Strange Deaths

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.

Remove Your Hoops: Lightning Freaks

There were a number of superstitions about lightning: it was bad luck to burn wood from a lightning-struck tree, oak trees were more likely to be struck than beech, a toothpick from a tree struck by lightning would cure toothache. And certain things would “draw” lightning: Milk in a pail, moist hay, bayonets, a warm horse, an umbrella or fishing rod–and ladies’ hoop skirts.

Drinking Molten Lead at the Eddystone Light

When the Eddy-stone Light-house burned in 1755, a spry Henry Hall, aged 94, sprang into action to battle the fire. During the fire he was badly injured and was carried home where he gave his doctor a bizarre explanation for his injuries: he had swallowed melted lead from the fire.

The Victorian Book of the Dead: A Preview

Preview of coming attraction: The Victorian Book of the Dead, by Chris Woodyard, will be available in September. Here’s a blurb and a table of contents.

Vampires Try to Raise the Dead in St Louis

A case of suspended animation in St. Louis brings out a vampire couple to try to raise the dead man.

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