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What do Saddam Hussein and The Children of God Cult Have in Common? Rowena Morrill

Rowena Morrill is credited as one of the first women to crack the male-dominated science fiction and fantasy paperback cover art game. She started out in horror, with her first cover illustration was for Jane Parkhurst’s 1977 novel Isobel, and she worked on H. P. Lovecraft collections before moving into science fiction and fantasy art. Besides her biological differences, what sets Rowena apart in the fantasy art world? Well, Saddam Hussein loved her artwork – after his fall from power, two of her paintings were found hanging in one of his houses (she said they were replicas, not originals). And her work has also been plagiarized by the Children of God cult for proselytization purposes – they admitted to copying her work for their pamphlets. So with that in mind, enter the strange and wonderful fantasyland of Rowena Morrill…

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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