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, building an anxious feeling while looking at them. The cool drawings are beautifully abstract, yet they have the power to invoke real-world references, making them 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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4 years ago

Stunning. I love this one ❤

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#2

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Ainsley R.
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4 years ago

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

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ADHORTATOR
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4 years ago

the true pale rider....

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#4

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Chubby Unicorn
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4 years ago

What kind of dreams does this guy have?

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Michel M. Prins
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4 years ago

The amount of detail in this is impressive!

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Carol Nel
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4 years ago

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

Tom Lundholm
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4 years ago

This fucking thing made me realize that I've dreamt about it, or something very similar. I can even hear the sounds it makes.

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Beth Knight
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4 years ago

Notre Damned

Gregoryc Fuller Jr.
Community Member
4 years ago

Think this helped inspire Tools first vids,Sober,etc...while dark and creepy it also feels somehow familiar. This looks to me like I imagine cynicism to feel like on the inside. Wasting and decay, the decline of Western civilization. Millineallism/end times.

Erik Montoya
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1 year ago

Pretty sure Nyarlathotep lives here.

Art Animal
Community Member
4 years ago

That's when the church went to hell

Lua boots
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4 years ago

Notre Dame de Paris version OUTLAST 2...amazing

Gergely Dömölki
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4 years ago

Just like Angel of Death's lair from Hellboy2.

Antoine Gagnon
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4 years ago

I would said its the other way around.. Hellboy 2 is just like that..

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Tony Thoughtsurfer
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1 year ago

Now, that one is very Cronenberg.

Sa-nai Alicea
Community Member
2 years ago

joker get out of there

Mark Bond
Community Member
2 years ago

The scary part is thinking about what lives in it.

God
Community Member
2 years ago

The complexity of faith.

Allie Appel
Community Member
3 years ago

"Construction among chaos"

Angel Reuber
Community Member
3 years ago

Universally, houses/buildings in dreams are supposed to represent level of consciousness....again....a big dark empty hopeless appearance of what looks to have been meant to be monumental....but missed the mark or lost it all together and this is what is left

Kerry Howitt
Community Member
3 years ago

I could stare at this painting for hours and never get bored.

Miguel Branquinho
Community Member
3 years ago

Had an awfull Lsd trip, watching something very similar, just not to say, that it was exactly this...slowly taking its shape around me. Im shocked. Maybe everyone feels related to this in some kind of way

Tom Barter
Community Member
4 years ago

So who lives in a house like this?

Jouni Heinimäki
Community Member
4 years ago

Leviathan - Verräter album cover. https://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Leviathan/Verr%C3%A4ter/28684

Linann Singh
Community Member
4 years ago

What happens when people walk away from the church. The rise of the freethinker.

Orlanda Henry
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4 years ago

I can write a whole book, just at the look of this beautiful art

Crystal Hypes
Community Member
4 years ago

This looks like something out of a Stephen King novel! For real!

Richard Gibbs
Community Member
4 years ago

Christianity. Leeching life. Hitler backed by the Church. Poland occupied by Nazis' with the Pope's blessing. Russian occupation for another 50 years. Pretty easy to understand.

Charles Laster
Community Member
4 years ago

I wouldn't go into that dead exoskeleton of holiness.

Raymond Miltier
Community Member
4 years ago

Taodays nightmare is sponsored by the letter H!

Maranda Murphy
Community Member
4 years ago

These comments are so interesting, I have no reaction to this image (I generally scare easily), but so many have a visceral reaction. Other images by this artist are really disturbing, but I can't see why this one would be unsettling. I guess I'll have to experience the dream to...

Jim Moore
Community Member
4 years ago

And here is the appropriate soundtrack. The terrifyingly beautiful ''Vision Of The Eternal Church" by Olivier Messiaen. (9:20) https://youtu.be/60pKTjSfLrQ

Eve Ungemach
Community Member
4 years ago

What is that

Charles Laster
Community Member
4 years ago

An anti cathedral.

