Let us take you on a journey through the curious drawing ideas of a Polish artist, Zdzisław Beksiński, who made a name for himself with his dystopian surrealism paintings, filled with post-apocalyptic imagery and creatures that come straight out of nightmares.

The artist is no longer with us to better explain the vast roster of over 300 of his scary drawings, but he used to say: "I wish to paint in such a manner as if I were photographing dreams. And that is exactly what popped into my head when I first saw his creepy pictures. Even, though, they utilize recognizable everyday objects, those are paired and arranged in ways only the dream world could sustain in a single image.

These unseen combinations gave birth to mind-bending scenarios, which do build an anxious feeling while looking at them. The cool drawings are beautifully abstract, yet it does have the power to invoke real-world references, which makes it even creepier. The artist's explanation? Well, it may lie in these cryptic words: "What matters is what appears in your soul, not what your eyes see and what you can name."

Now scroll down for a dose of scary monsters and demon drawings below.

#1

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Lucy Brady
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3 years ago

Stunning. I love this one ❤

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#2

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Ainsley R.
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3 years ago

Does this scare anybody else but you aren't sure why?

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 years ago

the true pale rider....

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#4

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Chubby Unicorn
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3 years ago

What kind of dreams does this guy have?

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#5

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Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

The amount of detail in this is impressive!

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#6

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Carol Nel
Community Member
3 years ago

This scares me, scares me on so many levels, it is an absolutely frighteningly horrible nightmare.

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#7

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Harvey Tydeman
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3 years ago

i've always wondered what deamon zombies taste like

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#8

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Lore Leaha
Community Member
3 years ago

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.

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#9

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Sue Z Q
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3 years ago

It's probably not pink eye.

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#10

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Anne Madag
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3 years ago

count the sheep and go to sleep.

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#11

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Jessica McGee
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3 years ago

Beautiful. There are no words that could describe the feeling this gives me.

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#12

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Marzipanda
Community Member
3 years ago

doubly yonic.... a wet dream within a wet dream perhaps :-8

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#13

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Genevieve Davis
Community Member
3 years ago

A transformation of death. The underworld revisted

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#14

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DeepestWish
Community Member
3 years ago

Void

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#15

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DeepestWish
Community Member
3 years ago

demons be like, hell yeah

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#16

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Richard Pickman
Community Member
3 years ago

Sex? This is more like gas chamber in concentration camp during the WW II.

J Browne
Community Member
3 years ago

It's like he's releasing their souls...

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George Bowden IV
Community Member
2 years ago

Zombie Horde. "We are Legion."

Debbie Johnson
Community Member
3 years ago

so many souls, note the demonic head overseeing it all, and the face, detached by the bricks. This stuff is incredible...

Mark Bond
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

The Door to Hell

Allie Appel
Community Member
2 years ago

This is what shopping on Black Friday looks like

Angel Reuber
Community Member
2 years ago

All hell breaks loose.....

Michaela Brewer
Community Member
2 years ago

Is it super weird that I can hear them running in circles?

Maya Ayeis
Community Member
3 years ago

futurism, remembrance of Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase

L. Sam Robinson
Community Member
3 years ago

Too many people dancing at once....in the same spot.

Shiva Dheva
Community Member
3 years ago

Or one dancing incredibly fast.

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Orlanda Henry
Community Member
3 years ago

How I imagine religous souls

Angie Cates
Community Member
3 years ago

Or everyone together....

Ln Ripley
Community Member
3 years ago

Holocaust

Tiechia Miles
Community Member
3 years ago

Dead Men Walking...

David Peters
Community Member
3 years ago

I thought it was more of a prolonged light exposure of frenzied mob attempting to escape

Danielle Wilson
Community Member
3 years ago

Souls

Ryan Fickett
Community Member
3 years ago

It makes me feel like it's portraying purgatory. On one side is hell and the other heaven. Above the brick wall is a demons head with horns. Opposite of that is a face like an angel surrounded by light.

Ryan Fickett
Community Member
3 years ago

This makes me think of purgatory. On one end of it is hell and the other heaven. If one looks closely above the brick wall there is a demon head with horns. If one looks at the other side closely there is light

Leslie Fish
Community Member
3 years ago

Transporter malfunction of the month!

