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Strange Pages from Family Papers by T. F. Thiselton Dyer
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Strange Pages from Family Papers

by T. F. Thiselton Dyer

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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..

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Teresa Buckley

January 05, 2014

The readers are good. One male and one female, they don't have irritating voices, and aren't monotonous. However, the material isn't quite what I was looking for, in that I wanted something spooky or scary, and this didn't fill the bill for me. It reports stories of real families and their reported curses and odd occurrences that have apparently been documented by the families involved.