"...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 28, 2016

Weekend Link Dump

For one last time this year, our weekly Link Dump is brought to you by the Halloween Cats!

Watch out for those laughing Jack o'Lanterns!

Watch out for those Thames crocodiles!

Watch out for those ghostly swine!

Watch out for those crash ghosts!

Watch out for those Victorian snowball fights!

Watch out for those Early Modern ghosts!

Watch out for those Renaissance sea monsters!

This week's Advice From Thomas Morris: A cotton press is not a toy.


The mystery of the twin avalanches.

Christopher Marlowe, step up and collect a boatload of late royalty payments.

Victorians used cigarettes to cure asthma.

The bones of Alice Cooper.

Anomalistic beer-goggling.

An African abbot in Anglo-Saxon England.

Halloween folklore.

A friendship between 18th century royals.

Because we can't get enough of witchy black cats.

Just in time for Halloween, here's Napoleon's ghost.

A 19th century Hoosier Halloween.

A sailor's epic last voyage.

The case of the X-rated ghost.

The case of the abandoned ayah.

The case of the Cowled Figure.

The law of Adulterine Bastardy.

The unluckiest quintuplets ever.

Hey, let's throw a Halloween party!

Hey, let's talk Tudor orgies!

Inventing Eleanor of Aquitaine.

A printer is corrupted by the theater.

Florida's first archaeologist.

Clara Bow's ghost story.

A Victorian assault case.

The first French giraffe.

Dining with vampires.

Europe's first vampire.

In which we learn that George Washington was a really lousy poet.

Georgian dirty laundry.

A 7,000 year-old road trip.

A 2,000 year-old crossword puzzle.

Rabindranath Tagore in Iran.

Uncovering a medieval hospital.

This week in Russian Weird looks at the cauldrons of the Siberian Valley of Death.

It's a wrap, folks.  See you on Monday, when we'll be looking at a real-life Halloween horror.  In the meantime, let's get into the holiday spirit with Jeff Buckley's reading of my favorite poem:


  1. The will o' the wisp is sometimes described as 'swamp gas' (methane) and sometimes as ball-lightning. I don't read about many instances today. I wonder if it was more embellishment than truth all the time.

  2. Undine's blog: "A compleat cure," for anyone who believes that modern times have grown more chaotic and violent than past eras.


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