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Monday, October 03, 2005

New England vampires and ghosts

Paging H.P. Lovecraft. Mr. Lovecraft to the courtesy phone please. From the Coventry (Rhode Island) Courier:

WEST GREENWICH - It is undeniably an ominous looking place. When approaching from Plain Meetinghouse Road, the old white church with its boarded windows and peeling green trim seems almost misplaced, rising oddly from the dense woods surrounding it on all four sides. But there it sits on its quiet corner, as it has since 1825. The cemetery behind it came later and so too, the tale herein retold. Perhaps it is the abundance of shadowy, wooded acres or the generations of history rooted deeply within them but New England is no stranger to legends and stories of supernatural phenomena.And while Salem, Mass. has its witches, Rhode Island's historical cemeteries lay claim to some of New England's most legendary vampires. In fact the hysteria which plagued the state during the 18th and 19th centuries earned Rhode Island the distinction of "Vampire Capital of the United States." The last and perhaps most widely known case of alleged vampirism in Rhode Island history is that of Mercy Lena Brown, buried at the Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Exeter.
Spooky story. Go read all of it.


Blogger protected static said...

That is so cool - I'd read about the disinterments before, but back when I was into 'Spooky Olde New England" stories, no one had really connected the dots like that before. A quick Googling of 'vampire "New England"' pointed me to this great post over on "Steamboats are ruining everything" (what a blog title!) about Emerson and consumption-related 'vampires'...

There've been a couple of posts within the last week or so that've gotten me thinking in a meta way about some of the staple beings of horror. Methinks I sense a long, boring and pretentious post, I mean, an essay coming on. Yeah, an essay, that's it...

10/04/2005 11:20:00 AM  

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