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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.

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Morbid Art Link

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 Link







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

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    I hate these pointless “gallery” posts where all you do is find a shitload of vaguely related JPG’s, slap three vague adjectives to the front, and call it content. Who do you think you’re helping with this? You don’t actually post any tutorials with it, so it’s not helping anyone become a better designer/illustrator. The worst part is, some of these are just fucking AWFUL.

    What happened to this site? It’s just “inspiration” post after “inspiration” post. That’s not what SM is supposed to be; there are a lot of other websites that designers use for inspiration like FFFFOUND and DYT, and they all do a much better job than just posting shit they found on Deviant Art. This site was about supplying you with resources and information to “make your life easier”, not supplying us with lousy lookbooks.

    Please, take this site back to the days when it was about helping people become better designers and developers instead of these lazy, horse shit gallery posts.

  2. 2

    You guys above need to seriously relax. Let’s see you guys maintain a site of this magnitude. I am sure that you wouldn’t find it that easy to do everything the public expects. After all though, smashing magazine is also known for its inspiration posts. If you don’t want to become inspired by dark imagery then you have no business wasting your time in this post and complaining about it.

    Who cares if its two inspirational posts in a row…honestly…

  3. 3

    Agreed. This is really not up to par with even mediocre posts of the past. The majority of these samples are cliche and hardly thought provoking or inspirational.

    This post might have been salvageable if some time and work had gone into picking the handful of pieces that were passable and explaining why they might be considered inspirational or at least worth noting/not flipping by.

    On whether or not this is laziness… It sure seems like it. I speculate that it’s merely an idea for a semi-regular installment that just doesn’t fit with the overall concept/focus of the site. I hope it either gets tightened up or discarded. As some of the other other new additions (Ask Smashing Magazine) are great additions. Thanks for the great work otherwise everyone. I do love hitting this site up for the great tutorials, tips, and inspiration.

  4. 4

    In an evil world, evil is attractive. Attractive enough to grace the pages of the mainstream SM. This is just an example of how complacent the world is with evil. It is so irresistible isn’t it? So was the fruit which Eve ate in the Garden.

  5. 5

    Awesome post.
    Hey UGH (post 5) Get out of here you wuss!

  6. 6

    SCARY!!!! But brilliant!
    Nice list, indeed!

    • 7

      hey guys, those pictures were gorgeous. i love them. i have never seen so many emotions in one image, some of those pictures just made me happy as hell because now i know im not that only one with those intrests. but i have too go to class now. so thanks

  7. 8

    Leland Clemmons

    April 5, 2009 4:27 pm

    Meh. Some of them are truly outstanding, but the majority seems to follow the usual pattern of “horror” art.

  8. 9

    I think that the art is both macabre and beautiful. People that have the ability to express their emotions with this kind of work are lucky and gifted. Some very poignant works.

  9. 10

    Aquí faltan Dave McKean y Sergey Belov.

  10. 11

    I pretty much agree with the guy above I’m afraid… some of the art is good, granted, but some of it’s really weak and cliched, and these posts do come across as lazy.

  11. 12

    Bread of Shame that’s a nice one I like it. I like them all

  12. 13

    Someone needs to flip-horizontal that “Last Lullaby” picture. The violin is in the wrong hand.

  13. 14

    Love it! some cool stuff on here

  14. 15

    honestly, i’m also agree with UGH

    most of the content this time is not that impressive.
    Instead why don’t you post horror style website such as corpse bride, gothica, hellboy and so on.

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    One word, “LAZY”.

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    I like to go to websites that I usually frequent and complain when they do not tell me how to better my life, even though I will only use that knowledge to try and impress people at parties who will most certainly go unimpressed if I am not present. I am a designer and need a website to tell me how to become a better designer because I am terrible. When you guys don’t tell me these things, it makes me look awful and it is all your fault. I hate smashing magazine and any website that brings peoples awesome looking art (but not as good as mine) to a wider audience so they can be appreciated. Where’s my appreciation?! HUH?! LOOK AT ME! somebody….please…

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    Repeat of comment #5, more or less. Please stop these kinds of posts. Once a month maybe.

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    yeah, unfortunately very weak !!! Would be better if you put a bit effort and look for related artist portfolios – not just deviantart links

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    1. Nick (post 16) you are impolite, it is not good.
    2. The content of the post has two sides (fmy personal opinion): how it was done – it is wonderful in most of works and I wish I could make such the works and the second side is the themes of presented works – for those who deal, for example with black metal and gothic music, it may look pretty boring , because I did not notice very fresh themes. I have a collection of about 4 thousand black metal and gothic bands CDs and saw these motives thousands times, and nothing changes – same gothic castles, graves, mist, violins, nice long haired girls, blood, skulls… But for the people who are not involved too much into black metal/gothic scene it may look awesome, intriguing, fresh and beautiful. May be, somebody saw just for the first time such a big collection of horror art, presented in this post and got the whole bunch of great emotions and inspiration and ideas… Do not judge so that you will not be judged… you know…

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    Sergio Ordoñez

    April 5, 2009 8:55 pm

    I partialy agree with the comments above , the issue is not the gallery post but the content. Im my opinion some of the artwork are quite weak.

