We haunt each medium we create. Case in point: an unsettling painting, with a disturbing track record. "The Hands Resist Him" (1972) putatively depicts a childhood dream remembered much later by the artist.
Bill Stoneham describes being the little boy in the middle of the image. Not the creepy doll (left), shadowy door (center), or multiple disembodied hands (all over the place).
for an additional level of fearsome media, the haunted painting then infected the Web. Let meine kleine fabrik tell it all:
News of the listing was quickly spread by internet users who forwarded the link to their friends or wrote their own pages about it. Some people claimed that simply viewing the photos of the painting made them feel ill or have unpleasant experiences. Eventually, the auction page was viewed over 30,000 times.
After an initial bid of $199, the painting eventually received 30 bids and sold for $1,025.00.
There's more, too. Haunting upon haunting. An imbrication of uncanny media.
Stoneham's been painting ever since. One recent work, "The Body Politic," is also finely Gothic, and sadly well suited to our times.