"...we should pass over all biographies of 'the good and the great,' while we search carefully the slight records of wretches who died in prison, in Bedlam, or upon the gallows."
~Edgar Allan Poe

Friday, September 18, 2015

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is sponsored by Our New Cat Overlords.

Watch out for that Viper Wine!

Watch out for those one-legged beggars!

Watch out for those patted beds!

Watch out for those shark coffins!

Gloucester is really booming!

That time the French invaded Spain.

The ghost of a drunkard's wife gets her revenge.

The lost bells of Britain.

The cats of the New York Sun.

The Burning Buschs.  (If Chris' editor won't use that title, I will.)

Atlantis and dreams of great cleansing.

An "exceedingly beautiful" serial poisoner.

The gallant Madame du Frenoy.

The further adventures of a madcap 18th century doctor.

The life and times of a 19th century abortionist.

A witchy surgeon's wife.

Looking for mermaids.

Photography on the Orient Express, 1950.

Long but fascinating story:  a cold case murder with a number of odd twists.

Explaining the witch hunters.

Building the Universe in a Scottish garden.

The Princess and the Hyde Park Naked Guards.  Why, yes, of course this story is from the Georgian era.

Behold the rudest name in medieval history.

Why Victorians thought the eyes of murder victims "photographed" their killers.

Napoleon and Wellington: Who wrote better love letters?

A whisky-loving mare.  [Note:  Many horses are still given beer as a general tonic.  Not sure if they're getting shots of Jim Beam, though.]

Murder in the East India Company.

A very unlucky WWI deserter.

The story of the "Titanic Twins."

Preserving what we have left of Palmyra.

How to properly hunt ghosts.

Is Gram Parsons still doing encores?

An interesting Indian labyrinth.

What it was like to be a prisoner in Georgian England.

Excerpts from an interesting interview with Margaret Murray.

They now believe Mars has ice.

The unlucky Sir John Soane.

A couple of delightful mermaid cons.

Making sure soldiers got their chocolate.

A famous occult grimoire.

And, finally, this week's dose of Russian Weird.

And...that's a wrap! See you next week, when I'll be looking at an unusually contentious burial. In the meantime, as this is the last Link Dump of Summer 2015, (*Sigh*) here's an appropriate piece by Vivaldi:


  1. Cat overlords couldn't be worse than the ones we have now...

  2. "Viper Wine" was an excellent novel this past year, btw.

  3. The photographs of the Orient Express were fascinating. The 1950s were not as romantic or adventurous as the '30s - the last decade of romance, in my opinion - but the Orient Express is, no matter the year, the Orient Express...


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