Ghosts & Christmas—in Case You’ve Ever Wondered…

How to Read a Victorian Christmas Ghost Story Imagine a midwinter night, an early sunset, a long, drafty evening spent by candlelight. The season of Christmas coincides with the shortest days of the year and, for middle-class Victorians, a chance for families to reconnect in story-telling circles. Urban dwellers, disconnected from village legends, simply picked … Continue reading Ghosts & Christmas—in Case You’ve Ever Wondered…

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Necromancy in the Colosseum by a Priest? Uh…How Well Do We Really Know Our History—?

DO WE REALLY KNOW OUR HISTORY? Back in the late 1500s, famed Renaissance master, Benvenuto Cellini (David in bronze) documented two episodes in which a Sicilian priest conducted necromancey rituals within hand-drawn circles on the floor within the Coliseum. Who knew? Click here to read Cellini's autobiography in the Public Domain at the University of … Continue reading Necromancy in the Colosseum by a Priest? Uh…How Well Do We Really Know Our History—?

Ghosts & History from a 1911 Book by Mary L. Lewes

"...the younger Pliny, in a letter to his friend Sura, writes: "I am extremely desirous to know whether you believe in the existence of ghosts, and that they have a real form, and are a sort of divinities, or only the visionary impression of a terrified imagination." He also relates a really exciting tale of … Continue reading Ghosts & History from a 1911 Book by Mary L. Lewes

The Master’s Shadows: M. R. James, Master of the Ghost Story, Left a Legacy That Haunts Us Still Today…

"Dr. [Montague Rhodes] James has become by slow degrees a literary weird fictionist of the very first rank. [He]...has developed a distinctive style and method likely to serve as models for an enduring line of disciples."  - H.P. Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature, 1927 'Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, but to my mind it is … Continue reading The Master’s Shadows: M. R. James, Master of the Ghost Story, Left a Legacy That Haunts Us Still Today…

Some of the greatest dialogue ever written…

One of the best Sherlock Holmes films ever... Watson: "Here's an advance copy of Strand Magazine! They've printed 'The Red-Headed League!'" Holmes: "Very impressive." Watson: "Would you like to see how I've treated it?" Holmes: "I can hardly wait. I'm sure I shall find out all sorts of fascinating things about the case I never … Continue reading Some of the greatest dialogue ever written…

The Greatest Ghost Stories Ever Told in Two Volumes (ed. Sanguine Woods), 2017 & 2018

News Release Wick Press(sm) Denver, Colorado May 3, 2017 In April 2017, Wick Press acquired the rights to publish a two-volume anthology of rare ghost stories originally published in 1700s and 1800s periodicals. Volume I of The Greatest Ghost Stories Ever Told will arrive in time for the Ghost Story for Christmas tradition practiced by … Continue reading The Greatest Ghost Stories Ever Told in Two Volumes (ed. Sanguine Woods), 2017 & 2018