Haunted Air (Ossian Brown, 2011): Lost-and-found antique, anonymous Halloween photos. Forward by David Lynch. The Amazon blurble is a bit wordy so this is just part of it,
The photographs in Haunted Air provide an extraordinary glimpse into the traditions of this macabre festival from ages past, and form an important document of photographic history. These are the pictures of the dead: family portraits, mementos of the treasured, now unrecognizable, and others [...] Feeding hungrily on fresh lore, consuming half–remembered tales of its own shadowy origins and rituals, Halloween was reborn in America. The pumpkin supplanted the carved turnip; costumes grew ever stranger, and celebrants both rural and urban seized gleefully on the festival's intoxicating, lawless spirit. For one wild night, the dead stared into the faces of the living, and the living, ghoulishly masked and clad in tattered backwoods baroque, stared back.
Oh, I love this stuff! These masks are so so so much better than any of the plastic prefab stuff today. And I'm not just saying that because I am bitterly disappointed at my inability to fit in any prefab costumes (apparently "Adult Small" is now about four sizes too big for me... jerks.) There is something really beautiful and creepy about old masks. I'm fairly certain Square America had section dedicated to old costuming but the site appears to be momentarily out of order. I know Flick has lots of groups dedicated to this genre (?right word?).
Anyway, here's little video preview of the book (note to youtubers, please do not cut off music abruptly... faaaaaaaaaade away). I can't wait to get this one!
Thanks Skeleton Key! I'll keep an eye on you.