The Magic Book of Nightmares

In a bad few weeks for the faint hearted, here at DW we’ve been tested by not one but two books that have called into question the things we fear the most.

Magic Book of Nightmares cover by Luke Pelletier
Magic Book of Nightmares cover by Luke Pelletier

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.

TerrorVision by Stu Ros
TerrorVision by Stu Ros

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.’

Nightmares by Marc Martin
Nightmares by Marc Martin

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:

Juliana Futter
Juliana Futter

Or this slug-tongued, blue-in-the-face space lady:

Midnight Slugs by Sam Ailey
Midnight Slugs by Sam Ailey

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:

Nightmares by Ohara Hale
Nightmares by Ohara Hale

And perhaps DW’s favourite, this cute critter dipping his paws into a sort of scary soup:

Pesadelo by Mariana Moyses
Pesadelo by Mariana Moyses

If you want to find out more about what frightens designers, check out this week’s voxpop

Greek Dreams by James Clapham
Greek Dreams by James Clapham

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/

 

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