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April 24, 2012 10:55 AM   Subscribe

"The Secret Pet Society" is an fantastical series of paintings with descriptions by artist Travis Louie which features Victorian-era styled people posing alongside their mythical creatures. posted by quin (11 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

 
Every girl should have a Troll Head. They are so much more useful than a pony.
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:58 AM on April 24, 2012


it's so odd to see a painting I have sat across from all year turn up on the blue.
posted by The Whelk at 10:59 AM on April 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Love them! Girl with Troll Head was quite disconcerting, while my favorite might be the one right after, Sir Frederic Burke and His Leviathan.
posted by Glinn at 11:20 AM on April 24, 2012


There is a printing of the common "Call of Cthulhu" collection of Lovecraft stories in bookstores right now with Victorian monster illustrations done in a very similar style on the front cover and inside flaps, similar enough that I'm wondering if they're done by the same guy. They are wonderfully charming, even if they're not strictly in keeping with Lovecraft's vision. (The interior flap illustrations are labeled "North Atlantic Dagon Worshiper" and "South Pacific Dagon Worshiper.")

Here it is on Amazon. See what I mean?
posted by JHarris at 12:16 PM on April 24, 2012


Troll head sorta reminds me of Clancy Brown.
Yeti and Woozel are my favorites.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 12:19 PM on April 24, 2012


These are great! Whelk, you are fortunate to have spent so much time opposite one of these!
posted by Mister_A at 1:14 PM on April 24, 2012


Travis Louie is an amazing artist and one of the most deadicated men I know. He did the cover art for Kim Boekbinder's Impossible Girl album.
posted by The Whelk at 1:18 PM on April 24, 2012


I'm wondering if they're done by the same guy

They are. The linked amazon page credits the artwork to Travis Louie.
posted by reverend cuttle at 2:37 PM on April 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yes, I thought they looked familiar! Thanks reverend cuttle. That wouldn't happen to be of the Esoteric Order of Dagon, would it?
posted by JHarris at 3:04 PM on April 24, 2012


I love these more than I can say.
posted by dejah420 at 12:11 AM on April 25, 2012


I can't believe no one's linked to attached blog, it offers wonderful backstories for the paintings:

Chesterton
The Smoking Krampus

During the off season he works as a part-time henchman and fry cook.
During the busy season, he likes to crash corporate holiday parties; consume all food and drink and snatch his victims away in a large sack that he drags through the bumpiest streets he can find. Once back at his lair, he dangles them over an open fire while thumping them with a rolled up newspaper or phone book, shouting 'Bad, Bad!!'
posted by JHarris at 3:34 PM on April 25, 2012


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