Killer Budgie: The Genteel & the Unspeakable from Chris Woodyard

The Thing in the Cemetery

There is a horrific tale called “The Croglin Grange Vampire” told by Augustus Hare in The Story of My Life (1896/1900). The hideous Thing in this story from Van Wert, Ohio is strongly reminiscent of Hare’s unearthly creature found in a churchyard vault.

“Pull for the Shore, Sailor:” Mystic Music at Sickbeds and Deathbeds

Hearing mysterious music on the sickbed and at the death bed. The ideal of Spiritualist music was etherial, but the reality was accordions.

Introducing The Victorian Book of the Dead

A shamelessly commercial post today: Kestrel Publications is draping itself in black in celebration–The Victorian Book of the Dead has arrived!