Friday, June 26, 2015

The Outer Dark

Illustration design I did for fantastic writer Scott Nicolay's The Outer Dark podcast on Project iRadio.
The one request Scott had for this piece was an homage to Lee Brown Coye's "Sticks" which appear in a number of Coye's works of art. Coye is a personal favorite of mine, known for his weird scratch-board illustrations, featured in Weird Tales magazine.

The Outer Dark is a new podcast where host, Scott Nicolay presents weekly interviews with authors, artists, and other voices from the dark end of the spectrum, with an emphasis on what’s happening NEXT in the Weird Renaissance.

Nicolay's first show, Livia Llewellyn: We Become Our Own Horror,  aired 6/23, and he already has an exciting lineup booked all the way through the end of July including  Jayaprakash Satyamurthy (6/30), S.P. Miskowski (7/7), John Langan (7/14), Nicole Cushing (7/21), and Silvia Moreno-Garcia (7/28), with a special surprises planned for August as well.

As Nicolay notes: Big thanks to  Jess Roberts, Jim Adams, and the Project iRadio team, and to artist Nick Gucker, who created the stunning logo for The Outer Dark! T-shirts with that logo are available from here.

Spectral Press t-shirts!

Spectral Press is starting to issue t-shirts with previous published Spectral cover art. My cover art for John Llewellyn Probert's novella "The Hammer of Dr. Valentine" is one such piece that you can wear! Very thrilled to see this happen, thanks to editor and purveyor or Spectral Press, Simon Marshall-Jones!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Crypticon Seattle 2015 prints

Nick Gucker ©2015

Two new prints I created for Crypticon Seattle 2015, A Pacific NW horror convention which is held every Memorial Day weekend in Seattle at the SeaTac Hilton Convention Center.

One print is of the character/mascot I created the "Crypticon Creeper" driving like a bat outta hell in Stephen King's possessed Mopar Christine (one of the guests this year).

The other is of the Cryption Creeper, posing in a graveyard, basking in the midnight moonlight with his rotten friends.

These are available over the Crypticon weekend.

I'll have very limited quantities of these prints available at my table over the weekend.
Come by and say hello!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Saturday Night Killing Machine

Cover art commission I did for Adil Omar x Talal Qureshi ep "Saturday Night Killing Machine". And by cover I mean for digital downloads, but with a possible CD release. The text treatment was done by a friend of Adil's, which came out great.
These two musicians hail from Pakistan and recently played SXSW 2015, Austin, TX in March to much praise.

I wish Adil x Talal the best on a fruitful future in music.

'Saturday Night Killing Machine' is a debut collaboration between rapper, singer-songwriter Adil Omar and music producer Talal Qureshi. The EP also features Quratulain Balouch, Hard Target, Riz MC and more.

Adil Omar x Talal Qureshi: Saturday Night Killing Machine

01. Nighat & Paras
02. Honey (ft. Quratulain Balouch, Hard Target)
03. Saturday Night (ft. Thekeenone, Dane Curley, Ras Fraser Jr.)
04. Zero Dark Dirty (ft. Riz MC, Bobby Friction)
05. Killing Machine

Listen to his music here:

and check out the latest video for the Saturday Night Killing Machine EP here:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Hammer of Dr. Valentine

“The Hammer of Dr. Valentine” ©2014 John Llewellyn Probert/Spectral Press.  Artwork ©2014 Nick Gucker. 
“The Hammer of Dr. Valentine” ©2014 John Llewellyn Probert/Spectral Press.  Artwork ©2014 Nick Gucker. Layout ©2014 Neil Williams.

“The Hammer of Dr. Valentine” ©2014 John Llewellyn Probert/Spectral Press.  Artwork ©2014 Nick Gucker. Layout ©2014 Neil Williams.

Last fall, I was contacted by Simon Marshall-Jones, owner and editor of Spectral Press, to do the cover for John Llewellyn Probert's fiendish tome "The Hammer of Dr. Valentine".
As a fan of Probert's horror fiction and film reviews I enthusiastically accepted the challenge. I'd purchased and read the first book in the series, "The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine" which utilized the films of Vincent Price as influence for Dr. Valentine's horrific murders. In "The Hammer of Dr. Valentine", the classic British horror films of Hammer Studios serve as the influence for Dr. Valentine's dastardly deeds. The books are novella length and a rather quick and engaging read, chock full of English locations and landmarks, vivid characters and scenes of wonderfully wicked and elaborate methods of dispatch. A Grand Guignol of ghastly horrors await the reader as Dr. Valentine exacts a terrible vengence upon his victims. The story is a riventing game of cat and mouse that is part horror, part police procedural and, depending on how demented you are, delightfully humorous.
But make no mistake, Dr. Valentine is all business. Horror business!  The brilliant writing, evocative descriptions and creative methods of demise ensured that there was no shortage of imagery from which to draw when crafting the cover art.

If you are curious to know more, the following is a brief synopsis of the book:

"Two years ago, a series of horrific murders shocked the city of Bristol. These were killings so elaborate in their planning, and so outrageous in their execution, that they made national headlines for weeks. 
Now the journalists who wrote the stories behind those headlines are beginning to die, in ways even more gruesome, even more flamboyant, and even more unbelievable than the murders they themselves wrote about at such length in the national dailies all those months ago.

Has Dr. Valentine returned?"

"The Hammer of Dr. Valentine" has been issued as a hardback release limited to 100 copies.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Lustmord/Neurosis NecronomiCon Show Poster 2013

Lustmord/Neurosis NecronomiCon Show Poster ©2013 Nick Gucker
In 2013, I was asked to design a flier for the Neurosis / Lustmord show planned in conjunction with Necronomicon.  Joe Shea aka The joey Zoneeditor of the NecronomiCon Providence 2015 Program Bookhead and curator of Ars Necronomica art exhibit threw some ideas at me.  I riffed on them until we came up with something that pleased us both, a clutch of cultists hailing an old god from the abyss into the new world.
It was an honor to create the artwork and poster for apocalyptic soundscaper Lustmord and masters of doom, Neurosis, two musical groups for whom I've much love, appreciation and respect. The show was a rare treat for Americans, since Lustmord rarely performs on US soil.
It was like a baptism of sonic joy being in attendance and bearing witness to these two crushing bands doing what they do best in the company of fellow weirdlings and fanatics in the birthplace of the Lovecraftian mythos, Providence, RI.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Shambler from the Stars

My interpretation of the Shambler from the Stars (aka Star Vampire), as written by Robert Bloch from a story of the same title.

It was red and dripping; an immensity of pulsing, moving jelly; a scarlet blob with myriad tentacular trunks that waved and waved. There were suckers on the tips of the appendages, and these were opening and closing with a ghoulish lust.... The thing was bloated and obscene; a headless, faceless, eyeless bulk with the ravenous maw and titanic talons of a star-born monster. The human blood on which it had fed revealed the hitherto invisible outlines of the feaster.
—Robert Bloch, "The Shambler from the Stars"

This illustration was done for Strange Aeons, a miniature skirmish games company focusing on eldrich horrors, from Vancouver, BC.