If you’ve ever seen stiff Victorian photographs of children, you understand the creepiness some of them engender. Whether it’s the photographic process and film of the period that manage to accentuate visual oddities, or the length of time the subject is required to remain still for the photo to develop, there’s no denying the large eyed, overdressed kids can cause uneasiness in today’s view. In the film, The Others, one of the worst moments for me was when the protagonist finds an old Victorian photo of inhabitants of the house she lives in–dead! Yet, downstairs they are alive, in the here and now, working at their domestic jobs! EEK!
A new young adult novel “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” by Ransom Riggs
plays upon these photos and creates an entire life around them. I find the premise and the fact the author uses real photos as illustrations, intriguing. And if I was a young adult, I’d be grabbing a copy ASAP. Oh what the heck, I’m young in spirit!
Here’s an article about the author and his idea for the book: