What is the soul, where does it come from and where does it go when we die? Such questions have continued to fascinate since the early modern period. The answers that were produced were never decisive, but were often surprisingly creative, as Richard Sugg demonstrates.
There is a long and international history of unusual burials. But should they be interpreted as fear of vampires, the supernatural and the living dead?
The 19th century is rich in ghost and poltergeist cases.
Richard Suggs on the history of ghoulish impersonations.
The trade in human organs has given rise to many myths. We should look to its history, argues Richard Sugg, if we are to comprehend its reality.
Richard Sugg explains the origins of the term.
Richard Sugg searches history to explain the phenomenon of aggressive cannibalism, following recent allegations from Iraq.