Fantasy Laboratories In Art And Illustration

Frank Papé from Anatole France’s ‘At The Sign of the Reine Pedaque’. Caption reads: ‘You are my salamander!’
‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King’ Illustration by A. Scheiner, 1924
1930 June, Fortune Magazine cover by Walter Buehr
Startling Stories, August 1953 Vol. 30, No. 3
Startling Stories, August 1953 Vol. 30, No. 3
Argosy Magazine February 24 1940
N.C. WYETH, The Alchemist, 1937
Fujimoto from Ponyo
Alarming Tales September 1958 Half Man Half What?
My Image of Evil from Baffling Mysteries magazine May 1953
Alarming Tales
from Baffling Mysteries November 1951
Anton Pieck 1895-1987 An apothecary
Anton Pieck (Dutch, 1895-1987) An Illustration for ‘The Arabian Nights’ The 27st Night, The Story of the Jewish Doctor (n.d.)
Steel engraving of The Village Doctor, from the September 1867 issue of The Lady’s Friend
Harry McNaught (1923 – 2020) The Golden Book of Science For Boys and Girls

On paper, things look fine. Sam Dennon recently inherited significant wealth from his uncle. As a respected architect, Sam spends his days thinking about the family needs and rich lives of his clients. But privately? Even his enduring love of amateur astronomy is on the wane. Sam has built a sustainable-architecture display home for himself but hasn’t yet moved into it, preferring to sleep in his cocoon of a campervan. Although they never announced it publicly, Sam’s wife and business partner ended their marriage years ago due to lack of intimacy, leaving Sam with the sense he is irreparably broken.

Now his beloved uncle has died. An intensifying fear manifests as health anxiety, with night terrors from a half-remembered early childhood event. To assuage the loneliness, Sam embarks on a Personal Happiness Project:

1. Get a pet dog

2. Find a friend. Just one. Not too intense.




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