Pickman’s Models — if Pickman lived in the 15th Century

Beware of Corpse-eaters in graveyards

At long last, the time has arrived to unleash the Ghouls:

These figures were seldom completely human, but often approached humanity in varying degree. Most of the bodies, while roughly bipedal, had a forward slumping, and a vaguely canine cast. The texture of the majority was a kind of unpleasant rubberiness. Ugh! I can see them now! Their occupations – well, don’t ask me to be too precise. They were usually feeding – I won’t say on what.

Pickman’s Model, H.P. Lovecraft

Cave Necrophagoi in sepulchris is a faithful reproduction of a page taken from a rare 15th century Latin translation of the dreaded Necronomicon. The text reads in Latin and Greek, “Beware of Corpse Eaters in cemeteries.” Depicted are three ghouls exulting as they prepare to unearth a fresh shrouded corpse. Scholars believe this image to be a warning to inexperienced necromancers. Note: the neologism “Necrophagoi” is of unknown origin but can be roughly translated to “Corpse Eaters.”

This limited edition print was conceived, carved, and printed by Liv Rainey-Smith using a host of small sharp gouges, a 9 x 12 inch woodblock, 11 x 14 inch Rives BFK paper, oil-based ink, and an etching press. No deities, forbidden tomes, or dreamers were harmed in the making of this work.

Edition of just 50 hand-pulled prints.


"Ghouls" limited edition woodcut print