Hands Resist Him
In 2000, an strange painting simply named “Haunted” appeared on eBay. It shows a young boy next to an eyeless doll with several discarnate hands behind a glass door.
The painting was eerie enough but it was the seller’s forbidding warning that disturbed shoppers. The seller explained that their 4 year old daughter was always terrified of the picture — she claimed to see the boy and the doll arguing at night before crawling from the confine of their canvas and into reality; Her father also claimed to see the same thing. The seller’s story didn’t dissuade buyers as the page accumulated over 30,000 views and was shared across the internet before it was sold to art gallery owner Kim Smith for $1,025.
Kim did not have any experiences but others claimed to have felt uneasy around the picture, many thought that even seeing the image online could cause disturbing events, demonic whispers, blackouts and feelings of being controlled by an outside source. Kim tracked down the artist, Bill Stoneham, who said the 1972 piece “Hands Resist Him” represented the other lives hidden within a dream realm versus a harsh reality.
Although the painting wasn’t meant to be frightening, Bill did recall that both the owner of the gallery in which the painting was first displayed, and the art critic who reviewed it, died within one year of coming into contact with the painting.