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.