Cotton Mather’s American Ghosts

The Puritan clergyman Cotton Mather (1663-1728) is one of the boogeymen of early American history. Among his many sins, he helped fuel the Salem witch trials that executed 20 people for witchcraft. In the trials he successfully argued that the contents of magical visions should be considered legally admissible evidence. Mather was a prolific writer. […]

Highgate Cemetery

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Scholarly NPCs from Aubrey’s Lives

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Occult NPCs from Aubrey’s Lives

Back in November, we looked at a weird ghost story from an even weirder source: Aubrey’s Brief Lives. This week we return to the Lives to look at his biographies of nine bizarre occult NPCs from 1600s Britain. Some were (according to Aubrey anyway) literally haunted by the ghosts of their sins; others were outright […]

Fort Jefferson

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The Poltergeist of Furze House

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Duntulm Castle

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The Heretic and the Pilgrimage of the Dead

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The Rubber-Cutters’ Outdoor Disease Dungeon

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Taboos as Plot: Navajo Taboos

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Dartmoor

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The Mos Teutonicus and the Excarnates

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The Alesia Gauntlet

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Pagan Ghosts Don’t Fear ‘Turn Undead’

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The Kaguru Ghostland

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