Are we sure something won’t erupt out of the corpse?

Sad news: H.R. Giger has died. It’s a good short review of the nature of his work, too. One word: unsettling.


  1. gijoel says

    They’re making a sequel to Prometheus. I think it’ll miss something without his input.

  2. arakasi says

    Giger could have been a Lovecraftian character – probably not the protagonist, but maybe a modern version of Richard Upton Pickman

    A bit of an unsettling coincidence. The article mentions that Giger had a recurring nightmare of an endless stair leading down into the dark. He died from injuries suffered from falling down stairs

    So.. did the Hounds of Tandalos finally catch up with him?

  3. Rob Grigjanis says

    My first exposure to Giger’s work was the cover art of ELP’s Brain Salad Surgery. Bit of a shift from Roger Dean.

  4. Alex says

    If you ever come to Switzerland, you have to go to Gruyère, have some fondue and visit the museum in Giger’s castle + the café.


    I’d rather say – lucky him that he doesn’t have to witness that one any more.


  5. Gregory Greenwood says

    Whether you like his work or it gives you nightmares (or both), there is no denying that Giger was a titan in his field. Even if most people know of him only through his work on the design of the eponymous Alien, that alone is enough to ensure his influence on our culture, and he did so much more than just his most famous work.

  6. dannicoy says

    Also Patrick Woodroffe it seems. Two of my favorite artists dead on the same day.

  7. jrfdeux, mode d'emploi says

    My first exposure to Giger was in OMNI magazine (oh how I miss that mag). His work impacted my own art significantly, while I was pursuing it. Those grotesque curves, those cold lines, those hideous joins! Translucence used to hide ghastly mysteries rather than reveal them. Gregory @7 wrote that Giger was a “titan in his field” — I feel there is no disputing this. While I envy the man his talents, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t want to have lived in his mind.

  8. mirrorfield says

    Sad news indeed. His nightmares will be sorely missed.

    Oh, and a nitpick alert: @4 that should be “Hounds of Tindalos”…