"...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, August 19, 2022

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

While you read this week's links, sit down and join us for some tea!

A historic house of secrets.

In which Earl Warenne looks for a wife.

In which Harvard scientists search for crashed UFOs.

A courtroom killer.

The WWII battle for Monte Cassino.

When Howard Carter helped open Tutankhamen's tomb, he may also have helped himself.

The life of a Judean shepherd from 6,000 years ago.

In which Robin the Trickster battles Stiff Dick.  Not to worry, the story is totally family-friendly.

Some pretty gruesome things happen in Yellowstone.

It's not too many people who can put on their business cards the occupation "football-inventor/mermaid hunter."

The world's oldest toys.

The life and death of the iceberg that sunk the Titanic.

The Shropshire Witch.

How cowards came to be called "chickens."

How mammals survived the "doomsday asteroid."

In which Charles Dickens goes ghost-hunting.

Books that are most likely lost forever.

The fatal envelope.

The mystery of the "ghost blimp."

The slave who mailed himself to freedom.

The genetic secrets of a woman who lived in Japan 3,800 years ago.

When New Yorkers could go on a relaxing country drive.

The disappearance--and reappearance--of an Air Force captain.

In which Brendan Bracken writes to Max Aitken.

Cats and the supernatural.

The disappearance of the male movie fan.

A French monster.

A strange case of amnesia.

An 18th century female silversmith.

Morris, a valiant police cat.

The gruesome case of the doll in the coffin.

A 400-year-old shipwreck that turns out to be a time capsule.

In Britain, prehistoric people used rock crystal to mark burial sites.

That's it for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a particularly striking ghost story.  In the meantime, I recently discovered "bardcore"--modern pop songs given a medieval/Renaissance flavor.  It's a lot of fun.


  1. Robin the Trickster versus Stiff Dick?

    Wot? Are you reviewing MCU movies now?

  2. Seems the "doll in the coffin" link is broken. Tis a pity...

  3. Doll in the coffin link doesn't work

  4. was it this story? https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30688950.html

    1. No, it was a different story from the blog of the UK National Archives site. But they seem to have deleted the post!

    2. I was able to find a cached version of the blog post. See if this link works.


  5. Morris the police cat... What a wonderful building he had to work in. Naturally, it was demolished. Maybe people will treat the well-preserved shipwreck near Lubeck better. (And I'd love to join the staff for tea - though I'll just watch the tennis afterward...)


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