October Beckons…


The first chills of Halloween can be felt behind the wind, and so it is time for yours truly, The Dread Baron, to begin seeking out the macabre and unusual for your nightmarish reflections in beloved Caledon.

I begin with the work of a fine and decidedly insane Steampunk Master of the Macabre, the artist Alex cf. He has created many impressive artworks that illustrate the darker side of steampunk and the Neo-Victorian aesthetic, and he has out done himself with what I present for your pleasure today…

Behold…the Bio Aetheric Laboratory!


“Mary Shelley was not aware that by the time her book was published, the ill gotten subject matter of her novel had already been given life; the limbs of the dead torn from their shallow graves, fed with copper wire, conduits for aetheric charge, plunged deep into muscle and tissue. In the darkened hovels of blackmarket surgery; those who’d lost hands and legs to war and punishment craved new pieces of meat to quench their dexterous dreams.. bio aetheric mechanical limbs; body parts, organs. The technology bred in sewer laboratories, where apes arms jumped and cavorted on electric current, tapped from the heavens, or in this case from life itself.

The portable Bio aetheric laboratory was the property of one Thadeus Belacleese, ex surgeon to the crown, stricken from his workplace after a series of malevolent experiments were uncovered. Driven by a passion like no other, he scoured the streets for the homeless and the wretched – taking their birth given life and returning it to them via his own dreadful means.

This is the actual bio aetheric lab, the stinking yet mobile remains of a gibbon arm, cruor dripping wires weave and plunge within rotten flesh; the notes and illustrations of a man obsessed with life, shrouded in a thick unsympathetic coating of death. contained within this odd miniature theatre are dissecting tools, flasks of unknown liquids, bottles of teeth, syringes, slides of bacterium and disease, and unsurprisingly, a bible, perhaps to quell his own fears of death.

But it is not known when Mr. Thadeus Belacleese died, and it has been hypothesized that he may have finally discovered the key to life, and thus a cure for death itself…

To see more illustrations, and watch a video of the hideous arm given fresh life… go HERE.

1 Comment

  1. The moving arm is beyond horrifying. I can’t decide from moment to moment whether I’m watching an orang-utang’s detached limb, or some robot monster’s furred pincer!

    But I need to read back in your archives! I’ve been having far too much fun reviewing haunts on the grid. :)

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