Artwork inspired by Bram Stoker’s The Lair of the White Worm
This artwork is based on Bram Stoker‘s novel “The Lair of the White Worm”. His novel originally inspired this drawing. Pamela Coleman Smith illustrated the book first published in 1911. As a British artist, illustrator, writer and occultist she also illustrated the widely known Rider-Waite tarot card deck.
I am a fan of Ken Russell’s movies, so I really enjoyed his adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel “The Lair of the White Worm” in 1988. However, Russell only very loosely based it on the book. That was when I first became aware of the story and investigated it further. The legend of the Lambton Worm behind the novel and movie intrigued me. It originated from County Durham in North East England and takes place around River Wear. The central protagonist is John Lambton, heir of the Lambton Estate. As with most legends, details change depending on who tells the story. However, central to the story is a giant worm or dragon terrorizing the local area, which must be vanquished.
The imagery of Bram Stoker’s characters and the illustrations of Pamela Coleman Smith influenced my artwork of Bram Stoker’s “The Lair of the White Worm”. However, the actual novel is clumsely written and a jumbled mess. Even H.P. Lovecraft said at the time that it was a magnificent idea but Stoker ruined it.
The artwork shows Lady Arabella March, the main protagonist, as herself and in the manifestion of the White Worm.