"...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 15, 2021

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

Now that all the posts for this week have been completed, the Strange Company staff is getting ready for the weekend.

Shropshire's lesser-known ghosts.

The mystery of Easter Island writing.

A house that really let a burglar down.

It says something about Beate Uhse that being a WWII pilot was the least interesting thing about her.

A greengrocer stands trial for murder.

The biggest whiskey-drinking contest ever.  Warning: just reading about it may make you tipsy.

That time New England got hysterical about vampires.

A new film is based on a real-life medieval rape trial.

In which we learn that Winston Churchill was a firebug.

The Prince of Joinville: an artist and a sailor.

The diary of a "lumber Jill."

A murderous rag-picker.

The world's most expensive garden gnomes.

A tale of a funeral coach.

Spring-heeled Jack visits Sheffield.

An ancient luxury toilet in Jerusalem.

The myths surrounding Victorian post-mortem photography.

The Jacobean trade in peerages.

The 1920s spiritualism fad.

The Nazi-hunting femme fatales.

When Oscar Wilde was a golden boy.

The world's earliest known acrobats.

The Demon Wall of Norway.

18th century naval artists.

The shipwreck and the weird sea creature.

Nothing to see here, just some unknown Thing sending radio waves from the center of our galaxy.

On the difficulty of writing a biography of a court fool.

A triple murder in 1924 Pennsylvania.

A disappearance in the Arizona desert.

Nine surprise military attacks.

The Rational Dress Society.

The murder of "Joe the Quilter."

In which a cobra becomes a murder weapon.

There was a mass extinction about 30 million years ago, and we're only now finding out about it.

In which a woman wakes up to find she's sharing her bed with a space rock.

Isabella of Woodstock, medieval princess.

Caroline Norton fights injustice.

Five writers who predicted WWI.

Kirkstall Abbey and Shakespeare's ghost.

So, let's talk screaming skulls.

A look at an 18th century debtor's prison.

The oldest known footprints of pre-humans.

An art model turned painter.

The world's hardest cheese.

Four audacious women.

Meet the dog who just got into the Guinness World Records.

That's it for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a short, but very weird ghost story.  In the meantime, our Strange Company HQ staff is here to entertain you:


  1. I loved the Bohemian Catsody! I have 4 cats lounging in my home and they definitely know who’s the boss.

  2. Impossible to pass up something entitled, "The murder of 'Joe the Quilter.'" Science has proven this true.

  3. Screaming skulls reminded me that when a boy, I saw a tv-movie (video-taped, I think) starring David McCallum and Vincent Gardenia about a screaming skull, and for the longest time, I couldn't find out anything about it. I finally found it under its obscure and clearly nonsensical title: "Screaming Skull"...


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