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Does the Sea Serpent Really Look Like an Art Nouveau Oar-fish?

With Labor Day upon us, we are almost at the end of the Silly Season when sea serpent stories were standard newspaper fare. Here’s a selection of vintage–and most imaginative–depictions of sea serpents.

Eating Holy Clay

Delving among the gravestones, I ran across a disturbing ritual from Ireland where clay from graves is eaten to protect against disease and sin. Unfortunately more was ingested than just clay.

Little Angels at a Deathbed

A story of fairies at a deathbed from Seeing Fairies by Marjorie T. Johnson reminds me of this story from Spiritualist literature about Gentry-like creatures urging a dying boy to come with them.

Book Review: Seeing Fairies by Marjorie T. Johnson

Sound the fairy pipes for the publication of this extraordinary collection of first-hand reports of fairies! They are found not only in the dim past, but from the 20th century and from ordinary people just up the street.

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