As promised, all October Link Dumps are sponsored by the Halloween Cats!
What the hell are astral bells?
Who the hell was the Girl in Blue? Now we know!
Watch out for those phantom cars!
Watch out for those orange bat-eating crocodiles! Yes, I know that probably goes without saying.
That time Simon Bolivar met Ferdinand VII. At a badminton match.
Smith Wigglesworth, who just couldn't let the dead rest in peace.
This week in Russian Weird: They're being invaded by spiders from Mars.
How hot is Hell, anyway?
A 17th century Icelander in India.
Blood suddenly materializes on your writing table. I hate it whenever that happens.
A ghost saves a woman from bad plumbing.
The legacy of William the Conqueror.
Celebrating with transparencies and illuminations.
The execution of the Terror of Richmond.
The Battle of Hastings, as viewed by the losing side.
One very, very odd death.
Know your trolls!
Know your bodysnatchers!
Madame de Genlis on female education.
Remembering Edith Cavell.
The case of the disappearing boat.
An 18th century Irishman weighs in on French torture.
Another of those art world "Oopsie!" moments. And this one's a whopper.
The first modern bookseller.
A chapel of bones.
Some accounts of execution by boat.
Digging up the Hellfire Club.
The legacy of Ben Jonson.
The murderous American 1820s.
The uniquely dreadful death of Giles Cory.
A historic 18th century French home.
Oh, just that characteristic Victorian good taste and sensitivity about death.
Ah, those Victorians. Not even a bath of molten iron could get them down.
Historical prostitutes' symbols.
That's all for this week. See you on Monday, when I will present Strange Company's first guest post! In the meantime, here's Joseph Kraus, sometimes called "the Swedish Mozart." Even though he was German. Never mind, just have a listen: