Author: Violet Fenn

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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Mrs Day and her seven children

Having managed to find the folder on my computer desktop that holds copies of the old Skull Illusion posts (a harder job than it sounds because my desktop currently has 551 icons on it – yes I am ridiculously disorganised), I figured it makes sense to repost some of them here, as many people won’t have seen either the text or the images before.  This one has always stuck in my mind, for fairly obvious reasons. *** Originally posted Nov 2013 Despite having run The Skull Illusion for several years now and seen hundreds, if not thousands, of corpses in...

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Memento mori – young girl with family

The problem I have with restarting the Skull again is that the original archive holds so many photos that I might end up repeating them without realising. They’re often very similar, making it difficult to figure out whether they seem familiar because I’ve actually published them before, or just because the way that memento mori images are posed means they do tend to look alike. Oh well, at least they’ll see the light of day again one way or another. I have no background information whatsoever on this photo – it appears on several Russian websites, but neither the...

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Memento mori – boy with deceased brother?

It feels rather strange writing this post! I haven’t added to The Skull Illusion for several years (mostly because some asshat hacked the original site beyond repair), but as I still get internet traffic looking for it on a daily basis I knew I wanted to resurrect it again one day. And today is that day. I still own the domain name, so for the time being have set it to divert to this section of Sex, Death, Rock’n’Roll. ANYWAY. First post mortem photo hunting session of the new era – I love this one, which I’m assuming shows...

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