David B T
Community Member
4 years ago

Church of the 'Spiders Web' Enter at your own peril!

David B T
Community Member
4 years ago

Church of the spiders web.. enter at your peril!

Ryan Phillips
Community Member
4 years ago

To me it looks like purgatory. I can picture people inside, endlessly waiting in lines to realize the next fate of their existence.

Puddin Tane
Community Member
4 years ago

"London bridge is falling down!"

Natalia Krajewska
Community Member
4 years ago

Why is it scary to You all?

Joseph Hubler
Community Member
4 years ago

What's the name of this?

Katie Campbell
Community Member
4 years ago

The ultimate. I don't want to see any more. I have enough nightmares of my own.

Jon Lisle-Summers
Community Member
4 years ago

After the fools provoked the Fall.

Waiata Healey
Community Member
4 years ago

iv seen this building in many dreams

Laure-Anne Viselé
Community Member
4 years ago

This is so stunningly beautiful

endelbendel
Community Member
4 years ago

Right. It is a sucking vagina.

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#7

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Harvey Tydeman
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4 years ago

i've always wondered what deamon zombies taste like

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#8

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Lore Leaha
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4 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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4 years ago

It's probably not pink eye.

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#10

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Anne Madag
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4 years ago

count the sheep and go to sleep.

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#11

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Jessica McGee
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4 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
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4 years ago

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

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#13

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Genevieve Davis
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4 years ago

A transformation of death. The underworld revisted

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#14

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DeepestWish
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4 years ago

Void

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DeepestWish
Community Member
4 years ago

demons be like, hell yeah

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Richard Pickman
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4 years ago

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

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#17

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William Underwood
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4 years ago

why the long face?

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#18

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Dragon Abode
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4 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
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4 years ago

The Helping Hands

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#20

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pandaes
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4 years ago

this is thrash metal absolutely :D

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#21

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Andrzej Raczynski
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4 years ago

I'd call this one "social media"

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#22

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Kaede Tettigonidae
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4 years ago

this is beautiful.

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#23

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Tom Camilleri
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4 years ago

The face of civilization.

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#24

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Elite2K
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4 years ago

Reminds me the movie war of the worlds

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#25

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Jeannine Marie
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4 years ago

Trapped

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#26

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Dee Bernath
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4 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
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4 years ago

The Airlephant

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#28

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Joseph Ryan
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4 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
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4 years ago

This makes me think of Salvador Dali

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#30

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Ln Ripley
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4 years ago

Loneliness even among others. Internal solitude.

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#31

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Ben Young
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4 years ago

Also very pink Floyd. Like goodbye blue sky

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#32

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Patrick McKenna
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4 years ago

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

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#33

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Thorn Thorn
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4 years ago

You got something in your eye...

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#34

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Ilva Minajeva
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4 years ago

Some people really should learn that art isn't pornography

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#35

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Janine
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4 years ago

This is disgusting and I am highly impressed.

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#36

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Catherine Williams Darklock
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4 years ago

Self portrait

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#37

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DeepestWish
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4 years ago

birth of denial

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#38

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Dana Magyar
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4 years ago

The Empire strikes back

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#39

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Michal Josífek
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4 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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4 years ago

I'd call this "depression".

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#41

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Tom Camilleri
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4 years ago

Reminds me of Bosch.

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#42

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Al Emond
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4 years ago

The lesser-known "Fifth Cow" of the Apocalypse

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#43

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Brad Caffee
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4 years ago

I think of the "King of Babylon."

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#44

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Danielle Drinkwater
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4 years ago

The affair

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#45

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Ironcat_xox
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4 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
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4 years ago

Lady Gaga's new duds

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#47

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Kira Leseman
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4 years ago

No mater what you must keep up appearances.

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Muhammad Ibn-Raqib
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4 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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