R'yleh by Marc Simonetti

“In his house at R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu
waits dreaming.”

—H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu

While doing some research on R’lyeh this weekend I stumbled across an amazing image of the dead city by French artist Marc Simonetti. I had seen Simonetti’s work before—you probably have as well, he’s behind illustrations and covers for: Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice & Fire series, and guys like Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Robin Hobb and Michael Stackpole—but had no idea he had done a whole series on Lovecraft! It’s all great stuff, but I wanted to share a few of my favorite pieces here:

Visual Inspiration by Marc Simonetti
Nyarlathotep by Marc Simonetti
Mountains of Madness by Marc Simonetti
Mountains of Madness

Really great stuff isn’t it? There’s a lot more at Mr. Simonetti’s site and I’d encourage you to check out the rest of Lovecraft’s World. You can see more of his work at his website or on his Deviant Art page and he has a Kickstarter-like campaign going with It’s Art for a new art book called Coverama which still has 22 days left. I think I will be backing this one.

Hope you found Simonetti’s work as inspiring as I did. What piece was your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


  1. Great stuff! Thanks for sharing. I like R’lyeh; it looks like Escher and Lovecraft had a baby…that will eat your sanity. Also, please use this phrase more often: “While doing some research on R’lyeh this weekend…”


    1. Yeah, the R’lyeh image is so great. It’s what initially sparked this post. Simonetti sells prints of that piece through deviantART, I’m considering picking it up.

      As far as my research habits go: I will do what I can. :)


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