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Just gonna cross-post here, because I saw it in the "Hauntology" thread mentioned a year or two ago, and had not heard of it, being a huge Coil fan.  It also happens to be reissued currently, and 1st editions went for "$$$" as it were. 

Haunted Air

A collection of 1800s-early 1900s photographs featuring children in Halloween costumes.

By Ossian Brown (Cyclobe, ex-COIL)

with a foreward by David Lynch.

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Did you grip it? It’s about as bizarre as anthropology & photography get without recourse to theory, the Lynch intro saying everything needed before the uncanny heft of the photos themselves hit you face on/full on.

The one you’ve cited above is so deeply weird, words fail, but that these images are Merkin, with all its Christian tentacles & hypocrisy, seems a bit like the carnivalesque/social pressure valve for expressing, inverting & subverting the other 364 days of the year (plus the obvs pagan remnants of the old world manifesting in a strange new world context).

helluva hobby compiling all these anonymous portraits into one outstandingly ghoulish compendium, probably one of the best “books” (alongside England’s Hidden Reverse) to emerge from the Coil world.

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On 10/24/2019 at 6:01 AM, cwmbrancity said:

Did you grip it? It’s about as bizarre as anthropology & photography get without recourse to theory, the Lynch intro saying everything needed before the uncanny heft of the photos themselves hit you face on/full on.

The one you’ve cited above is so deeply weird, words fail, but that these images are Merkin, with all its Christian tentacles & hypocrisy, seems a bit like the carnivalesque/social pressure valve for expressing, inverting & subverting the other 364 days of the year (plus the obvs pagan remnants of the old world manifesting in a strange new world context).

helluva hobby compiling all these anonymous portraits into one outstandingly ghoulish compendium, probably one of the best “books” (alongside England’s Hidden Reverse) to emerge from the Coil world.

I did get a copy in the mail the other day!  I especially loved the writing in the afterword in the end.  Language spoken directly to my soul!   These photos are great!   I wish I could be more of a junk picker that I'd have the where-with-all to cultivate such a collection! 

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