Horror, Morbid and Mystic Art Pictures


It is true that art communicates what words can not and art is the language that communicates with the soul. Morbid art stands for works that illustrate a very deathly and deathlike mood. It has many variations starting from its gore scenes to its dark and depressed atmosphere – and sometimes its daydreams, night screams, corpses and horrifying imagery.

As such, it has some similarties with the mystic art that is also quite “charismatic” in terms of its themes and motifs. The beauty of mystic art is the simple fact that it captures your attention at the very first glance, provides you with the imagery of something that doesn’t exist, looks surreal or even bizarre and hence impresses you in a very mystifying way.

In this post we present some amazing examples of morbid and mystic art. Hopefully, you’ll love some of them or at least will find them creative or inspirational. Please explore the further works of the artists linked below and also feel free to suggest other artworks in the comments to this post.

You may be interested in the following related posts:

Morbid Art

Following Death2




Free with the Wind6




Love Is Dead In Metropolis10


The Collector12




The Amended16


A Lack of Confidence18


One dead for one survive20


Voices of the Dead22


Feeling Morbid24


Could I Please Come With You 26


The Brighter Side of Suffering28


Sometimes even angels feel worthless…30


Morbid ECCENTRIC Beauty32


Dead Tree34


The Morbid Machine36


Morbid World38


Til Death 40




Morbid Desire44


Down The Drain46


I will play for you, a last lullaby48


Sea Monster50




Death is an Angel54
Death is an angel with two faces: To us he turns / A face of terror, blighting all things fair; / The other burns / With glory of the stars, and love is there.


