Monday, April 23, 2007


He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it. ~ Douglas Adams (1952 - 2001), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

For some reason this quote made me think of the late 1800s when the Occult was so popular. It hasn't really grown less so, it's hugely popular now and just as controversial as it was then. Why the interest in the afterlife? Was it because they feared growing older? They needed to know what was on the other side?

Marie Corelli was a hugely popular novelist in the 1890s who numbered among her acquaintances ghost storytelling brothers A. C. Benson and R. H. ("Hugh") Benson. PM Gladstone visited her unannounced. Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, and Queen Alexandra all collected her books.

Yet her stories were more anti-religion than anything else. In Barabbas, her biggest international success, and its sequel, The Sorrows of Satan, "there is an underlying mystical strength to her glorification of Satan as a misunderstood adventurer in the modern world."

Her books are available on Amazon now, and maybe once my life settles down (haha, I just wrote a long ramble on how I have no time anymore) I'll read some of them. Just to see what they're like.


Susan Macatee said...

Interesting blog!

I love stories with ghosts and all that pararnormal stuff, especially when it's blended with history.

Kristin-Marie said...

Victorians were absolutely fascinated with the occult. Spiritualism spiked and the Masonic membership was the highest recorded in its history, to date. Etc., etc. Great blog.