Posts Tagged ‘joshua hoffine’

Making CRONE

September 30, 2016

Hi kiddies!

This is my new Horror photograph called CRONE.



This project was produced by Jeff Simon.

The SPFX witch mask was made by Midnight Studios FX.

The witch, in Jungian terms, is the archetype of the devouring mother. The anti-mother.  So of course, I gave my own mother Carol Hoffine the title role – despite the fact that she is one of the greatest moms of all time.

When I was 10 years old my Mom came to our school for a classroom Halloween party.  The other moms dressed up as cute characters, like Snoopy and Raggedy Ann. My Mom came as the witch from the original Black Sabbath album cover.  She scared some of the kids so badly that she had to leave.

Here she is trying on the costume for my shoot:

Carol Hoffine

The baby head is a doll’s head.  I painted it and glued on snippets of my own hair.  My wife Jen glued on fake eyelashes for me.

Baby Head 1

Baby Head 2

Brenna Hoch from 3rd Street Asylum did the make-up for my mother’s hands.

Brennt Hoch

Demian Vela

My pal Demian Vela, as always, was on set to assist.


Making Crone

Making Crone

Making Crone

Making Crone

Carol Hoffine

The witch mask was foam-filled and unable to wear.  So after photographing my Mom, we moved the witch head into her exact position.

Making Crone

Making Crone

Making Crone

Making Crone

I combined my Mom with the SPFX witch head in Photoshop for the final image.

Carol and Joshua Hoffine

A special thank you to Trevor Hawkins for helping me find the perfect wooded location.

CRONE is included in my upcoming book of Horror photographs from Dark Regions Press, which you can pre-order on their website.

See you next time!


Hardcover Book on Kickstarter!

April 26, 2016

Today I launch a new Kickstarter campaign with Dark Regions Press to publish a hardcover book of my Horror photography!



Spanning 13 years of work, this comprehensive volume includes the debut of five new photo-shoots, behind-the-scenes photos, production notes, artist commentary, and more.  The oversized book is 12″x12″ and printed in full color.  It is available as both a Trade Hardcover and a Signed Limited Edition Deluxe Hardcover, bound in black leather with a wraparound dust jacket and black slipcase.

The Kickstarter campaign offers ‘Early Bird’ specials, as well as exclusive rewards, including the opportunity to star in a Horror photograph!

Check it out and please share online with your friends!

You can pre-order your copy at:

Joshua Hoffine Book Announcement

March 8, 2016

I am very excited to announce that Dark Regions Press will be publishing my first photo book!

This oversized 12×12 hardbound full-color photo book will be a complete compendium of my work as a Horror photographer. Thirteen years in the making, this book will feature new and never-before-seen photographs, as well as new writings and commentary.

A Kickstarter campaign will be launched in April to help support the creation of this beautiful limited-edition book, including campaign-exclusive rewards and new prints not offered anywhere else.

Stay tuned to learn more and reserve your copy!


MALEFICIUM Dark Art Show Exhibit 5

November 10, 2015

A full-scale print of my new INNSMOUTH image will be on display as part of the 5th Annual Maleficium Dark Art Exhibit at the Kosart Gallery in Chicago! The show opens this Saturday Nov. 14th

This fantastic art show is curated by frequent collaborator and FACE/OFF Champion J. Anthony Kosar.  Anthony and his team – many of whom are now FACE/OFF veterans and champions in their own right – created the monsters for my INNSMOUTH project.  Jen and I will be at the opening, as well as my friend and producer Vampire Chad Hawks (star of my previous JACK THE RIPPER project).  Come join us if you can and meet the artists in person – this will be a great show!



October 21, 2015

Hi kiddies!

The monstrous fish people created by J. Anthony Kosar and his team at Kosart Effects are amazing!  I knew early on that I wanted to shoot portraits of these Deep One characters to compliment my main INNSMOUTH photograph.  Because the story by H.P. Lovecraft Shadow Over Innsmouth was written in 1931 and describes generations of Innsmouth inhabitants going back decades, I decided to shoot the portraits as genuine wet plate photographs utilizing photo technology from the 1800’s.


The Veteran


The Madame


The Bride


The Merchant

This type of wet plate photography is like alchemy and utilizes dangerous chemicals that can asphyxiate you or even cause an explosion.   Out of my depth technically, but still insistent upon authenticity, I recruited my friend and knowledgeable wet plate photographer Steve Wilson to come in and help.  I met Steve Wilson when I worked for him at Hallmark Cards as a young photographer. He was an early important mentor and it was joyous and nostalgic to work with him again.


We shot the portraits in my home.  Kosar and I dressed wooden mannequins in period costumes and posed them for the camera.


Steve used a powerful HMI light because wet plate has a very slow exposure time and requires a crazy amount of light.  I loved the idea that some young man from Innsmouth participated in the Civil War as a Massachusetts resident.


Here you can see Steve manning the giant 8×10 View Camera.  He was very generous in allowing me to help frame and light our portrait subjects.


After exposing a metal plate that he had prepared with a light-sensitive chemical coating, Steve would remove the plate from the camera and develop it my kitchen while we watched with amazement.


I think Steve’s artistry and the singular aesthetics of the wet plate process lend themselves beautifully to gothic subject matter, and hope for further collaborations in the future!


Interested in owning a print?  11×14 archival prints are currently for sale in my Online Store!

More Innsmouth goodies coming soon!

Rue Morgue Interview

July 20, 2015

My interview with artist Gary Pullin about the new INNSMOUTH project is featured in this month’s issue of Rue Morgue Magazine – on stands now!



