Tuesday, July 10, 2007

A ghost picture

One more quick blog post before bed (I work at 7 AM tomorrow - as Paul would say, boo you whores!) Look at this picture:

This is a picture that seriously freaked me out as a kid. This photo was taken at the Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England in the late 60s. The staircase is called the Tulip Staircase. What started life as an innocent photo of a gorgeous spiral staircase takes a decidedly X-Files turn. WTF is that? It looks like it has three eyes. And is the body human? Or animal? Or what exactly? Needless to say, this is a very famous ghost photo, and one that was in all the books I ever checked out as a kid on ghosts. No matter how many times I see it, it still gives me the heebie-jeebies as if I were still 10 years old. I don't know why, but it does. It's kind of like I don't know exactly why I was scared by The Grudge, but I was.

What is even freakier is that the negative has been examined and it shows no signs of tampering. When I die, I hope that this mystery (along with the several conspiracy theories I'm dying to know the real story behind) is solved for me immediately.

I may have to blog more to push this picture a bit further down the page. Sorry Heidi!


Yuяi said...


That gives me the heebie jeebies! I would have been mortified seeing this as a child!

Heidi Cullinan said...

This photo always reminds me of that poem by Yeats where he talks about the antichrist slouching towards Bethlehem to be born.

That and Dementors, now.

Anonymous said...

Ewww...this photograph gave me an irrational fear of spiral staircases when I was a child. I'd completely forgotten all about that picture until now.

If I have nightmares this evening, I shall be cursing you Mr C!!

Paul said...

boo you whores? I f***ing love it!!! Ah Dan we would be BFF if you were in England...