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Halloween Countdown, Day 2

Breaking news! The long-lost 1916 film starring William Gillette as Sherlock Holmes has been found and will be restored! Here's the full scoop. Now back to our previously scheduled Halloween countdown...

Is it me, or is there something particularly creepy about vintage photos of people of the past in Halloween costume?

I highly recommend the book Haunted Air: Anonymous Halloween Photos from c.1875-1955 by Ossian Brown, which collects some of the best of these disturbing-yet-compelling pictures. (As I recall, this work first appeared on my radar thanks to suggestions from some of you! So thank you!) You can see a gallery of photos and quotes from the book here at BoingBoing.


"All the clocks had stopped. A void out of time. And here they are - looking out and holding themselves still - holding still at that point where two worlds join - the familiar - and the other."
— David Lynch, Introduction, Haunted Air


"These are pictures of the dead: family portraits, mementoes of the treasured, the held-dear-in-heart, now unrecognisable, other."
— Geoff Cox, Afterword, Haunted Air



Oct. 2nd, 2014 11:34 am (UTC)
Those costumes are much creepier than today's slick ones. My favorite is a witch I once knew whose make-up was a sight to behold :)

Edited at 2014-10-02 11:35 am (UTC)
Oct. 2nd, 2014 02:58 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that you find them creepy, too!

My favorite is a witch I once knew whose make-up was a sight to behold :)

I'm sure I have no idea what you're talking about. No, none at all. *makes shifty eyes and stifles a cackle*

By the way, have I recommended Oculus to you? It's a new horror movie, and we really liked it. It's available streaming, and it stars Katee Sakhoff from Longmire.

Edited at 2014-10-02 02:59 pm (UTC)
Oct. 2nd, 2014 07:26 pm (UTC)
Oculus? How about a post on this? More details, please!
Oct. 3rd, 2014 12:15 pm (UTC)
Will do! I'm working on my film rec post for the countdown now, and Oculus will be front and center!

Edited at 2014-10-03 12:15 pm (UTC)
Oct. 11th, 2014 01:02 pm (UTC)
The film post is up now here!