Social History

The Worst Soldier in the British Army

The Worst Soldier in the British Army Tommy Brown, the worst soldier in the British Army, saves his comrades in an extraordinary and coincidental way.

The Silent Circumnavigator

The Silent Circumnavigator Kansas ventriloquist George J. Mold takes up a wager to don a clown suit and travel around the world in four years, without saying a word–except through his ventriloquist dummies.

Hung by a Corpse – Occupational Hazards for the Resurrectionist

Hung by a Corpse – Occupational Hazards for the Resurrectionist Life for the body-snatcher was nasty and brutish–and may have been gravely shortened by the job.

Rictus Mortis – Killer Clowns

Rictus Mortis: Killer Clowns In these dark days of clown panics, can we identify the possible visual origins of Killer Clowns?

The Psychic Howler: Vintage Ghost-Hunting Tools

The Psychic Howler: Vintage Ghost-Hunting Tools In honor of National Ghost Hunting Day, a look back at some of the tools of psychic researchers of the past.

“They wrapp’d his corpse in the tarry-sheet:” Burials at Sea

“They wrapp’d his corpse in the tarry-sheet:” Burials at Sea In this excerpt from The Lost Story of the William & Mary: The Cowardice of Captain Stinson, guest author Gill Hoffs shares sad and evocative stories of burial at sea.

Ordering Special Effects for the Séance Room

Ordering Special Effects for the Séance Room A dealer in séance room effects and apparatus offers his wares to a materialization medium.

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