Christmas

Down with Christmas Ghosts; Up with Christmas Fairies!

Down with Christmas Ghosts; Up with Christmas Fairies! An 1880s rant against unwholesome Christmas ghost story horrors with a surprising suggestion for a supernatural substitute.

The Message Star

As Spiritualism’s star waned after the horrors of the First World War began to fade, and as the 20th century advanced, “channeled” revelations often took on the guise of messages from the heavens, reminiscent of later pronouncements from Our Space Brothers, Cosmic Masters, and astral councils of advanced Beings. In 1919 a Toronto physician and astronomer received a message from the stars.

Leeches, Radium, and a Corpse in a Box: Strange Christmas Presents of the Past

Looking for inspiration for truly memorable holiday presents? Turn to the past for gifts they’ll never forget–like radium particles, a dismembered corpse, a hamper of poisonous snakes, and strips of human skin.

The Passing of the Christmas Ghost Story

The Christmas ghost story was a holiday tradition in the magazines and papers of the 19th century. Dickens popularized it; hacks hackneyed it; M.R. James brought it to the pitch of paranormal perfection. But by the time of this humorous piece, every possible change had been rung on the Christmas ghost story clichés.

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