Fortean Mysteries

Where the Devil Got His Face

Today we continue the devilish theme of the previous post with a historical discursion on the iconography of the Devil and its surprising origin, according to a German scholar. WHERE HIS SATANIC MAJESTY GOT HIS FACE Special Correspondent of the Enquirer London, May 26, 1904 Where did the devil get his faceā€”the familiar satanic type […]

Devil Tales

The statue of a horned Satan which appeared mysteriously in Vancouver seems as good an excuse as any to revisit two posts on the Devil and his minions.

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.

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