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A monster commission for a client's science fiction universe! They write:

"Laughing people: The only known race that will hug your skin off…

Most of this horrifying and mysterious creatures’ life cycle is spent deep underground, leading many surface dwelling sentients to dismiss their existence as myth. However, once a decade or so, they enter the final stage of their life cycle, metamorphosing into roughly humanoid entities which emerging en masse to capture every living creature nearby. Their unpredictable, devastating attacks, and the manner in which they kill, have granted them status as the most feared entities on the planet, legendary or otherwise.

Individually, each mobile form is known as a ‘Giggler’ due to the rapid high-pitched laughter they emit from their toothless, grinning maws. These sounds are actually part of the beings’ echolocation system through which these eyeless entities perceive their environment. When a laughing person has detected a prey source it will lock on, appearing to “laugh” at an increasingly hysterical rate until it is within reach. It will then lash out with its long, gangly forearms and grasp the victim in a death embrace. This brings prey into contact with its toxin-infused skin, which rapidly necrotize the preys’ own integument causing it to fall away.

Victims are then dragged back to a new lair and piled on top of one another. Their decomposing flesh now serves as compost for the next generation of laughing people, which will emerge from spores left in the corpses by the adults, who die soon after. The adult phase’s short life is due to the lack of a functional digestive system, instead relying on energy stored on their backs and accumulated during their growth phase. These ‘food pouches’ shrink rapidly, and over two or three days a Giggler will become increasingly shriveled and emaciated with sections of flesh starting to peel away under the influence of its own skin-necrotizing toxin, against which it only has a temporary immunity.

Despite their frail appearance laughing people are extremely hard to kill and can take severe damage. Entire limbs can be blown off and they will still crawl towards their prey giggling away as they try to literally hug them to death…


Laughing People are part of the "Sor Universe" an illustrated sci fi/fantasy novel by Alex Hatton now in the final stages of completion.

For details contact: multi_coloured_alexhotmail.com"
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:iconjricht:
jricht Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
It really evokes Barlowe's art, but it has a certain creepiness in that his work lacks.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
Hes the king :)
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:iconjricht:
jricht Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
True enough.

:)
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:iconzadocfish:
Zadocfish Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You'd think the surface dwellers would start to get a little on-their-guard every ten years or so...  Patterns like that can usually be prepared for.
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:iconmyrethy:
Myrethy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I demand a face-off. Xenomorph versus Giggler.

FIGHT OF THE CENTURY.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
The acid blood and hard exoskeleton of the Xeno wins every time.
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:iconmyrethy:
Myrethy Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It would still be so very very fun to watch!
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:icondarwin-king:
Darwin-King Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
I want to hunt it as sport...
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
It wants to hunt you...
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:icondarwin-king:
Darwin-King Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
The most dangerous game 2.0
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:iconmunkas02:
munkas02 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
DUN DUN DUUUUUN!!!....
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:iconthatenglishguy:
thatenglishguy Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
The description and picture are awesome...so much so that now, whenever I hear someone laughing, I will run as fast as I can in the opposite direction.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
Always a good idea!
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:iconjricht:
jricht Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Creepy. It looks like one of Wayne Barlowe's designs. Excellent work.
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:iconhgfggg:
hgfggg Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Got it, never going to whatever planet this thing lives on.
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:iconsethness:
sethness Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Hmmm...Like the Laughing People, there're also real world examples too, of animals who lay eggs in compost heaps so that the thermal output of the rotting will keep the eggs warm.

Papua New Guinea's Cassowary birds do that.
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:iconsethness:
sethness Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
For the art you've done that hasn't already been spoken for, please consider submitting it to DailyScienceFiction (dot com).

They "print" one piece of SF art per month, which appears at the top of each day's SF/fantasy story during that month. Size limit's pretty severe: 498px wide by maximum 350px height. $70 for each piece of art they use.

There's an obvious parallel between Laughing People and cicadas and mayflies.

I'd also point out that the fact that the above-ground post-grub Laughing People are a bit like the Symbion Pandora, critters that grow on the lips of Norwegian lobsters (no, I am not making this up) in that during part of their life cycle, they have no digestive tract. (At another point in their life cycle, their anatomy is entirely different: they have U-shaped digestive tracts. Don't even ask about their sex lives... it's too bizarre. Shoot, not only do they have their own species; they have their own PHYLUM too.) If you haven't read about those crazy critters on lobster lips, I highly recommend it as truth-is-stranger-than-fiction biology reading. It's a powerful reminder that the truth is not obligated to be believable. www.newscientist.com/article/d…
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:iconmyrethy:
Myrethy Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Look out, H.R. Giger, you have a competitor in the grand ring of HOLY-FACKING-SHIT surrealist sci-fi.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
Awww yiss!
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:iconmyrethy:
Myrethy Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:D
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:iconnterritory:
NTerritory Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
And I wasn't planning on sleeping this evening anyway.
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:iconkpelto-illustration:
kpelto-illustration Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
oh sweet, so the laughter is like a form of echolocation. that's absolutely terrifying.
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:iconsethness:
sethness Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Don't dolphins and porpoises also "laugh" and "giggle" as part of their echo location?
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:iconangulare:
angulare Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
The creepiest part is that this could seriously work.
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:iconnutcase9:
Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Very cool.
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:iconscalysnails:
ScalySnails Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Cicadas of the damned, very cool.
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:iconchucha616:
Chucha616 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional Artist
is sooo sweet!!!
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:icondyslexicgamer:
DyslexicGamer Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
So are you Alex Hatto?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Negative, I am a different Alex :P
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:iconweatherlore:
Weatherlore Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
This is quite terrifying....o-o. I wouldn't want to met it at any time in my life.
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:icondilirix:
Dilirix Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Oh, I love you!))))
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:icondarylius:
Darylius Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Now that's a scary description and a unique parasitic look to the beast.
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:icontfsakon:
TFSakon Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Beautifully haunting when so cast in the light of the moon.
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:iconraphael7:
Raphael7 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The description of this being is very...dark...but interesting nonetheless.
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:iconsaundersaur:
saundersaur Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Wait... why is this marked as "mature content"? Is it too spoooky for the children? 
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
The description involving skin melting off I thought might merit it :P
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:iconyakomakodaji:
Yakomakodaji Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Are their hearts full of love? Are they friendly?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
They want to melt your skin off.
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:iconyakomakodaji:
Yakomakodaji Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Are they omnicidal maniacs? Do they want to genocide the entire universe?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Actually I dont think they 'think' at all! All they know is hunger.
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:iconyakomakodaji:
Yakomakodaji Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Do they want to eat and eat till their bellies burst open?
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:iconwardude69:
wardude69 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
does have a good sonar face
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:iconfyremist-the-dragon:
FyreMist-the-Dragon Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sleep is overrated anyway.
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:iconrott-i-kins:
Rott-i-kins Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Super cool looking creature!
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:iconmalgrumm:
malgrumm Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
creepy..............
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:iconglaiceana:
Glaiceana Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014   General Artist
Brilliant creature! Really awesome concept :D
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Thanks, quite the monster :P
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:iconmaxterandkiwiking:
MaxterandKiwiKing Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Creepy, yet, so fascinating.....
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:iconnaesthiel:
Naesthiel Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing :)
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:iconquiroz2:
quiroz2 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
Just awesome!
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