Petrifying Pages and Gruesome Engravings

by Smithsonian Digital Library

As it turns out, not all vampires are pointy-toothed Transylvanian counts or lovelorn, sparkly teenagers. Sometimes, they're squid.


Vampire squid


The vampire squid, or Vampyroteuthis infernalis (formerly Melanoteuthis lucens, as it was called in the plate above), dwells 2,000-3,000 feet under the sea. It has a dark body, red eyes and generally creepy appearance, perfectly suitable for such a horrofic name. This image, from Prince Albert I of Monacco's Résultats des campagnes scientifiques accomplies sur son yacht was recently digitized, but we've pulled together our all time favorite frightening images for  you in Flickr.


Here's a peek (note: slideshow requires Flash):


Did we miss your favorite ghoulish or gross image from our collection? Let us know!

Happy Halloween!


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