Zdzisław Beksiński painted these and many more pictures. And although his artwork appears dark or sinister, Beksiński assured people that his works depict hope, intimacy or are simply positive in nature.
Dark5 on Youtube features many “top 5” videos, all of which are a focus on the darker things in life (or the after life). This one is the Five Most Haunted Places On Earth but I recommend visiting their page to see more.
Illustrations inspired by the writings of Edgar Allan Poe
The Raven - E. H. Wehnert
Annabelle Lee - Greg Hinkle
The Pit and the Pendulum - Luis Scafati
Eldorado - Edmund Dulac
The Tell-Tale Heart - Virgil Finlar
Masque of the Red Death - Gris Grimly
Hop Frog - David G. Forés
Cask of Amontillado - Harry Clark
The Black Cat - Bernie Wrightson
Click a title to read the original. You can also read a few comic versions of these stories (including this version of The Black Cat) here.
The Jorōgumo is a female creature of Japanese folklore. She is always first seen as a beautiful maiden with an inviting presence and often sweet music. But when someone comes too close she will reveal herself to be a spider setting a trap. The large spider will devour its prey without leaving much of it behind.
These creatures of Aztec lore are called Cihuateteo, spirits of women who died during child birth. They’re said to haunt crossroads hoping to snatch the young children they were never privileged to have.