International Edgar Allan Poe Festival In October 📖🎃

The International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards returns to Baltimore the weekend of October 8 & 9, 2022! We will see the return of in-person stage, vendors and tours, all proceeds to benefit The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum in Baltimore. Virtual and in-person programs also available this year. This is a huge…

Persian Demons from a Book of Magic and Astrology (1921)

Weird Persian Demons 🔥 While perusing Public Domain Review, I came across this post chock-full of trippy demon illustrations! Some are rather amusing, to say the least: “These watercolours come from a bound manuscript written by a rammal — or soothsayer — in Isfahan, Iran.” Not all of the 56 painted illustrations in the manuscript…

The Witch of Endor: A Study in History and Folklore [free online event]

The Bible account of the “Witch of Endor” raising the spirit of Samuel has been long debated. This talk explores its folkloric aspects About this event Prof. Owen Davies (University of Hertfordshire): The Folklore Society Presidential Address 2022: ‘The Witch of Endor: A Study in History and Folklore’ Online talk, Tuesday 28 June, 17:30-18:30 The…

Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley Was Born on This Day in 1797 in London | #PromoteHorror |#FrankensteinDay

You can view the actual digitized manuscript of Frankenstein from 1818. Browse a collection of the family’s digitized papers, including the original manuscript of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at the National Endowment of the Humanities grant-funded Shelly-Godwin Archive. Mary Wollstonecraft and her husband William Godwin, together with their daughter Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley and her husband,…

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…

Event: Vampire Burials: An Archaeological Perspective | October 27, 2021

Vampire Burials: An Archaeological Perspective by Archaeologist and Death Historian Lorraine Evans About this event From medieval times onwards certain communities had an abiding fear of the undead, a belief that corpses could reanimate and become revenants, namely the walking dead. In parts of Eastern Europe, for example, throughout the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, there…

Letters on Demonology & Witchcraft by Sir Walter Scott [1830]

These days, I do a lot of “window shopping” online, mostly. It’s fun to just peruse online auctions, storefronts, local marketplaces and good old Craigslist. There’s not a lot of books left that I really need to own… but that doesn’t always stop me! Occasionally, I’ll come across something too rare or unique (or just…

Late 19th Century Memento Mori Marble Skull

Haunting the Dusty Shelves with Wickedmama 💀 Auction Edition It’s no surprise to some of you that I love to haunt the bookstores, antique stores, auctions and any dusty old roadside place where I might find something interesting! During the pandemic, I started following auctions on the Liveauctioneers site, mostly just window-shopping and mentally curating…