The Man in the Hide: Western Island Oracles Today we look at some oracular methods from the Hebrides featuring mysterious creatures and a terrifying night ritual. Cows, cats, and little creatures from the sea.
The Sun King’s Death in a Glass of Water A group of aristocrats play a dangerous game bordering on treason in 18th-century France: asking a scryer to envision the circumstances of the Sun King’s death in a glass of water. And the Duc d’Orleans got more than he bargained for when he asked to have his own future revealed.
That masterful researcher Mike Dash brought us an extraordinary collection of stories of the devilish Victorian entity, Spring-heeled Jack. Here are a few reports of similar entities from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The history of disease is filled with cases of contagion spread by textiles. Was the 1878-79 Russian Plague caused by an infected shawl? Could a smallpox survive a year in the folds of a shawl, then kill?