Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Preparing for NecronomiCon PVD 2015

I'll be a guest and vending at NecronomiCon Providence 2015 in The Lovecraft Grand Emporium.
From Thurs: noon ~ 4:30pm, Fie & Sat. ~ 10am - 6pm and Sun" 11am ~ 5pm at the Rhode Island Convention Center - Hall D.

New art prints to premier at NecronomiCon Providence 2015.

First up: Abyssian Gazer.
There are a couple variant options, but there is a run of 5 white, 5 silver (exclusive to Julian's for purchase) and about two dozen 1 of 1 color variants available.

Abyssian gazer hanging at Julien's in Providence, RI Ars Necronomica print show. 

There will be t-shirts of this design also available (in limited qty) at my table, in M, L, XL & XXL.
100% cotton Port & Company.

Silver on black
Brand new silkscreened art prints of THE DUNWICH HORROR.
Two varient color schemes available.
20x14, Signed and numbered.

Purple & Green/Blue version  

Silver & orange variant. 

Also, 'Nick the Hat's Denizens of Innsmouth' sticker 5 pack. 
Full color contour cut stickers!
I'm bringing 125 sticker packs in honor of Lovecraft's 125th birthday. 


And be sure to look for my Lovecraft illustration in the show program that accompanies a short essay regarding Lovecraft's love of science and astronomy and how that informed his writing, from Fred Lubnow, who writes amazing essays for Lovecraft Science, online. 

I'll have a few 8½x11 prints of this available at my table.

Much of this will be available on my Nick the Hat etsy storefront after the convention.

Thanks for reading, looking forward to connecting with all my friends in PVD and indulging in all things Lovecraftian, weird, horrorcentric, etc.

A big shout out to to my wife Denise, who is my never ending muse and inspiration, and a huge help putting together the sticker packs. 

And to Michael Bukowski for some second opinion on my Dunwich prints.

"IÄ! IÄ! Cthulhu fhtagn!" 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Amazing Punk Stories

Dressica Kill Maiden art by Nick Gucker for the cover of Amazing Punk Stories ©2015 

Dressica Kill Maiden art by Nick Gucker for the cover of Amazing Punk Stories ©2015 

New cover art done for David Agranoff's collection of weird punk tales called 'Amazing Punk Stories" from Eraserhead Press, with a forward by legendary genre author John Shirley. Cover design by Matthew Revert.
From the back of the book:
David Agranoff is a razor sharp writer, a storyteller with a hard rock pacing, a magician of ideas, an adventurer in subcultures, an expert in underground music scenes–all of which is apparent in Amazing Punk Stories. But he’s fundamentally something else. David Agranoff is an idealist in Hell.”
– JOHN SHIRLEY from his introduction

Gasp in horror at redneck cannibals who eat a steady diet of bands!

Tour the underground music scenes at the edge of the universe!

Behold the insanity of mosh pits at the end of the world!

From the frontiers of deep space to a punk rock village in the wasteland of a world nuked by Ronald Reagan. Amazing Punk Stories will take you to a punk scene in the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition. A punk scene both familiar and utterly bizarro.

Riffing off themes from the genres of mystery, western, cosmic horror and science fiction; Amazing Punk Stories contains thirteen studded and spiked tributes to classic pulp fiction.
Along with this release, Agranoff asked editor Jeff Burk, John Shirley and myself to list our five favorite punk songs. This was way harder than it appeared. Wanting to define the 5 best punk song first, then realising that was the wrong approach, focused on 5 personal favorites, though still hard, was quite the feat to narrow down. Ten would have been hard enough, but five!! Check out the song lists over at Agranoff's blog HERE.

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.