Past Masters & Masterpieces

Here are some examples of authors whose work would fall within the scope of this magazines. Examples from poetry (such as William Blake) and visual arts are too numerous to list here. There are those who use the subconscious as inspiration, and those who use subconscious phenomena in their art, such as Guiseppe Arcimboldo, who used pareidolia (see picture at bottom of page).

Prose Fiction

Ryunosuke Akutagawa

Georges Bataille

William S. Burroughs

Angela Carter

Julio Cortazar

Hanns Heinz Ewers

Nathan Filer’s The Shock of the Fall

John Fowles’s The Magus

Nikolai Gogol

Knut Hamsun’s Hunger

Thomas Hardy’s The Withered Arm

E. T. A. Hoffmann’s The Sandman

Franz Kafka

Alfred Kubin

D. H. Lawrence’s Mercury, The Border Line, & The Rocking Horse Winner

George MacDonald

Guy de Maupassant’s The Horla

Gustav Meyrinck

Octave Mirbeau’s Torture Garden

Joyce Carol Oates’s Haunted

John Cowper Powys

Bruno Schulz

Yokomitsu Riichi’s Time


Sigmund Freud (especially his essay on the uncanny, which discusses Hoffmann's The Sandman)


Carl Jung (whose Red Book is the perfect example of art created from the subconscious)


Joseph John Campbell (author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces).

The Lawyer, by Guiseppe Arcimboldo, an example of pareidolia

from the collection of the National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden