This numbered edition Acrylic Glass Print, designed by William King, comes with a numbered and signed certificate of authenticity. Printed on archival-quality photo paper mounted on the back of a 1/8" thick, clear acrylic substrate, this artwork comes ready to hang on a wire attached to a wooden frame fixed on the back.
INNSMOUTH. Massachusetts town at the mouth of the Manuxet River. At one time the town was a thriving seaport, but today it is almost deserted. Innsmouth was founded in 1643, quickly becoming a major center of commerce upon the Atlantic due to its large harbor. Ships from this town sailed all over the world, bringing back goods from many ports of call. During the war of 1812, the captains of Innsmouth turned privateer and attacked the British fleet. Half of Innsmouth's sailors perished during skirmishes with the enemy, marking the end of the town's prosperity. After the war, Innsmouth's revenue came mainly from the mills built on the banks of the Manuxet and Captain Obed Marsh's successful trading ventures in the Indies. Around 1840, Marsh lost a source of the gold upon which he had depended, and the town's economy spiralled downward. It was around this time that Marsh began the Esoteric Order of Dagon, a cult based on a combination of Scripture and the beliefs of the Polynesian islanders Obed Marsh had visited. Some whispered that Marsh's Order worshiped darker gods, and the Order's nocturnal trips to Devil's Reef are legendary. 1846 was the year of the Innsmouth plague. The exact disease responsible has never been identified, though it might have been a malady brought to the town on one of the remaining traders. What precisely happened during the plague remains a mystery, though evidently rioting and looting were widespread. When visitors from neighboring villages arrived, they found half of the town's people dead and Obed Marsh and his Order in firm control of the town. Despite Innsmouth's curious newfound wealth in fishing and gold refining, the town's fortunes continued to decline. Also, degenerative traits began to turn up in the resident's children, most likely the aftereffects of the plague. During the Civil War, the town was unable to meet its quota of draftees due to these widespread deformities. Innsmouth remained under the Marsh family's rule for many years and over time became shunned by the people of the surrounding countryside. This state of affairs continued until 1927, when the government launched an investigation into supposed bootlegging taking place in the town. This inquiry culminated in a raid in mid-February, 1928, in which Federal Agents dynamited many of the town's abandoned buildings, disbanded the Esoteric Order of Dagon, and removed the bulk of Innsmouth's population to military prisons. Rumours persist that a submarine fired torpedoes off of Devil's Reef at an unknown target. The Innsmouth residents remained at the camps until the Forties, but rumour has it that many are still kept at secret government facilities. Accounts of Innsmouth after this disaster have become muddled. It might have become a ghost town, the home of an innovative software company taking the industry by storm, an abandoned area under military quarantine, or a tourist trap filled with historical exhibits and ghastly museums. The Plastic Wax Factory, purveyors of intricate and fine molten effigies. All your gods, demons, monsters and creatures of the abyss to Leech Lords of the Cthulhu mythos, witches, warlocks, and lunatic residents of asylums the world over still murmuring their arcane incantations. Plus the odd tome, sigil, place of interest and manifestations of magical mumblings amongst the cursed. All are represented here in glorious molten plastic wax, set alight and melted into puddles of primordial grotesquerie. Recommended for the mad and delirious and those fine folks from Leeds, Hull and Scarborough.
Scarborough, United Kingdom