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Posts Tagged ‘*Robson*’

Peter Haining – Sweeney Todd: The Real Story Of The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

Posted by demonik on June 21, 2009

Peter Haining – Sweeney Todd: The Real Story Of The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (Robson, 1998)


Groan. Another personal ‘one that got away’. I use to see this around fairly often, remaindered or discounted or something. Never snapped it up, because I thought it was merely a repackaging of his earlier The Mystery & Horrible Murders Of Sweeney Todd (Muller 1979). Just goes to show how wrong you can be!

Haining certainly revisits the earlier book (and his introduction to the Frederick Hazleton novel), but this time he takes it that step further as, utilizing fact, “fact”, centuries old remembered conversations and “it was rumoured at the time”s, he not only “proves” that Sweeney Todd exists, but also gives us a cradle-to-scaffold biography! How comes nobody else has consulted The Newgate Calendar for references to the meat-pie martyr and, if they did, what’s their excuse for finding zero mention of him contained in it’s grisly pages? Why have i had to wait until now to learn that Sweeney was a local lad, born in Brick Lane?

It’s research, Jim, but not as we know it. Outrageous. But in a totally brilliant way.

This time, rather fittingly, the dedication runs “To the memory of Tod Slaughter. I’m polishing ’em off well tonight!”

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Peter Haining – A Dictionary Of Ghosts

Posted by demonik on June 21, 2009

Peter Haining – A Dictionary Of Ghosts (New Edition, Robson, 1999: originally [?] Prentice-Hall USA, 1984:)


Blurb from New Edition:

This is a welcome reprint of the hugely successful and comprehensive A-Z reference work on the diverse lore of the spirit world. “A Dictionary of Ghosts” defines all the various types of apparitions and creatures of superstition known through the centuries. Recounting legends of famous hauntings, it introduces you to the many mediums, authorities, and victims associated with ghosts. Now you can learn about the domovoys, noisy Russian spirits who are willing to do household chores; Lord Byron’s encounters with a phantom monk; the Hairy Hands ghost who is said to strangle travellers – along with banshees, poltergeists, exorcism, screaming skulls, UFOs, and all the other intriguing phenomena that have raised hair on the heads of believers and non-believers around the world. What’s more, you’ll find eerie drawings and photographs illustrating these weird mysteries on almost every page. “A Dictionary of Ghosts” is indispensable reading for students of the paranormal, for ghost hunters, and for everyone fascinated by spectres and spirits.

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