The Maleficent History of Welsh Witchcraft

For the past year research masters student at Liverpool Hope University has been delving into the maleficent history of Welsh witchcraft to uncover the gruesome stories behind those put to death for seemingly meddling with the dark arts. Between 1484 and 1750, more than 200,000 women were tortured, burned or hanged in western Europe after…

The Cursed Chest | Kentucky Historical Society

New Details About the Cursed Chest The Kentucky Historical Society has plenty of them: the Graveyard Quilt, the cursed beads, a hangman’s noose, and the suit that Governor Goebel was wearing when he was shot. Perhaps the most unique of our eerie artifacts is a chest-of-drawers known as the Conjured Chest. Eighteen deaths are associated…

A Spirited Collection of Antiquarian Ghost Images

A “Spirited” Collection – Spirit Photography at the American Antiquarian Society This month, when the occult is most heavily sought after in popular culture, we made a small collection accessible which examines death, the afterlife, photography, technology, and (naturally) print culture. AAS’s impressive collection of stereocard views includes a subset categorized as “Ghost” images. This…

Photographs of Sculpture on American Gravestones

Check out this American Antiquarian Society collection of photographs of Sculpture on American Gravestones. Take a virtual tour of gravestones – most of which were made prior to 1800. Read More >>