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Piltdown Cthulhu by zombiequadrille
Piltdown Cthulhu


Initially declared a great ‘archeological discovery’ the Piltdown Man, ‘found’ in 1912 in East Sussex County, England, turned out to be one of the greatest scientific hoaxes in history. Proclaimed to be the long anticipated ‘Missing Link’, it was ultimately revealed to be nothing more than a clever mixing of human and orangutan skull and jaw pieces.  Ironically, a real discovery, made in the same area only months later, was that of what is now known as the ‘Piltdown Cthulhu’. This small stone figurine, was unearthed by a laborer, James Simmons, at the gravel pits not far from where the ‘Piltdown Man’ had allegedly been discovered.  While the Piltdown Man hoax was sustained for over forty years, poor Mr. Simmons’ discovery was dismissed almost immediately as a fraud, considered to have been perpetrated by him in an attempt to cash in on then rampant ‘Piltdown mania’. Fortunately, a newspaper account published at the time eventually came to the attention of Sir Albert Arnold Mill, archeologist and authority on the Great Old Ones, and on Cthulhu, in particular. Mill met with Simmons, who had fortunately retained possession of the artifact, and established the authenticity of the man’s find. 

Mill has written that the little stone figurine, which Simmons claimed to have found buried next to a small crude stone monolith, is a true Iron Age relic. Having been carved from solid granite in the style of the well-known ‘Baba’ statues found from Ireland to Asia, though much smaller, this figure represents Cthulhu, primary figure in the so called ‘Cthulhu Mythos’.  While many idols of Cthulhu have been found worldwide, with the design and materials defined by local cultures, with few exceptions the size of these figures seldom exceeds one foot, and they are often no more than two or three inches tall.  We can account for this phenomenon by considering that the ‘Cult of Cthulhu’ has been suppressed and persecuted since the earliest accounts of it appear in Sumerian scripts, over 5000 years old.  The constant threat of annihilation forced devoted adherents to create portable objects of worship and in most instances, save for certain isolated populations, to adopt a nomadic life style.

Piltdown Cthulhu is available for sale. The figure is 4 ½  inches tall and will be  finished as shown in the pictures.  They are $30.00 in the U.S. plus $7.00 postage.  Please contact me at for purchases.   

H.P. Lovecraft - The Pipers of Azathoth by zombiequadrille
H.P. Lovecraft - The Pipers of Azathoth

H.P. Lovecraft – The Pipers of Azathoth

Variously, H.P. Lovecraft described his creation ‘Azathoth’ as follows: “Outside the ordered universe is that amorphous blight of nethermost confusion which blasphemes and bubbles at the center of all infinity—the boundless daemon sultan Azathoth, whose name no lips dare speak aloud, and who gnaws hungrily in inconceivable, unlighted chambers beyond time and space amidst the muffled, maddening beating of vile drums and the thin monotonous whine of accursed flutes.”…."in the spiral black vortices of that ultimate void of Chaos wherein reigns the mindless daemon-sultan Azathoth". “…Ultimate Chaos, at whose center sprawls the blind idiot god Azathoth, Lord of All Things, encircled by his flopping horde of mindless and amorphous dancers, and lulled by the thin monotonous piping of a demoniac flute held in nameless paws."

My attempt at anthropomorphizing the ‘Pipers’ into something within the capacity of the human mind to comprehend.  Azathoth remains a bubbling chaos with a hint of spiral vortices.  Sculpture is about 13 inches tall.

I'm making copies of this piece available for $80, plus $16 Priority Shipping in the U.S.  International inquires welcome.  Contact me at for details.

H.P. Lovecraft - Deep One Hybrid Death Mask by zombiequadrille
H.P. Lovecraft - Deep One Hybrid Death Mask

From De Horrore Cosmico, a collection of six original scenarios for the Cthulhu Invictus game from Golden Goblin Press.

