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Malleus Maleficarum (The Witch Hammer): the Inquisition’s guide to the diagnosis, behavior, trial, and punishment of witches.

  The guide on how to exterminate witches also translates to “Hammer of Witches“, was written by a Catholic clergyman, Heinrich Kramer and published under his Latin name, Henricus Institoris, in Speyer, Germany, 1487. Kramer’s book was the #1 best seller – … Continue reading

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The Poltergeist of St. Catherines, Ontario

You are most likely familiar with “The Shining” and the infamous room #237… Continue reading

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The Orphan Trains of America

‘And what an example of the power of dress young Oliver Twist was! Wrapped in the blanket which had hitherto formed his only covering, he might have been the child of a nobleman or a beggar;—it would have been hard … Continue reading

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May yours be a Joyful Christmas: Robin Myths

The first Christmas robin myth tells us of a fire which had been lit in the stable near baby Jesus’ manger, keeping the infant warm. While Mary had stepped away for a few moments, the flames flared violently, threatening His safety. A brown … Continue reading

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La Befana – The Christmas Witch: Italy

  La Befana is known  throughout history as a wise and magical woman who arrives flying on a broom or sometimes even on a donkey bringing gifts to the children, leaving figs, dates, nuts, and candy on the eve of … Continue reading

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Lover’s Eye / Memento Mori Jewellery: Salvador Dali, The Skier Collection & Other Museum Pieces

A “lover’s eye” miniature is a painted miniature of the giver’s eye, presented to a loved one. The notion accompanying this very short lived fad (c.1790 through 1820) was that the eye would be recognizable only to the recipient and … Continue reading

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Trick or Treat? – Cerro Gordo, California & Dr. Swift’s Magic Power

  Dr. Swift took advantage of the age of hysteria – ‘are you depressed, irritable, suffering from the usual female ailments?’ –  so  travelling the US making house-calls, he did go. One area in which Dr. Swift hung his hat … Continue reading

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Our Fancy – “Something Wicked This Way Comes” Audiobook by: Ray Bradbury

Enjoy Bradbury’s 1962 dark fantasy novel for children – and children at heart –  in audio format. It may skip a chapter here and there, (a YouTube user seems to have issues with chapters 3, 8, 10 and 12), but what do … Continue reading

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LA MORGUE – the Seine and the slum cast up their nameless offering to the unhallowed alters.

LA MORGUE La Morgue in the heart of Paris. Like a worm in the heart of a rose. Tawdry, shameless and sordid ; a temple of unloved dead. Where the travesty of human life is exalted. Where the Seine and … Continue reading

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Great Granny’s Cook Book: For the Cauldron – Frogs’ Legs & Turtles

  T’is the Season! Switch your chef’s hat (toque blanche), for something a little more festive…     – altered by Hystoria

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