Book: Ghostly Images by Peter Townsendcategories: Book, Paranormal, Victorian Photography, Serial Killer, Spirit Photography, Whitby, Ghost Photos
Peter Townsendabout this book: This is a novel about the murky world of Victorian "spirit photography." It is set in Whitby, England in 1894 during a period when three women are brutally slain. It should appeal to readers who like gothic literature, suspense and thrillers.
A police officer tries to catch the "Whitby Ripper". His main suspect is a young photographer who has taken photographs of all the murdered women.The photographer claims he is innocent. He even claims that the camera foretold their murders since sinister shadows appeared on the untouched plates. Does the camera have genuine psychic powers? The police officer is unimpressed with this fanciful tale about the camera, but is aware that most people in Whitby believe fully in the paranormal powers of the infamous handmade camera.
When the unemployed photographer was desperate for work he became a spirit photographer. He had a firm belief in science and rejected faith and superstition. He scoffed at the stories circulating about his handmade camera having paranormal powers. After seeing similar ominous shadows on the photographs of three women who are slain within days of taking their photographs he begins to wonder if the camera does have some power to have foretold their deaths.
Most of the photographs in the American Museum of Photography and elsewhere showing the photos of Victorian spirit photographers look ludicrous rather than miraculous - at least to the modern eye. The vast majority of the photos are clearly fakes, but they nonetheless reveal something profound about human desire to make sense out of loss, bereavement, love and faith.
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