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Tales from Beyond

So you bought a haunted house - Part 1

By Thomas D'Agostino
www.tomdagostino.com

The title may sound a bit amusing, but to those who have actually bought or rented a house that is still tenanted by its former inhabitants, it can be a most frightening experience. Houses that are haunted can pass from one party to another many times without the thought or notion of there being a ghost or two. Sometimes the spirits la... Read More

Jacob Hurd’s Horse

By Thomas D’Agostino

Jacob Hurd lived in Ipswich around the time New England was in the throes of battle with witchcraft and demons. He was a staunch Puritan, holding no course for anything out of his ordinary mundane puritan lifestyle, so when his only son took to fancying the finer arts of poetry, picking flowers, talking to the birds and daydreaming, Jacob became quite concerned.

Such acts in the 1600s were scand... Read More

The graves beneath The Worcester Common

By Thomas D’Agostino

Imagine having a splendid picnic on the grass of the town common. Daily life is rolling by and the usual wildlife is busy with their own affairs. Suddenly, a hand juts up from the earth, followed by another. Within moments, rotting corpses are emerging from the ground all around. Sounds like a scene from a zombie apocalypse movie but if it were to be, the best candidate for that scene would be the Worc... Read More

Granville’s Pub: Second Ghost Hunt

By Thomas D’Agostino

The town of Spencer lies on the outer boundary of the Blackstone Valley. Although not technically part of the region, it is still rich in history in regard to being a once thriving mill village. The mills are long gone but the old timers will tell you tales of how their parents and grandparents toiled in the long-gone edifices.

Many would leave the mill after a long day at work and pay a visit t... Read More

New England’s first UFO sightings

By Thomas D’Agostino

I have not covered the subject of UFOs much in my writings, but this particular piece of New England history became of great interest to me. When I was a young lad I was into the UFO sightings and stories. I always carried a copy of Project Blue Book with me and had memorized every case within its pages. This account predates the cases scribed within the aforementioned book by over three hundr... Read More

Phantom Drummers

By Thomas D'Agostino

Percussion is the foundation of a musical piece. The drummer or percussionist sets the tempo and rhythm of the score and the band follows in time to the beat. It creates quite a pleasure for the ears but when that drumming is the omen of ill or death, it is a horrible concert to behold.

Phantom drummers have been around since the Middle Ages and always foretell of some calamity or fulfill a curs... Read More

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... Read More

The improbable story of Phineas Gage

By Thomas D’Agostino, www.tomdagostino.com

On September 13, 1848, an event stunned the medical field when the improbable happened in Cavendish, Vermont. 25-year-old Phineas Gage, a blasting foreman for the Rutland & Burlington Railroad, was using his three-foot tamping iron to set explosive charges for blasting when it prematurely exploded, sending the iron through his skull. S... Read More

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 th... Read More

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.

Richard Ingraham and his fiancé Lydia Dyer held up safely on their schooner accompanied by a seaman named Roger Elliott. It was December 22 and a storm suddenly struck the Maine c... Read More

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