The Haunting Fetus

Author: Marc L. Moskowitz
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 9780824824280
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The Haunting Fetus focuses on the belief in modern Taiwan that an aborted fetus can return to haunt its family. Although the topic has been researched in Japan and commented on in the Taiwanese press, it has not been studied systematically in relation to Taiwan in either English or Chinese. This fascinating study looks at a range of topics pertaining to the belief in haunting fetuses, including abortion, sexuality, the changing nature of familial power structures, the economy, and traditional and modern views of the spirit world in Taiwan and in traditional Chinese thought. It addresses the mental, moral, and psychological aspects of abortion within the context of modernization processes and how these ramify through historical epistemologies and folk traditions. The author illustrates how images of fetus-ghosts are often used to manipulate women, either through fear or guilt, into paying exorbitant sums of money for appeasement. He argues at the same time, however, that although appeasement can be expensive, it provides important psychological comfort to women who have had abortions as well as a much-needed means to project personal and familial feelings of transgression onto a safely displaced object. In addition to bringing to the surface underlying tensions within a family, appeasing fetus-ghosts, like other dealings with supernatural beings in Chinese religions, allows for atonement through economic avenues. The paradox in which fetus-ghost appeasement simultaneously exploits and assists evinces the true complexity of the issue--and of religious and gender studies as a whole.

History Is Dead

Author: Kim Paffenroth
Publisher: Permuted Press
ISBN: 0978970799
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Our team of crack historians has uncovered the truth you never learned in school: the living dead have walked among us since the dawn of time. In this collection of gruesome tales from throughout the ages, the ravenous undead shamble through bloody battlefields, plague-ridden cities, genteel country estates, and dusty frontier towns. They emerge from foggy cemeteries, frozen barrows, loamy bogs, cursed mines, and gore-spattered operating rooms to prey on the living. But these zombies don't just eat people. They help painters and writers save their faltering careers. They unwittingly push humankind on the quest for fire. They topple evil capitalists and their corporate empires. They fight crime. They fall in love. Join us on a journey into our zombie-filled past... Neither history nor the living dead have ever been this exciting!

The Dead Letter and The Figure Eight

Author: Metta Fuller Victor
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822331650
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Before Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler, and before Dorothy Sayers or Agatha Christie, there was Metta Fuller Victor, the first American author--man or woman--of a full-length detective novel. Originally published in 1866, The Dead Letter is presented here along with another of Victor's mysteries, The Figure Eight, out of print since its 1869 publication. Together, these stories show how--by combining conventions of the mystery form first developed by Edgar Allan Poe with those of the domestic novel--Victor pioneered the domestic detective story and paved the way for generations of writers to follow. These novels were written under the name Seeley Regester. In The Dead Letter, a young attorney, Richard Redfield relates the events surrounding the murder of Henry Moreland. One evening, on his way to visit his fiance, Eleanor Argyll, Moreland is killed by a single stab to the back. Against a background of post-Civil War politics including a preoccupation with the United States' relationship to California and Mexico, Redfield helps Burton, a legendary New York City detective, solve the crime. In The Figure Eight, Joe Meredith undertakes a series of adventures and assumes a number of disguises to solve the mystery of the murder of his uncle and regain the lost fortune of his angelic cousin whom he loves.

The Golden Lad The Haunting Story of Quentin and Theodore Roosevelt

Author: Eric Burns
Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 1681771004
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Theodore Roosevelt is one of the most fascinating and written-about presidents in American history—yet the most poignant tale about this larger-than-life man has never been told. More than a century has passed since Theodore Roosevelt was in the White House, but he still continues to fascinate. Never has a more exuberant man been our nation's leader. He became a war hero, reformed the NYPD, busted the largest railroad and oil trusts, passed the Pure Food and Drug Act, created national parks and forests, won the Nobel Peace Prize, and built the Panama Canal—to name just a few. Yet it was the cause he championed the hardest—America's entry in to WWI—that would ultimately divide and destroy him. His youngest son, Quentin, his favorite, would die in an air fight. How does looking at Theodore's relationship with his son, and understanding him as a father, tell us something new about this larger-than-life-man? Does it reveal a more human side? A more hypocritical side? Or simply, if tragically, a nature so surprisingly sensitive, despite the bluster, that he would die of a broken heart? Roosevelt's own history of boyhood illnesses made him so aware of was like to be a child in pain, that he could not bear the thought of his own children suffering. The Roosevelts were a family of pillow-fights, pranks, and "scary bear." And it was the baby, Quentin—the frailest—who worried his father the most. Yet in the end, it was he who would display, in his brief life, the most intellect and courage of all.

The Haunted Orchard

Author: Richard Le Gallienne
Publisher: Weiser Books
ISBN: 1619400189
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Varla Ventura, Coast to Coast favorite, Weird News blogger on Huffington Post, and author of The Book of the Bizarre and Beyond Bizarre, introduces Weiser Books’ new Collection of forgotten occult classics. Paranormal Parlor is an eerie assemblage of affordable digital editions, curated with Varla’s sixth sense for tales of the weird and unusual. Should you find yourself walking beneath the silvery branches of an orchard on a fine late Summer afternoon, you may hear, among the birds tweets and the rustling wind, a haunting melody. This tune, most likely an old French love ballad, might take hold of your heart and mind in a way you've never known. If this should happen, you have two choices. You can run screaming away, terrified of the paranormal encounter you have unwittingly stumbled into, or you can stay and meet the specter behind the song.

Shadow House

Author: Dan Poblocki
Publisher: Edel:Books
ISBN: 3961290911
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Unter einem harmlosen Vorwand werden die Kinder Poppy, Marcus, Azumi, Dash und Dylan in das Shadow House gelockt. Doch kurz nach ihrer Ankunft merken sie, dass es hier nicht mit rechten Dingen zugeht: Korridore verschieben sich, Türen lösen sich in Luft auf, Geister erscheinen und Kinder verschwinden. Als sich die unheimlichen Ereignisse häufen, wird den Freunden klar: Dieses Haus ist böse – und es gibt kein Entkommen ... Das schaurige Geisterhaus sorgt für gruselige Spannung und jede Menge Gänsehaut.

The Haunted Attic

Author: Margaret Sutton
Publisher: Applewood Books
ISBN: 1429090227
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When Judy Bolton and her family move into a haunted house, she is determined to solve the mystery of the ghost in the attic.

Dead Bolt

Author: Juliet Blackwell
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101558997
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Turner Construction's latest restoration project is a historic Queen Anne Victorian in San Francisco. This time general contractor Mel Turner has to work around the owners who insist on sticking around- along with some ghosts that insist in their own way that the work stops... The ghosts aren't the only ones standing in the way of the renovations. A crotchety neighbor, Emile Blunt, secretly wants this house, and could be behind some of the disturbances. But when Emile is found dead, it's Mel who appears guilty. Now she must restore the building-and her reputation-before it's too late.