We here on the blog, as you may have noticed, spend a lot of time trawling through the images on Flickr Commons, particularly the massive sets of public-domain book illustrations from the British Library Labs and the Internet Archive. This is a fairly enjoyable pursuit most of the time, but over the past year we’ve found a few pictures that are… less delightful.
Here’s a collection of pictures that we’ve salted away; images that are weird or atmospheric or maybe even a little disturbing. They probably won’t keep you awake at night…. but then again, they might…
***TRIGGER WARNING for clowns, spiders, sentient bagpipes, severed heads, people being eaten by trolls, and probably some other things too…***
Read on at your own risk…
In the story depicted in the above image, “A Terrible Night”, an unfortunate traveller in Ireland has an alarming experience in a house which “enjoyed the general reputation in the neighbourhood of being haunted, for ghosts and goblins are always sure to take a big house off a landlord’s hands when he can get no other tenant”.
I have combed Ivan the Terrible (although in fairness, I drew the line at actually reading it from start to finish) and can’t even find the scene in which this takes place, let alone any good explanation for the presence of a horrifying clown in this coffin. (Some of my friends have fervently attested that an actual zombie would be far preferable to this.)
If anyone wants to try shed some light on this mystery, the complete PDF for this (anonymous) work can be found here!
So, which of the above – if any – is the most shiver-inducing? Let us know in the comments!