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"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 woodcut print was conceived, carved, and printed by Liv Rainey-Smith on a 9 x 12 inch woodblock, & 11 x 14 inch cream Rives BFK paper, with oil-based ink, and an etching press. No deities, forbidden tomes, or dreamers were harmed in the making of this art.

Edition of 50, signed and numbered. Shipped flat and well protected.

Grey watermark on image above does not appear on actual prints. Please see my shop for more prints from this series.

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Liv Rainey-Smith

Ghouls Pickman's Model woodcut print Necronomicon page


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