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Strange Pages from Family Papers

T. F. Thiselton Dyer (1848-1923)

1. 01 – Fatal Curses
2. 02 – The Screaming Skull
3. 03 – Eccentric Vows
4. 04 – Strange Banquets
5. 05 – Mysterious Rooms
6. 06 – Indelible Bloodstains
7. 07 – Curious Secrets
8. 08 – The Dead Hand
9. 09 – Devil Compacts
10. 10 – Family Death Omens
11. 11 – Weird Possessions
12. 12 – Romance of Disguise
13. 13 – Extraordinary Disappearances
14. 14 – Honored Hearts
15. 15 – Romance of Wealth
16. 16 – Lucky Accidents
17. 17 – Fatal Passion

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“Among other qualities which have been supposed to belong to a dead man’s hand, are its medicinal virtues, in connection with which may be mentioned the famous ‘dead hand,’ which was, in years past, kept at Bryn Hall, Lancashire… Thus the case is related of a woman who, attacked with the smallpox, had this dead hand in bed with her every night for six weeks, and of a poor lad living near Manchester who was touched with it for the cure of scrofulous sores.”Though not all chapters have such gruesome subjects as The Dead Hand, all are full of a curious mixture of superstition and local history that will delight and amuse the modern listener.