Summer Reading Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | June 20, 2014

Lauren Owen: IMG The Other Vampire



It's a wild and thundery night. Inside a ramshackle old manor house, a beautiful young girl lies asleep in bed. At the window, a figure watches... Continue »

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$39.95
New Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
2 Burnside Photography- Anthologies and History
2 Hawthorne Photography- Anthologies and History
22 Local Warehouse Photography- Annuals
6 Remote Warehouse Sociology- General

Haunted Air

by

Haunted Air Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Anonymous Halloween photographs from c.1875–1955—truly haunting Americana, with a foreword by David Lynch
 
The photographs in Haunted Air provide an extraordinary glimpse into the traditions of this macabre festival from ages past, and form an important document of photographic history. These are the pictures of the dead: family portraits, mementos of the treasured, now unrecognizable, and others. The roots of Halloween lie in the ancient pre–Christian Celtic festival of Samhain, a feast to mark the death of the old year and the birth of the new. It was believed that on this night the veil separating the worlds of the living and the dead grew thin and ruptured, allowing spirits to pass through and walk unseen but not unheard amongst men. The advent of Christianity saw the pagan festival subsumed in All Souls' Day, when across Europe the dead were mourned and venerated. Children and the poor, often masked or in outlandish costume, wandered the night begging "soul cakes" in exchange for prayers, and fires burned to keep malevolent phantoms at bay. From Europe, the haunted tradition would quickly take root and flourish in the fertile soil of the New World. Feeding hungrily on fresh lore, consuming half–remembered tales of its own shadowy origins and rituals, Halloween was reborn in America. The pumpkin supplanted the carved turnip; costumes grew ever stranger, and celebrants both rural and urban seized gleefully on the festival's intoxicating, lawless spirit. For one wild night, the dead stared into the faces of the living, and the living, ghoulishly masked and clad in tattered backwoods baroque, stared back.

About the Author

Ossian Brown is an artist, musician, and composer who was a member of the music group Coil, and is a cofounding member of Cyclobe. David Lynch is the author of Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity as well as a three–time Oscar–nominated director whose popular and critically acclaimed films include Eraserhead, Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and Inland Empire. Geoff Cox works in film and is the author of Anna & the Witch's Bottle.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780224089708
Author:
Brown
Publisher:
Jonathan Cape
Author:
Brown, Ossian
Author:
Cox, Geoff
Author:
Lynch, David
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions
Subject:
Holidays (noni-religious)
Subject:
Photography-Annuals
Subject:
Photography
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
PHOTOGRAPHS
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
8.5 x 7.5 in 1 lb

Other books you might like

  1. Stoner (New York Review Books Classics)
    Used Trade Paper $8.00
  2. The Explosive Child: A New Approach... Used Hardcover $9.50
  3. Rabbit At Rest Used Book Club Hardcover $0.95
  4. How To Take the GRRRR Out of Anger
    Used Trade Paper $6.50
  5. Shards
    Sale Trade Paper $7.98
  6. Sticky Burr: Adventures in Burrwood...
    Used Trade Paper $4.95

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Humor » General
Arts and Entertainment » Photography » Annuals
Arts and Entertainment » Photography » Anthologies and History
Arts and Entertainment » Photography » Photographers
Arts and Entertainment » Photography » Subjects and Themes » Celebrations and Events
Calendars, Notebooks, and Gifts » Gift Ideas » General Gift Books
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
Humanities » Philosophy » General
Science and Mathematics » Featured Titles in Tech » Computers
Sports and Outdoors » Martial Arts » General
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Martial Arts » General

Haunted Air New Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$39.95 In Stock
Product details 216 pages Jonathan Cape - English 9780224089708 Reviews:
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.