Letters That Wait for the Dead To Speak In the 1880s a group of psychic researchers wrote letters that they optimistically believed would help to prove the reality of life beyond the grave. Did the letters prove life after death or did they end up in the Dead Letter Office?
Shell Mischief: A Spiritualist Issues a Warning of Danger from the Sea 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.”
The Haunt-Hunter Haunted Psychic researcher Dr. Walter F. Prince, the man who studied the fire-spook of Antigonish and the multiple personalities of “Doris Fischer,” found that his own house was haunted and that the vector was again a young woman.
In honor of the 150th birthday anniversary for Welsh horror and fantasy author Arthur Machen, we look at a 1915 article discussing the evidence for the Angels of Mons visions. Machen’s story, “The Bowmen,” may have inadvertently helped to create this legend of the Great War. Despite Machen’s protests that the story was fictional, the stories of angels on the battlefield took on a life of their own and became hoplessly tangled in false memories, hoaxes, and a twisted kind of ostension.