    The thing is, if you want to do gallery posts, please do a good research and impress us as usual.

  21. 22

    Liked it!
    Good post.

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    Hey, if you’re going to post something, make it useful — or at the very least uplifting. This is just negative nihilism. Just the thing for a Sunday. And a waste of bandwidth too. Smashing is better than this, much better. Did you let some tatted pierced intern have the password or what?

  23. 24

    You know, you might want to remember that “If you don’t have anything to say, don’t say anything.”

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    Maza nahi aya

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    I am going with krishna “MAZA NAHI AYA” means its not what i am looking from SM guys :(

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    Not really my kind of subject, its a little to gory. On the other side, It was nice seeing something Different though.

    I did find myself wishing for maybe a tutorial or 2 out of the post, but hey its Sunday, I am off and don’t have to practice!


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    These are really stunning photos i have ever seen specially “Could I Please Come With You” and “Till death” are very conceptual artworks,

    thanx for sharing

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    Hi, Your posts are rocking –
    Also i am Addicted to your blog.

    Cool , keep it up.

  29. 30

    Worst smashing post ever!

    99 % Cheap photoshop effects used to create corny images… Most suck horribly… Get back to the quality Smashing had one year ago; do one great great great post a weak instead of three of these horrible posts a day!

  30. 31

    good showcase … but in monday morning …

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    As for things you guys missed out on, try some Natalie Shau

  32. 33

    sorry guys, I agree with #29, this was really weak… In such a fucking violent world like ours, why do we need more bad images like these? and on Monday morning…


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    Nice dead list!

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    This is a matter of taste I guess and it is not my taste.

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    look for more dark art:

  36. 37

    I think you’ve missed someone here. Linda Bergkvist is one the current greats. Spoiled is a great example of her work.

  37. 38

    Nice work (if you like it) but is not my style. Dark art.

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    Personnaly, I am not over keen on this style of work, however I am sure there are some that are….

    To me it is all a bit WOW fantasy rubbish or just mentalists having a bad day and not that interesting…

    However each to there own.

    SM you have done many better articles.

  39. 40

    Nice subject !!!
    For mystic art, i have a reference…
    Do you Know “Boris Vallejo” ?


  40. 41

    SM should be careful with this gallery etc. most viewers here are designers. this for example. not inspiration as for me. other “horror” “morbid” looks kinda lame…

    i just got one fav though- Into the Mystic

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    Massimo Nastasi

    April 6, 2009 12:59 am

    Very nice gallery, thank you

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    Cool Art.. I liked the Horror and Mystic ones..
    Nice Smashing Post :P

  43. 44

    If You are posting thematic works, You should at least pick the best ones, not just some crap. Some of this pictures are above average, the rest is shit.

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    +1 for post #19 & 42
    Not talking about SM, which i like and will continue reading despite this kind of posts, most of those pics are definitely poor, non horrific, non morbid… not even talking about the “mystic” ones, for it is essentially a matter of taste (I really HATE those).
    Remember me of teenage photoshop fan art you can find on loads of RPG forums.

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    Most of them are not particularly impressive. Looks like a 5′ Google/Deviantart search job instead of digging deeper to find some true gems. An inspirational post should be, er … inspirational. Some additional links to tuts would make these post much more valuable.

  46. 47

    Crap in 90%: Naive, lame in work, cheap thrills. I’m pretty sure most of Smashing readers can do better.
    Shame on You S’mag…

  47. 48

    These are highschool, emo, retarded shit pieces of shit. Seriously, this artwork has no real emotion it’s trying to hard. I imagine a pimply faced teenager with dyed black hair over one eye and too much eye makeup creating most of these crapular fucking things. The only good ones are the “brighter side of suffering” and “one dead for one survive”.

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    Full of shit.

    Mainly crappy and naïve “arworks”. I’m disappointed :(

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    They are really mindblowing artworks, and some of them are best pieces of art, its very smashing post!

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    Anyone with any sense of creativity or imagination will find this gallery of images inspirational or at least thought provoking in some manner. If you don’t feel that this kind of post is to your liking, fine, but at least say so in a manner that is constructive and foregoes all of the negativity and disparaging language. If you can’t manage that, why bother visiting the site at all or spending the time to make such a post? This is obviously aimed at the “Ugh” post – I can relate to disliking something or being frustrated with a lack of content, but take what you can and move on, allowing others to enjoy such things.


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