Mysterious Photos of the Skeletons Inside of Us

By on December 14, 2014 // Yesterday's Myths & Mysteries // 2 Comments

Image: Kevin Dooley via CC by 2.0
Image: Kevin Dooley via CC by 2.0

One of Ray Bradbury’s more memorable short stories is one called “Skeleton,” published in Weird Tales in 1945. In it, a man named Harris slowly arrives at the terrifying realization that there’s a skeleton inside of him.

“A skeleton,” Bradbury wrote, “One of those jointed, snowy, hard things, one of those foul, dry, brittle, goudge-eyed, skull-faced, shake-fingered, rattling things that sway from neck-chains in abandoned webbed closets, one of those things found on the desert all long and scattered like dice!”

It’s an ordinary thing. But it’s unsettling if you really think about it: inside of you, at this very moment, is a ghoulish, grinning symbol of death. With that happy thought in mind, here are a handful of curious images of skeletons…

“Skeletons were strange, unwieldy things…”

Image: Unkown

Image: Unknown

Image: Unknown

Image: Unknown

1800s Stereoscope

Image: 1800s Stereoscope

Image: 1800s, Unknown

Image: Unknown (1870)

Image: A Student's Dream, 1906 by R.R. Robinson

Image: A Student’s Dream, 1906 by R.R. Robinson

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About the Author

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.
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  • Mike Marko

    Hey Rob,

    Spent the last hour or two reading some of your articles. Kept my attention, and admire your style and choice of material.

    When you invoked Bradbury (favorite author from childhood), you earned my total respect.

    Keep up the good work. Love to have a beer with you sometime.

    Mike Marko

    • Rob

      Ray Bradbury is one of my favorite authors, especially his short stories. I always have Zen in the Art of Writing playing in the back of my mind.

      And thank you. I’m very glad you enjoy the website!