Pickman’s Model

October 29, 2013

By H. P. Lovecraft
Reviewed by D. Popp
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars

Richard Upton Pickman is an extraordinary artist, especially his paintings, who creates masterpieces of a macabre nature. Demons, devils, monsters, and unimaginable monstrosities feature prominently in his works. For creating such extremely grotesque paintings, Pickman, ostracized form society, has been banned from art clubs, and displaying his paintings. He hasn’t found a single person who enjoys his artwork, with the exception of his dear friend, Thurber. Pickman trusts Thurber explicitly, which is why he decided to show him his more creative pieces. The paintings displayed, only temporarily, to the public however, barely scratch the surface of Pickman’s varied collection of horrific paintings. In his basement, Pickman  shows Eliot the true creative perversion of Pickman’s artistic abilities. However, there’s something strange about these paintings, Thurber noticed. They all appear frighteningly realistic, too reatlistic. One painting in particular is so lifelike, it can’t have been dreamed up by the most scarred, and twisted minds of man. But is there any other way Pickman could have made these horrors, is there?

Pickmans Model, a story about a wayward artist, can also show the peculiarity of the world we live in, but don’t truly know, a world inhabited by monsters. In Pickmans case, the world can be a frightnening and even deadly place, populated by godlike demons. I particulaly like H. P. Lovecrafts style of using the uncommon 2nd person perspective, which includes the reader in the story as a character, and the horrifiying resolution of Pickmans Model. I enjoyed this book, would only recommend it to the twisted among you.

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