artist’s visionary landscapes appealed to me immediately.


Now obviously with my artwork in The Eschatologist, I havent set out to replicate these masters, but rather add a few nuanaces to my story. I chose certain scenes and characters that I wanted to depict. Below is a taste of two of some of the images that will feature in the print edition of the novella.

The left image is of Amos, the antagonist of the story and the right depicts a scene early on in the tale.

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To view more inspiring apocalyptic art check out this slideshow


The Eschatologist will be published on Janaury 15, 2016 in print and e-book versions. The e-book can be pre-ordered from Amazon now.

About darkscrybe

Two-time international Bram Stoker Award-nominee®*, Greg Chapman is a horror author and artist based in Queensland, Australia. Greg is the author of several novels, novellas and short stories, including his award-nominated debut novel, Hollow House (Omnium Gatherum) and collections, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares (Specul8 Publishing) and This Sublime Darkness and Other Dark Stories (Things in the Well Publications). He is also a horror artist and his first graphic novel Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, (McFarland & Company) written by authors Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton, won the Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel category at the Bram Stoker Awards® in 2013. He is also the current President of the Australasian Horror Writers Association. Greg lives in Rockhampton with his wife and their two daughters. * Superior Achievement in a First Novel for Hollow House (2016) and Superior Achievement in Short Fiction, for “The Book of Last Words” (2019)
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