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Charming witches, handsome devils, skulls, spirits & Death- A book of rare vintage occult images from the Century Guild Museum archive.
Charming witches, handsome devils, skulls, spirits & Death- A book of rare vintage occult images from the Century Guild Museum archive.
Charming witches, handsome devils, skulls, spirits & Death- A book of rare vintage occult images from the Century Guild Museum archive.
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INFERNAL CREATURES rare vintage occult artworks 1880-1970

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Presenting the fourth book in our 'Rare Artworks' series: INFERNAL CREATURES!

Cheeky devils, sensual witches, ghostly apparitions, and all manner of sinister and mystical creatures! Rare visions conjured by the hands of Gustav Klimt, Carlos Schwabe, Josef Fenneker, and more: over SEVENTY artworks from the Century Guild Museum of Art archives are collected in this softcover book featuring full-page, full-color images!

The book. 

INFERNAL CREATURES: A Collection of Rare Occult Artworks 1883-1970

  • Limited edition softcover book
  • Perfect bound
  • 80+ pp, full color throughout 
  • All high-resolution, original source color corrected images
  • Over 70 full-page images 

Plus more rewards!

Set of ten 5" x 7" postcards of images* from INFERNAL CREATURES (two copies of each image pictured) featuring 

  • Madonna of the Green Onyx (1900)
  • The Nude Vampire (1970 film)
  • "Matches without Phosphorous" c. 1910 Devil advertisement
  • Der Vampyr (1932 horror film)
  • British Circus Poster (c. 1900)

(* also available as a $10 add-on!)

Hard enamel pin, large 2.25" with double clutch, based on a sexy 1916 Russian Vampire illustration.  (Also available as a $10 add-on.)

Patronage prints are 11" x 14" editions of our rarest artworks; the images above are all from the new INFERNAL CREATURES series and will be new patronage prints available as part of this campaign:

  • The Devil and Circe (silent film poster)
  • The Vampire (silent film poster)
  • Dutch light bulb poster
  • "Faust" chocolate advertising poster
  • "Ghost with a Sword" 1922 Japanese woodblock
  • "Death of the Gravedigger" 1900 lithograph

Our friends at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab are creating a limited edition “Infernal Creatures” perfume oil... only available for the duration of this campaign!

INFERNAL CREATURES presents over 70 images of strange and peculiar occult-themed artworks from the museum archive, ranging from rare silent film posters to obscure metaphysical book illustrations.  

Early 20th century illustration of a Devil and Witch in courtship.
Early 20th century illustration of a Devil and Witch in courtship.
Satan as a comical foil in a masterpiece of 19th century Italian Art Nouveau.
Satan as a comical foil in a masterpiece of 19th century Italian Art Nouveau.
1880s poster accusing the Masonic temple of being in league with the devil.
1880s poster accusing the Masonic temple of being in league with the devil.
Gustav Klimt drawing "The Witch."
Gustav Klimt drawing "The Witch."
Witches burned at the stake in a horrifying theater poster!
Witches burned at the stake in a horrifying theater poster!

Why books? Everyone else is going digital! 

We are book people. We love tactile experiences. In a hyper-stimulating digital era, we believe that there's nothing more important than exploring new worlds by thoughtfully turning the pages of a well-crafted book. With your help, we can perpetuate this romantic educational experience.

About us

Century Guild is an institution founded by Thomas Negovan in 1999. Century Guild has presented Art Nouveau and Symbolist Art in their Chicago (1999-2013) and Los Angeles (2012-2018) galleries as well as in numerous international art and antiques fairs across the last two decades, including fourteen years as a major presence at San Diego Comic Con International. Works previously in the Century Guild collection are on permanent display in a number of important institutions, including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Detroit Institute of Art and have been exhibited at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Minneapolis Museum of Art, and The Art Gallery of Ontario.  The limited edition books published by Century Guild are desirable for their academic content, fine quality, and collectability; many out of print volumes command high prices on Amazon and eBay. 

We are strong believers in and supporters of the crowdfunding community, and the way that it encourages creations of exceptional quality by making a direct connection between the creator and collector. At least 5% of the funds we raise in each campaign go back into the Kickstarter community to push other campaigns towards reaching their goal. 

Thank you for your support of our mission to document and preserve rare, obscure, and historically important artworks!

Risks and challenges

INFERNAL CREATURES is the fourth book project in our 'Rare Artworks' series; the previous books in the series were each successfully funded and fulfilled on Kickstarter. This project is guaranteed to be delivered.

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    INFERNAL CREATURES softcover

    INFERNAL CREATURES softcover book; over 70 rare full-page images, full color throughout. (Retail $29)

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    INFERNAL CREATURES book + postcard set

    The INFERNAL CREATURES softcover book, PLUS a set of 10 postcards featuring 5 images from the book (2 of each image).

