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LORD DUNSANY was the revered idol of H. P. Lovecraft. As he once humbly noted, “Dunsany indeed has said, exquisitely, almost everything I could possibly wish to say. So that when I indulge in sheer phantasy, I can do no more than imitate him.”

Lovecraft’s observance led him into darker realms of visionary weird fiction, inspiring him to create his own universe beyond the Dreamlands, a world that Dunsany could never approach — that of the Cthulhu Mythos.

One of Lord Dunsany’s most inspirational works was The Gods of Pegana (1905), which I have used as the origin for my own World of Oldskull.


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Through my artwork and writing, over the years I have reconceived Dunsany’s work as a revelatory Dreamland Book of Shadows, a grimoire for summoning forgotten and eerily beautiful Elder Gods. You will find many echoes between The Gods of Pegana and the Cthulhu Mythos, just as did H. P. Lovecraft when he crafted his own visions of the Unknown.

Here you will find the inspiration for HPL’s Barzai the Wise (as Arb-Rin-Hadith), the Necronomicon (here, the Book of Imbaun), the Other Gods dancing upon the peaks of the Dreamlands whom none can behold, the truth of Unknown Kadath (Pegana’s icy god spires), and resonating glimpses within the god Slid — a Thing remade by HPL into Dagon, and Great Cthulhu — alongside secrets of the Elders’ own creator, an Immortal from beyond the Void.

In celebration of Lord Dunsany and H. P. Lovecraft, Wonderland Imprints is proud to present this uniquely illustrated edition of Dunsany’s dark fantasy masterwork. This volume features over 50 full-color plates inspired by Dunsany’s grimoire and the Cthulhu Mythos, as well as the full original tale, edited and illustrated by Kent David Kelly. You will not find this otherworldly art gallery elsewhere from other artists or publishers; I created it uniquely for this book as an experiment in planar lore and immersive storytelling.

Another fine creation from Wonderland Imprints, Only the Finest Works of Fantasy. (17,400 words, 148 pages.)

For the companion work, Oldskull Library: The Call of Cthulhu, see here:

Disclaimer: This product contains assets that were procedurally generated with the aid of creative software powered by machine learning.

The software used to create the raw output of this artwork was Midjourney AI, as prompted and curated by Kent David Kelly. Additional necessary refinement software (“Handcrafted” in DriveThruRPG parlance) used by Kent David Kelly to further customize the individual raw AI outputs included the following, with between four and seven software suites being used per piece: [1] Affinity Photo, [2] ChaiNNer, [3] FaceApp, [4] GFPGAN Inference, [5] Microsoft Picture Manager, [6] Paint Classic, [7] PowerPoint, [8] Python Colaboratory (Colab), [9] PyTorch, and [10] 4x_Deviance_60000G.pth.

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