When did Victorian fashion come to be regarded as macabre?

Also, this was the heyday of the “buried alive by mistake” meme.

I wonder how hard…

I’ll go away.

I thought the “buried alive” meme came because during the Victorian era coffins started in regular use. If you’re going to be buried alive in a shroud, I doubt you’ll notice too much. Weight of earth, lack of air etc.

In a box, though, you could have enough air for quite a nice panic attack before dying.

Gorey’s drawings seem to be more inspired by the Edwardian age than the Victorian…