Fortean Mysteries

Creature Feature: The Varua Ino: The Ravening Watchers

For today’s creature we venture into the tropical paradise of the South Seas: a place of warm, hospitable people, blue seas, palm-trees swaying in the trade-winds–and blood-thirsty elementals: the Varua ino.

Creature Feature: Something Between a Dog and a Calf

Today’s creature is the Black Dog. Called by a variety of names: Black Shuck, the Barghest, Trash, or Padfoot, the names shift with the location, reflecting the creature’s Trickster-like ability to assume first one animal form, then another, usually something canine or calf-like. Let us see what was haunting a lane near New Milford in Pembrokeshire in the years 1890-92.

A Corpse in a Terrible Frenzy

A past Bishop of Liberia gives us an eye-witness account of a restless corpse determined to find her murderer.

President Garfield’s Heavenly Escort

The deaths of rulers are often predicted or memorialized by Things in the Sky. Within a month of President James A Garfield’s death, some Demarva visionaries saw Garfield in Glory, escorted to his Heavenly reward by an honor guard of angels.

A Patting Round the Bed: A Persistent Apparition

The frequent appearance of a “dead” woman to her sister and other persons, including a clergyman, over the course of several years. The ghost was also remarkably physical, dragging her child out of bed and shoving her former husband into the street.

Encore: The Ghost Map of Gainesville

A mysterious map of the battlegrounds of Europe appears on a sooty ceiling in a Texas house in 1919. The face of a man and a coiled serpent also materialized. What did it all mean?

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