In the dark and cobweb-filled corridors of the Haunted Palace, faint scribblings and mutterings can often be heard eminating from the book-strewn chambers high amongst its ivy-clad towers. Lenora and Miss Jessel are custodians of an extensive library of peculiar tomes, from which they draw their ideas. But one thing is missing from the library: a book of their own. But not for much longer.
Yes, after 7 years and close to half a million views (thanks to you, our wonderful readers), Lenora and Miss Jessel have decided to publish a collection of a few of their favourite posts.
Just to make it extra special, and because copyright is a thing, we have commissioned two talented young artists to produce images for our book.
Naturally, because we at the Haunted Palace love all things creepy, we aim to publish our book for Halloween 2020. There’s a long way to go, but the cogs are turning!
In the meantime, we’d like you to meet the Haunted Palace artists in residence…and maybe give you just a teaser of what to expect in our book…
Iga Pencak aka Baba Jaga art: Freelance artist and costume designer
Iga Pencak studied and Central St Martins and VCA in London, and graduated in Theatre and Screen Costume Design. She is a talented portrait artist, costume designer and milliner. She has worked on large-scale mural projects and led community art workshops with Rohan Hall aka Chickenstein_.
Follow Iga on Instagram: @babajagaart
And find her at:
Costume Designs, part of final degree project, by Iga Pencak
Tranquility, pen and ink, by Iga Pencak
Hanging Bat, paint on glass, by Iga Pencak
Rohan Hall aka Chickenstein_: Freelance artist and student
Rohan Hall aka Chickenstein_ is a freelance artist and is currently studying for his undergraduate BA degree in Illustration at Newcastle college. He has worked on large scale mural projects and led community art workshops with Iga Pencak.
Rohan accepts commissions.
Follow him on Instagram: @chickenstein_
The Bride of Chickenstein, pencil sketch, by Rohan Hall
Cthulu for climate change, relief print, by Rohan Hall
Memorial for Billy, acrylic on stone by Rohan Hall
And now a flavour of what they are both working on for the Haunted Palace and its Cabinet of Curiosities
Iga is producing the cover-art and full-page images for each section in the book. She begins the process with a pencil sketch, then inks the images prior to digitalising them for publication. Here are two of her works in progress.
First, for our ‘History’s lost and found’ section, which will include such dark tales as the dancing mania of the middle ages and the firey fate of the ladies of the ballet blanche, she came up with this darkly dynamic design:
Ballet shoes and skull, pen and ink, by Iga Pencak
Secondly, for this macabre sketch, for our suitably named ‘Macabre’ section, in which you will find such delights as a day out at the Paris Morgue, Iga was inspired by our post about Enon Chapel and its sinister secret.
Dance of Death, preliminary pencil sketch by Iga Pencak
Rohan will be creating smaller images for each individual post. He begins the process by creating a pencil sketch, he then digitalises the image for publishing.
He as already produced two very atmospheric images, for folktales The King o’ the Cats and Hell-hounds, Hyter Sprites, and God-fearing mermaids (as well as producing our logo – see the about us page)
The King O’ the Cats digital sketch by Rohan Hall
Black Shuck by Rohan Hall
We’ll still be posting our usual brand of in-depth darkness, but expect a few updates on how our book is progressing along the way!
We hope you will enjoy it.
Lenora & Miss Jessel