The idea of royalty sharing their beds with the shrivelled corpse of a man yanked out of a grave is nothing short of shocking, but it wouldn’t have been an unusual sight in the court of the Spanish Habsburgs.
The tenth instalment of the Daily Grail’s Darklore is out now! This anthology series covers Forteana, hidden history, fringe science, the paranormal and the occult.
How an obscure episode from 14th-century France inspired one of Poe’s most macabre tales.
Brazen heads were all-knowing mechanical devices supposedly endowed with the ability to answer any question and predict the future.
In the summer of 1816, as skies darkened across the world following a volcanic eruption, a group of Romantic writers gathered in a house on the shores of Lake Geneva and told one another ghost stories.
My “Spirits of Place” essay on the psychogeography of El Escorial is now available at The Daily Grail.
‘Spirits of Place’ is out now, featuring my essay on hellmouths and cursed Spanish royals.