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Tales from Beyond

Edgar Allan Poe’s ghost In Providence

By Thomas D’Agostino
www.tomdagostino.com

 Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston on January 19, 1809. His travels in his short 40-year lifespan took him to many places, including those that resided in his mind. Poe was the child of two actors. His father left when he was very young and his mother died a year later. John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia, took him in. Here he would spend his childhood and early adult years.

The Haunted Schoolhouse

By Thomas D'Agostino

Almost a century and a half has gone by and yet no one is really sure what really happened at Newburyport's little decrepit schoolhouse in the early 1870s. Amos Currier, a former student of the school, boasted in his later years that it was he who perpetuated the haunting of the building, but according to the accounts, it would have taken much more than one living person to have been responsible for the strange happenings that plagued the little building.

Frozen Alive

By Thomas D’Agostino

This strange tale took place in 1850 and was recorded thus. The characters led a normal life until this moment and the ending of the account will surely be a true-to-the-word example of New England’s strange occasions.

The Man Who Saw Hell

By Thomas D’Agostino

A Mr. G. from Webster contacted me in regard to some amazing accounts he witnessed growing up in Puerto Rico. He thought a few of them would make great stories for this column. After listening to him for a bit, I was in complete agreement with the accounts he related to me. Here is one of them.

Some Strange Ouija Board Stories

By Thomas D'Agostino
www.tomdagostino.com

I have spoken of Ouija boards in the past. Having a small collection of them, I find them quite fascinating, especially the history of the board and its encompassing role on our culture. From the moment they hit the market in the early 1890s to the present, the Ouija board has been labeled many things but whether you feel it calls demons to harvest your soul or just gathers friends for an evening of fun and mystique, remember, it was originally patented as a “toy or game.”

Ghost returns on 100th anniversary

By Thomas D’Agostino
www.tomdagostino.com

This account came to me in a rather strange way. My wife Arlene and I lived in Burrillville, Rhode Island in 2004. We were very active in the history of the town and knew a lot of prominent citizens. It was in May of that year I received a phone call from someone on the fire department asking for the phone number of Historical Society president Betty Mencucci.