Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Ghost Next Door (Creepy History 18)

Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours.  Just not ghost ones. In Creepy History 14, we looked at Tales of Superstition, an 1803 book published anonymously for Tegg and Castleman, London.  It is a collection of ghost stories purporting to be true, … Continue reading

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The Haunted Bedroom (Creepy History 17)

The following ‘true story’ (pinch of salt required) is from Apparitions by Joseph Taylor, published in 1814.  The book was also the subject of Creepy History 1, posted on 1st October. A young gentleman, going down from London to the … Continue reading

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The Congo River Monster (Creepy History 16)

In 1909, Carl Hagenbeck wrote Beasts and Men.  The following quote concerns long-standing reports in the Congo river region of some kind of a dinosaur-like monster. Some years ago I received reports from two quite distinct sources of the existence … Continue reading

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Transylvania Terrors (Creepy History 15)

In 1888 Emily Gerard brought to the public attention the beliefs of people in Transylvania, in her book The Land Beyond the Forest, which was a major source of inspiration to Bram Stoker.  The following quote from Gerard’s book illustrates … Continue reading

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In Two Places at Once (Creepy History 14)

In 1803 Tales of Superstition was published anonymously for Tegg and Castleman, London.  It is a collection of ghost stories purporting to be true, although this kind of publication should of course be approached with a large pinch of salt … Continue reading

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The Killer Tree (Creepy History 13)

A strange report of a man-eating tree was published in the New York World in 1874.  The article caused a stir, and was subsequently published in various other magazines for several years.  Even as late as 1888, the ‘magazine of … Continue reading

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Daniel Defoe’s ‘True’ Ghost Story (Creepy History 12)

When an early 18th Century French book named Drelincourt on Death was translated into English for publication, Daniel Defoe was asked to contribute a preface.  What he wrote was claimed to be a true story concerning a ghostly encounter.  George … Continue reading

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