The Death Mask of Magnus Murma: Romans honored their dead by having a wax mask of the recently departed made before their burial or cremation. A very unusual mask was found recently in Sicily, depicting one of the most famous gladiators of the age. His name was Magnus Murma, a Murmillo gladiator who was never seen in public without his full helmet on. He founded a school and passed on the mantle of his name like a title, so that there would always be a Magnus Murma performing, an eternal warriors upon the sands of countless arenas.  Upon the death of the original Magnus Murma, his helmet was removed for the casting of his death mask, and his dark secret finally revealed.     Oscar Rios

This mask of Magnus Murma, the Deep One Hybrid, was made as a backers premium for De Horrore Cosmico  is cast resin that it tinted to resemble beeswax (from which the original ancient Roman masks were made) It is roughly life sized, measuring 5 1/2" wide (wraps around 9") so if it were made flat (which it can't be) it would be 9". It is 8 1/2" tall (wraps to just over 11") that is again, if made flat - 11".

Cassilda and the King in Yellow by zombiequadrille
Cassilda and the King in Yellow

Cassilda and the King in Yellow

Photographs found in an old photo album purchased in a box lot at a local auction.   The reverse of each says ‘Cassilda and the King in Yellow’.

 In Robert W. Chambers’ book “The King in Yellow”, three characters are mentioned in the play in book form entitled “The King in Yellow”; they are Cassilda, Camilla, and the Stranger (who may be the King in Yellow).  While the relationship of the characters is never described, I have described with my sculpture “Cassilda and the King in Yellow”.  Cassilda has a carnival stick mask and looks fondly up at the King, who meets her gaze and embraces her protectively.  This piece was completed and the first copy painted in full colors to serve as a decoration for a wedding cake of a special couple.  I was pleased with the result and decided to make copies with a silver/gold finish (a tremendous savings in painting time) with a good result (I think). The sculpture is about five and a half inches tall.  Original made of Sculpey, copies in resin.

Copies of this sculpture are available  for $35 plus shipping.  Contact me at for details.

The King in Yellow by zombiequadrille
The King in Yellow
The King In Yellow Statue - Based on the original drawing by Robert W. Chambers for his book of the same name. (Inset shows cover of the 2nd American printing of the book) Sculpted with Super Sculpey and Painted.  Figure is about 9 1/2 inches tall.

Copies of this sculpture are available for $75  plus shipping.  Contact me at for details.



Joe Broers
Artist | Traditional Art
United States
I'm an avid fan of H.P. Lovecraft, the Lovecraft Circle, and new stories about the Cthulhu Mythos. I enjoy creating things relating to this genre and enough interest was shown by others that I decided to make and sell a few of each. My sculpture originals are made from plastiline clay, Super Sculpey, or Monster Clay. Silicone molds are then made and copies of figures are made in resin and painted. When possible I create fictional documentation to support the 'authenticity' of my relics.

For further information please feel free to contact me at

Also, several of my sculptures are available through the Lovecraft Ezine

Current Residence: Carlinville, IL


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Prophet-malum Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Student Writer
Happy Birthday
zombiequadrille Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015   Traditional Artist
tk8247 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Happy Birthday!
zombiequadrille Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
Brian-OConnell Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday!
nightserpent Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
Happy birthday, Joe! :)
zombiequadrille Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thanks, Paul.  Hey, the other day I was looking at my copy of "Shadows Over Main Street" and when I saw your piece I thought 'that could easily be Paul Carrick's.' It was.  Since then I saw it on this site.  Very nice.
nightserpent Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
Heh! :)  Someone was recently telling me how they could identify my work, kind of like being able to recognize a guitarist's sound.  I hadn't actually though much about it, I guess because I'd never striven for a specific look.  Maybe in some ways I am just too close to my own work to see it so much, but if I think about there are certain ways I tend to approach an image, color and lighting, etc.

Thanks! :)
zombiequadrille Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015   Traditional Artist
There was a time in the early 90's when 90% of all the books in the SF&F and Horror had real painted covers. I would go into a bookstore and identify almost all of the cover artists by their style, which just seemed to 'sink in' after a time.  Most of the books now have digital art on them and the styles aren't as distinctive.  Yours still is.  Maybe it's shadow, contrast, and  viewer perspective for you. It works for me!
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