Reupena West Wayzz
Community Member
3 years ago

yeah looks like symbolism for gas chambers for jews

Jeannine Marie
Community Member
3 years ago

Anxiety dream

Puddin Tane
Community Member
3 years ago

Everyone running for the bathroom at once!

angel antoun
Community Member
3 years ago

This is ...

Alyssa Clarke
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like the chamber in a catacomb

Christy Sweet
Community Member
3 years ago

Did the author ever reside at Aushwitz?

Jeremy White
Community Member
3 years ago

Only the Dead can carry the Dead

Soccerluv
Community Member
3 years ago

Okay okay don't wannna offend anyone one but are they haveing sex

Leo Leden
Community Member
3 years ago

How would that be offensive xD

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#17

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William Underwood
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3 years ago

why the long face?

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#18

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Dragon Abode
Community Member
3 years ago

I think it's safe to say at this point that... Even if his work is good... He needs to get some help

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#19

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Mayami Leo
Community Member
3 years ago

The Helping Hands

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#20

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pandaes
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3 years ago

this is thrash metal absolutely :D

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Andrzej Raczynski
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3 years ago

I'd call this one "social media"

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#22

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Kaede Tettigonidae
Community Member
3 years ago

this is beautiful.

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#23

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Tom Camilleri
Community Member
3 years ago

The face of civilization.

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Elite2K
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3 years ago

Reminds me the movie war of the worlds

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#25

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Jeannine Marie
Community Member
3 years ago

Trapped

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#26

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Dee Bernath
Community Member
3 years ago

This adds a really creepy dimension to the Graves opening up an souls going up into heaven.

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#27

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Andy Zbinden
Community Member
3 years ago

The Airlephant

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#28

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Joseph Ryan
Community Member
3 years ago

This is the face referenced in the Beatles tune, "Eleanor Rigby." "Wearing the face she keeps in a jar by the door."

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#29

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Apollo
Community Member
3 years ago

This makes me think of Salvador Dali

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#30

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Ln Ripley
Community Member
3 years ago

Loneliness even among others. Internal solitude.

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#31

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Ben Young
Community Member
3 years ago

Also very pink Floyd. Like goodbye blue sky

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#32

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Patrick McKenna
Community Member
3 years ago

Id want no part of those trees. ::turns around:::

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#33

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Thorn Thorn
Community Member
3 years ago

You got something in your eye...

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#34

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Hope Floats
Community Member
3 years ago

A pair of breasts are only visabe if you're over 18 but the other nightmarish scenes aren't?

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#35

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Janine
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3 years ago

This is disgusting and I am highly impressed.

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#36

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Catherine Williams Darklock
Community Member
3 years ago

Self portrait

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#37

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DeepestWish
Community Member
3 years ago

birth of denial

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#38

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Dana Magyar
Community Member
3 years ago

The Empire strikes back

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#39

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Michal Josífek
Community Member
3 years ago

You can hide under my umbrella - ela - e - e...

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#40

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Rose Gauthier
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3 years ago

I'd call this "depression".

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#41

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Tom Camilleri
Community Member
3 years ago

Reminds me of Bosch.

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#42

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Al Emond
Community Member
3 years ago

The lesser-known "Fifth Cow" of the Apocalypse

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#43

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Brad Caffee
Community Member
3 years ago

I think of the "King of Babylon."

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#44

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Danielle Drinkwater
Community Member
3 years ago

The affair

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#45

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Ironcat_xox
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3 years ago

I'd call this "the before picture on a moisturizer commercial"

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#46

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Catherine Williams Darklock
Community Member
3 years ago

Lady Gaga's new duds

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#47

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Kira Leseman
Community Member
3 years ago

No mater what you must keep up appearances.

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Muhammad Ibn-Raqib
Community Member
3 years ago

I love how with each painting you think you can try and figure out what is going on. But it's painted with a way to where you truly can never understand it. And are completely lost, test dumbfounded and put in a state of thought that's as eerie as any nightmarish dream you've ever experienced. He conveys so much essence of a nightmare. How does he do this?! I want to meet this guy!

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