"Close by he found three or four more, intertangled and superimposed as if the unhappy beings had fallen partly across each other"

This chilling discovery by Felix is foreshadowed by the petrified figures discovered preserved under twenty metres of ash and pumice in Pompeii, trapped on a fateful day in 79 AD.

The Garden of the Fugitives
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe Garden of the Fugitives - Credit: Lance Vortex

And it eerily anticipates the 'shadows' blasted on to the ruins of Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the first atom bombs were dropped on them in June 1945, vaporising thousands, consigning many others to agonising deaths and destroying two cities – the decimating full stop of WW2.