"...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, October 21, 2016

Weekend Link Dump

As promised, all October Link Dumps are sponsored by the Halloween Cats!

Why the hell do monsters sit on your chest and try to strangle you?  Now you know!

What the hell caused the Ustica Massacre?

What the hell are these ten ancient manuscripts?

Who the hell was the Lady in Red?

Who the hell was the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall?

Watch out for the Southend Werewolf!

Watch out for those killer boomerangs!

Watch out for those Irish fairy folk!

Watch out for those cold drinks of water!

Watch out for those three-inch manikins!

Watch out for those creepy clowns!  Yes, yes, I didn't need to tell you that.

The hero dog of Chelsea.

How to eat like a Stuart.

Some legendary islands.

The hazards of being a body-snatcher.

The Welsh are fighting over Amelia Earhart.

Some unopened Mayan tombs.

Halloween's Irish roots.

Claims that life on Mars was discovered in 1976.

Contemporary letters about the death of Lord Nelson.

A German village of castles.

Some controversial artifacts in the Azores.

Analyzing Henry III.

Remembering the great, notoriously ill-fated Phar Lap.

The sad story of the sneaker-wearing goose.

Why the British feared Napoleon in 1803.

Sowing the land with salt.

The Great London Beer Flood.

Persian pageantry, 1809.

Revisiting the Campden Wonder.

Eleanor Glanville, 17th century entomologist.

This week's Advice From Thomas Morris:  Don't become a writer.  Unless, of course, you like having a bunch of knights doing battle in your bowels.

And have nightmares.  They're good for your health.

The teeth of Stonehenge.

Ancient Zoroastrian texts.

The destruction of Speldhurst Church.

The curious case of York's Great Bellringer Massacre.

Conspiracy theories about a conspiracy theorist.

The adventures of a mid-20th century walker.

The battle of Assandun.

How to trap evil spirits.

The Case of the Moving Mummy.

Bring on the Dumb Duels!

Frances Trollope visits America.

The St. Osyth witch trials.

A real-life Poldark.

Execution by airplane.

London in the Domesday Book.

A 1920 spy scandal.

New York's lone tenements.

When UFOs attack.

Medieval accounts of the Norman Conquest.

The execution of the Oxford Martyrs.

The Great Pyramid keeps getting weirder.

The gruesome experiment that inspired a classic horror novel.

A British pirate in 16th century Brazil.

The Tudor and Stuart eras had a problem with gunpowder.

A scholarly dictionary of slang.

The actress put to death by Stalin.

How to entertain your cat, late Victorian style.

Celebrating the Toad Who Wouldn't Die.

This Week in Russian Weird:  Their UFOs are glowing.

Cases of disappearing families.

Life on the remotest island in the world.

An American plot to save a queen.

A retrospective insanity plea.

Mata Hari and the palm reader.

A breath of maggoty air, anybody?

Mapping the spirit world.

"For a wanton's smile."

And there you go for this week. See you on Monday, when we'll look at the mystery behind a woman who had it all, and lost it all. In the meantime, here's an old British public information film that just may be the scariest horror film ever made.


  1. I don't know if I can handle the video, but I definitely want to look into eating like a Stuart.

    1. Let me put it this way: Those old British PSAs did not believe in subtlety.

    2. "Blue is disqualified for not completing the course." Bwa-ha-hah. This is like, "Lord of the Flies, Redux."

  2. The burial of the Lady in Red seems to have been very complicated, unusual - and likely expensive - for someone who didn't reach her destination or who fell off a passing riverboat, as two of the explanations suggest. It appears to me that much more care had been given to her to warrant those ideas. Perhaps her grave had a marker at one point and it was removed. Giving her birth and death dates as "1835" and "1969" respectively should lead to some confusion among historians in later years.

  3. Damn but I was sure the train would come back and finish them off.


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