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    INFERNAL CREATURES + postcards + pin

    The INFERNAL CREATURES softcover book, the set of 10 postcards, PLUS the 'Vampire Bat' enamel pin.

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    INFERNAL CREATURES + BPAL perfume

    The INFERNAL CREATURES softcover book, the postcard set, PLUS one (1) bottle of the limited edition INFERNAL CREATURES perfume oil by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab- "A viscous splash of red musk, opium smoke, calla lilies, black orchids, clove husk, and brimstone."

    (Oils will ONLY be available for the duration of this campaign, edition size will be determined by number of pledges. You can add any number of postcard sets or pins for $10 each. One oil per book.)

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    BOOK + postcards + pin + SECOND TITLE

    The INFERNAL CREATURES softcover book, the postcard set, and the enamel pin, PLUS your choice of an additional softcover book from the 'Rare Artworks' series or the 'Art of Der Orchideengarten' series! (Retail $80)

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    BOOK + postcards + pin + PATRONAGE PRINT

    The INFERNAL CREATURES softcover book, the postcard set, and the enamel pin, PLUS your choice of any one (1) 11" x 14" Century Guild Patronage Print (retail $49).

    (The Century Guild Patronage Print collection features over 60 rare images, each captured from original antique posters in the museum archive. View the collection at centuryguild.net/collections/patronage-prints )

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    The RARE ARTWORKS book series

    ALL FOUR books in the 'Rare Artworks' series-INFERNAL CREATURES, BEAUTIFUL MACABRE, TRANSCENDENT LUXURY, and FLOWERING LINES.

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    SERIES SET: BOOKS + BPAL perfumes

    The four books in our 'Rare Artworks' series, the postcard set, and ALL FOUR corresponding perfumes created by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab! Transcendent Luxury, Beautiful Macabre, and Flowering Lines were produced in an extremely limited edition last year, and only available to backers of the Flowering Lines project. Just a few bottles of each scent remain!

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    BOOK CORNUCOPIA

    THIRTEEN books + exhibition catalogs documenting rare artworks! You'll receive ALL FOUR books in our 'Rare Artworks' series; Infernal Creatures, Flowering Lines, Beautiful Macabre, and Transcendent Luxury, as well as ALL THREE volumes covering the year 1919 in our 'Art of Der Orchideengarten' series; Diabolical Fantasia, Sinister Harvest, and Eldritch Bloom. PLUS Haute Campe, Chamber of Mystery: Witchcraft, and the exhibition catalogs for Grand Guignol 1, Grand Guignol 2, and Nitrate + Kinogeists 1+2. (Over $350 retail!)

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    COVEN GIFT SET

    YOUR NAME thanked on the INFERNAL CREATURES title page, THIRTEEN copies of the book, and THIRTEEN postcard sets!

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    PATRON GIFT SET #1: BOOKS + PRINTS

    YOUR NAME thanked on the INFERNAL CREATURES title page, TEN copies of the book, and TEN postcard sets- PLUS TEN PATRONAGE PRINTS of your choice, any combination!

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    PATRON GIFT SET #2: BOOKS + PINS + BPAL

    YOUR NAME thanked on the INFERNAL CREATURES title page, TEN copies of the book, TEN postcard sets, TEN enamel pins, and TEN vials of the limited edition BPAL 'Infernal Creatures' perfume oil!

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    RARE BOOK PACKAGE

    A bounty of rare artworks and visionary design from our library, including out-of-print works! INFERNAL CREATURES plus Clive Barker: Imaginer Vol. 1 + Vol. 2, Gail Potocki: The Union of Hope and Sadness, Grand-Guignol 1 + 2, Nitrate+Kinogeists (Dave McKean) 1 + 2, David Mack: Muse, Haute Campe, Steve Diet Goedde: Arrangements, Transcendent Luxury, Beautiful Macabre, Flowering Lines, Diabolical Fantasia, Sinister Harvest, Eldritch Bloom, Your Lucky Book (illustrated by Jeremy Bastian), Chamber of Mystery: Witchcraft, PLUS other out-of-print odds and ends! Well over $1,500 value.

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    DEDICATION GIFT SET

    Ten books, ten postcard sets, and ten patronage prints of your choice, with one VERY SPECIAL addition- YOU WILL WRITE A BOOK DEDICATION to be published on the title page, for anyone you choose! (We will help you write this if you like, and we also reserve the right to refuse or edit what we consider inappropriate content.) Author will sign books if you like, and you'll also personally receive a special thank you on the title page for making this book possible!

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