Diableries has 88 ratings and 6 reviews. Forrest said: Let’s get the obligatory cataloging information out of the way first, shall we?Diableries: Stere. Les Diableries is the title of a series of stereoscopic photographs published in Paris during the s. The photographs, commonly known as stereoviews, portray sculpted clay vignettes which depict scenes of daily life in Hell. Pellerin (), Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell, London Stereoscopic Company. ‘Diableries – Stereoscopic Adventures In Hell’ was published on 31 October , The book is a study of ‘Diableries’, which are French stereo cards produced.

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What are Diableries?

The book is a study of ‘Diableries’, which are French stereo cards produced between andwhich have fascinated Brian for over 40 years since first discovering them as a student. The book contains pages and full colour photographs, and comes in a slipcase with an ‘Owl’ stereoscope viewer.

It was also available as a special deluxe collectors edition, which was signed by the authors, bound in faux leather with gilt edged pages, and came with a gold Owl stereoscope viewer and a certificate.

The authors promoted the book by hosting a series of lectures, talks, and book signings in the UK. Brian also opened a free gallery in a disused telephone box in the English village of Settle, which featured a selection of photographs from the book.


A short film titled ‘ One Night In Hell ‘ was released inwhich features animated scenes based on Diableries featured in the book.

Brian was one of the producers of the film, contributed a new track to it, and also briefly appears. In addition, an app was produced for the iPad and iPhone platforms, and later Android, allowing you to view 24 original stereo cards and interact with the characters through a ‘Diabl-O-Scope’ augmented reality application.

A set of 12 stereoscope cards from the book were later included in the ‘Victorian Gems’ boxed set in The following is taken from the book’s official website, www. He published his first book about these cards in In this second book, the subject is of broader interest and is more controversial. They depict a whole imaginary underworld, populated by devils, satyrs and skeletons which are very much alive and, for the most part, having fun.

The scenes depicted in these Diableries were made in clay, on a table-top, with amazing skill, by a small bunch of gifted sculptors, and then photographed with a stereo camera. The resulting stereo pair of prints was made on thin albumen paper, and water-colours were applied to the back of the prints.

Diableries, Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell by Denis Pellerin, Brian May, Paula Fleming

The eyes of each dialeries were then pricked out with a sharp instrument, and small pieces of red gel, or blobs of reddened varnish, were applied to stereocsopic back of the pricked holes. Collectors prize these cards, which are quite delicate, and must be handled with care, in order not to damage them.


Stereoscopy has been a life-long passion, and his second book, ‘A Village Lost and Found’, written with Elena Vidal, introduced the genius of Victorian Stereophotographer T. Williams to a global audience.

Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell

Denis Pellerin, dedicated photohistorian, was a teacher for over 30 years and has been interested in photography since the age of ten. He was bitten by the stereo bug in the ‘s, has been fascinated by the Diableries advetures over 25 years and has written several books and articles on 19th-century stereophotography for various magazines, institutions and museums.

He is also currently working on his PhD. Paula Richardson Fleming is a photographic historian with a special interest in stereo photography.

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Her credits include publications on 19th-century photography, as well as the curation of many photographic exhibits. Her association with Brian and Denis came naturally from their mutual appreciation of Diableries. Return to top Legal Stuff No Menu?

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