The Ghost Dragon

Creepy History 47.  Happy Halloween from Windows into History! All October we have been looking at quotes from old books about ghosts and other scary things in our Creepy History series.  Let’s take one last look at News from the Invisible World, a collection of anecdotes published in 1840.  The following quote is one of the most unusual “true” stories in the book.  Make your own mind up if the following actually happened or was something to do with what the writer had been drinking that evening.  I just keep an open mind and transcribe the quotes!

I judge that God calls me to make a free and open discovery of those wonderful apparitions which were seen in my family about four years since. And if all that read this can but receive and judge of it by that rule and principle from which I write, they will be so far from judging me, that they cannot but bless God for his mercy to me; and the more admire his wonderful works, and the greatness of his power.

In August, 1649, there appeared in my bed chamber, about the middle of the night, a spirit in the shape of Everard, with his wearing apparel, band, culls, hat, &c., who, after drawing the curtain, walked through the chamber very easily, and disappeared.

That night there was another appearance of one in the form of a giant, with a great sword in his hand, without a scabbard, which he flourished against me; having the figurative similitude of a green tree lying by him.

After this had continued for the space of half an hour, it vanished, and there succeeded a third appearance, which was very terrible, being in the shape of a great dragon, which seemed to take up most part of a large room, appearing with great teeth and open jaws, whence he often ejected fire against me, which came with such a magical influence, that it almost struck the breath out of my body, making me fall to the ground.

These three dreadful apparitions were very terrible to nature, and might have hurt me much, had I not been supported in an extraordinary manner; the last of which continued till the day began to dawn, and then disappeared.

My best guess for what “Everard” refers to is Everard Digby, one of the Gunpowder Plotters.  He was hung, drawn and quartered.  Perhaps he was not too pleased about that and decided to come back with reinforcements: a giant and a dragon.

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