Terrifying 1906 Illustrations of H. G. Wells’ ‘The War of the Worlds’

Brazilian artist Henrique Alvim Corrêa’s career was cut short when he died at only 34 years old. But the illustrator left behind a small science-fiction legacy thanks to his 1906 artworks detailing the Martian invasion of London in H. G. Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds. Wells’ tale preyed upon turn-of-the-century fears about the apocalypse and other Victorian superstitions (and social prejudices) about the unknown. Corrêa’s fantastical, murky style is fitting of Wells’ dark themes. The Martian fighting machines resemble frightening legions of massive spiders. There were only 500 copies of the Belgian edition of Wells’ story with Corrêa’s artworks (currently up for auction), which we spotted on website Monster Brains (run by illustrator Aeron Alfrey), but you can see some of the images in our gallery.

Henrique Alvim Corrêa, The War of the Worlds, L'Vandamme edition announcement poster, 1906
Henrique Alvim Corrêa, The War of the Worlds, L’Vandamme edition announcement poster, 1906