The macabre illustrations of Bernie Wrightson


If you’re familiar with the world of illustration, you’re likely familiar with artist Bernie Wrightson. Even if you haven’t heard his name, you’ve certainly seen his work in comics books, films and novels. He was known for his work in the comics industry on projects like Swamp Thing and House of Mystery, but is perhaps best known for his frequent collaborations with novelist Stephen King on projects like Cycle of the Werewolf and The Stand.  Wrightson is known for his detailed line work as well as his fantasy musculature, which he often puts to good use on macabre subject matter. One of his most brilliant horror projects was his sumptuously illustrated edition of Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein”. Being a fan of his work, and in honor of October, I wanted to a look at some of Wrightson’s horror Illustrations. These pieces, both gorgeous and grotesque, range from classics like “Murders in the Rue Morgue” to more recent endeavors, and perfectly set the mood for the forthcoming Halloween. Enjoy.



Murders in the Rue Morgue

Murders in the Rue Morgue from “The Edgar Allen Poe Portfolio”

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Heartburn More Macabre II trading card set

From the “More Macabre II” trading card set


From “The Stand” by Stephen King

Cycle of the Werewolf

From Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King



From Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King

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Rob Walker is a writer and filmmaker in Colorado, and is creator of the comedy web series Victorian Cut-out Theatre. He loves horror films and comic books (American Vampire, Jonah Hex, The Flash, Planetary). Rob has been a Sherlockian since the age of ten, is a Dark Tower junky and believes that Indiana Jones is the greatest cinematic hero ever created. You can follow him on twitter at: @timidwerewolf and see his other writings and videos at

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