Okay, some people may find this creepy...well probably more than some. But I like it creepy (and I mean spooky and eerie, not "stalker creepy"). One subject that I find, well interesting, is Memento Mori or Victorian Death Photography. In the 1800's and early 1900's pictures weren't taken liberally like they are today. I mean think about it. Cameras weren't even that common. Usually people only had a few portraits taken in their lifetime. But what if someone passed away before a photo could be taken? Their family may have opted to have a portrait taken before that person was buried. They weren't being macabre. They simply wanted a "keepsake" to remember their loved one.
What got me writing about this subject? I was checking out the Dark Faerie Tales blog and there is an excellent article about the topic by the authors of Picture the Dead, a book about a young woman dealing with the turmoil of the Civil War. Check it out! You can read the first chapter and enter the contest to win a copy of the book. I'm entering, so wish me luck!