Mystic Art







Mystic Serenity62


Mystic Calamity64


The Amethyst Mystic66


Mystic Cave68




The dragons maid 72


Faith of the Heart74


This is not my Way76


Shining Moon, Mystic Island78


The Mysterious Disappearance80


Mysterious Moon82


Stairway to Heaven84


Queen of wind86


As if the life88


Bread of Shame90


Mystic Sorceress92


The Mystic 94


Mystic wood 96


Into the Mystic 98


Spirit of the Mist100




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  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/03/20/30-beautiful-surreal-and-dark-art-pictures/
  2. 2 http://morbidiamorthel.deviantart.com/art/Following-Death-70101437
  3. 3 http://morbidiamorthel.deviantart.com/art/Following-Death-70101437
  4. 4 http://amalthee.deviantart.com/art/Bloodbath-30357739
  5. 5 http://amalthee.deviantart.com/art/Bloodbath-30357739
  6. 6 http://abacrombie.deviantart.com/art/Free-with-the-wind-20241322
  7. 7 http://abacrombie.deviantart.com/art/Free-with-the-wind-20241322
  8. 8 http://mindsiphon.deviantart.com/art/love-7232699
  9. 9 http://mindsiphon.deviantart.com/art/love-7232699
  10. 10 http://poerti.deviantart.com/art/Love-Is-Dead-In-Metropolis-61922264
  11. 11 http://poerti.deviantart.com/art/Love-Is-Dead-In-Metropolis-61922264
  12. 12 http://wilderwein77.deviantart.com/art/The-Collector-59779207
  13. 13 http://wilderwein77.deviantart.com/art/The-Collector-59779207
  14. 14 http://mredgar.deviantart.com/art/dead-79400802
  15. 15 http://mredgar.deviantart.com/art/dead-79400802
  16. 16 http://kris-wilson.deviantart.com/art/The-Amended-55496216
  17. 17 http://kris-wilson.deviantart.com/art/The-Amended-55496216
  18. 18 http://thorcx.deviantart.com/art/A-Lack-of-Confidence-102328851
  19. 19 http://thorcx.deviantart.com/art/A-Lack-of-Confidence-102328851
  20. 20 http://vic-mon.deviantart.com/art/one-dead-for-one-survive-71277207
  21. 21 http://vic-mon.deviantart.com/art/one-dead-for-one-survive-71277207
  22. 22 http://vvbornofdesirevv.deviantart.com/art/Voices-of-the-Dead-18855693
  23. 23 http://vvbornofdesirevv.deviantart.com/art/Voices-of-the-Dead-18855693
  24. 24 http://kuu-ish.deviantart.com/art/Feeling-Morbid-ty-39650642
  25. 25 http://kuu-ish.deviantart.com/art/Feeling-Morbid-ty-39650642
  26. 26 http://kheelan.deviantart.com/art/Could-I-Please-Come-With-You-1693216
  27. 27 http://kheelan.deviantart.com/art/Could-I-Please-Come-With-You-1693216
  28. 28 http://headz.deviantart.com/art/The-Brighter-Side-of-Suffering-104192959
  29. 29 http://headz.deviantart.com/art/The-Brighter-Side-of-Suffering-104192959
  30. 30 http://fallnangeltears.deviantart.com/art/Worthless-35211693
  31. 31 http://fallnangeltears.deviantart.com/art/Worthless-35211693
  32. 32 http://thedarkcloak.deviantart.com/art/morbid-ECCENTRIC-beauty-6806788
  33. 33 http://thedarkcloak.deviantart.com/art/morbid-ECCENTRIC-beauty-6806788
  34. 34 http://intano.deviantart.com/art/Dead-Tree-96627643
  35. 35 http://intano.deviantart.com/art/Dead-Tree-96627643
  36. 36 http://skatefreak14.deviantart.com/art/The-Morbid-Machine-70926407
  37. 37 http://skatefreak14.deviantart.com/art/The-Morbid-Machine-70926407
  38. 38 http://goregath.deviantart.com/art/Morbid-World-48320545
  39. 39 http://goregath.deviantart.com/art/Morbid-World-48320545
  40. 40 http://deathtoll1912.deviantart.com/art/Til-Death-98437059
  41. 41 http://deathtoll1912.deviantart.com/art/Til-Death-98437059
  42. 42 http://aftab318.deviantart.com/art/Psycho-38813115
  43. 43 http://aftab318.deviantart.com/art/Psycho-38813115
  44. 44 http://15fathoms-counting.deviantart.com/art/morbid-desire-115577326
  45. 45 http://15fathoms-counting.deviantart.com/art/morbid-desire-115577326
  46. 46 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ditocujo/2481487678/sizes/l/in/pool-1011857@N21/
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ditocujo/2481487678/sizes/l/in/pool-1011857@N21/
  48. 48 http://misslyka.deviantart.com/art/Lullaby-48244022
