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"Unleashing the Power of Fear: From Devils to Birds and Beyond" In a time when superstitions ruled, a woman fearlessly raises her skirts

Background imageScare Collection: A bird of prey sticker on a window to prevent birds flying into the window

A bird of prey sticker on a window to prevent birds flying into the window
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Background imageScare Collection: Salem Witches

Salem Witches
At Salem, Dr Wilkinson is pursued by a sinister wolf which, in the prevailing climate of panic, is linked to the witchcraft scare

Background imageScare Collection: Ogre cooking people for breakfast (litho)

Ogre cooking people for breakfast (litho)
7149264 Ogre cooking people for breakfast (litho) by Kley, Heinrich (1863-1945); Private Collection; (add.info.: Ogre cooking people for breakfast)

Background imageScare Collection: The Thunderstorm by Edmund Blampied

The Thunderstorm by Edmund Blampied
A woman cowers under her bed covers as a thunderstorm is in progress outside. Date: 1914

Background imageScare Collection: Raptor model birdscarer on pole, in arable field at dusk, Bacton, Suffolk, England, october

Raptor model birdscarer on pole, in arable field at dusk, Bacton, Suffolk, England, october

Background imageScare Collection: The Courage to Heal

The Courage to Heal, a Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis, the book that fueled the American abuse scare of the 1980s/1990s

Background imageScare Collection: RF - Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus head close up with jaws open, Chobe river, Botswana)

RF - Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus head close up with jaws open, Chobe river, Botswana)
RF - Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus head close up with jaws open, Chobe river, Botswana. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)

Background imageScare Collection: RF - American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) swims through sunrays

RF - American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) swims through sunrays. Jardines de la Reina, Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba. Caribbean Sea

Background imageScare Collection: Fangtooth moray (Enchelycore anatina) with open mouth, portrait. Tenerife, Canary Islands

Fangtooth moray (Enchelycore anatina) with open mouth, portrait. Tenerife, Canary Islands

Background imageScare Collection: Bluestreak cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus) cleans among the sharp teeth of a

Bluestreak cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus) cleans among the sharp teeth of a predatory roving coral grouper (Plectropomus pessuliferus) beneath an overhang on a coral reef

Background imageScare Collection: Peruvian Tarantula (Pamphobeteus sp. ) adult, walking over Humming Frog (Chiasmocleis

Peruvian Tarantula (Pamphobeteus sp. ) adult, walking over Humming Frog (Chiasmocleis
Peruvian Tarantula (Pamphobeteus sp.) adult, walking over Humming Frog (Chiasmocleis royi) without preying on it. Los Amigos Biological Station, Madre de Dios, Amazonia, Peru

Background imageScare Collection: Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) Chobe National Park, Botswana, June

Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) Chobe National Park, Botswana, June

Background imageScare Collection: Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) breaking surface with mouth open. Guadalupe Island

Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) breaking surface with mouth open. Guadalupe Island, Mexico

Background imageScare Collection: Golden-mantled tamarin (Saguinus tripartitus) captive

Golden-mantled tamarin (Saguinus tripartitus) captive

Background imageScare Collection: Jaguar (Panthera onca) female yawning, native to Southern and Central America, captive

Jaguar (Panthera onca) female yawning, native to Southern and Central America, captive

Background imageScare Collection: Common vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus) roosting in cave, Costa Rica

Common vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus) roosting in cave, Costa Rica

Background imageScare Collection: Black bears (Ursus americanus) standing on back legs, fighting, Minnesota, USA, June

Black bears (Ursus americanus) standing on back legs, fighting, Minnesota, USA, June

Background imageScare Collection: Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) on shore with saliva dripping from mouth, Rinca Island

Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) on shore with saliva dripping from mouth, Rinca Island, Komodo National Park, Indonesia

Background imageScare Collection: Aye Aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) at night, Palmarium, Atsinanana, Madagascar

Aye Aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) at night, Palmarium, Atsinanana, Madagascar

Background imageScare Collection: Fangtooth moray eel (Enchelycore anatina) with mouth open, Grand Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

Fangtooth moray eel (Enchelycore anatina) with mouth open, Grand Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain. East Atlantic Ocean

Background imageScare Collection: Green anaconda (Eunectes murinus) underwater, flicking tongue, Formoso River, Bonito

Green anaconda (Eunectes murinus) underwater, flicking tongue, Formoso River, Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil

Background imageScare Collection: Black panther / melanistic Leopard (Panthera pardus) baring teeth, captive

