Bait now has a really permanent home

I am pleased to announce that my (very) graphic novella Bait has a permanent Internet Archive home:

Here is the link to the archive page, where you can download the whole graphic novel and all of its pendant art in either CBZ (a comic book archive format similar to ZIP) or as a single big PDF document. You can also read the comic in a nifty screen reader the archive provides (also embedded in small size above). The archive has also auto-converted my uploads into a variety of other formats. The completeness or reliability of these versions is a bit uncertain, but I would welcome reports from anyone who wants to look at them.

At 113 pages and with no fewer than five contributing artists, the assembly and uploading of this version of the comic was an unusual challenge, and it pleases me no end that this particular phase of the Bait project is now complete!

Faustus Crow illustration: The Daughters of Leos

The self-sacrifice of three noble young women saves Athens from plague and famine.

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This is Faustus Crow’s vision of the sacrifice of the daughters of Leos, a piece of Greek mythology they don’t normally teach you about in school, but one cited by the minister in Bait to illustrate the heroism of the three sacrificed women in that story: see the re-numbered Page 83 of Bait. Erosarts’s re-imagining of that scene is straightforward. Here Faustus Crow’s is figurative (consider, for example, the allegorical figures of plague and famine the background from which Athens is to be delivered by the daughters’ sacrifice). You can spend a lot of time hunting for other occult detail here, and I encourage you to do so.

If you’re interested in Faustus Crow’s work you can find a blog by him here (“Faustus Crow: Shaman Chaos Magick”) and a book website here (“Goetia Girls”). If you want a list of his books you can buy there is one at Goodreads or you can just search for his name at Amazon. You can also, as I do, support his extraordinary art on Patreon.

Lucy Fidelis illustration: ama Chiba Moe

Making an octopus friend!

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The fourth and to my mind most fetching of Lucy Fidelis’s pendant illustration to Bait. Chiba Moe, working as an ama, encounters and makes friends with an octopus. As with the others, this illustration is available in high-resolution.

Lucy Fidelis Bait illustration: maker Claudia Honeywood

Building a little robotling!

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The third illustration by Lucy Fidelis pendant to Bait. Claudia Honeywood at her workbench, putting together a little robotling.

Lucy Fidelis Bait illustration: Studious Daphne Bosselseg

Burning the midnight oil in the library

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The second of Lucy Fidelis’s pendant illustrations for Bait, this is Daphne Bosselseg hard at work on her doctoral dissertation in a very famous venue: the Salone di lettura in the Biblioteca Marucelliana in Florence. The image is available in full resolution.

Lucy Fidelis Bait illustration: sleeping Eliza Fanshaw

I don't know where she got that little smudge on her nose.

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This illustration is by our longtime friend Lucy Fidelis. In it, Eliza Fanshaw from Bait sleeps on tangled sheets, the morning light falling across her body, as a kitty dozes beside her. You can download the high-resolution version of the illustration with a right-click and save.

Occult ingestion

A tender morsel is ingested by the tentacle monster

We present another pendant illustration to Bait, this our second illustration by Faustus Crow. There’s a great depth of occult symbolism in this illustration, but rather than pedantically spell it out, I invite you to gaze on it for a while and interpret.

If you’re interested in Faustus Crow’s work you can find a blog by him here (“Faustus Crow: Shaman Chaos Magick”) and a book website here (“Goetia Girls”). If you want a list of his books you can buy there is one at Goodreads or you can just search for his name at Amazon. You can also, as I do, support his extraordinary art on Patreon.

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Navy nurse abducted

Navy nurse abducted and tentacle-penetrated

A second pendant piece of art by Suzarte, this one “Navy Nurse Abducted.”

Suzarte has an online presence at Portfoliobox and you can (as I do) also support him on Patreon.

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Navy nurse seduced

Lured by the tentacles.

Today we introduce a new artist at Erotic Mad Science, Suzarte, whom I have commissioned to do two illustrations imagining the fate of the Navy nurses from Bait who had fatal wartime encounters with the tentacle beast. This illustration is “Navy Nurse Seduction.”

Suzarte has an online presence at Portfoliobox and you can (as I do) also support him on Patreon.

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The Sacrifice of Gigi

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This image is a darker realization of a scene in one of the Fabuale Atroces Fausti, “In the Kitchen with Dolcetta,” which is published in both English and Spanish editions here at Erotic Mad Science. The artist is Faustus Crow, a newcomer to this site but an old hand at the creation of fantasy, sci-fi, and occult art, with a record of publication going at least as far back as the 1980s. In addition to being an exceptionally skillful artist, Faustus Crow is also an expert on the occult, and you can see elements of that expertise in this illustration: Dolcetta holds in her left hand a fork which refers symbolically to the learned demon Furcas, and in her right a carving knife the handle of which is modeled on an Aztec sacrificial knife. (Faustus Crow makes additional pop-surrealist references to Furcas here and here.

If you’re interested in Faustus Crow’s work (and you should be!) you can find a blog by him here (“Faustus Crow: Shaman Chaos Magick”) and a book website here (“Goetia Girls”). If you want a list of his books you can buy there is one at Goodreads or you can just search for his name at Amazon. You can also, as I do, support his extraordinary art on Patreon.