I have long been familiar with the haunting romanticism of Deborah Turbeville’s fashion photography, and have often lost myself in their eerie atmospheres and spectral moods– elegant ghost stories, and hazy hallucinations of antique decadence, beloved and perfect, all.

I had never seen until tonight, though, her 1981 series Unseen Versailles:

“In the late 1970s, Turbeville was living in Paris. She discovered the Château de Versailles, but was refused access for a fashion shoot. Fortunately, thanks to Jackie Kennedy Onassis – an admirer and a friend! – she was finally granted permission to photograph the estate during its renovation. She spent a whole winter there and presented her work in a book, Unseen Versailles, in 1981.” (via)

The photographer went in search of unused, unaltered rooms, scattering their floors with autumn leaves to emphasize the chambers’ abandonment and neglect. The result–a haunting vision of this excessive place, a ghostly evocation of memory and melancholic magics in those long-waiting derelict, dust-shrouded and twilight chambers.


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1968 Reader’s Digest edition of “Rebecca” by Daphne De Maurier.

It must have been fate. Born eleven days apart on opposite coasts, Leo and Diane met, competed artistically, and eventually fell in love while attending Parsons School of Design, each aspiring to a life of art. After their marriage in 1957, the artists initially pursued separate careers in illustration before recognizing their strengths were collaborative in nature. In an effort to work in a particular style that they both could master, they symbiotically and seamlessly melded their personalities and styles, employing pastels, colored pencil, watercolor, acrylic, stencils, typography, woodcut, pochoir, found-object assemblage, collage, and sculpture into an entity/partnership that they came to refer to as “the artist.”

Noted Leo on the gorgeously striking complexity of their distinctive decorative realism and unconventional techniques: “People often comment on the ‘Dillon style.’ I think that someplace, the two of us made a pact with each other. We both decided that we would give up the essence of ourselves, that part that made the art each of us did our own. And I think that in doing that we opened the door to everything.”

Marie Laveau Cover Artwork, 1977

The Dillons became famous in the science fiction community for their imaginative and incredible variety of drawings and illustrations for prints, book jackets, textbooks, album covers; the books of authors such as Ray Bradbury, Garth Nix, and Isaac Asimov were all embellished with cover art revealing “the artist’s” unique vision. The Dillons were presented with the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist in 1971, making Diane the first woman to receive the award. Outside the world of fantasy and science fiction, the Dillons became renowned for their numerous children’s picture books celebrated for illustrating stories featuring all ethnicities and cultural heritages–for which they received unprecedented back-to-back Caldecott Medals.

Cover art for the Voyages: The 25th World Fantasy Convention booklet (as seen here)


original art for the cover of John Brunner’s The Traveler in Black


DEATHBIRD STORIES, by Harlan Ellison cover art


Queen Zixi of Ix , or the Story of the Magic Cloak LP art


A Wrinkle in Time cover study


The Ring, by Piers Anthony 1968


Cover art for World’s End by Joan D. Vinge


The Tempest album cover Caedmon Records (1975)


Different: An Anthology of Homosexual Short Stories cover art


The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury cover art


art from Claymore and Kilt: Sorche Nic Leodhas


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27 Apr


Below is a gallery of men disturbing a woman’s restful and rehabilitative beauty sleep. Will I die mad about it? Maybe.


The Rose Bower by Hans Zatzka


Brewtnall, Edward Frederick; Sleeping Beauty; Warrington Museum & Art Gallery; 


Duncan, John; The Sleeping Princess; Perth & Kinross Council; 


Sleeping Beauty by Roland Risse


Sleeping Beauty by Peter Newell


Sleeping Beauty. by Edmund Dulac


Sleeping Beauty by Richard Eisermann


The princess lay fast asleep, Anne Anderson


Sleeping Beauty by Henry Meynell Rheam


Sleeping Beauty by Jennie Harbour


Sleeping Beauty in the Woods by Gustave Doré


The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods, Carl Offterdinger



Sleeping Beauty by Walter Crane

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“Today is your opportunity to build the tomorrow you want.”


“She believed she could, so she did.”


“Keep your face toward the sunshine, and the shadows will always fall behind you.”




“It’s never too late for a new beginning.”


“Find joy in the ordinary.”


“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”


“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”


“You didn’t come this far to only come this far.”


“Pursuing reckless optimism.”


“I am open and receptive to all of the abundance in the universe.”


“I am in the right place at the right time doing the right thing.”




“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.”


“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.”


“I choose happiness.”


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Vogue Hong Kong
Published: March 2022

Szilveszter Mako – Photographer
Szilveszter Mako – Art Director
Lisa Jarvis – Fashion Editor/Stylist
Sean Kunjambu – Fashion Editor/Stylist
Massimo Di Stefano – Hair Stylist
Vanessa Icareg – Makeup Artist
Marina Fairfax – Casting Director
Siyan Chen – Producer
Lauren Ernwein – Model
Haute Couture designs: Dior, Giambattista Valli, Didit Hediprasetyo, Stephane Rolland, Charles de Vilmorin, Alexandre Vauthier, Maria Grazia Chiuri, and Fendi.

Images source: models.com





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Hello, fans of moody art capturing the morbid, melancholic, and macabre! Here’s something fun!

Pre-order your copy of The Art of Darkness by August 31 from any retailer and be one of the first 100 readers to enter your information into the Quarto form and you’ll receive a lovely thank-you-package including a The Art of Darkness postcard, sticker, and autographed bookplate from me, the author! Link in comments!



Well, hello friends of midnight shadows and all that lurk in those murky corners! It is cover reveal day for THE ART OF DARKNESS: A TREASURY OF THE MORBID, MELANCHOLIC AND MACABRE.

I am so extremely-over-the-moon thrilled with the somber, surreal, multi-layered magnificence of Alex Eckman-Lawn’s cover art–it’s really a dream come true for this artist’s incredible work to be gracing the cover of a book that I’ve written. Aside from the cover art, I’ve been extraordinarily fortunate to work with SO MANY DREAM ARTISTS to include in these pages!

So, what else can you expect to find this the pages of this darkly artful tome?

Throughout history, artists have been obsessed with darkness – creating works that haunt and horrify, mesmerize and delight and play on our innermost fears. While these themes might scare us – can’t they also be heartening and beautiful? In exploring and examining these evocative artworks The Art of Darkness offers insight into each artist’s influences and inspirations, asking what comfort can be found in facing our demons? Why are we tempted by fear and the grotesque? And what does this tell us about the human mind?

Of course, sometimes there is no good that can come from the tenebrous sensibilities of darkness and the sickly shivers and sensations they evoke. These are uncomfortable feelings, and we must sit for a while with these shadows – with a book, from the safety of our armchairs.

The Art of Darkness and all of its dreamy, disturbing gloomy glimpses will be released into the world on September 6, 2022! Stay tuned for more details.

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27 Feb

@alexaspaddy // Alexa Spaddy


@alexeckmanlawn // Alex Eckman Lawn


Knight Ally by @teresenielsenart // Terese Nielsen


@jairaphaelart // Jai Raphael


@jeansebastienrossbach // Jean-Sebastien Rossbach


@chikuwamiel // Chikuwamiel


@debishapirophotography // Debi Shapiro


Dracula, Motherf**ker, by Yuko Shimizu


@kreetakreeta // Kreetta Järvenpää


Cyril Van Der Haegen

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