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Virgil Finlay: Master of Fantasy

By Gerry De La Ree 

 When Virgil Finlay died at age 56 on January 18, 1971, he left behind him thirty-five years of fantasy and science-fiction artwork  and a reputation as the most meticulous pulp magazine illustrator of his generation. Most of the readers of Starlog were not around in 1935 when Finlay sold his first professional drawings to Weird Tales magazine. Within only a year he had established himself as being the finest black-and-white illustrator in his chosen field. His use of the stipple and cross-hatch techniques, and an ability to enhance stories with his unique drawings quickly rocketed him to the top. Over the years many artists would attempt to duplicate Finlay's techniques, but none ever attained the quality that was the trademark of Finlay's finest efforts. Even Frank Kelly Freas, ten-time winner of the "Hugo" as science-fiction's top illustrator, admitted in a recently published book of his artwork that his one experiment with Finlay's …

Dead of Night (1974)

Deathdream (also known as Dead of Night) is a 1974 Canadian horror film directed by Bob Clark and written by Alan Ormsby. Filmed in Brooksville, Florida as The Night Walker and initially released in Tampa, Florida, as Dead of Night (its British title) on August 30, 1974. It has also been released as The Night Andy Came Home. It was inspired by the W.W. Jacobs short story "The Monkey's Paw.

Cast  Richard Backus as Andy Brooks John Marley as Charles Brooks Lynn Carlin as Christine Brooks Anya Ormsby as Cathy Brooks Jane Daly as Joanne Mal Jones as Sheriff Henderson Forsythe as Dr. Philip Allman Norman William Beauchamp as Cop

In Vietnam, US soldier Andy Brooks is shot by a sniper and falls to the ground. As he dies, he hears his mother's voice calling out, "Andy, you'll come back. You've got to. You promised." The voice becomes sinister and muffled as Andy's eyes close. Sometime later, his family receives notice of his death in combat.

Back home, Andy&…

Shock Waves (1977)

Shock Waves, (alternate titles: Almost Human (UK), Death Corps), is a 1977 horror film written and directed by Ken Wiederhorn. The screenplay concerns a group of tourists who encounter aquatic Nazi zombies when they become shipwrecked. It stars Peter Cushing as a former SS commander, Brooke Adams as a tourist, and John Carradine as the captain of the tourists' boat.

Cast Peter Cushing as SS Commander Brooke Adams as Rose John Carradine as Captain Ben Morris Fred Buch as Chuck Jack Davidson as Norman Luke Halpin as Keith D. J. Sidney as Beverly Don Stout as Dobbs

The film opens as Rose is found drifting alone in a small rowboat. Two fishermen find it and pull her onto their own boat, barely alive and in a horrible state. Her voice over indicates she had been rescued from some terrifying experience and the film's events are flashbacks of it.

Rose is part of a group of tourists on a small commercial boat. The Captain and his mate, Keith, share a fondness for Rose. Also on boa…

Virgil Finlay Illustrations An Astrology Sketchbook (Sagittarius)

Sagittarius is the ninth astrological sign, which is associated with the constellation Sagittarius and spans 240–270th degrees of the zodiac. Under the tropical zodiac, the sun transits this sign between approximately November 23 and December 21. Greek mythology associates Sagittarius with the centaur Chiron, who mentored Achilles, a Greek hero of the Trojan War, in archery.

Along with Aries and Leo, Sagittarius is a part of the Fire Trigon. The symbol of the zodiac sign is a Centaur armed with arrows following an old tradition coming from Ancient Greece and from other cultures of the past. The image of the sign says a lot about his features: he's able to be extremely violent or wise, brave or mild.

Sagittarius, half human and half horse, is the centaur of mythology, the learned healer whose higher intelligence forms a bridge between Earth and Heaven. Also known as the Archer, Sagittarius is represented by the symbol of a bow and arrow.

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