Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login


Submitted on
November 5, 2012
Image Size
501 KB


3,783 (3 today)
91 (who?)
H.P. Lovecraft's - The Terrible Old Man by zombiequadrille H.P. Lovecraft's - The Terrible Old Man by zombiequadrille
H.P. Lovecraft – The Terrible Old Man

“…curious folk who sometimes steal up to the house to peer in through the dusty panes. These folk say that on a table in a bare room on the ground floor are many peculiar bottles, in each a small piece of lead suspended pendulum-wise from a string. And they say that the Terrible Old Man talks to these bottles, addressing them by such names as Jack, Scar-Face, Long Tom, Spanish Joe, Peters, and Mate Ellis, and that whenever he speaks to a bottle the little lead pendulum within makes certain definite vibrations as if in answer.”

What these curious folk described as ‘small pieces of lead’, seen as they were at a distance through dusty panes of glass were actually likenesses of the crew the Terrible Old Man had fashioned, and with certain arcane machinations had endowed with special properties. Late at night they can sometimes be heard arguing amongst themselves, ringing gently against the sides of the bottles. Upon inspection they hang still.

Each of the crew are about ¾” in size, cast in resin and suspended in ‘aged’ bottles 5 ½” tall.

Copies of this mixed media sculpture are available as a set of four for $65,  plus shipping.  Contact me at for details.

Add a Comment:
Martin-Ravencroft Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Wow, great work... Amazing heads, and great bottles and labels... How do you aged the bottles? Im working on a vampire killing kit and the real vitage bottles are too expensive...
zombiequadrille Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks. Sandpaper and paint, basically. Since the bottles don't have liquid in them they can be stained on the inside easily. You might also try a mist of clear flat sealer for the outside. It would look good, but handling could wear it off.
NamezMud Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013   General Artist
I just came across this while running H.P. Lovecraft through the search. I really think you did the story justice and I love the idea of giving the tiny lead weights faces. Cheers!
zombiequadrille Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks. Yeah, I think Lovecraft's idea was great by itself but thought it was written in a way that would allow my little interpretation without contradicting the original. Doesn't seem to have upset anyone yet. :-)
ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
I loved this. What an excellent collection.
lillydarose Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
these look awesome, liked them a lot! :)
zombiequadrille Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks. They're fun to have around.
TheElementologist Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
So how much to own not joking seriously how much
FollowinTheBlackBird Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of my favorite Lovecraft stories.
nightserpent Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Joe! You never fail to pull out unique and inspiring projects out of the Mythos. I never would have thought of this- great work! :)
Add a Comment: