Creator / Wayne Barlowe

Wayne Douglas Barlowe (1958—) is an American science fiction and fantasy painter and writer with an abiding love of Starfish Aliens. He was employed as a designer on Avatar, and his style is all over Pandoran fauna. His homepage is here.

Works include:

  • Barlowe's Inferno: An illustrated book depicting Barlowe's vision of Hell. Very much inspired by Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy.
  • God's Demon: A sequel to Barlowe's Inferno, telling the story of a demon who seeks God's forgiveness. Very much inspired by John Milton's Paradise Lost.
  • Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials contains his visualizations of different alien life forms from various works of science fiction, with information on their planetary location or range, biology, and behaviors, in the style of a real field guide for animals.
  • Expedition — Being an Account in Words and Artwork of the 2358 A.D. Voyage to Darwin IV: A different approach from the book above, it's an alien life field journal in a setting thought up by the author himself.
  • An Alphabet of Dinosaurs, in which paleontologist Peter Dodson lists a popular or not-so-popular dinosaur for each letter of the alphabet, with basic information on each.

Works with their own pages:

Other works contain examples of:

  • Eldritch Abomination: Barlowe's Inferno has the Abyssals, the native inhabitants of hell... yes, demons were not the first living there, they were cast there and hell already had a natural fauna.
  • Hell: Barlowe's Inferno.
  • Our Souls Are Different: Barlowe's Inferno has a rather terrifying prospect for all human souls who go to hell. Apparently, the underworld does have a food chain, but humans are at the bottom of it. And that's not counting the fact that humans are the main building materials for demons; their livestock, vehicles, and war machines all made out of souls.
  • Two Beings, One Body: In Barlowe's Inferno, Hell is full of this sort of Body Horror. For example, there are vehicles made up of lots of people who've been mashed together so that they now consist of a big mash of flesh walking around on a collection of human legs.