Tuesday, March 13, 2007

the lamia's mate


Illustration for 'An Episode of Cathedral History': my favourite ghost story by M.R. James.
An ancient cathedral in the fen country is being renovated. Those involved in the work witness a series of frightening 'visitations'.
Hidden in the tale is the implication that there are two ghosts. One has been trapped for centuries in the vault of a crusader knight. The other is her mate.
He waits for her in the woods.

The Haunted Dolls' House and Other Ghost Stories (Penguin Classics) ISBN-10: 014303992X

21 comments:

Elliot said...

Do you have a second favorite?

Particularly lovely image.

limbolo said...

Yes,
'Whistle and I'll Come to You."
There is a brilliant film adaption of it by Jonathan Miller.

shellywan said...

yes. briliant moon-lit scene. i love the implied space~

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Balkandude said...

Nice work!
I will look for the book.
Thank`s for the tip.
Cheers

Cali said...

splendid ...

dodos said...

Darkness and chill...

"Lamia" is still used in modern Greek to indicate a dangerous/ferocious woman.

limbolo said...

thanks, Dodos.
I didn't know that.

Jenya said...
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Jenya said...

I had to adjust the brightness of my display and the figure gradually emerged...

your work is very inspiring! Really mind blowing stuff

Matt J said...

You always give me the willies!

'Lamia' is a useful phrase for me.

chenguin said...

das sieht fast echt aus. es erschreckt mich.

es könnte mich ernüchtern.
so wird meine perestroika Woche beenden

limbolo said...

Heitern Sie Chenguin auf. Jung Matt hat Willen genug für beide von uns

Jack Snider said...

Very beautiful in it's subtlety.

william wray said...

Nor'easter of mood! How do you make little trees scary? What you left out of this picture made what you left in so strong. I kiss your night sapling.

limbolo said...

Ahoy there, Cap'm Bill,
Thanks for catching the erotic twist.
The feeling of rising sexuality is the hallmark of this beautiful story.

Ushuaia said...

Nightmares and ghost stories ... It's getting darker in Limboland even as it is getting brighter outside. I know what you mean though, I've had nightmares about the Easter bunny too.
Cheers.

chris chua said...

woww...such an awesome mood and feel to this one, Limbolo! I love how the guy is barely visible. I cant wait to pick up that book:)

David Malan said...

You are a genious sir.
Really a fasinating beautiful painting. The composition is brilliant

Mark McDonnell said...

WONDERFUL and very moody. You are a very accomplished draftsman and designer man. WOW!!!!

MAC

sourgrapes said...

Beautiful and amazing things every time I come by this blog!! Great mood.

D.Killer said...

Congratulations. I like it lot. Good ilustration, good work, i add to my artists