Last week saw Hat Trick’s exploration of phobias, and now we turn our minds to brilliantly goosepimpling book of nightmares, brought to us courtesy of the wonderful Belly Kids arts label.
Following up the wonderful Bill Murray Colouring book and Kurt Cobain sticker book, The Magic Book of Nightmares showcases 15 fascinating (if rather worrying) illustrations based on the reveries of their creators.
Belly Kids founder Michael Coley says, ‘I’m a man haunted by nightmares. I try everything – St Johns Wart, drinking way too much water, listening to Explosions in the Sky, ginger tea… I know I’m not the only one! The sleep stained eyes of my friends tell a gory story.’
He adds, ‘It has everything from the creepy to the cosmic.’
He’s not wrong. The pictures tell a tale that would make even the most hardened Freud-follower weep into their pillow.
Take this image, for instance, by Juliana Futter – a distressing medley of pregnant bellies, severed faces, feet and ladders:
Or this slug-tongued, blue-in-the-face space lady:
Not scared enough yet? Peruse then, if you will, this poor chap by Ohara Hale, about to be drowned in his own monster-bed of goo and surrounded by detached eyeballs:
And perhaps DW’s favourite, this cute critter dipping his paws into a sort of scary soup:
If you want to find out more about what frightens designers, check out this week’s voxpop.
The Magic Book of Nightmares is released in June priced – of course – £6.66. For more information visit http://www.bellykids.co.uk/2013/03/19/magic-book-of-nightmares/