H.G. Wells

these vintage WAR OF THE WORLDS illustrations the COOLEST thing you’ll see today!

Let’s step away from horror for a minute and look at another genre I greatly enjoy: sci-fi. I grew up loving Star Wars [a film series that I still love to this day!] and watching episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation [even if I didn’t entirely “get it” at the time] , but if there’s one thing I remember hearing a lot about [from my Grandfather] – it was H.G. WellsThe War Of The Worlds. From what he told me, it was a radio show which was played [live] as a Halloween episode on October 30, 1938. It became fairly famous for allegedly causing mass panic, to the point where listeners actually thought aliens were invading, and one particular listener went so far as to shoot at a water tower – believing it was an alien warship!

The War Of The Worlds is considered heavily to be one of the most famous sci-fi pieces in history: It has been adapted into several films, video games, a TV series, and more. As a “series”, it has been analyzed, reviewed, and dissected more times than can be counted and its story has proven to be timeless.

In 1906 however, a Brazilian artist named Henrique Alvim Corrêa had created several illustrations based on the story and these pieces of art are absolutely breath-taking. They embody everything that is The War Of The Worlds: these images capture the terrifying nature of the aliens, the story with beautiful detail, and these illustrations feel like it’s representing the story in it’s own, unique way. You can even buy these “drawings”, but don’t expect them to come cheap – as several of these drawings are up for auction, but they come at a pretty steep cost – The cheapest one being around $1500.. but looking is free though, right? So be sure to check out Corrêa‘s art below: cause they’re out of this world [I am so sorry..]

So the moral of this story is before you go and assume that aliens are invading..check what radio station you’re listening to first, it may just be a radio show: H.G. Wells style! Also, on an ending note, if you found yourself to enjoy this piece, please take a minute and follow me over on Facebook where you can click the “like” button on my Facebook page. By clicking “like”, you’ll see every post from warrenisweird the very moment it’s been posted. I also share things that will not be featured here on the blog.  So be sure to tell the horror enthusiast in your life to do the same, and share the page with family and friends!