The Antarctic Experiment

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Myke Amend

This is from a series of lovecraftian and vernian strange fiction fantasy pieces, all of which featuring airships and outerworldy/otherworldly creatures. The first was done for Robert Brown of Abney Park, the second was done for Vernian Process, this - the third of the paintings from this series is done as a commission for a private buyer.This one features a more fantasy-styled airship amidst a sky of floating icebergs and floating squid. It depicts a rather ill-advised experiment, based loosely upon the machinery featured in H.P. Lovecraft's "From Beyond"Below is an excerpt I wrote up for the piece:“All in all, the experiment was a brilliant success, though it ran for a shorter time than desired. The Resonator had to be shut down prematurely, else we might not have had enough crew to make it comfortably back to port. Over forty Russian tribesmen bravely gave their lives to science this day - a terrible tragedy as they will surely be expensive to replace. Also lost was an entire crate of ether, carelessly dropped from the edge of a berg in the midst of today’s activities - a tragedy on so many levels. Nevertheless, we saw many wondrous and splendid things this day: creatures and landscapes from the aether danced and swam about us through the air, and we saw the laws of our world temporarily suspended by those of the aether world. It leaves me to wonder: How closely does the placement of their world correspond with ours? Are these same creatures to be found elsewhere on our planet, or would we perhaps find other inhabitants should the machine be tested in new locations? What sorts of variants or unique beasts might we see in other locations such as Beijing, Hong Kong, Indonesia, London or perhaps even New York City? Needless to say, I am beyond eager to see!” - Professor Aden M. Kemy, Miskatonic Archivist

Published More than a year ago

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