Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Lythande and the Pit of Hell
Here's Lythande again, Marion Zimmer Bradley's cross-dressing magic user. This time she's gazing down into what ignorant villagers believe is the entrance to Hell. In reality, as I dimly recall the story, it was something more prosaic such as a natural gas leak in an earth crater. This kind of thing does occur and it looks like a hell pit to onlookers. Somewhere this story and my art are stashed away in a closet which also resembles a portal to Hell though a dusty and paper-crumbly one rather than a hell of gas and fire.
Meanwhile it's back to the old family house for more toil and clearing, and I don't know how long it will take. So posting here will either be on hold or will appear sporadically.
"Lythande and the Pit of Hell" is black ink on illustration board, about 6 1/2" x 6 1/2",
winter 1995. Published in "Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine," 1995.