The INNSMOUTH project is really coming together.  I am getting excited to share the finished work!



Sinister Seven Q&A with RUE MORGUE

May 15, 2015

My Sinister Seven Q&A with Rue Morgue Magazine!


We managed to snag photographer JOSHUA HOFFINE fresh from his cinematic debut, the stunning short film BLACK LULLABY, for this week’s Sinister Seven Q&A. Hoffine has been hard at work on INNSMOUTH, a “Lovecraft photograph” inspired by the master’s classic tale The Shadow Over Innsmouth, and starring DOUG JONES and featuring creature design by J. ANTHONY KOSAR.

1. What is the difference between telling a story with a photograph and telling a story with a movie?

The power of a photograph comes from its perceived limitations – it is a fixed moment in time.  This inherent feature of the photograph can be used to great effect for Suspense and Horror.  Unlike a movie, there is no before and there is no after.  There is only the single moment – frozen and unresolvable. And because the image is fixed, and does not fleet across the screen like a movie, the metaphoric aspects of the image can be highlighted as details in the background. This added layer of ‘depth’ engages the viewer in a way that is different than cinema. The photograph becomes more reflective due to its static nature.

2. Tell us about the worst nightmare you’ve ever had.

I once had a terrible nightmare where somebody was hiding in the backseat of my car and slit my throat with a knife. It was the only dream I ever had that made me sit bolt upright in bed with a gasp – just like in the movies.

3. What makes a monster scary?

The absence of humanity, I think. That could be a lack of empathy, or a relish for violence and brutality. Or it can be expressed more symbolically as a non-humanoid monster, or even a distorted human form (like a clown, zombie, or vampire) where obvious humanity has been diminished.

4. What was your inspiration behind making BLACK LULLABY?

BLACK LULLABY was intended to be the climax to my photo series dealing with childhood fears.  The inspiration for the film was simply an earnest desire to see one of my photographs move, while preserving the same ‘look’. It is an exercise in building tension, as much as it is about style. More and more, my new ideas are about moving pictures.

5. What inspired you to pursue a photo project based on Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth?

The project began as a suggestion from the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in San Pedro, California. I read the story and loved it. Part of what made it exciting to me visually, was that the story featured a single person being chased through the city streets at night by hordes of monsters. The imagery is similar to I Am Legend, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, or any modern zombie movie, but exists first in this story. I like the potential grandeur of this image, it’s spectacle – but I also like the core idea of being hunted down by an entire society.

6. What is the scariest story you have ever read?

Mabye, The Big Toe in Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark.

7. What’s next for Joshua Hoffine?

Next year I hope to publish a limited edition book of my photographs and then start work on a full-length Horror movie.

Thank you Rue Morgue!


April 22, 2015



My new Horror photo called INNSMOUTH is based on H.P. Lovecraft’s story Shadow Over Innsmouth. This image will feature the human victim of the story being pursued and surrounded by a terrifying mob of amphibious people called The Deep Ones, as he tries to escape from the decrepit seaside town of INNSMOUTH.

TV’s FACE/OFF Champion J. Anthony Kosar is creating all of the monster effects, and the human role is going to be played by famous actor Doug Jones, who is Abe Sapien in the HELLBOY movies, as well as The Faun and The Pale Man in PAN’S LABYRINTH (among many others)!


I discovered Lovecraft a few years ago when Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine commissioned me to shoot a project based on Lovecraft’s story Pickman’s Model. I’ve since become smitten with his writings. He deserves his title as the inventor of modern Horror. Part of what makes him intriguing is the long-standing tradition of other artists contributing to his ‘mythos’. ‘Mythos’ refers to the way his stories are all loosely connected and exist in the same world. Other writers, beginning in his own lifetime, began writing homage stories that incorporated and expanded his mythos, making it even grander. This tradition includes contemporary writers like Neil Gaiman and Stephen King. This year marks the 125th anniversary of his birth, so I thought this would be a wonderful time to do another Lovecraft project.


In the 1931 story Shadow Over Innsmouth, the human victim is being chased through the streets by an entire city full of monsters out to get him. The imagery is similar to Invasion of The Body Snatchers, I Am Legend, or any modern zombie movie, but exists first in Shadow Over Innsmouth. As with our zombie project LAST STAND, I am excited INNSMOUTH will be populated by a horde of monsters, not just one!

I’m trying to find every secret Lovecraft fan on the planet. If you could, please help by sharing info about this project with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, or any other place else you can think of!

Thank you my friends! Hail Cthulhu!

INNSMOUTH on Kickstarter!

April 15, 2015

I just launched a Kickstarter campaign for my next ambitious photo project!  This image will be based on H.P. Lovecraft’s story Shadow Over Innsmouth and stars the great Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Silver Surfer) as well as movie-worthy creature effects by FACE/OFF Champion J. Anthony Kosar!



This is my most ambitious project to date and we have thrown together an amazing array of rewards that include signed prints, unique collectibles, and original masks!  Check it out and tell all your friends!

Panic Fest, Kansas City Jan. 30 – Feb. 1

January 27, 2015

My short film BLACK LULLABY will be playing this weekend at Panic Fest in Kansas City!

It will be part of the Best Shorts of 2014 on Sunday at 3:45 pm at Screenland Armour.

Thanks to Tim KC Canton for including me!  Hope to see you there!

Want to see BLACK LULLABY but can’t make it?  You can watch it online on my ProVimeo site!