Great Job, Internet!: Hell yeah, check out all these old demon illustrations

These days, demons are more or less relegated to metal album covers, scuffed math notebooks, and night terrors, but there was once a time when they captured the imaginations of some of the world’s most talented (and, we’re guessing, most socially awkward) artists. Take Louis Le Breton, for instance, an artist who toiled away on “marine paintings” before finding a bevy of muses in the pages of Jacques Collin De Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernal, a thorough guide to the underworld’s fearsome denizens that would probably have faded into obscurity had it not been for Le Breton’s bizarro illustrations.

The book was initially published in 1818, though Le Breton’s additions didn’t surface until its sixth edition in 1863. Being that they’re in the public domain, they’ve since been adopted by any number of demonology texts and tattoo sleeves. The folks over at Atlas …

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