A while back, I posted about Residents of Innsmouth, a Lovecraft-inspired art book for which I contributed three flash-fiction pieces. In my post, I noted that the book was originally available only through Kickstarter, but that anyone who wanted who missed the crowdfunding campaign and wanted a copy could contact artist Russell Smeaton directly via Facebook.
Well, now it’s easier than ever to wrap your webbed fingers around Residents of Innsmouth, as Smeaton has officially made it available on Amazon. There’s a cheaper black-and-white edition for those looking to save a few bucks, or who simply prefer a noir-esque aesthetic, and a full-color edition for those who want to enjoy the full experience.
What are you waiting for then? Take the plunge and fill your head with forbidden knowledge.
Even better is getting stuff in the mail that I had a hand in creating!
The postman’s latest delivery was a doozy: Residents of Innsmouth, a new art book by Russell Smeaton, AKA Tikirussy. Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s classic tale “The Shadow Over Innsmouth,” this book presents a series of portraits depicting the upstanding citizens of New England’s most secretive fishing village in all their scaly, scabrous glory.
Accompanying each illustration is a short biographical story, poem, or profile penned by a different author. Some are serious. Some are funny. Some are visceral. Some are contemplative. All are great.
Being that Lovecraft is my favorite writer and “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” is one of my favorite stories of his, it should go without saying that I’m very happy to have gotten to be one of the contributing authors. I wrote three pieces offering glimpses into the lives of three of Smeaton’s most colorful Innsmouthers: 1. Jumbo Lump, the Gilman House chef who’d practically kill to cook something other than seafood, 2. Sturgeon the Surgeon, a self-taught doctor struggling to treat a population whose anatomy is constantly changing, and 3. Walter E. Grave, a ruthless gangster with a penchant for leaving those who cross him “swimming with the fishes.”
Other contributors include John Linwood Grant, Sarah Walker, Shayne Keen, K.A. Opperman, Ashley Dioses, Alan Sessler, Phil Breach, Jill Hand, and John Paul Fitch.
Below, I’ve included a pint-sized peek at some of Russell Smeaton’s character designs (sorry, but if you want to see them in full you’ll have to buy the book). Originally funded through Kickstarter, the initial printing of Residents of Innsmouth has already sold out and is now in the hands of the backers. Don’t start scouring eBay for secondhand copies just yet, though! Anyone who missed out can order a new print-on-demand copy of Residents of Innsmouth by contacting Smeaton himself via his Facebook page at facebook.com/Tikirussy.