the october country

Ask me anything   A blog for darker evenings and misty days, full of autumn leaves and apples, ghosts and witches, folklore and fairytales. I update all year round, but most frequently at this time of year, and the blog is both an outlet for my love of Hallowe'en and a gathering place for art, from horror films to medieval woodcuts, that evokes the sinister, the mysterious and the otherworldly. This blog has a winter counterpart at now-winter-comes-slowly, and my personal blog is cloudsinvenice.

cosmikksacrifice:

Federico Castellón (1914-1971), inspired by E.A. Poe’s “The Mask of the Red Death”

cosmikksacrifice:

Federico Castellón (1914-1971), inspired by E.A. Poe’s “The Mask of the Red Death”

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#Federico Castellón  #vintage illustration  #edgar allan poe  #the mask of the red death  #the masque of the red death  #corpses 
thehaunteddrive-in:

nitratediva:

Alfred Clark’s "The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots" (1895) featured what was possibly the first ever edit within a film—and it was a cut in more ways than one. In order to simulate a decapitation, a hidden cut allowed the substitution of a dummy in the place of the (male) actor playing the queen. The effect was so horrific and realistic at the time that audience members reportedly believed that someone had really given her life for the part.

About 120 years ago. Horror was part of cinema from the beginning!

thehaunteddrive-in:

nitratediva:

Alfred Clark’s "The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots" (1895) featured what was possibly the first ever edit within a film—and it was a cut in more ways than one. In order to simulate a decapitation, a hidden cut allowed the substitution of a dummy in the place of the (male) actor playing the queen. The effect was so horrific and realistic at the time that audience members reportedly believed that someone had really given her life for the part.

About 120 years ago. Horror was part of cinema from the beginning!

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#decapitation  #silent film  #special effects  #gif  #the execution of mary queen of scots 
geisterseher:

Recueil des plus illustres proverbes divisés en trois livres : le premier contient les proverbes moraux, le second les proverbes joyeux et plaisans, le troisiesme représente la vie des gueux en proverbes ; mis en lumière par Jacques Lagniet (1663)

geisterseher:

Recueil des plus illustres proverbes divisés en trois livres : le premier contient les proverbes moraux, le second les proverbes joyeux et plaisans, le troisiesme représente la vie des gueux en proverbes ; mis en lumière par Jacques Lagniet (1663)

(Source: bnf.fr)

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#Jacques Lagniet  #17th century  #antiquarian books  #owls  #rats