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Lena Snow
5 min

Dripping Monster Sex In Luis Royo’s Fantasy World

5 min

Luis Royo is one of the most famous fantasy and science-fiction artists in the contemporary word. He first studied technical and interior design and painting. Since 1978 he has received international recognition as a comic book artist. Royo’s illustrations and images have become so popular and widespread on postcards, calendars, playing cards and much more merch, that probably everyone has seen one of his artworks somewhere before. His success certainly derives form his fantasy-themed work that is mostly combined with hot-looking females in dystopian and sci-fi surroundings. In his Prohibited books, he presents the viewer a very special theme, namely monsters that have juicy sex with warrior-women.

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Fig. 1: I love my personal computer, 2000

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The Beauty and the Beast Theme

In his edition, Royo picks up the classical theme of the beauty and the beast and sets it into new perspective. The beauty here is not classical in the sense that she is innocent or shows moral and decency, but she is a lusty, wild temptress. On the other hand, one could argue that she shows “classical” elements in the way beauty is depicted, because Royo’s women are always flawless, busty, drawn with the perfect body and always ready to mate. His monsters are a combination of rather ugly creatures from another dimension and with sometimes technologically adapted features. They do not transform into something more beautiful, as it is the case for the classical versions of the beauty and the beast, but they are gruesome and unappealing. They are excessively equipped and lecherously welcoming the female.

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Fig. 2: The Game, 2000

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Fig. 3: The Game, 2000

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Fig. 4: Doctor Frankenstein’s Bride First Visit to the Lab, 2000

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Ugliness and Poetic Gracefulness

The viewer might ask how that can possibly go together and how this can happen willingly. In Royo’s world, it can. Especially in a dystopian world where wars might have taken place and where there is not much left, all is condensed to the essence: sex. Royo places his women and monsters on the edge of tragedy and dangerous erotic and plays with cruel seeming contrasts. His female heroines, as we might call them, appear to always stay in control, even if it is a monster three times their size. If you do not want to get slayed by the enemy, you have to seduce it, could be the hidden agenda. In a few drawings the monsters even get killed by the female after the act. His heroines, however, remain a graceful posture during the whole event, they get satisfied and show their pleasure by their facial expression and dripping fluids.

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Fig. 5: Pressure Zone, 2000

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Fig. 6: The Offering, 2000

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Fig. 7: Box Full of Surprises, 2000

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Fig.8. The Blue Prince, 2004

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Fig.9. The Blue Prince, 2004

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Fig.10. The Eye of the Unicorn (2003)

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Fig.11. A halt on the road to mad dreams, 2003

In the much more extensive Premium version of the article  among other things, comprehensive analyses of Royo's masterful The Blue Prince and The Eye of the Unicorn series, a closer look at the alleged misogynistic nature of his drawings, and 51 additional monster scenes!

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Sources: Prohibited 2, Prohibited 3 & Prohibited Sketchbook, Luis Royo, published by Heavy Metal, NY;,,