Learn techniques to help you create high-class horrorshow effects using Photoshop, Illustrator, pens and even a little human blood*.
With Halloween just over a week away, you're no doubt looking to tap your creative talent to produce artwork and decorations in the unholy spirit of the season. Here we've collected seven of our favourite tutorials that detail effects that'll help turn your most disturbing ideas into truly nightmarish visions -- plus an inspiring guide to that mine of messed up artwork, heavy metal album covers.
Horror film poster effects
Learn how to hide your maniac behind shattered glass in this step-by-step guide by Mark Mayers.
Bring the wolves to your door
Dan Mumford reveals how he created this lycanthropic poster for punk band Gallows.
Celebrate the Day of the Dead
Bring Mexico's Día de los Muertos to wherever you are.
Paint a fire sprite
Create a fiery figure from a photographic model shot.
Skeleton on a fixie -- hell yes!
Ollie Munden details how to create a mix of horror and hipster that could be called Funny Bones: the Shoreditch Years.
Chimeras -- a mix-and-match approach to animal part favoured by Greeks for many mythical monsters -- are great for Halloween. Here Fabio Sasso puts a new spin on Alice's Cheshire Cat.
See your insides revealed with the quick guide to producing X-ray effects.
If you're looking for inspiration, check out our guide to the latest generation of heavy metal artwork for album covers, posters and t-shirts, which has reinvented the genre to make rock art hip again.
* We're joking about the blood. Unless you cut yourself with a sharp pen or pencil...