40 Faces of Death: A Grim Reaper Gallery

The Angel of Death
Universal Pictures

This fabulously inhuman vision of the Angel of Death comes to us from artist Wayne Barlowe and featured prominently in Guillermo del Toro's 2008 film "Hellboy II: The Golden Army." Barlowe has made a career out of alien and infernal anatomies, so it's little wonder that his take on mortality incarnate would resonate with such otherworldly power.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.