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ERW TheyCameAtNight 2012MSSC by Mortainius88 ERW TheyCameAtNight 2012MSSC by Mortainius88
The terrors that come at night are rarely original. They plague us all through out our lives, feeding off universal images and arch-types that flow through our collective minds. Instances may be unique, but I’ve always found that the permeating fear of the unknown can drive the mind to create things even the most skilled artist or visionary fails to capture.

My mind has always found the intangible shadows to be home of fearful abominations. Always draped in the inky black depths, defying the eyes and rational mind to truly see what lurks behind the glowing eyes and the outlined shapes. Even as an adult they still plague me, springing forth from the subconscious, ready to take hold of the mind at ungodly hours least expected.

I remember living in an old farm house for a number of months when I was young.
It was a fantastic old 1800’s plantation, large rooms, long hallways and towering ceilings. My room connected to the hallway and was separated by a two tone cloth, worn and ancient, a reminder of days long past. The days were warm and bright.
But at night….the shadows grew long, the house talked through the night when winds blew and the singular night-light provided little comfort to an overactive imagination. They would come in the dark, the figures looming from the hallway, shifting back and forth along the length of the hanging. The horrible teeth, the gnarled hands reaching. The eyes glowing in the floating black.

I’m older now, my mind can rationalize my fears and force them away, one of the joys of being older and wiser…but the child remembers, the child still sees, and he still pulls the covers close when the shapes form in the dark.

Illustration © 2012 Eric Wemhoener, all rights reserved.
Created for the Mama, Scared Stiff illustration contest held on Deviant Art
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:iconhobbitshire:
hobbitshire Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
Marvellous concept well portrayed.
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Mortainius88 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for taking the time to look! :)
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Jigoku-Maru Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That bottom terror is like "NO! Leave him! He's miiiine!" 

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Mortainius88 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
'cause he's tasssssty! heh heh.  poor kid better hope the light doesn't go out, that'll be the last anyone sees of him.
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BLAHhappy7 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
impressive!
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Mortainius88 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank ya very much! I appreciate you taking the time to view my work :)
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DasSovietCanuck Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Writer
Wow, this is fantastic! Love the way you translated your childhood terrors into these ginning beasties here - fantastic! You did an excellent job conveying the supernatural nature of the creatures and the fear they inspire. I also really like the textures you brought out in your work here - the fur, the old wallpaper, the curtain - all look so very real and just add to the depth and dread of the piece =D

Keep up the great work, Mortainius88!
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Mortainius88 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! It was a fantastic contest to be a part of, and I can't complain, this has been one of the most viewed pieces I've ever placed on deviant. Gives me hope for future endeavors! Thanks again for taking the time to view my work! :)
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DasSovietCanuck Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Writer
Anytime - least I can do to help fantastic artists such as yourself! Glad you got some great exposure here, and best of luck with your future endeavours, eh? =D
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CrystalGreene Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
watermark disqualifies it :(

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Mortainius88 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
nothing like self sabotage. sigh.
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CrystalGreene Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yep. I think they would consider that a "distinguishing artist mark" I would hate for such a nice piece to be disqualified.
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Mortainius88 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i appreciate it, the submissions ended about 10 hours ago though so I'd say I'm outta luck.
We shall see!!
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JBuchmann55 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This one has remained one of my favorites since it showed up! Excellent work! It's competition like you that I dread ;)
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Mortainius88 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:) Thank you so much for your support! I love competitions, even if all my submission gets are views it's still worth it. the last couple of days has really showcased several VERY good pieces, there are two that look like they'll take the show, based on original presentations and overall professionalism. I just hope to make it to the semi's.
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artissuperawesome Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student General Artist
I love your interpretation of fear and how it affects us. The monsters really capture the effect. :)
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Mortainius88 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Much appreciated! Thanks for taking the time to view my work :)
This contest has been a blast, the theme and imagery it envokes
is just fantastic!
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irisholland Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   Artist
Inspiring
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Mortainius88 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Much appreciated! :) and thank you for taking the time to view my work!
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irisholland Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Artist
you're certainly welcome :D
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utenzi Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Your image is very scary. That's one closet I'd never want to open. Your commentary is erudite and really adds to the concept as well.
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Mortainius88 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I find that words can express just as much a good image,and putting the two together makes it twice the fun :)

Thanks for taking the time to view my work! :D
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Kryseis-Art Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello dear,

Your beautiful work is featured here : [link]

:huggle: :heart: :love:
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Mortainius88 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very very much!! I appreciate your support and interest in my work!!
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Cypher-Black Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
so true! i love your description.
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Mortainius88 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
it seemed fitting :) Thank you very much for taking the time to view my work!!
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Hazardousthing Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nice and terrifying, great job!
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Mortainius88 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank ya thank ya!! I appreciate you taking the time to look and all the support :)
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Hazardousthing Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
No problem!
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wolfanita Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   General Artist
ah yes, the darkness of night is never good for those with much imagination (like me). nice and creepy. :)
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Mortainius88 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
and it never really goes away, arms and legs in the bed and under the covers NO exceptions. :b
Thanks for taking the time to view my work!
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wolfanita Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   General Artist
the magic cover protects you from anything - though no one knows why...;)
you're welcome! :)
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Davesrightmind Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Well done.
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Mortainius88 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
much appreciated, and thanks for taking the time to look :D
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PatrickMorgan666 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Awesome! Hope you get to be one of the finalists. There's only about 20 or so I think are actually good. This one is very good! Wish u luck!
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Mortainius88 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much!! I appreciate all the support. I've got a feeling that there's some awesome entries on the way. I know a deviant goes by the handle Lockpick he's got a piece comin and I'm anxious to see what he came up with!
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