I’m currently obsessed with artist Sam Heimer‘s work, which I originally discovered (like so many other amazing things) on Pumpkinrot‘s blog. Sam makes striking Halloween-inspired art that brilliantly combines old-school style with beautifully dark symbolism. I find his creations so intriguing.
So imagine my delight when Sam agreed to do a short interview for this blog!!! Here is our Q&A.
Q: What’s your favorite horror film?
A: ”John Carpenter’s The Thing. The Lovecraft-plagiarized source material is presented in a gripping, harrowing way. The pre-CGI effects are far superior to the crap haunting films now. And the ending is soul crushing. Beyond that, my favorites are the standard classics with Karloff, Lugosi, and Price.”
Q: What’s your favorite Halloween candy?
A: “Candy Corn. One of the few iconic candies that have survived even though nobody but me seems to enjoy it, and is a reminder that Halloween is a harvest holiday.”
Q: Why do you often choose Halloween as a subject for your art?
A: ”Every year, like clockwork, the one or two illustration pieces I’ve created and am actually happy with were done in homage to Halloween. The holiday’s imagery and folklore are a constant muse and rarely stray far from my work. I’m drawn to the fact that the roots of Halloween go back to the start of agrarian practices, making it the oldest holiday in a way, and because it’s a celebration of the harvest and the fragility of life, it’s really the only holiday I understand or can relate to. Long live the harvest and check all modern gods at the door. Plus the bakelite masks and vintage decorations are bitchin.”
Not only a talented artist, but also a very insightful guy. Thanks, Sam! It was a pleasure.