Joshua Hoffine said he was inspired to create the scary images after reading bedtime stories to his four daughters, two of whom appear in the photographs.
The 40-year-old, whose work has previously been published in art magazines, says his own love of horror films goes way beyond cheap thrill, adding he believes the genre is “ultimately concerned with the imminence and randomness of death, and the implication that there is no certainty to existence”.
In a post on his website, the freelance photographer says: “Horror tells us that our belief in security is delusional, and that the monsters are all around us.”
Mr Hoffine described how featuring his daughters in the scary photographers has proved controversial, even leading to hate mail from people who felt he was terrifying the young children.
The photographer insists his daughters were not at all scared while posing for the photographs however, insisting they performed for less than a minute at a time and comforting treats, such as freshly baked cookies, were always on hand to keep them happy.
He identified the most controversial image as being that of a cornered nappy-wearing child screaming as a wolf approaches her on a staircase.
“This one I get hate mail for- it crosses the line for so many people. The wolf is universally read as a sexual predator”, Mr Hoffine said.
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