Thursday, April 29, 2010

Valley of the Worm — unpublished painting

Originally intended for the Subterranean Press edition of Crimson Shadows, this is an unpublished painting of Niord and the "Worm" from Robert E. Howard's epic 1934 story, "The Valley of the Worm."

We painted this large, 30 × 40" in oil on canvas, and had an impossible time finding a local photographer who could make a chrome for us. We eventually gave up and painted a completely different, smaller version on illustration board at 12 × 16", which could be laid on a scanner, and eventually became the version published in the book. Illustrator, Boris Vallejo (who also happens to be a camera buff), was kind enough to later help us take a picture of this large, previously unseen canvas, using a digital camera (click on the image to see larger).

When we lived in Los Angeles, getting large paintings photographed was never a problem, but in Pittsburgh it's still an issue we haven't solved to our satisfaction.


  1. Pittsburgh Custom Darkroom
    521 East Ohio Street
    Pitt, PA 15212
    (412) 321-2100

    I used them for the last few years I was in Pitt. They do great work! Tell Stuart I sent ya!

  2. OOPS!!! That's a wonderful piece, btw!!!

  3. Thanks, Joe! That's a great compliment coming from you. We also really appreciate the tip on the Pittsburgh Custom Darkroom. We will definitely give them a call -- and say, "Joe sent us!"