Posting up my work from the Mad Monks game the other day reminded me of previous monk related illustrations. Back in 2002 I was still working full time for a design agency in Edinburgh and my work colleague and writer Richard Harris told me a chilling story one lunch time. The story about the monk Columba and his followers on the isle of Iona conjured up a lot of images and I asked Richard if he would write it as a short story for me to illustrate. He dutifully delivered the words and I illustrated four pieces to go along with them including an acrylic/oil painting to set the tone for the whole piece.
I thought it would be good to present the story here for you all to see so I searched through my archive drives to discover it was missing, no doubt lost in a recent hard drive failure. But luckily a low resolution PDF of the story was still surviving as an email attachment from years before so I recovered the text and found the images in an old website gallery back-up.
So I've recreated the story as it was back in 2003 when it was scheduled to appear in the US horror magazine 'Carnopolis' but it unfortunately closed the issue before the story appeared so its never seen print anywhere which is sad story in itself. If anybody knows a horror magazine that would like a short illustrated story then send them my way :)