Black panther / melanistic Leopard (Panthera pardus) baring teeth, captive

Background imageScare Collection: American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), underwater, Jardines de la Reina / Gardens

American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), underwater, Jardines de la Reina / Gardens of the Queen National Park, Caribbean Sea, Ciego de Avila, Cuba, January. Vulnerable species

Background imageScare Collection: Scenes of Witchcraft: Night, c.1645-49 (oil on canvas)

Scenes of Witchcraft: Night, c.1645-49 (oil on canvas)
XOS5879304 Scenes of Witchcraft: Night, c.1645-49 (oil on canvas) by Rosa, Salvator (1615-73); Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, USA; (add.info.: Painting by Salvator Rosa In the pitch black of night)

Background imageScare Collection: The carnage at Shushan Hill, Battle of Liaoyang, Russo-Japanese War, 1904 (litho)

The carnage at Shushan Hill, Battle of Liaoyang, Russo-Japanese War, 1904 (litho)
8655534 The carnage at Shushan Hill, Battle of Liaoyang, Russo-Japanese War, 1904 (litho) by Woodville, Richard Caton II (1856-1927) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageScare Collection: Downfall of Carthage (engraving)

Downfall of Carthage (engraving)
8635730 Downfall of Carthage (engraving) by German School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Downfall of Carthage, Third Punic War, 146 BC. Illustration from Rom)

Background imageScare Collection: Scene from Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy (colour litho)

Scene from Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy (colour litho)
8626253 Scene from Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy (colour litho) by Italian School, (14th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageScare Collection: A woman nervously moving to answer an unexpected knock at the front door, 1875

A woman nervously moving to answer an unexpected knock at the front door, 1875
3480136 A woman nervously moving to answer an unexpected knock at the front door, 1875; (add.info.: Illustration depicting a woman nervously moving to answer an unexpected knock at the front door;)

Background imageScare Collection: Lawolo a masculine protective statue

Lawolo a masculine protective statue
2624186 Lawolo a masculine protective statue; (add.info.: Lawolo a masculine protective statue, used to scare an enemy from Nias, Indonesia)

Background imageScare Collection: The horrors of drunkenness, 1850

The horrors of drunkenness, 1850
3478059 The horrors of drunkenness, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration by Kenny Meadows (1790-1874) a British caricaturist and illustrator, depicting the horrors of drunkenness

Background imageScare Collection: The Taking of the Malakoff Redoubt (engraving)

The Taking of the Malakoff Redoubt (engraving)
8676725 The Taking of the Malakoff Redoubt (engraving) by Vernet, Horace (1789-1863) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Taking of the Malakoff Redoubt)

Background imageScare Collection: Civilisation in Africa and Asia (engraving)

Civilisation in Africa and Asia (engraving)
8673244 Civilisation in Africa and Asia (engraving) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Civilisation in Africa and Asia)

Background imageScare Collection: Expression of horror (coloured engraving)

Expression of horror (coloured engraving)
8655702 Expression of horror (coloured engraving) by French School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Expression of horror)

Background imageScare Collection: Expressions of emotions on the faces of young children (coloured engraving)

Expressions of emotions on the faces of young children (coloured engraving)
8655764 Expressions of emotions on the faces of young children (coloured engraving) by French School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageScare Collection: Death of Cato the Younger (engraving)

Death of Cato the Younger (engraving)
8664203 Death of Cato the Younger (engraving) by French School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Death of Cato the Younger, 46 BC)

Background imageScare Collection: The grenadier's horse (colour litho)

The grenadier's horse (colour litho)
8664100 The grenadier's horse (colour litho) by Job, pseudonym for Onfray de Breville, Jacques (1858-1931); Private Collection; (add.info.: The grenadier's horse)

Background imageScare Collection: Scenes of Witchcraft: Day, c. 1645-49 (oil on canvas)

Scenes of Witchcraft: Day, c. 1645-49 (oil on canvas)
XOS5879300 Scenes of Witchcraft: Day, c. 1645-49 (oil on canvas) by Rosa, Salvator (1615-73); Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Background imageScare Collection: Caricature about the 1819 comet (end of the world) (engraving)

Caricature about the 1819 comet (end of the world) (engraving)
1729392 Caricature about the 1819 comet (end of the world) (engraving)

Background imageScare Collection: Croque-Mitaine (hobgoblin). 1892 Edition with Illustrations by Paul Gustave Dore