  49. 49 http://misslyka.deviantart.com/art/Lullaby-48244022
  50. 50 http://kittiquin.deviantart.com/art/Sea-Monster-116359147
  51. 51 http://kittiquin.deviantart.com/art/Sea-Monster-116359147
  52. 52 http://vileation.deviantart.com/art/DEAD-85536756
  53. 53 http://vileation.deviantart.com/art/DEAD-85536756
  54. 54 http://sya.deviantart.com/art/Death-is-an-Angel-10040558
  55. 55 http://sya.deviantart.com/art/Death-is-an-Angel-10040558
  56. 56 http://engelszorn.deviantart.com/art/Shaman-90904717
  57. 57 http://engelszorn.deviantart.com/art/Shaman-90904717
  58. 58 http://gallery.psdmag.org/displayimage.php?album=toprated&cat=0&pos=3
  59. 59 http://gallery.psdmag.org/displayimage.php?album=toprated&cat=0&pos=3
  60. 60 http://bitchinblack.deviantart.com/art/I-L-L-U-M-I-N-A-T-I-O-N-50686932
  61. 61 http://bitchinblack.deviantart.com/art/I-L-L-U-M-I-N-A-T-I-O-N-50686932
  62. 62 http://kayla-ki.deviantart.com/art/Mystic-Serenity-32050374
  63. 63 http://kayla-ki.deviantart.com/art/Mystic-Serenity-32050374
  64. 64 http://hybridgothica.deviantart.com/art/Mystic-Calamity-100680311
  65. 65 http://hybridgothica.deviantart.com/art/Mystic-Calamity-100680311
  66. 66 http://arien.deviantart.com/art/The-Amethyst-Mystic-104975695
  67. 67 http://arien.deviantart.com/art/The-Amethyst-Mystic-104975695
  68. 68 http://shaggy6963.deviantart.com/art/mystic-cave-109929444
  69. 69 http://shaggy6963.deviantart.com/art/mystic-cave-109929444
  70. 70 http://shinybinary.deviantart.com/art/Mystic-89107451
  71. 71 http://shinybinary.deviantart.com/art/Mystic-89107451
  72. 72 http://greenfeed.deviantart.com/art/the-dragons-maid-73600108
  73. 73 http://greenfeed.deviantart.com/art/the-dragons-maid-73600108
  74. 74 http://iardacil.deviantart.com/art/Faith-of-the-Heart-78903691
  75. 75 http://iardacil.deviantart.com/art/Faith-of-the-Heart-78903691
  76. 76 http://mysweetdarkness.deviantart.com/art/This-is-not-my-Way-42813816
  77. 77 http://mysweetdarkness.deviantart.com/art/This-is-not-my-Way-42813816
  78. 78 http://jjcheddar77.deviantart.com/art/Shining-Moon-Mystic-Island-93637200
  79. 79 http://jjcheddar77.deviantart.com/art/Shining-Moon-Mystic-Island-93637200
  80. 80 http://temporary-peace.deviantart.com/art/The-Mysterious-Disappearance-56046565
  81. 81 http://temporary-peace.deviantart.com/art/The-Mysterious-Disappearance-56046565
  82. 82 http://christel-b.deviantart.com/art/Mysterious-Moon-71406735
  83. 83 http://christel-b.deviantart.com/art/Mysterious-Moon-71406735
  84. 84 http://endelva.deviantart.com/art/Stairway-to-Heaven-16850624
  85. 85 http://endelva.deviantart.com/art/Stairway-to-Heaven-16850624
  86. 86 http://adunio.deviantart.com/art/Queen-of-wind-75645657
  87. 87 http://adunio.deviantart.com/art/Queen-of-wind-75645657
  88. 88 http://drezdany.deviantart.com/art/As-if-the-life-65695382
  89. 89 http://drezdany.deviantart.com/art/As-if-the-life-65695382
  90. 90 http://wolfmorphine.deviantart.com/art/Bread-of-Shame-92192794
  91. 91 http://wolfmorphine.deviantart.com/art/Bread-of-Shame-92192794
  92. 92 http://bart666.deviantart.com/art/Mystic-Sorceress-75659787
  93. 93 http://bart666.deviantart.com/art/Mystic-Sorceress-75659787
  94. 94 http://xxwarbladexx.deviantart.com/art/The-Mystic-47199678
  95. 95 http://xxwarbladexx.deviantart.com/art/The-Mystic-47199678
  96. 96 http://moonchild-ljilja.deviantart.com/art/Mystic-wood-110223185
  97. 97 http://moonchild-ljilja.deviantart.com/art/Mystic-wood-110223185
  98. 98 http://nighty.deviantart.com/art/Into-the-Mystic-4079312
  99. 99 http://nighty.deviantart.com/art/Into-the-Mystic-4079312
  100. 100 http://ceara-finn24.deviantart.com/art/Spirit-of-the-Mist-104638055
  101. 101 http://ceara-finn24.deviantart.com/art/Spirit-of-the-Mist-104638055
  102. 102 http://fevereon.deviantart.com/art/Mystic-22283378
  103. 103 http://fevereon.deviantart.com/art/Mystic-22283378
  104. 104 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/03/20/30-beautiful-surreal-and-dark-art-pictures/

