The creature crouched
The ripped face, the place where the face should have been, twisted. I thought it was smiling. Perhaps it was smiling. I felt as if it was examining me, taking me apart.
This is an original illustration from The Ocean at the End of the Lane written by Neil Gaiman (Headline, 2019), illustrated by Elise Hurst.
Pen, ink and acrylic on warm off-white paper, signed by the artist.
Illustration area 41 x 29 cm, in grey mount.
Please note: The first image on this page is the closest colour match to the original.