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In 1930s Florida, a doctor by the name of Carl van Cassel was treating a young, beautiful tuberculosis patient. He fell madly in love with her and fought long and hard to save his love’s life but to no avail. The young lady was Maria Elena Oyoz, and she was stunningly beautiful. He first unearthed her body immediately after her death and had a cast made of her face to preserve her beauty forever. He had her body placed in a mausoleum; hoping being above the ground would slow the inevitable decay. He would visit the her everyday but people began noticing his frequent trips to the cemetery and rumors began to spread that he had become a bit crazy after enduring the ward and all of the epidemics he worked with. He transported her body to his home, redressed it in a wedding gown and placed the mask of her own face on her. He also covered the entire body with strong smelling perfumes and wax to keep the flesh and bones from falling apart as the body aged and decomposed. As the years passed, he had to keep her bones together with piano wire and perform the time-consuming task of daily applying new wax and slathering perfumes on what was left of the body. He also made wigs made of her hair to keep as much of her genuine as he could. Not wanting to leave his home, he would get huge deliveries of the wax and perfume and neighbors started to become suspicious.

Regardless of the perfumes, the stench of the dead body was still permeating the air and a complaint was made. It was later found out that, along with daily love letters to Maria Elena, he also consistently had sex with what were basically just bones, no flesh left, just bones covered in wax and perfume. The way he did this was by inserting a tube where her vagina would have been so that he could continue to have sex with her. Eventually the family found out that he had Maria Elena’s body and were outraged. They took him to court and got back her body and laid it to rest in an undisclosed location.

Dr. Van Cassel died shortly thereafter but beside him on the floor was a life-size doll with the death mask of Maria on it. He stayed with his sweetheart and would accept her in any form and loved her until the day he died. Although this story is obviously not normal or pleasant, Dr. Van Cassel was never a violent man. There is an underlying sweetness to the level of dedication and intensity of love he had for her that did not die when Maria Elena did. His love (and lust) continued until his death.

The Preserved Woman

Tome Tribute

"They say foul beings of Old Times still lurk in dark forgotten corners of the world, And Gates stll gape to loose, on certain nights, Shapes pent in Hell."

From Unaussprechlichen Kulten

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Thought of the Eon

There is a concept that is the corrupter and destroyer of all others. I speak not of Evil, whose limited empire is that of ethics; I speak of the infinite.

-Jorge Luis Borges