Saturday, 1 October 2011

Phantasmagoria

I just bought Phantasmagoria, by Terry Breverton. Apparently the title is the name given to the art of creating supernatural illusions and the gathering of phantoms or fantasies. The name was first given to a ghost show in the 18th Century, where a modified lantern projected frightening images.

This book covers 250 myths, legends and monsters and is a great starting point for our first mini exhibition 'Supernatural'. My favourite tale so far is about Countess Elizabeth B├íthory de Ecsed, a prolific 17th Century female serial killer. She killed and was responsible for the deaths of at least 80 young girls in the name of 'witchcraft'.

– Kate McLelland 




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