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An Insect-or Calls

A blood curdling scream disturbs what was otherwise a calm summer’s eve, and then all was deathly silent again. The butler comes running into the reading room looking distressed,

“It’s the gardener ma’am, she’s found something in the rose bushes. It’s a young man. It’s the body of a young man!”

“Not to worry”, a voice pipes up from the corner of the room, “I’m an entomologist”. The others look at each other bemused, “The name’s Crawley, Dr Carrie P. Crawley”.

The corpse bride

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A Whole Host of Horrors

Article by Tiffany Taylor, posted  October 26, 2010 on Science Oxford Online (see original article here: http://www.scienceoxfordonline.com/a-whole-host-of-horrors)

It’s Halloween: time to turn down the lights, and gather round for a horrific tale of what waits for you in the shadows… luring you into its lair… creatures capable of turning ordinary souls into monsters… and beasts that can control your mind to carry out their evil bidding. This is a true story of some unpleasant parasites that might just be coming, for you.

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The Curse of the Pharaoh… A Mummy with a Message?

Article by Tiffany Taylor, posted August 24, 2010 on Science Oxford Online (see original article here: http://www.scienceoxfordonline.com/the-curse-of-the-pharaoh-a-mummy-with-a-message)

In Egypt there are stories of supernatural activities surrounding the tombs of ancient kings. It is said that the hieroglyphics etched into tomb walls frequently carry warnings of ‘Pharanoic hexes’ for those who may wish to steal from or disturb the resting king. So when a number of people present at the excavation of Tutankhamen’s tomb died under mysterious circumstances, was it down to black magic, bad luck or biological bugs?

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