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Aquil Akhter is a web graphic designer and has been working in this field for 8 years. He also runs the blog webdesigncore.com, which focuses on free web resources and inspiration for designers and developers.

  1. 1


    Either unsubscribe or contribute. Simple innit!

    Keep it up SM

  2. 52

    I am against on many of the comments above… I am a regular visitor of SmashingMagazine because I love the diversified content that they bring for us everyday…What I understand that they have to cater a very large audience and to make them feel happy and satisfied SM has to really work hard and to find an amazing and mindblowing topic every time. I still appreciate the SM for this post because these are the truly inspirational art work.

    If you guys don’t like anything, this does not mean it is not good. This is art and SM is all about ARTS and Designs and all of these pictures has been created and painted by any digital artist. I appreciate them all to create something different and specially give credit to SM that they give a chance to these artist to featured here. SM, please keep posting all types of arts that can give us an idea and inspire us.

    ************ YOU GUYS ARE DOING WONDERFUL ************

  3. 103

    I love the “the collector” and “shaman” very inspirational and artistic post

  4. 154

    No more of this rubbish please, there’s enough of this teenage, goth claptrap all over the web without you indulging in it. What next glittery angels or poems stating “no-one understands me..”?

    Spare me!

    Smashing is usually a great design magazine, a pearl amongst swine, please strive to keep it that way!

  5. 205

    This style of artwork doesn’t really interest me. We live in a society that is desensitized to violence and disturbing imagery. To be effective this art needs to shock us into the the emotions of fear, anxiety, repulsion and sadness. This stuff just fails to really to cross the threshold in to imagery that is truly disturbing and demented.

    That being said the comments have been very entertaining.

    Keep up the good work SM. But, I hope to see posts on relevant and useful design in the future.

  6. 256

    I don’t really know what to think of this post. It is more deviant art than design if that makes sense. I guess it could be inspiring to some people.

    Thanks SM…cheers!

  7. 307

    I agree that SM is big on inspiration, but when I looked at this list, I was thinking how many better images i have seen on DA that fits this exact topic, some of these are terrible. It would be one thing to have a awesome collection of this “Horror, Morbid and Mystic” art, but what i shown here, is average at best.

  8. 358

    thank u very much

  9. 409

    I like these galleries you usually post here for inspiration, but I thought this one is weak. Most of the pictures are not well-done, far from beeing professional.
    I hope next galleries are better than this. :-)

  10. 460

    a couple of good ones, but mostly cheesy.

  11. 511

    Well…. as someone who LOVES anything dark, be it books, movies, paintings etc… these pretty much suck. I have a hard drive full of images that I have taken from the internets since the day I could, and boy… these are horrible (mostly). The problem is that most of this art is really tough to take seriously, as it’s some 14 year old girl who is using Photoshop to make herself look like a vampire, or the whole broken heart thing.

    Hence a lot of these look very amateurish, and are FAR from inspiring.

    How about Friedrich’s “Cloister Graveyard in the Snow”, anything by Royo (or other Heavy Metal style artists who use PS to enhance some of their newer artwork), or focusing on websites?

    I love you guys, and I think a lot of the above posters were out of line, but seriously…. it looks like someone was told “find dark art, you might check on Deviant Art” and came up with this.


  12. 562


    April 6, 2009 6:57 am

    To the complainers above who say that SM is all inspirational posts lately and we need more tutorials or articles that show us tips, etc. Do you mean posts like “8 Simple Ways to Improve Typography In Your Designs”, “Handy Tweaks To Make GIMP Replace Photoshop”, or “10 Simple and Impressive Design Techniques” ? Just wondering, I could find more examples but I was lazy and just went to the homepage…

    Seriously, if you don’t like it, don’t read it. Nobody is forcing you to visit this site, and the occasional inspirational post shouldn’t drive you to post a foul-mouthed comment telling other people how to run their website, *especially* when it’s just because the content of the post isn’t based on your personal preference. Really you should be out finding a way to relieve some of that built up stress.

  13. 613

    “Queen of wind” reminds me Sharon den Adel of Within Temptation.


  14. 664

    Nice subject !!!
    great collection tank you

  15. 715

    First of all there’s no reason to get all up in arms and use profanity to express your opinion.

    Secondly, much of this post does indeed seem lazily created and compiled, and very much cliched.

    Thirdly, I come to SM to learn. I think posts like this should be reduced to once every week or two at the most – more often if you can fin truly advanced artwork, but for mediocre stuff like this, much less often.

    But that’s just imo.

  16. 766

    its about time you got a little goth!
    Nice post, the effects on the photos themselves arent that great, but a photo is meant to convey a message and evoke an emotion and these photos certainly do that.

  17. 817

    I really like some of those.

    You should have included some of this guys stuff too:

    and http://gsc3d.deviantart.com/art/New-Eye-2-41247784

    should both be looked at using DAs full view.

  18. 868

    I know this sounds terribly uninformed, but, as I’m no artists (not even by a long shot!), how are these done? Is this something that is usually hand-drawn then altered in photoshop or is it 100% digitally created artwork?

  19. 919

    So pretty much all of these feel like they were made by some angsty college freshmen who took his first design course and just learned photoshop. I concur with many of the previous negative reviews posted here. Almost none of this could be considered groundbreaking in any way and I’m more upset than inspired.

    It seems you are trying to update very frequently to keep people interested. However in trying to do so alot of bad tuts and images have made there way onto this site.

    Quality over quantity.

