Author: Violet Fenn

Dapper Missouri gentleman, postmortem

*** This rather unusual memento mori carte de visite is, I think, from the Frecker collection. It’s rather odd in that the gentleman in the image appears to have been laid out on a damask curtain! The positioning is odd enough that I would usually have suspected the subject was actually alive, but the ‘set’ of his face suggests otherwise.  On the upside, the card itself is unusually helpful, giving us both the date and location. Perhaps they just liked fancy patterns in Missouri back then? VIOLET  Click here to return to The Skull Illusion index page CLICK HERE...

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On having no shame

  ‘I have no shame.’ It’s something I say quite often, usually in response to amused-yet-slightly-horrified comments when I’ve had yet another article published online about something that makes people feel slightly uncomfortable, whether that be death or sex toys (and if you want to see something really fucking hilarious that I wrote recently, click here – tl;dr, I rode a motherfucking Sybian and wrote about it on a massive website BECAUSE I HAVE NO SHAME. Oh and there was that time I offended a lot of Catholics). ‘I’d never dare put my name to something that graphic’, people say. ‘Aah well,...

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Review: Lovehoney Rechargeable Mini Magic Wand

           *** Oh. My. God.  Can I leave that as the entirety of this review? Because seriously, that just about covers it.  I get to see loads of sex toys in my line of work – most of them a variant on the standard vibrator, but increasing numbers of massage wands, the vast majority of which are, well, ‘okay’. Not brilliant, just ‘okay’ (the exception to this is and always will be the Doxy, which I’m going to cover in more depth later this month – and not before time, as I now have three...

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Memento Mori – Josefina Vilaseca, 1952

I‘ve had to use Google translate for this post because I couldn’t find enough info in English, so please do excuse any mistakes. And if anyone has more info, let me know and I’ll edit. This is taken directly from an article on and I’ve had to edit for clarity – the original (in Spanish) can be found here.  A DEATH THAT GOES AROUND THE WORLD It was the evening of December 28, feast of the Holy Innocents, in 1952. The coffin with the mortal remains of the now-servant of God Josefina Vilaseca Alsina arrived at the cemetery...

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Being batshit is no excuse for being a dick

A friend of mine was sent a message today from someone who disagreed with how open she is about her mental health struggles. The absolute cunt who wrote the message – I’m beyond being polite, so fuck it – thought she shouldn’t be so open and jokey about things because apparently it makes their own struggles harder.  Yeah. Her way of dealing with her personal situation somehow makes life harder FOR SOMEONE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT WITH DIFFERENT HEALTH ISSUES ON ACCOUNT OF HOW THEY ARE, YOU KNOW, A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FUCKING PERSON. They kindly informed her they were cutting her off because they didn’t like...

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