March 2, 2024

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Background Geek of the Week: The Stuff of Nightmares

You’re terrified aren’t you?  No, he isn’t the man hiding under your bed right now waiting for you to go to sleep….but he has created images that haunt your dreams all the same!  Who is this terrifying creature?  He isn’t the devil.  He isn’t a dark wizard.  He isn’t even the bike shop owner that molested poor, pitiful Dudley in Diff’rent Strokes.  No.  This man is our Background Geek of the Week!
The man in the spotlight this week is horror artist HR Giger!

Giger’s style and thematic execution were influential. His design for the Alien was inspired by his painting Necronom IV and earned him an Oscar in 1980. His books of paintings, particularly Necronomicon andNecronomicon II (1985) and the frequent appearance of his art in Omni magazine continued his rise to international prominence. Giger is also well known for artwork on several music recording albums.

Giger was also part of the design team that did the bible for one of the most celebrated unmade film ever; Jodorowsky’s Dune.
Much of his work on this doomed project would finds its way into Aliens and be stolen by other creators.


Giger died last year, but his influence impacted Lucas, Spielberg, and of course Scott and Cameron.

H. R. Giger Alien Artwork

For more information on HR Giger, check out his Wikipedia Page.