Innsmouth: The Lost Drawings of Mannish Sycovia by Mark A. Nelson with Stephen D. Smith
First Edition, Hardcover – Alexis Press & Grazing Dinosaur Press – 2017 – 191 pages
H. P. Lovecraft has become a legend among those of us with “darker” sensibilities. His Cthulhu mythos has inspired writers as diverse as Stephen King and William S. Burroughs. But what if there was more to Lovecraft’s stories? What if his settings were not so imaginary?
Renowned illustrator and comic artist, Mark A. Nelson spent years researching the legends surrounding the “fictional” town of Innsmouth, and discovered evidence that an artist named Mannish Sycovia traveled from revolutionary Russia to Innsmouth in 1914 to create portraits of the Innsmouth elite. Following the 1927 demolition of the town by the U.S. Army following an aggressive bootlegging raid, the artist was never heard from again. Only rumors and fishy stories remained until Nelson stumbled upon a hand-made portfolio housing the lost drawings of the denizens of Innsmouth.