"Alien" artist H.R. Giger has passed away

In news that will make your chest burst with sadness, celebrated artist H.R. Giger has passed away. He was 74.

A Swiss surrealist, Giger is best known for designing the look of the xenomorph in Ridley Scott's "Alien." By extension, he has had a huge impact on video games (including the upcoming Alien: Isolation) and popular culture at large.

Giger also did the art for the horror adventure series "Dark Seed," and was credited as an inspiration for the nightmarish imagery found in "Doom." His work was often nightmarish, even Lovecraftian, showing human-like creatures fused with mechanical parts. There also tended to be a nightmarish, Lovecraftian quality to his work.

He was born in the Swiss town of Chur in 1940. His death on Monday was due to injuries from a fall.

We like to think he's moved on to the next world--a world of biomechanical tentacles.