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Dark Europe by April A. Taylor Photography

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From the Paris Catacombs to the Magnificent Seven cemeteries in London, Europe is filled with darkness. Many people do not realize, for example, that the city of Paris sits on top of a city of the dead. From the twisted mind of award winning, internationally published and exhibited horror photographer April A. Taylor comes a new series, entitled Dark Europe, which explores some of these real-life scenes of the macabre.

For this line of work, April A. Taylor left behind the illustrative horror photography world filled with fake blood, skilled models and fully realized storylines that is her calling card. Instead she utilized only what was already in place and the results have been deemed by some to be even more disturbing than her other horror works.

Taylor’s blood-soaked and occasionally controversial pieces have been published and exhibited around the world in over 60 different books, magazines, art galleries, movies, etc. and was recently featured in Devanny Pinn’s short horror film CathARTic. Her work has garnered praise from countless industry professionals, including,, actress Ashley C.Williams (The Human Centipede) and several cast members from the Nightmare on Elm Street films (Lisa Wilcox, Ken Sagoes, Mark Patton and Heather Langenkamp). She has also been making appearances as an artist guest at multiple conventions around the country (next up is Detroit FanFare in September, located in her hometown of Detroit, MI).

Step into a world of darkness by visiting April A. Taylor and to be one of the first to see further pieces of the Dark Europe line, which will continue to be released slowly over the next several weeks, be sure to “like” Taylor’s Facebook page.

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Visit The Hyaena Gallery May 21st for a rare, behind the scenes look at some of the outrageous yet masterful pencil drawings that went into the making of The Ren and Stimpy Show and the unique opportunity to meet Spumco artist, Jim Smith.

From now until May 31st a variety of works will be on display from wild, rough pencil drawings to well-crafted cleanup drawings. Featuring artwork from Ren and Stimpy episodes Big House Blues, Space Madness, Fire Dogs I and II, and more. A must-see for animation fans and those curious about the 2D animation process. All artwork is for sale.

Originally hailing from Lubbock, Texas, Jim Smith is an animator and storyboard artist who has worked on such milestone cartoon series as The Ren and Stimpy Show, Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures, Samurai Jack, The X’s, Monster Vs. Aliens, Scooby Doo, and Beany Cecil and with such iconic artists as John Kricfalusi and Ralph Bakshi. To view examples of his artwork please visit his blog at: Jim Smith Cartoons

The Hyaena Gallery is Burbank’s premier gallery featuring alternative and underground artwork. For further information about the show, hours, or directions to the gallery please visit them on the web at: Hyaena Gallery

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Jae Lee has signed on to illustrate Stephen’s next Dark Tower book, The Wind Through the Keyhole, which will be published as a limited edition by Donald M. Grant Publisher. Orders are not yet being taken and a final release date has not been established.

On its website, the announcement reads: Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. will, in the Spring of 2012 be publishing limited editions of this new Dark Tower novel by Stephen King which will be illustrated by Jae Lee.

Stephen King has agreed to sign 800 copies of a Deluxe Edition which will be issued in a tray case. These will also be signed by Jae Lee. In keeping with our policies of supporting long time customers, owners of Deluxe Edition copies of The Little Sisters Of Eluria numbered 1-800 will have the first option to buy this Deluxe Edition.

In addition there will be a limited “Artist” Edition which will be signed by Jae Lee and will be issued in a slipcase.

For more details about this upcoming limited edition, visit: Donald M. Grant Publisher

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Horror author and film producer Lia Scott Price is launching comic book illustrations based on characters from her book.

Price, who has created films based on her works, is turning her books into graphic novels and comic books. The new illustrations will be part of the graphic novel project.

The comic book illustrations, drawn by comic book artist Wendell Nelson, are based on scenes and chapters from Price’s vampire trilogy book The Guardian, Revenant, and Dominion.

The scenes feature her characters called “Serial Killer and Vampire Guardian Angels™”. Her characters are guardian angels who became serial killers and vampires and who are tired of people begging them for help. They target people who pray in vain, who are suicidal, and those who pray for an end to their miseries.

The comic book illustrations will be released through her web site at: Lia Scott Price

Price’s web site also features free e-book downloads and film shorts about her evil guardian angel characters.

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Due to demand from their collectors who missed out on the “Stephen King Characters” art print Cemetery Dance sold a few weeks ago, Glenn Chadbourne has provided the publisher with a new Stephen King Characters Art Print. This is a brand new 11 X 13 Signed Limited Edition art print by Glenn Chadbourne, inspired by some of Stephen King’s greatest characters and villains.

To make this signed and Hand-Numbered Limited Edition art print an extra special part of your collection, Cemetery Dance is going to sell them for one week only, After the week is over, the print run will be set in stone and Cemetery Dance will print no more. If they sell 50 of these prints, that’ll be the print run.

Each copy will be signed and numbered by artist Glenn Chadbourne, and buyers get their numbers based on when they order. So Order #1, will get Art Print #1, etc. There is no limit on how many prints you can buy. The prints will be available for just $24.99 plus shipping.

Interested collectors can order directly from Cemetery Dance, for one week only, here: Chadborne’s King Characters

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A Chat With Tara McPherson

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Asked how she would describe her work, McPherson says, “Well, I’d like to view it as art that kind of has a play between rendered and flat, sweet and creepy, illustrative and figurative. That can be fun and dark at the same time. It’s always a hard thing to do for anyone that hasn’t seen the work. The easiest way is to pull out my card and show them.”

You can read the interview in its entirety here: Tara McPherson

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Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey

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The Boston Athenæum, a membership library, is currently exhibiting Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey. The suggested admission is $5.00. You may give any amount you wish, but you must give something. Boston Athenæum Members are admitted free as part of membership.

Edward St. John Gorey was born in 1925 in Chicago and died just over a decade ago in 2000 on his beloved Cape Cod. In that seventy-five year span, he wrote, illustrated, and published over 100 books. He also illustrated the writings of other authors including Charles Dickens, Edward Lear, Virginia Woolf, John Updike, and Muriel Spark. Examples of his work have appeared in the New Yorker and the New York Times and his signature Victorian gentlemen and languishing ladies animate the opening credits of PBS’s Mystery series.

Author Karen Wilkin notes, “Gorey remains, like the steepest ascents in bicycle races, hors catégorie. Describing him as — for example — a maker of, in his phrase, ‘mildly unsettling’ books … fails to capture the many facets of this elusive polymath. So does labeling him as writer, artist, poet, or theater person. He is something far more complicated and interesting: a true American original.”

Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey, on view at the Athenæum through the spring of 2011, includes over 150 drawings that Gorey made for over thirty of his books (published between 1953 and 2006), as well as a fascinating assortment of archival material—sketchbooks, illustrated envelopes, book-cover ideas, and theatrical costume designs—all imbued with the macabre sensibility, subtle wit, and charming historicism of Gorey’s characteristic style. Technically brilliant in their economy and precision, these drawings repay repeated inspection and careful introspection with satisfying flashes of recognition, insight, and understanding of the human spirit. In other words, these small, initially unassuming objects perform the inspirational and educational magic of great art.

This exhibition is organized by the Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue by curator and critic Karen Wilkin. At the Boston Athenæum, the exhibition is organized by David B. Dearinger, Susan Morse Hilles Curator of Paintings & Sculpture.

Learn more here: Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey

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