Truth Frequency Radio
Oct 26, 2013

By Tim Donnelly

New York Post

Long before 3-D was forced into every movie from “Avatar” to “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” Victorian-era households had their own creepy 3-D fun.

No one knows that better than Brian May — yes, that Brian May, the founding member of Queen and all-around guitar god. May, who has earned a Ph.D. and written several books between gigs offering epic arena rock riffs, just released the tome “Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell.” It shows nearly 200 Victorian 3-D images depicting macabre scenes of skeletons, Satan and satirical snapshots of life in eternal damnation.

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And it comes with a foldable stereoscope to allow readers to see the wild images May has collected in 3-D. (You won’t believe the skeletons’ blazing red eyes staring at you from the page.)

Stereoscopic images were a marvel of technology when they first debuted in 1860s Paris. The effect is simple but mesmerizing: Two photos of the same subject are taken from slightly different angles and placed side by side. When viewed through a stereoscope, the images blend, creating a 3-D effect.

For the Diableries, French artist Pierre Adolph Hennetier created sculpture tableaux portraying Satan and his captured souls in various states of revelry, torture or pageantry, and he photographed different sections for the stereo cards.

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