The Macabre Art of Stephen Fabian: The 1970s

We’ve covered a fair amount of Stephen Fabian’s art here on the DMR Blog, but we haven’t spotlighted his horror/weird illustrations…until now. While the 1980s—when Fabian was illustrating everyone from H.P. Lovecraft to Clive Barker to Stephen King—could be considered the highpoint of Stephen’s career as a horror artist, I’ve decided to look at his earlier creepy illos created in the 1970s

Stephen Fabian was selling macabre artworks very early in his career, batting one out of the park with his classic cover for Whispers #2 in 1973. He would go on to do more work for Whispers over the course of that groovy decade, including the first-ever illo for Karl Edward Wagner’s “Sticks.” Stephen did several evocative paintings for Arkham House during that period, as well as covers for Centaur Press and Donald M. Grant. All in all, the 1970s were a great preview of the glorious horror art Mr. Fabian would produce in the 1980s.

Feel free to check out the gallery below.