Monthly Archives: October 2013

Victorian Halloween Costumes

Happy Halloween, everyone! To celebrate, I have decided to share some vintage Halloween photographs. Some are very definitely from the Victorian era, others . . . less so. My stopping point was 1920. The first two were brought to my … Continue reading

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Wagner The Wehr-Wolf, THE FINALE: Angels Are Just Lazy

For those of you who have missed these posts up til now, I am recapping a 1850s sort-of-horror serial for Halloween called Wagner the Wehr-Wolf by G.W.M. Reynolds. Click to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 … Continue reading

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When Animals Attack

I have stories about what happens when animals escape from circuses (the answer? Nothing good). The first story I heard from Jeff Kacirk's "Forgotten English" day calendar for Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013. It reads: "On this date in 1703, 33-year-old … Continue reading

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Wagner The Wehr-Wolf, Part 4: Chekov’s Anaconda

Oh, lord, this is the entry of Wagner where things start to get REALLY weird. And by 'weird', I mean 'asinine'. For those of you who have missed these posts up til now, I am recapping a 1850s sort-of-horror serial … Continue reading

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The La Ronciere Trial and Hysterical Women

I just read John Fowles's The French Lieutenant's Woman which was a staggeringly brilliant neo-Victorian novel. If you haven't read it, do. In it (Chapter 28), the author discusses the 1835 trial of Emile de La Ronciere, which was an … Continue reading

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Wagner The Wehr-Wolf, Part 3: “Mmmm, Girl, I Love The Way You Stab”

You guys know the drill: I’m recapping a thematically-appropriate book for Halloween. It’s an 1850s serial called Wagner the Wehr-Wolf by G.W.M. Reynolds, who was a really terrible but really popular writer. Part 1 is here and Part 2 is … Continue reading

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The Eglinton Tournament

I found the below story in A.N. Wilson's The Victorians. “Wildly popular too with the public in the early years of the reign was the newly opened museum at the Tower of London . . . It so excited a … Continue reading

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