"...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

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The Best of Strange Company 2019

Greetings!  As has become my end-of-year tradition, I'm taking a look back at the posts which were most popular--or, if you prefer, least-unpopular--of the past twelve months.   Disappearances happened to be the biggest draw in 2019, although ghosts, kidnappings, and people making damn fools of themselves over cats also made strong showings.

So, in order, with the most-read first, here we go!

1. Judy Smith's Final Destination: A Bizarre Murder Mystery

This was most-read by a pretty healthy margin, which doesn't surprise me, as the story is about as weird as they come.

2. A Vanishing in Idaho: The Lillian Richey Mystery

Another woman's inexplicable disappearance.  It's not as well known as the Judy Smith case, but it's nearly as strange.

3. The Mystery of the Meowing House

A  California family has a cat trapped in their house...and you won't believe what happened next.

4. The Case of the Haunted Necklace

Why using ancient tombs as gift shops is really a bad idea.

5. The Creature of Charterhouse

This unusual ghost story was a favorite of mine from the past year.

6. Disappearance in the Desert:  The Walker/Martens Mystery

A young couple lands their plane in the middle of a desert, start walking...and are never seen again.

7. The Lost Boy:  The Mystery of Melvin Horst

The unsolved presumed kidnapping of a small child.

8. "Where is Olive?" An Unusual Poltergeist Account

A young woman haunts her old home...while she's still alive.

9. Guest Post: Peggy Gavan, Author of "The Cat Men of Gotham"

Please don't make your cats blue.  Figuratively or literally.

10. Carl Jung's Ghost Story

A famed psychiatrist's brush with The Weird.

And so comes to an end this blog's final post for 2019.  I hope you will join me in 2020 for more disappearances, ghosts, murders, and, God willing, more people making damn fools of themselves over cats.

Happy New Year!


  1. The best back at you, thanks for another fascinating year.

  2. Happy New Year to you! Oddly, speaking of disappearances, I cannot read any of the links. I don't have sufficient access or something.

    1. That's weird. I just checked, and yes, the links all went to the "edit" version. I just re-linked everything, so they should work now.

  3. I think it's Blogger giving you some new year willies, had the same problem as Denise. I couldn't access anything from my email, but I went to your site and could read them. There's a first time for everything I guess!

  4. The Charterhouse creature was a favourite of mine for several reasons. The tough guy witness thought he could handle anything, but when things act unnaturally, he realised that there wasn’t anything he could do to stop the creature doing whatever it wanted. As well, the creature didn’t seem to be harmful; he was just curious. And squeezing itself under the door was a bizarre twist; anything so creepy as that gets my attention.


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