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A Fooles Bolt is soone shot, 1630

27 August 2014

This is some pretty cool perspective for a woodcut, eh? You wouldn't want to run into this guy in a filthy alleyway -- especially because he's wearing a chicken on his head for some...

Peter Stubbe Redux; General Werewolf update

24 March 2013

A while ago I did a post about the fairly famous German werewolf case of Peter Stubbe, from the pamphlet A true discourse Declaring the damnable life and death of one Stubbe Peeter,...

The Dead Mans Song, 1685

22 September 2012

This is a preview of my new hit blog  ERMAHGERD, MAHNERSCRERPTS! You're gonna lerv it. (Seriously, I think that girl is amazing.)Anyway, The Dead Mans Song is pretty good. It's...

The Cryes of the Dead, 1620

7 July 2012

"The Cryes of the Dead" is a nice and gory murder ballad about a man, Richard Price the Weaver, who tortured and killed three young boys. Most ballads in the early modern era dealt...