Research can be a tricky thing. You never know who's watching, collating a profile from your search criteria. Anarchy, torture, asylums, weapons, terrorists--each has led me a not so merry dance especially on Pinterest, an image library to the human psyche. Where else might you find pins of pain and death proudly displayed beside a board full of fireside recipes and pleasing crafts for your kids. Weird, but it's all out there.
Images send a powerful message but can also be deceiving. The blooms on the right may please the eye, the mistletoe raising a smile at thoughts of love and kissing but ingest the berries and you'll soon be in need of urgent medical attention. And those pretty antique rings? Don't swoon with envy just yet, they are poison rings much favoured by the Borgia's, Lucrezia --killer bitch without rival--in particular.
Pear of Anguish
And doesn't the antique devise above look intriguing, beautiful even. Want to know its purpose? It was an instrument of torture used in the Middle Ages against those inducing miscarriage, liars, blasphemers and homosexuals. It was inserted into one of 3 orifices, depending on the crime. Not so pretty after all.
I guess the point I'm trying to make is that beauty can hide a darkness ripe for exploration in a thriller. You may recoil from the images on the right, their purpose is fairly obvious, but it's the pretty that should raise alarm because little is more powerful than the lure of innocence with deception.