One of the most popular posts on this blog has been the one on the Ice Viking, a 7-foot hero in armor found frozen in an iceberg. Given the frigid weather, it seems appropriate to squint through the slits in our ice goggles at some other cases of Things Frozen in Ice. Some, it will be crystal clear, are more plausible than others.
Two curiously solid apparitions from the trenches of the Great War. “Lieut. Smith said that it was quite a common occurrence for men in the war zone to see the ghosts of their comrades who had been killed.”
An English Spiritualist performs a number of psychometric experiments in “Shell Mischief” with young ladies in darkened rooms. Of these experiments he wrote: “I draw the special attention of the medical profession to the serious physical injury many delicate persons receive, especially females; from the very common, very natural, and English-like custom of placing specimens of minerals, crystals, and shells upon the sitting-room tables and elsewhere.”
Coal miner and farmer Hickman Whittington took out classified ads stating that he could rid any house of any ghost with a single, secret Bible verse. It was guaranteed and absolutely free except for expenses.
The Victorians feared the Resurrection Man, but they feared premature burial more. Today we lift the lid on stories of burial alive and find the subject seething with maggots of horror. What is it like to hear those clods falling on your coffin lid while you are helpless, trapped….
There is something horrifyingly fascinating about accounts of the dead who stubbornly refuse to lie down quietly, but continue to walk as they did in life. They may be called revenants, or vampires, draugr, ghouls, or the Undead. They scare us.