Beyond the Dark Veil: a Collection of Post-Morten & Mourning Photography | Review

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Post-mortem and mourning photography sounds creepy, doesn’t it? While it has it’s creeps and quirks, upon taking one look at the pages of Beyond the Dark Veil even the most squeamish will see just how beautiful our long history of mourning can be!

What is Beyond The Dark Veil?

Beyond the Dark Veil is a collection of post-mortem and mourning photographs. Each have their own little descriptions and histories. Not to mention explanations of the symbols behind and categories of mourning photographs! If you’re into creepy and spooky things, I’d be surprised if you hadn’t seen this book before. It’s looming in the background of every curiosity collectors collection and displayed ornately in every Goth blogger’s bookshelf. It’s no wonder why just look at the images below!

All photographs come from the Thanos Archives. This is a collection you can see online if you’re a member of the Thanos Archive website or take a peak into their Instagram.

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Why buy Beyond the Dark Veil?

Over the past year, I’ve started collecting photographs from the Victorian period. These photographs are so beautiful and ever inspiring. To be upfront, you might be surprised to find that they can be worth a lot of money. The most expensive being post-mortem and mourning photographs. In the wake of my growing collection, I found this gorgeous book Beyond the Dark Veil as the perfect instant collection to start me off.

The book itself is really well made. Even my budget version is a hard copy with a floral embossed front and beautifully golden foiled letting. The images are highly detailed and the layout is decidedly dark.

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If you’re interested you can pick up your own copy on the Thanos Archive website. I bought my copy on Booktopia for thirty dollars though, It’s a great budget option if first editions aren’t your thing.

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