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  • 30 Oct 2015
    Witchcraft, Demonology and Confession in Early Modern France - Virginia Krause

    Becoming a Witch

    In this excerpt, Virginia Krause, author of Witchcraft, Demonology, and Confession in Early Modern France (2015), explores how to become a witch.

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  • 29 Oct 2015
    Andrew Martin

    A Warning to Witches

    With three villagers hanged on charges of witchcraft, nearby churches were set on a mission to discourage their parishioners from falling into the darker arts of witchcraft via annual sermons during the superstitious age of 16th Century England.

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  • 28 Oct 2015
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    Dead persons in Hungary who suck the blood of the living

    In this excerpt, Augustin Calmet, author of The Phantom World (2012), recalls the chilling story of blood-sucking vampires in 18th Century Hungary.

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  • 31 Oct 2014
    Andrew McCann

    Authorship, Consciousness and the Occult

    To wrap up our spooky holiday series on the scholarly side of some Halloween favorites, Andrew McCann, the author of Popular Literature, Authorship, and the Occult in Late Victorian Britain, shares his insights on writing about the occult in the 19th century.

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  • 30 Oct 2014
    Kevin J. Hayes

    Edgar Allan Poe: The Poet of Halloween

    Kevin J. Hayes, the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Edgar Allan Poe and Edgar Allan Poe in Context, offers some recommended reading for Halloween—and all year round.

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  • 29 Oct 2014

    The Salem Witch-Hunt

    Bernard Rosenthal, the editor of Records of the Salem-Witch Hunt, sheds light on America's most famous witch trials and the legacy of fascination that has become impossible to escape.

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  • 28 Oct 2014
    Andrew Martin

    Here Come the Jumping Spiders

    There's always an element of shock or surprise when we discover an unexpected visiting spider, but what about when it's one that can jump? Arachnophobes: look away now...

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  • 27 Oct 2014
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    Gail Turley Houston

    From Dickens to Dracula

    The vampire and its gothic roots have been part of our Halloween celebrations for centuries. But where do those associations come from, and how have they been rewritten today? Gail Turley Houston, the author of From Dickens to Dracula delves in.

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