In the nineteenth century, enterprising toymakers developed a novel way to bring theater into the home.
James Graham, founder of the Temple of Health, benefitted from his undeniable flair for showmanship and his talent for leaping on trends.
Demons and artists, it seems, pull from the same bag of tricks. They take ordinary matter and transform it into something more wondrous, more terrifying.
Medical authorities wrote about leeches as if they sucked blood out of the goodness of their hearts.
According to the extramission theory of vision, our eyes send out beams of elemental fire that spread, nerve like, to create the visual field.
If thieves’ cant—a language known only to criminals—was the Devil’s cabinet, bourgeois society couldn’t help but peep inside.