November 27th, 2010

S.C. Hickman

Matt Cardin: Dark Awakenings

"And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh."
       - Isaiah 66:24

I finally received Matt Cardin's new book, Dark Awakenings, today and have to say I love the cover artwork by Jason Van Hollonder. I did a google on him and found his unique art site: The Art of Darkness which helped me understand just why Matt Cardin's work displayed such a macabre religious sense and orthographic awareness. Jason was inspired by the unique combination of the great Flemish Renaissance painter, Pieter Bruegel, and the pulp horror anthologies of the sixties with their lurid art and exquisite horror tales. Such works as Bruegels, Triumph of Death, with its grotesquery of detail and dark religious portent will know where Hollander gained inspiration.

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