A Collection of Curiosities – Part VIII

Happy Wednesday, guys and ghouls! You’re not seeing double, this month: this is the second Collection of Curiosity post, as I’ve been working through my backlog of saved resources. I missed June entirely because I was moving, so I’m back again for the second time with more wunderkammer of the web. The end result? More strange and wonderful inspiration to feed your muse.

If you missed it, I compiled an ever-growing resource post of the places that inform these collections. Check out Inspiration for Horror Writers if you want more articles like these.

A Collection of Curiosities – Part VIII

This series of posts are meant to inspire and titillate — they are creepy, fantastic, strange, bizarre, and wonderful articles from a variety of sources around the web that I’ve curated for your enjoyment. In this month’s collection, I present to you five collected articles of supernatural, paranormal, creepy, unusual, and macabre origins. In this edition, we touch on urban legends from North America, Victorian post-mortem photography (one of my favourite things), we revisit Corpse Roads (I talked about them in conjunction with Corpse Lights in My Creepy Search History not so long ago too), check out some contemporary horror comics, and learn about the serial killer from New Orleans that inspired Kathy Bates’ character in American Horror Story: Coven.

The rest of the collection is shared at the bottom of this post, and as always, you can subscribe to the blog for future updates.

Stay tuned for more. 😉

Here Is The Scariest Urban Legend From Every State

Hell's Gate Bridge, Oxford Paranormal Society“Rumor says that a young couple once lost their lives driving off the bridge. The bridge’s pleasant name comes from local legend, that states — on certain nights — if you stop your car and turn around, you will gaze right into a fiery hell.”

Here Is The Scariest Urban Legend From Every State via Thought Catalogue

Victorian Post-Mortem Photography: Why We Still Love to Capture the Dead

Victorian Post-Mortem Photography, via Dirge“Taking photographs of our dead loved ones is a practice we might view as morbid or inappropriate, but our ancestors had a much different perspective on images of the dead. It was during the Victorian Era that post-mortem photography reached the height of its popularity.”

Victorian Post-Mortem Photography: Why We Still Love to Capture the Dead via Dirge

Bring out Your Dead to These Corpse Roads

Old Corpse Road in Cumbria (photograph by morebyless/Flickr user)“Funerals in the Middle Ages were very DIY. Not only did you personally tend to your loved one’s decomposing corpse, you had to carry it all the way to the churchyard. And for many medieval citizens, that could be quite a journey.”

Bring out Your Dead to These Corpse Roads via Atlas Obscura

13 Terrifying Modern Horror Comics

Ghosts and Ruins by Ben Catmull“Horror comics hit such a spectacular stride during the ‘40s and ‘50s, under imprints like EC (Tales From the Crypt) before segueing to Warren (Creepy, Eerie), that one can’t help but wonder why the genre has never risen to those same heights in the ensuing years. The answer is probably Fredric Wertham and the Comics Code that commercially neutered many of these efforts through censorship, but those barriers have been ignored for more than a decade.”

13 Terrifying Modern Horror Comics via Paste

Few Were As Cruel To Their Slaves As This New Orleans Socialite And Serial Killer

The Lalaurie Mansion, New Orleans“The story of Madame LaLaurie and her notorious haunted house begins in 1834 New Orleans. LaLaurie was a high society Creole woman, who was suspected of murdering her first husband and mistreating slaves in her New Orleans home. When a fire broke out in the house, an attic room full of tortured, mangled slaves was discovered. LaLaurie’s second husband, who was an experimental doctor, was thought to have performed insane experiments on the slaves, including genital swapping, mutilation, and systematic bone breaking to create crab people.”

Few Were As Cruel To Their Slaves As This New Orleans Socialite And Serial Killer via All Day


Want more? Check out the other wunderkammer-themed posts:

A Collection of Curiosities – Part I:

“I’ve heard a few times that it’s unwise to look at a writer’s search history. It gives the uninitiated the impression that you are either deranged, morbid, or psychotic. While this may very well be a possibility in certain cases, I can assure you that I purge that cache regularly. Try and catch me, coppers. Moo hoo ha ha.”

A Collection of Curiosities – Victorian Edition

“I was half in love with Victorian England before I began writing Wake the Dead ages ago. It’s a particularly macabre period in history, largely due to the fact that the entire country was thrust into mourning following the death of Queen Victoria’s husband, Albert. It marks a period in history that is attributed with heightened ritualized action surrounding death, commemoration, and grieving that is so intense that it’s frequently referred to as a cult of death.”

A Collection of Curiosities – Part III

“Stuff! Being the third collection of curiosities, oddities, and wonders discovered online — I’ve got some new stuff for you. I tend to aggregate a bunch of weird and wonderful saved links as I’m researching and I often have nowhere to put them beyond my bookmarks, where they’re eventually forgotten. I figured some time ago that it might be best if I put them to use, sharing the interesting and bizarre stuff I come across from my collection of writing inspiration.”

A Collection of Curiosities – Part IV

“I might be late to the party, but I suspect that’s the fashionable way to handle these things. I like scheduling these “wunderkammer of the web” type posts for the 27th or the 28th of the month, so technically I’m a day off. What this is: I’ve always had a longstanding fascination with the occult, the subversive, and the alternative: give me a good ghost story or chunk of folklore, and I’m off and running. My mind likes to live in the weird, and accordingly, it’s often where I gather inspiration from.”

A Collection of Curiosities – Part V

“You may have noticed that it’s been a bit quieter in these parts as of late. I’ve noticed a turn in the venues I use for output as the sun comes out from hiding all winter. This is to say my writing efforts fork in two directions: writing the blog and writing fiction.”

A Collection of Curiosities – Part VI

“Oh hai. Let me tell you: it has been a busy few weeks around these parts. I’m in the final leg of preparations before I move, and my life is in boxes. I can’t find anything. I’m wearing old, achey flip-flops and a rotation of outfits that are heat-tested for the insane weather we’ve been experiencing in Montreal. I’m barely living at my apartment, which is serving as a storehouse for all my worldly possessions (and especially my books.) We take possession (pun) of our new home on June 1st, with another ten days before all of our stuff follows us.”

A Collection of Curiosities – Part VII

“Back to your regularly scheduled programming, as they say. I’m tackling my to-do list with a newfound ferocity, and may you reap the benefits of my web browsing as a result. I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you back to the blog and my ongoing alternative research to feed my horror writer’s heart and muse with A Collection of Curiosities – Part VII.”

Until next time, guys and ghouls. 😉

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