Devil Worship in the Middle Ages and the Trail of Death

Devil Worship in the Middle Ages and the Trail of Death

The chaos and upheaval that characterised European society in the Middle Ages served as a breeding ground for many peculiar ideas and events. One of the most interesting is undoubtedly the explosion of witch hunts and related activity.

What is the Uncanny? The Eerie, Creepy, and Weird

What is the Uncanny? The Eerie, Creepy, and Weird

We all experience the uncanny: that “horrible, eerie, shuddery feeling”, as a character in one of E. T. A. Hoffmann’s short stories describes it. This we feel in response to certain phenomena — such as strange coincidences, identical twins, and waxwork figures — which are characteristically eerie, creepy, and weird.

An Aesthetic Religion of Shadows and the Cult of the Dark

An Aesthetic Religion of Shadows and the Cult of the Dark

Dark culture does not love science. Its favourite way of knowledge is some form of magical thinking. The dark ideology is rooted in the aesthetic culture of dark romanticism, which was a backlash against the new world opened by the Age of Enlightenment.

Spiritualism, and the Supernatural in Mid-Victorian Britain

Spiritualism, and the Supernatural in Mid-Victorian Britain

In December 1861, a few months after he published the first instalment of his supernatural masterpiece, ‘A Strange Story’, the distinguished novelist Edward Bulwer Lytton told his friend John Forster that he wished to make philosophers inquire into [spirit manifestations] as I think Bacon, Newton, and Davy would have inquired. There must be a natural cause for them — if they are not purely imposture. Even if that natural cause be the admission of a spirit world around us, which is the extreme point. But if so, it is a most impartial revelation in Nature.

The Angel and the Prehistory of the Ancient Demon

The Angel and the Prehistory of the Ancient Demon

‘‘Demon’’ is technically a neutral word that refers to any spirit, whether good or evil, that is neither divine nor mortal but inhabits the intermediate realm between gods and humans. Thus, even angels belong to the general class of beings known as demons. But in common usage, owing to habits established between roughly 200 B.C.E. and 200 C.E., ‘‘demon’’ has come to refer solely to the evil members of the category.

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This article discusses how serial killers do not resemble those we see in cinema or literary works. In truth, the percentage of female serial killers has been...

The Vile Atrocities of Blood Countess Erzsébet Báthory

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‘Gothicka: Vampire Heroes, Human Gods, and the New Supernatural’

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