Croque-Mitaine (hobgoblin). 1892 Edition with Illustrations by Paul Gustave Dore
5306559 Croque-Mitaine (hobgoblin). 1892 Edition with Illustrations by Paul Gustave Dore; Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageScare Collection: Catholic priests being put through a mill (woodcut)

Catholic priests being put through a mill (woodcut)
8673247 Catholic priests being put through a mill (woodcut) by Stimmer, Tobias (1539-84); Private Collection; (add.info.: Catholic priests being put through a mill. Anti-Catholic satire, 1577)

Background imageScare Collection: Destruction of Corinth (engraving)

Destruction of Corinth (engraving)
8635729 Destruction of Corinth (engraving) by German School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Destruction of Corinth by the Romans, 146 BC. Illustration from Rom)

Background imageScare Collection: Scenes of Witchcraft: Evening, c. 1645-49 (oil on canvas)

Scenes of Witchcraft: Evening, c. 1645-49 (oil on canvas)
XOS5879301 Scenes of Witchcraft: Evening, c. 1645-49 (oil on canvas) by Rosa, Salvator (1615-73); Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, USA; (add.info.: Painting by Salvator Rosa At dusk)

Background imageScare Collection: Scenes of Witchcraft, c.1645-49 (oil on canvas)

Scenes of Witchcraft, c.1645-49 (oil on canvas)
XOS5879298 Scenes of Witchcraft, c.1645-49 (oil on canvas) by Rosa, Salvator (1615-73); Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, USA; (add.info.: Painting by Salvator Rosa)

Background imageScare Collection: Cartoon depicting a boy scaring birds

Cartoon depicting a boy scaring birds
5309063 Cartoon depicting a boy scaring birds; (add.info.: Cartoon depicting a boy scaring birds. The boy is using a clack, rattle or whizzer, a noisy wooden contraption)

Background imageScare Collection: Man being crushed by a wine press (engraving)

Man being crushed by a wine press (engraving)
8673250 Man being crushed by a wine press (engraving) by Lagniet, Jacques (1620-1672); Private Collection; (add.info.: Man being crushed by a wine press, 17th Century)

Background imageScare Collection: Fur Animals of the Arcitc: Arctic Fox attacking trapped Sable while, in the background

Fur Animals of the Arcitc: Arctic Fox attacking trapped Sable while, in the background
530329 Fur Animals of the Arcitc: Arctic Fox attacking trapped Sable while, in the background, the trapper rushes to scare off the foxes in the hope of saving a valuable pelt. Chromoxylograph

Background imageScare Collection: Sea Adventure: Nelson and the bear (colour litho)

Sea Adventure: Nelson and the bear (colour litho)
8668743 Sea Adventure: Nelson and the bear (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Nelson and the bear)

Background imageScare Collection: The Horrors of water, a scene during the late floods in Virginia (engraving)

The Horrors of water, a scene during the late floods in Virginia (engraving)
8643273 The Horrors of water, a scene during the late floods in Virginia (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Horrors of water)



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"Unleashing the Power of Fear: From Devils to Birds and Beyond" In a time when superstitions ruled, a woman fearlessly raises her skirts, believing it will scare off the devil himself. A simple sticker of a bird of prey on a window serves as an ingenious scare tactic, preventing birds from flying into their own reflection. As dusk settles over Bacton, Suffolk in October, a raptor model birdscarer stands tall in an arable field, warding off unwanted creatures with its imposing presence. The haunting tales of the Salem witches still send shivers down our spines as we explore the dark history that continues to both fascinate and terrify us. "The Courage to Heal" guides those haunted by past traumas towards empowerment and recovery, reminding us that even amidst fear there is hope for healing. Unfolding before our eyes is New Zealand's captivating landscape captured within the intricate lines of a map - inviting exploration while igniting awe-inspiring wonderment. Journey through Ireland's complex history with "A Map Of Irish Free State And Northern Ireland, " where borders tell stories of division but also resilience and unity among its people. Lose yourself in Scotland's enchanting beauty as you trace your fingers across "A Map of Scotland, " revealing ancient castles, rugged landscapes, and mythical legends waiting to be discovered. Frozen in time is a photograph capturing crowds outside Southampton Buildings during the infamous Birkbeck Bank Scare - illustrating how fear can unite or divide societies at pivotal moments in history. Bathed in moonlight lies an eerie churchyard; shadows dance between gravestones as whispers echo through the night air - reminding us that even sacred places can hold secrets that stir our deepest fears. Witness nature's raw power as an American crocodile gracefully swims through sunrays - showcasing both its beauty and the primal fear it evokes in us.