Illustration of the tortures of Hell from the pictorial encyclopedia Hortus Deliciarum (The Garden of Delights) by Abbess Herrad von Landsberg around 1180.
Every January, as we face the start of a new year, I like to take a moment to welcome all our new readers to the TYoH family. In addition, I owe a big thanks to you, our regular readers, for your ongoing support and… Read More ›
1523 anatomical study by Jacopo Berengario da Carpi, with woodcuts by Ugo da Carpi, Courtesy of The National Library of Medicine.
Although the first years of film and its early pioneers present a fascinating and occasionally bizarre history suited to a much longer post, today I thought we’d simply focus on two short and deliciously outlandish movies from the dawn of… Read More ›
165 years ago today, a disheveled man died alone at a Baltimore hospital. He had been found four days earlier, lying disoriented and distressed in a gutter, and had identified himself as one Edgar Allan Poe, missing for over a week… Read More ›
From ancient times, people have seen spirits at play in the flickering of light and shadow. With the advancement of technology during the European Renaissance, scholars leaned to harness these dancing apparitions through the power of projection. By the late 1700’s, enterprising entertainers were creating magic lantern spectacles, fantastic… Read More ›
30 minutes south of Los Angeles sits a grey ghost, a towering ocean liner permanently docked at Long Beach harbor that was voted one of the top 10 most haunted places in America in 2008. Since its launch in 1936, the… Read More ›
The Victorian era’s obsession with the natural world had a tremendous impact on 19th century society, with natural history influencing everything from scholarly pursuits and hobbies to literature, fashion, and interior design. One offshoot of this craze was the rise of taxidermy as… Read More ›