Flash Fic with Pics! #1

Do you love flash fiction AND old poster art? Me too, let’s read on!

I love old posters, especially from the 1900-1920s, and I was really inspired by the two-sentence horror stories the creative people on Reddit came up with (see my post from a couple of weeks ago).

With those ones I just added some interesting photos from the web and nice typography, but I thought I’d have a go at writing some horror flash fiction and illustrating it myself. I had a lot of fun with the writing part and I love drawing so I thought – why not combine the two with a retro style?

So here’s my attempt at a vintage poster style illustration for a micro horror story:

two line horror - jake

I figured I’d make this into a regular feature, hence the title “Flash Fic with Pics #1 because I really enjoyed doing this. It’s been a bit of a while since I got my hands dirty with proper art instead of messing about on Photoshop, and it made me realize how much I missed it.

I’ve been so busy with other things that I’d forgotten the simple joy of hand drawing, even if I do get frustrated when my hands aren’t doing what my mind expected. But that’s the fun isn’t it – the risk of getting it wrong and either starting again or working until catastrophe becomes a happy accident.

What brought this on is that I was really inspired by these beautiful, macabre vintage posters. You can see more of these theatre and public information posters at The Guardian.

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Let me know what you think of my story and drawing, do the image and text work well together? And do you like this kind of vintage poster art in general? Leave a comment at the bottom!

And if you like poster art too, you might enjoy these books. I have the first one and it’s a huge, heavy source book packed with loads of great images not just from sci-fi but also fantasy and horror.


Click on the image to take you straight to Amazon.



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