Illustrator John Coulthart has delved deep into HP Lovecraft's tales of New England monsters and cosmic horrors and pulled out strange and detailed images of the terrifying gods and cities that haunted Lovecraft's mind.

Much of Coulthart's work is inspired by mysticism and Lovecraftian horror. He has frequently collaborated with comic book writer Alan Moore, and illustrated David Britton's Lord Horror, a Lovecraft-themed book so controversial, it was declared obscene and banned by a Manchester magistrate. Coulthart's 2006 book, The Haunter of the Dark: And Other Grotesque Visions includes selections from Lord Horror, as well as illustrations based on Lovecraft's own stories and attempts to visually represent the cosmic entities he describes.

[John Coulthart via Dark Roasted Blend]

The Cosmic Horror of John Coulthart's Lovecraftian IllustrationsS

R'lyeh

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Cthulhu Rising

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Azathoth

The Cosmic Horror of John Coulthart's Lovecraftian IllustrationsS

The Call of Cthulhu — Opening Page

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The Cosmic Horror of John Coulthart's Lovecraftian IllustrationsS

The Haunter of the Dark — Federal Hill

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The Haunter of the Dark — Inside the Church

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Yuggoth

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Dagon

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R'lyeh

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The Cosmic Horror of John Coulthart's Lovecraftian IllustrationsS

Nyarlathotep

The Cosmic Horror of John Coulthart's Lovecraftian IllustrationsS

The Cosmic Horror of John Coulthart's Lovecraftian IllustrationsS

Shub-Niggurath

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The Cosmic Horror of John Coulthart's Lovecraftian IllustrationsS

The Cosmic Horror of John Coulthart's Lovecraftian IllustrationsS

Yog-Sothoth

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The Cosmic Horror of John Coulthart's Lovecraftian IllustrationsS

The Dunwich Horror — Wilbur Whateley