On my best days, my illustrations splice together a literary sensibility, the dynamics of action manga, and the bold compositions of occult art and DIY punk zines. Even on my weakest days, I remain an author committed to capturing the atmospheres that haunt me.
In my personal work, I often explore the motif of the sympathetic monster. The creatures I create aren’t made only to be feared–they’re made also to be confronted and empathized with. More broadly, the idea of yearning for what terrifies us, is a concept I am especially interested in as of late.
Unknown Superiors, my visual thesis and forthcoming graphic novel, is my newest effort in advancing these disparate interests so fundamental to my process. Set during the beginning of the Great Depression, Unknown Superiors is about a boy who is kidnapped by a cult and turned into a creature beyond human comprehension. Mutations, madness, and magic abound.
Cosmic horror–horror that focuses less on shock value, and more on the dread of the unknowable–remains largely underexplored in American comics. And in all my reading, the Great Depression and Prohibition era seem to be yet unmined for the genre as a whole. So I felt compelled to fill this gap in multiple niche markets. In doing so, I hope to bring a culturally significant story in the tradition of Lovecraft and Ligotti into a graphic medium that pushes as many boundaries as my mortal hands and mind allow.