31 Days of Halloween Day 7 – Haunted Paintings

We were away for a few days but are back and are trying to get caught up on our 31 Days of Halloween postings. So in order to get caught up we will be posting 7 mini posts today. We hope you enjoy.


Haunted dolls are used often in horror fiction and film. There have been accounts of people claiming that they purchased or were gifted a haunted doll, or discovered that paranormal phenomena revolved around a certain item or object in their house.



The Hands That Resist Him


There have been accounts of paintings that are so haunted people refuse to keep them in their house. One of them is The Hands That Resist Him by artist Bill Stoneham which was painted in 1974. Stoneham claimed the painting is an adaptation of a photograph taken of him in childhood. It’s claimed that several people died shortly after taking ownership of the painting, including a gallery owner.



The Anguished Man


This painting is more disturbing than The Hands That Resist Him. The Anguished Man was stored in Sean Robinson’s grandmother’s attic for 25 years. His grandmother claimed it was haunted by the artist who painted it. It’s believed that those reds used in the painting are the artists’ own blood. Shortly after painting this it’s been reported that the artist committed suicide. Strange noises, doors slamming shut, shadowy figures and violent activity have been reported around this painting. The below video supposedly shows paranormal activity captured around this painting.



Are there any haunted paintings you know about? Let us know at Twitter @burialdaybooks


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Cynthia Pelayo

Cynthia (cina) Pelayo is the author of short story collection Loteria and the young adult horror novel Santa Muerte published by Post Mortem Press. Her short stories and poems have appeared in DM, Weird Year, Flashes in the Dark, SNM Horror Magazine, Seedpod, Static Movement, and more. Pelayo is the Publisher/Gravedigger of Burial Day Books and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. She is currently at work on two novels and a series of short stories and poems. You can find her on Twitter at @cinapelayo or at cinapelayo.com