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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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hobbitshire Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
Marvellous concept well portrayed.
Mortainius88 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for taking the time to look! :)
Jigoku-Maru Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That bottom terror is like "NO! Leave him! He's miiiine!" 

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.
BLAHhappy7 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Mortainius88 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank ya very much! I appreciate you taking the time to view my work :)
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!
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! :)
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
CrystalGreene Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
watermark disqualifies it :(

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