Atomic Swamp Laboratories Ltd.

Monsters and pretty girls brought together in the interests of SCIENCE!

Duncan Shea
7 July 1973
I was born in Manchester, New Hampshire. I have lived in Virginia since 1987, and before that I was living in Pennsylvania from '78 to '87, and must have lived in Rhode Island for... um, a couple years, when I was a sprog. I remember Rhode Island, anyway. Trips to the beach, trips to the doctor's office, watching a lot of TV, and taking lots and lots of bitter asthma medication in the days before Advair. I still consider myself a native of New England though I barely lived there, and feel rather that I've lived in Virginia for way too long.
I'm a writer, a doodler, an occasional actor, and amateur photographer. I went through a sort of "artsy" phase with my cameras, but more often than not I take pictures of event-type things, like the Renfest or horror conventions. Every so often I think of hiring a model.
I'm working on (or trying to, anyway) a Pseudoautobiographical Novel that Would Not Die. Its working title is Scared of Girls. It's likely I'll also illustrate it. Of course, there are other ideas that flit and buzz round inside my brain-pan... usually involving monsters and pretty girls. There's a notion for a comic project or two, a children's book, maybe some short films, and of late there's this notion of me being a horror host, one of that generation who grew up with Count Gore de Vol and Zacherley, now following in the footsteps of those who came before. I'm also of a notion to try to make three-dimensional versions of some of my characters, either as puppets or plushies.
Drawing is one of my true joys. My style is fairly cartoony, despite my best efforts and having tons of "how to" books, but people (including a couple professionals who have dabbled in horror movie work) seem to like what they see in my sketchbooks. I'm at this point where I'm figuring out what to do next so as to make money doing something I actually enjoy. Get the art career going...

"For the fundamental truth is self-determination of the cosmos; for dark is the suede that mows like a harvest." --The Martian Ambassador

"When you have the intuition that there is something which is there, but out of the reach of your physical world, art and religion are the only means to get to it." --Guillermo del Toro

"Writers and artists do not build even their most fanciful structures out of nothing. They take elements from the world outside them and elements from the other world within them, and by combining these they produce a chemistry in which something apparently new is created; and yet when we see or read that creation we have a sense of recognition, of rightness, about it, however strange it may be in its final form. This can only mean that the same elements the artist has used are also available to us, inside us and around us." --Peter Dickinson

"And little he knew of the things that ink may do, how it can mark a dead man's thoughts for the wonder of later years, and tell of happenings that are gone clean away, and be a voice for us out of the dark of time, and save many a fragile thing from the pounding of heavy ages; or carry to us, over the rolling centuries, even a song from lips long dead on forgotten hills." --Lord Dunsany

"That which can be imagined need never be lost." --Clive Barker

"Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad." --Salvador Dali

"Drawing is taking a line for a walk." --Paul Klee

"Everyone has an interesting life if you ask the right questions." --Ted Allen

"Happiness is happiness." --Francis Ford Coppola

"You were such a happy child. What happened?" --My mom

Horror, Halloween and Supernatural - The Spookiest Show on Earth
1984, alan moore, aliens, alternative music, andy warhol, animation, anthony burgess, art, b-movies, backrubs, beauty, bill hicks, blue man group, brom, buddhism, chainsaw sally, china mieville, chivalry, classical music, clive barker, cocteau twins, collecting stuff, comics, count gore de vol, cryptozoology, cthulhu, dave mckean, demonology, doctor who, doodling, douglas adams, drawing, dreams, eddie izzard, edgar allen poe, edgar rice burroughs, edward gorey, english accents, europe, farscape, film noir, floria sigismondi, frank miller, frank zappa, frankenstein, girls with glasses, godzilla, good conversations, goth girls, gothic bellydance, h.g. wells, h.p. lovecraft, h.r. giger, halloween, harlan ellison, hellboy, hieroglyphics, hippie chicks, history, horror movies, horrorfind weekend, hugs, hunter s. thompson, imagination, industrial music, invader zim, iron chef, j.g. ballard, jamie hewlett, jhonen vasquez, jim henson, jules verne, julie taymor, katsuya terada, kevin smith, kids in the hall, kim newman, lord dunsany, love and rockets, mad scientists, magic, megami tensei, michael moorcock, mike mignola, monsters, monty python, movie soundtracks, muppets, mystery science theater 3000, mythbusters, mythology, national public radio, neil gaiman, new weird, nin, old books, opera, performance art, peter jackson, philip k. dick, philosophy, photography, poppy z. brite, puppetry, radiohead, reading, red dwarf, renaissance faires, retro, richard matheson, rob zombie, rocky horror picture show, roman dirge, romka, salvador dali, sci fi, shakespeare, sifl and olly, silence, skinny puppy, slowdive, sonic youth, stop-motion animation, surrealism, tank girl, tarot, terry gilliam, the dark crystal, the doors, the lone gunmen, the occult, the prisoner, the sims, the tick, the x files, theater, thrift stores, tim burton, tony diterlizzi, unitarian universalism, vegetarianism, victoriana, video games, voltaire, wayne barlowe, weirdness, william s. burroughs, william stout, writing, yasushi nirasawa