Archive for the 'Mysterious History' Category

Knock knock, can the spirits come out to play?

HAPPY ALMOST HALLOWEEN!

 

To get you in the mood…

 

First, behold the spiritualist era spirit photographs of William Hope, here.

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Next, catch up on the history and use of the Ouija board here.

 

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And, did you know that an entire novel “by a deceased Mark Twain” was written entirely via Ouija? –

 

Yep, and here it is in its entirety.

 

Also…

 

Ghostwriter and Ghost: The Strange Case of Pearl Curran & Patience Worth

 

“In early 20th-century St. Louis, Pearl Curran claimed to have conjured a long-dead New England puritan named Patience Worth through a Ouija board. Although mostly unknown today, the resulting books, poems, and plays that Worth “dictated” to Curran earned great praise at the time. Ed Simon investigates the curious and nearly forgotten literary fruits of a “ghost” and her ghostwriter…”

 


Pearl Curran in 1919 – Source [copyright unknown].

 

See the rest at the Public Domain Review, here.

 

 

 

 

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A Sordid History of The First Vampire Tale

 

Behold, the story behind the first fully realized vampire story in English, John William Polidori’s 1819 story, “The Vampyre.”

 

(P.S. Lord Byron’s infamy knows no end!)

 

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The Poet, the Physician and the Birth of the Modern Vampire

(The Public Domain Review)

 

“From that famed night of ghost-stories in a Lake Geneva villa in 1816, as well as Frankenstein’s monster, there arose that other great figure of 19th-century gothic fiction – the vampire – a creation of Lord Byron’s personal physician John Polidori. Andrew McConnell Stott explores how a fractious relationship between Polidori and his poet employer lies behind the tale, with Byron himself providing a model for the blood-sucking aristocratic figure of the legend we are familiar with today…”

 

For the complete (and irresistible) piece, click here.

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Discoveries at The Antikythera Shipwreck…

Our imaginations run wild with the thought that quite a bit of the ship’s cargo is still preserved beneath the sediment….

 

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Archaeologists Make Stunning Discoveries at the Antikythera Shipwreck

(io9.com)

 

“The international team of divers and archaeologists who are investigating the site of an ancient Greek ship that sank more than 2,000 years ago off the remote island of Antikythera have not been disappointed. Not only is the site bigger than they thought, it also contains a treasure trove of artifacts.

 

First, an explanation for that awesome image you see above. The ship, a luxury cargo vessel carrying Greek treasures from the coast of Asia Minor west to Rome, sank in bad water around 70 to 60 BC in some rather deep water. The ship is located at a depth unsafe for human divers — 55 meters (180 feet) — so the team at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) utilized a diving exosuit. It uses rebreather technology in which carbon dioxide is scrubbed from the exhaled air while oxygen is introduced and recirculated. This allowed the divers to explore the site for up to three hours at a time…”

 

For the complete piece and some incredible photos, please click here.

 

 

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