THE DAMAGE MUSEUM
The Damage Museum is the first book that features the art of Vincent Sammy, a freelance illustrator who hails from South Africa and specializes in horror, science fiction and the macabre. This collection includes work that has been printed in publications such as Interzone, Black Static,Something Wicked, Beware the Dark and many other magazines and books. He has provided cover artwork for publishers as varied as NewCon Press, Rosarium Publishing and Thunderstorm Books.
The Damage Museum is a selection of his most disturbing, yet beautiful artwork spanning a period of ten years. Some of the works included in this collection appear here for the first time wrapped in an all new cover. Vincent has been twice nominated for a This Is Horror award.
“A beautiful presentation of one of the hottest artists in the world. Vincent Sammy creates evocative, stunning imagery that alte
rnately soars and tears your heart apart. The Damage Museum is the stunning collection he deserves.”—Pornokitsch
“A beautifully presented collection of images that simultaneously disturb and fascinate. Vincent Sammy is one of the most exciting artists working in the field today, and seeing so much of his work gathered in one place makes for a powerful statement indeed. This is a volume to keep and cherish.”—Ian Whates
The Damage Museum is a dark little horror of an art book. I bought the hardcover version and on the back is a ticket stub, as if we are visitors. The chapters have similar ticket stubs.
It opens with one of my favourite paintings by this artist, “Square One”, which is of a zombified astronaut with an open helmet, her communications equipment dripping with ichor.
This chapbook is for fans of dark science fiction and horror, and if that’s not your bag give it a miss. The bloody sheets of “Skin” will chill your blood. The cephalopod-human hybrids of “Scorpio” and “Cancer” were unsettling, but more interesting than frightening.
“Clostridium” shows classic sci-fi ray-guns, but with melted skin stringing from the clip of a rifle.
There are many more gems, including a painting of Emperor Norton (of America) with an imaginary crown and scepter.
It’s worth your time. Recommended. —Tade Thompson