Book Review – Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell




14 Apr 2014
Reviewed by Jason Weisberger

Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell
by Brian May, Denis Pellerin & Paula Fleming
– available from

Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell centers on a beautiful, reprinted collection of diabolical 1860s French stereoscopic cards.

On each card is an image of a detailed, intricate clay diorama d Brian epicting life in hell.

Each card tells a story, but the story of the collection itself is far more interesting.

Brian May, Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming worked for years to locate each card and tell its story.

In the video [below], Brian May does a wonderful job showing off both the book and his enthusiasm for it. He also demonstrates the included stereoscope for 3D viewing.

May himself is also quite a fascinating guy with a PhD in Astrophysics, and a long career as the lead guitarist of rock band Queen. May, Pellerin, and Fleming also share a wonderful website [ ] that features many of the cards and allows you to view them both normally and backlit.

The backlit images are haunting. However, this is all in 2D.

DIABLERIES – Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell

Half not backlit
Half of Card A0, not backlit
Half backlit
Half of Card A0, backlit

Reviewer continues….

I am thrilled with the included OWL Stereoscope. This affordable viewer, which was easy to include with the book, really allows the magic to take place. The 2D images above are lovely, but seeing them in 3D is pretty amazing!

The cards and this edition are works of art. This is a special book and will be prized in my collection.