Blog and Guest Writers

Sept. 1, 2022

Ghost For Sale

 "FOR SALE--Haunted wardrobe.--Advertiser will be glad to deliver same to anybody interested, complete with ghost, which would also no doubt feel more at home if welcomed.--Write Mrs. B. Barclay, Carterton Manor, Oxon." August 19th, 1937, Lond…

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Sinister Tales from a Wiltshire Pub  A Hand of Glory is the dried and pickled hand of a hanged man, often specified as being the left (the word ‘left’ itself coming from the Latin word for sinister)  hand, or, if the person wa…

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July 5, 2022

The Art of Divination

What is divination? According to the Oxford dictionary it is the practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means. Found in all civilizations, both ancient and modern, it is encountered most frequently in contempora…

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In 1921, a British man called Albert Watkins thought he had found the secret of the universe. He had worked out that many important old archaeological sites around the world were all connected along straight lines. The idea that ancient sacred sites…

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Anne Greene (or Green) was a young Oxfordshire woman employed in the service of Sir Thomas Read as a maidservant in his property in the rural village of Duns Tew in Oxfordshire. She would later claim in 1650 that when aged 22 she was, "often solicit…

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May 10, 2022

Automatic Writing

In describing his first experience at a seance of Herne and Williams in 1872, Stainton Moses writes in Spirit Identity: "My right arm was seized about the middle of the forearm, and dashed violently up and down with a noise resembling that of a numb…

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As Season 3 of the podcast begins I am incredibly excited and honoured to announce that an essay I wrote features in the newly released The Feminine Macabre Volume III. The three volumes showcase the work of women and non-binary paranormal resea…

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Dec. 28, 2021

Digging Up History

The 18th and 19th century ushered in a medical interest in detailed anatomy thanks to the increase in the importance of surgery. In order for physicians to study anatomy human cadavers were needed. As early as 1540 Henry VIII passed an edict allowin…

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Dec. 14, 2021

Bring Out Your Dead

In the summer of 1665 Londoners were dying from a horrible and familiar disease. Although it was a regular visitor to the city, bubonic plague had returned with a vengeance. By the end of the year, the ‘Great Plague’ had taken the lives …

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The Great Amherst Mystery was a notorious case of reported poltergeist activity in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada between 1878 and 1879 . This two story cottage was the subject of an investigation by Walter Hubbell, an actor with an interest in psychi…

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