'The Severed Hand'

Illustration of a severed hand

Painted 1972, Pan 1972

19th century French author Guy de Maupassant’s entertainingly macabre tale The Hand, about an independently mobile body part, inspired this painting for the 1972 horror paperback, Tales of Supernatural Terror. Kirby creates a deliciously literal representation from de Maupassant’s description.

Used with the permission of the Trustees of the Josh Kirby Estate.