If ‘going viral’ was a thing in the 19th century, these photographs would have been shared a million times. Who doesn’t like a good image that brings together elements of magic, illusion, trickery, and a good dose of shock-factor?

Going headless seems to have been the fantasy of the time in the Victorian era, if these interesting portraits are anything to go by. Way before Photoshop, photographers combined multiple negatives to form these rather macabre images. But if you’re a fan of Victorian ghost stories, you can pretend that you didn’t just read that and imagine that these were truly people posing with their detachable heads.