As mentioned in Part I, the wake was an important part of the mourning process once the life of a loved one had been extinguished. The Victorians believed that the soul lingered between our plane and the next. However, a far more sinister reason lay behind such a long period of time between death and burial. The wake last for several days. The main reason, is attributed...READ MORE.
In Victorian society, superstition was a common part of daily life. Superstition is not unique to the Victorians but there are many beliefs, practices, and colloquialisms that originated from that time period. Even in our modern culture superstitions hold sway over many of our hobbies and daily activities.
For the Victorians, many superstitions revolved around death... READ MORE.
The gruesome tale of Peter Stübbe. A classic case of lycanthropy or mental illness? This story is not for the faint of heart. It does depict gruesome murders and cannibalism. The two remaining pamphlets depicting his heinous acts, the discovery of his deeds, sentencing, and death upon conviction are kept at the British Museum and in the Lambeth Library. Montague Summers later depicted the story of this serial killer... READ MORE.
The Victorians either embraced the curiosity of the other world and ghastly specters or they remained rigid skeptics. On many levels Victorians embraced the supernatural – Frankenstein’s Monster, Vampires, Dracula, and Ghosts.
The Book of Were-wolves - based on tales and lore from areas across Europe about the dreaded beasts. Many of the stories focused on towns in Germany. The tales differed greatly from the stories that came to us through film in the early 20th-century. Rev. Gould’s book, non-fiction, accounts real stories from earlier time periods. READ MORE....