  20. 970

    Aurore Bourgeois

    April 6, 2009 9:41 am

    I love Smashing Magazine but in first time this post is not good for me. This pictures are not always good quality…

    (sorry if i don’t write english very well)

  21. 1021

    Well, not my kind of art nor Post, but I know that I am very capable of find some inspiration in this pix. And that’s kinda the point…

  22. 1072

    I love all the pictures here. Great selection!

  23. 1123

    I’mlosing faith in smashingmagazine. Looks like they are not even trying anymore and are just browsing the whats new section over at deviantart. Half of those pictures are not impressive at all. I could name several artists from the top of my head that deserve more recognition than these guys.

  24. 1174

    Hate to say it but most of these are pretty cheesy. Love Smashing though.

  25. 1225

    Love it. As a web designer and horror fan, I fully appreciate the posting.

  26. 1276

    Ehhhhh. Contrived and cliched at best. Beksinski puts every one of these to shame with just one of his illustrations.

  27. 1327

    Woops, double post.

  28. 1378

    Wow, look, a bunch of awful Photoshop “art”! God I hate this stuff. It reminds me of middle school.

  29. 1429

    If you really want to see some dark art, just search for some Seth Siro Anton gallery. He’s probably the best artist in this area.

  30. 1480

    DeviantART Anime drawings? Really? 3-4 pics are great but the weakly drawn anime and cheap photoshop layer meshups embarass this Article.

    And I’m dissapointed that there is no beksinski on the list.

  31. 1531

    I agree with UGH. Lame post. Not relevant to what this site is supposed to be about. I don’t come here for this kind of art, and a lot of it i can’t even call art, its just so bad.

  32. 1582

    anybody remember brittle-bones.com? It’s coming back.

  33. 1633

    The few really nice pieces shown here are completely lost in all the pure mediocrity. I’m fine with collection/gallery posts, I really like them usually, but too much of this one is just BAD. Poor execution + high school cliches. No thanks!

  34. 1684

    Uuuhm. Yes.

    This was cool.

    Cynicism is an ugly disease, people. This isn’t your site. This isn’t digg. So fuck off or enjoy it!

  35. 1735

    Awesome gallery! i love it when you post some great illustration, i find it inspiring. Please keep on doing it!!! :)

  36. 1786

    “One dead for one survive” reminds me of “secret window”, a small window open to a small garden below where he buried her body…

  37. 1837
  38. 1888

    Why do you keep filtering negative comments about this gallery … ??

  39. 1939

    This is not my Way” the best one, I have been much inspired by it, realy very conceptual & awesome artwork
    One of the great post of SM!

  40. 1990

    or This is pehle bhi ” he use bhi lagado
    “This is not my Way” the best one, I have been much inspired by it, realy very conceptual & awesome artwork
    One of the great post of SM!

  41. 2041

    “This is not my Way” the best one, I have been much inspired by it, realy very conceptual & awesome artwork One of the great post of SM!

  42. 2092

    Probably the worst, most pointless post Smashing have ever published.

    Keep this up and you’ll lose a reader.

    I thought this was a web design blog?

  43. 2143

    The First Half of the Article is amazing !!!!
    Kuddos to Smashing !

  44. 2194

    Fuckin awesome, love em. But as usual, more negative criticizm from people who apperently created the universe.

  45. 2245

    Simply beautiful artworks, Tiago Duarte’s artworks and best of one, i am big fan of him…

  46. 2296

    I like “Free with the Wind”, “The Mysterious Disappearance” and “Love” the love one looks very much like HR GIGER, But the rest are really bad

  47. 2347

    Quite a collection… Some of them are bad, some are excellent. It seems to me this is more “Weird, Confusing and Irritating Photography” than the original. :)

  48. 2398

    Jonnathan Moore

    April 8, 2009 3:33 am

    It looks very creative and exquisite to me. Although, it could be horrifying for someone but still contains a very vivid message wrapped delicately in art and creativity. I appreciate the working and selection of such unseen images and ideas.

  49. 2449

    I will take look in this list if a new amok happens ;-) … people who like this kind of pseudo-art have mostly not even seen once a dead body.

    I would send them all to Irak or to rescue dead bodies after an earthquake, or a tsunami, and see how “amazing”, “inspiring”, or whatever the whole thing is.

    I picture this guys as a whole bunch of nerds with a lot pickles and black garments.

  50. 2500

    lame pics.


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