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Miskatonic Monday - The Art of Richard Taylor

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On Miskatonic Mondays, we celebrate the "weird" fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror that it spawned.

Richard "Dick" Taylor was a famous illustrator for magazines like The New Yorker, Collier's and The Saturday Evening Post since the 1930s. Born in For William, Ontario, he began his career as a cartoonist and comic strip artist in 1920s Toronto. In 1924 he got a job at the Evening Telegram, and created his comic strip 'The Mystery Men', which he signed with Dick. The strip ran for only a couple of months, after which Taylor became a commercial artist in Toronto.

In 1927 he joined the staff of The Goblin as art director. When this magazine folded as a result of the Depression, Taylor contributed to several left-wing publications, including Masses magazine and The Worker (creating the weekly strip 'Dad Plugg'). By 1935 he was hired by Simon & Shuster in New York to work for The New Yorker. He settled in the US in the following year.

Following his stint with The New Yorker, he broke out on his own as a cartoonist for Playboy, and eventually developed cover pieces for the works of our beloved Lovecraft.

Dreams and Fancies by HP LovecraftDreams and Fancies by HP Lovecraft (Sauk City/Arkham House, 1962)

The Mask of Cthulhu by August DerlethThe Mask of Cthulhu by August Derleth (Arkham House, 1958)

The Shuttered Room and Other Pieces by HP Lovecraft and Divers HandsThe Shuttered Room and Other Pieces by HP Lovecraft and Divers Hands (Arkham House, 1959)

The Trail of Cthulhu by August Derleth (Arkham House, 1962)

The Horror From the Hills by Frank Belknap LongThe Horror From the Hills by Frank Belknap Long (Sauk City/Arkham House, 1963)

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