Sunday, May 1, 2011

A Treasure of Horrors from Cornell University

Cornell's Institute for Digital Collections has scoured the university library for some of the freakiest images in literature, and dumped them all on an unsuspecting web. Above I have posted an image from Collin de Plancy's Dictionnaire Infernal to grab your attention. The collection has plenty of this kind of thing in its Angels and Demons collection. I am particularly struck by this woodblock from Latin America that has a woman pouring poison in her father's ear. And this witch on a broomstick spiriting an infant to some ugly end. As well as these images of possession and insanity.

It's ample evidence that horror has a long and distinguished cultural history. Wear those plastic fangs with pride, people. You're in good company.

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