We finally got our hands on the brand new Necronomicon Pop-Up Book, created by Skinner and Rosston Meyer. In this review we will take a closer look at this unique combination of H. P. Lovecraft’s stories and the Art of Skinner. The Necronomicon Pop-Up Book is the most recent artbook project published by Poposition Press and it comes in two editions: The Earth Dweller Edition and The Elder God Edition. The last one contains gold and silver highlights on the cover, a custom laser etched acrylic slipcase and a signed art print by Skinner himself. You’ll find links to both editions at the bottom of this page. For this video review, we’ve captured the Elder God edition. At the end of the video you’ll also get a glimpse of the goodies that are available like the glow in the dark pins and art prints signed by Skinner.
This pop up tome of unimaginable freakish fright was inspired to become real when Skinner started working with Poposition Press a few years ago as one of the artists featured in the Pop Up Art Book. He saw what was a gateway to potential occult heresies. His horrible rattling maggot mind started to germinate ideas… What could he do to merge his love for disturbing weird horror and his own interest in the macabre pop up arts?
The Necronomicon Pop-Up Book is based on the works of early 20th century writer H. P. Lovecraft. His famous horror fiction tales, published only in pulp magazines, became legendary over years and a great inspiration for many writers, comic artists and illustrators. Lovecraft’s classic horror stories know many adaptations but this one must be the most original and graphic of all!
Colorful close-ups of Skinner’s bizarre artwork captured in 3D pop-up scenes.
For those who are familiar with Skinner’s art, it will be no surprise that this pop-up book is a blast of colors and details. Fluorescent colors create high contrasts with the black outlines and heavy shadows. The details are mindblowing and force you to take a second, third and fourth look at what you’re seeing. There’s so much going on. Overall, Skinner’s artwork and the monsters he created for this horror book are even more haunting than Lovecraft’s stories and that’s exactly what a book with a theme like this needs. A match made in heaven, or maybe hell?
The paper engineering by Rosston Meyer is impressive and makes you wonder how he managed it to pack all that paper into a working pop-up. All spreads include three-dimensional structures that unfold into big and dramatic stages. It’s all build up in layers and structures. The stages and pop-ups are big and contain a lot combined techniques to make everything work. The monsters look amazing and the animation makes it look like they’re growing, crawling or grabbing. It almost literally grabs you by the throat, like one of our favorites, the monster on the Call of Cthulhu spread.
More real than ever
This pop-up book is named after the fictional Necronomicon book, mentioned by Lovecraft in The Hound, and it’s more real than ever. Skinner’s bizarre and psychedelic style reminds us of the classic cartoons and Heavy Metal album artwork from the 80’s. A perfect fit for a horror-themed pop-up like this. Lovecraft’s tales and Skinners artwork combined with Rosston Meyer’s engineering, it all looks amazing.
The Necronomicon pop-up book feels solid and the overall quality is higher than we’re used to.Most pop-ups are very detailed. So detailed that it’s almost hard to tell if they are laser cut or die cut. It’s packed with big pop-ups and all pages contain rotating info cards that you can pull out to read the story that the pop-up is based on. Details like the magnetic cover buckle and the gold and silver highlights on the cover of the Elder God Edition, make this book extra collectible.
Earth Dweller Edition
The Necronomicon Pop-Up book contains five pop-up spreads each of which illustrates key moments in seminal H.P. Lovecraft stories. The Earth Dweller Edition is the normal edition of The Necronomicon Pop-Up Book. More information…
Elder God Edition
The Elder God Edition, Signed by Skinner, includes The Necronomicon Pop-Up Book in a gold/silver foil embossed casewrap, custom laser etched acrylic slipcase and an exclusive ‘Shambling Freak’ 9″ x 12″ art print. More information…
Glow in the Dark Enamel pins
These glow in the dark enamel pins are exclusively designed by Skinner for this pop-up book. Meet Yithian, Cthulhu, Evil Meteor, Elder Thing and Necronomicon! Each pin is available individually or in a set of five.