Simon Marsden

Phantoms of the Isles - Im Reich Der Geister


Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake. Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up. It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof.

The Book of Job 4:14-16
Phantoms of the Isles

For those who dare to delve into the deeper mysteries of nature and the human soul...

Ruined castles brooding on remote crags, the windswept shells of decaying mansions, the sadly gaunt remains of priories and abbeys, all set against eerie skyscapes of ragged clouds and crepuscular moons: inspiration indeed for the grand tradition of chilling Gothic and ghostly tales. But more fantastic than any fiction are the stories that cling to these old dwellings, of supernatural manifestations and hauntings, that have been handed down through the centuries in a history of horror. Darker and more disturbing yet is the legacy of real human deeds of murder, torture and cruelty that occurred in these places.

Phantoms of the Isles is acclaimed photographer Simon Marsden's second and entirely new collection of astounding, darkly romantic photographs of these buildings. As in his previous, best-selling The Haunted Realm, each is accompanied by a documentary of the mystical and macabre associated with the site, the product of extensive research, but including more of Simon Marsden's own extraordinary experiences.

Using mostly infra-red film and unique printing processes, the photographs in Phantoms of the Isles will further enhance Simon Marsden's commanding reputation for imaginative, poetic work.

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