Friday, October 31, 2008

SotW: Black Annis

Sisterhood of the Witches
Hi guys,

today's witch is a legend in the UK that goes back in centuries and centuries...


Black Annis
She took the form of a one eyed wizened crone, immensely strong with sharp tearing teeth, long black claws and a blue face. She was said to hide in a giant oak, long since felled, that was once the remnants of a great forest, which covered the area. From this lofty perch she would leap out and eviscerate unwary travellers.

Although partial to all human flesh she took particular delight in eating young children, whom she flayed alive. She then hung their skins like a grisly trophy upon the walls of a cave known as Black Annis' Bower. She is said to have created the cave with her bare hands tearing through the rock with her iron claws.
(from Mysterious Britain and Ireland)

Have a great and safe Halloween, everyone :D


"Sisterhood of the Witches" © 2008 Francesco Francavilla


ilia said...

this is your best post ever. the consistency of quality, composition, the clean lines, etc. "freaking" amazing. i am blown away.

Francesco Francavilla said...

WOW, Ilia, that's very kind of you to say :) Believe it or not, it might have took less time than the others, mostly because I didn't pack it with too many elements so the composition was "simpler" in a certain way. Thank you for the kind words, my friend :)


rory said...

Nice image, and that's a story I'd not heard before, pretty creepy.

Dave_Flora said...


Now you're going to have me checking under my bed for witches, Francesco! Well done!

P.S. Thanks for the kind words about the Sgt. Zero piece I did!

Francesco Francavilla said...

Thank you, Rory, and I am building a knowledge about these stories myself since I started this ;)
Thanks, Dave, but I thought the one living under the bed are monsters not witches ;) BTW compliments for Sgt Zero were well deserved because it looks great :)