Stoic Decay

pictures / projects by gElm / Lem de Grosnpreg

Illustrations for Assorted Books

Flapping Eagle Arrives

He was quite near the back of Mr Jones' rocking-chair, and the encroaching waves pushed him ever nearer and nearer. Mr Jones and Mrs O'Toole remained oblivious of his presence. → Grimus by Salman Rushdie

Blogo the Rare Beast

From Philip Jose Farmer's A Barnstormer in Oz - A Rationalization and Extrapolation of the Split-Level Continuum.

In the Peculiar City of Ir

Madam Roska and Zdim study the Sibylline Sapphire in the oratory. → The Fallible Fiend by L. Sprague de Camp


He wasn't human but that wasn't what hurt. Elephants aren't human but they are very nice people. → Have Space Suit will Travel by Robert Heinlein

Mnemonic Iconography

For John D. MacDonald's 14th Travis McGee novel The Scarlet Ruse, with one boxed icon for each of the 21 chapters.

A Collage of Horrors

Kircher had lied to him-either that or he'd been horribly deceived. There was no pleasure in the air; or at least not as humankind understood it.

He had made a mistake opening Lemarchand's box. A very terrible mistake. → The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker

Karney Arrives at Red's House

There was something simian in its flayed, palpitating form, but sketchy, as if it had been born prematurely. → The Inhuman Condition by Clive Barker

Malowane Diably

My attempt at Robert Aickman's Painted Devils for the Polish Book Cover Contest at 50 Watts.


She saw the blood on his hands. She saw the blood oozing out of his left side, staining the waistband of his shorts. → Touch by Elmore Leonard

A Simple Kindness

David clipped his badge to his lapel, and stepped out of the hospital and onto the hot asphalt floor of the world within the fences of the Works. Dull thunder came from the buildings around him, a truck honked at him, and a cinder blew in his eye. → Deer in the Works from Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut