Sunday, 30 October 2011

Structure Influence Map for 'The Shunned House'

This is an influence map for the exterior appearance of the titular house in 'The Shunned House'. I've gathered images of elements mentioned within the text,

"broken fanlight, rotting ionic pilasters and wormy triangular pilament"

The building is of a similar construction to an Eighteenth century farmhouse, with various Georgian stylistic elements. The Georgian elements could also be translated to the design of the palace in 'The Masque of the Red Death', being set in a similar period. I've also put together some loose colour swatches, dabbing a bit of colour here and there just to see how they behave together, as well as setting the uneasy, gloomy tone and aesthetic of the story (quite halloween-y, but hopefully that will shift and change as the image takes shape.)


  1. Hey Steven,

    I was looking over your notes for the House on The Borderlands, the setting sounds like it could be somewhere like the Carpathian mountains (Home to the castle of Count Dracula in the Bram Stoker's novel). It's mountainous and has plenty of space of a big gothic settlement. The scraped appearance of the walls would echo the mountains it's surrounded by.

    Here's an image held at wikipedia:

  2. this is brilliant, thanks oliver. i was genuinely stuck on where to go with this, but that image has opened it up a bit for me.