Category Archives: Fabrications

Alfred Pearse | de Rougemont illustrations

Boy’s Own-style drawings to accompany tall tales of danger and adventure…

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Alfred Pearse | de Rougemont illustrations

Boy’s Own-style drawings to accompany tall tales of danger and adventure…

Pages: Décadence Mandchoue

“He, if such there be, who peruses the following pages may deem that they are from the pen of a depraved, peradventure even if a talented, man…”

Pages: Décadence Mandchoue

“He, if such there be, who peruses the following pages may deem that they are from the pen of a depraved, peradventure even if a talented, man…”

The con artist formerly known as Prince

…being the further adventures of Harry Domela, the “sham prince” of Weimar Germany.

The con artist formerly known as Prince

…being the further adventures of Harry Domela, the “sham prince” of Weimar Germany.

Summer Flowers

In writing about people who died long ago, frequently in obscurity, it’s heart-warming to know that their secret influence continues to erupt in unpredictable locations around the globe.

Summer Flowers

In writing about people who died long ago, frequently in obscurity, it’s heart-warming to know that their secret influence continues to erupt in unpredictable locations around the globe.

If you’re reading this…

“Otto Witte is an old man…Convinced that he will not see the sunrise, he decides to write the story of his life for the poor soul who finds what’s left of him come the morning…”

If you’re reading this…

“Otto Witte is an old man…Convinced that he will not see the sunrise, he decides to write the story of his life for the poor soul who finds what’s left of him come the morning…”

The Greatest Liar on Earth

The publishers of The Greatest Liar on Earth describe it as “an excellent teaching resource for schools”. How true! Alerting the young to the monetary advantages of lying is important preparation for so many career paths.

The Greatest Liar on Earth

The publishers of The Greatest Liar on Earth describe it as “an excellent teaching resource for schools”. How true! Alerting the young to the monetary advantages of lying is important preparation for so many career paths.

Arthur Cravan est vivant!

Arthur Cravan is in the eternal present, a present which has assimilated his provocations but yearns for more. Whatever the outcome of his sea voyage, Cravan never really died, he simply passed into a realm from where we may periodically retrieve him.

Arthur Cravan est vivant!

Arthur Cravan is in the eternal present, a present which has assimilated his provocations but yearns for more. Whatever the outcome of his sea voyage, Cravan never really died, he simply passed into a realm from where we may periodically retrieve him.

The white caliph

Gerard MacBryan was described as a “complete crook”, a “quisling”, an “undesirable character”, “a kind of evil genius”. He was the heir to an asylum and his tale embraces intrigue, treachery and a descent into Heart of Darkness-style tropical insanity.

The white caliph

Gerard MacBryan was described as a “complete crook”, a “quisling”, an “undesirable character”, “a kind of evil genius”. He was the heir to an asylum and his tale embraces intrigue, treachery and a descent into Heart of Darkness-style tropical insanity.

The quest for Backhouse

Backhouse evidently roamed the globe, summering in Russia with Tolstoy, discovering the joys of eunuch sex in Constantinople and appearing on stage with Sarah Bernhardt in Paris…even the Dowager Empress herself succumbed to his charms.

The quest for Backhouse

Backhouse evidently roamed the globe, summering in Russia with Tolstoy, discovering the joys of eunuch sex in Constantinople and appearing on stage with Sarah Bernhardt in Paris…even the Dowager Empress herself succumbed to his charms.

The great pretender

Who doesn’t like a good faux-king? Anyone can be a self-made man, but being a self-made king, that takes orbs. So far on Strange Flowers we’ve explored putative rulers of Andorra, Albania and the Ukraine, as well as the ever-so-slightly-made-up kingdoms of Redonda and Sedang.

The great pretender

Who doesn’t like a good faux-king? Anyone can be a self-made man, but being a self-made king, that takes orbs. So far on Strange Flowers we’ve explored putative rulers of Andorra, Albania and the Ukraine, as well as the ever-so-slightly-made-up kingdoms of Redonda and Sedang.

Jewish Presbyterian Buddhist Nazi spy, MP

The annals of espionage and counter-espionage offer few stranger cases than that of Ignaz Trebitsch-Lincoln, born to a Hungarian Orthodox Jewish family but converting to Christianity soon after his arrival in London, where he joined the Society for the Promotion of Christianity Among the Jews.

Jewish Presbyterian Buddhist Nazi spy, MP

The annals of espionage and counter-espionage offer few stranger cases than that of Ignaz Trebitsch-Lincoln, born to a Hungarian Orthodox Jewish family but converting to Christianity soon after his arrival in London, where he joined the Society for the Promotion of Christianity Among the Jews.

“Oriental Splendour and Weird Mysticism”

The “bullet catch”, a magic trick in which a performer appears to stop a bullet fired from a gun, is an illusion with a long history as well as a body count. Though it’s questionable whether it has killed 12 performers as is sometimes claimed, there are at least four verifiable cases.

“Oriental Splendour and Weird Mysticism”

The “bullet catch”, a magic trick in which a performer appears to stop a bullet fired from a gun, is an illusion with a long history as well as a body count. Though it’s questionable whether it has killed 12 performers as is sometimes claimed, there are at least four verifiable cases.

Sarawak job

Sylvia, who took to her the role of ranee with relish, was not the demure consort expected by the largely Muslim nation, combining hauteur and lewdness while shamelessly (and misleadingly) talking up the dangerous exoticism of Sarawak to outsiders.

Sarawak job

Sylvia, who took to her the role of ranee with relish, was not the demure consort expected by the largely Muslim nation, combining hauteur and lewdness while shamelessly (and misleadingly) talking up the dangerous exoticism of Sarawak to outsiders.

Tuesday on a Monday

“Tuesday Lobsang Rampa” was a “Tibetan” monk instrumental in the growth of New Age disciplines in the West. In 1956 “Rampa” published the autobiographical The Third Eye, detailing his life and calling as well as the titular gift which allowed him to discern auras.

Tuesday on a Monday

“Tuesday Lobsang Rampa” was a “Tibetan” monk instrumental in the growth of New Age disciplines in the West. In 1956 “Rampa” published the autobiographical The Third Eye, detailing his life and calling as well as the titular gift which allowed him to discern auras.

Disenchanted

One of the stranger episodes in Pierre Loti’s eventful life took place in Constantinople in 1904 when the author received what was essentially a fan letter from a Turkish woman, in which she daringly suggested a meeting…

Disenchanted

One of the stranger episodes in Pierre Loti’s eventful life took place in Constantinople in 1904 when the author received what was essentially a fan letter from a Turkish woman, in which she daringly suggested a meeting…

Swiss Family Rougemont

Louis de Rougemont’s stories started the Victorian version of a flame war, which furiously debated whether, for instance, monstrous octopuses really were capable of dragging a boat to the ocean floor.

Swiss Family Rougemont

Louis de Rougemont’s stories started the Victorian version of a flame war, which furiously debated whether, for instance, monstrous octopuses really were capable of dragging a boat to the ocean floor.

Tirana circus rex

Life, as Ireland’s pre-eminent thinker Ronan Keating once whimsically opined, is a rollercoaster. Few are as familiar with the dizzying highs and crashing lows of the crazy ride we call life than German fairground impresario Norbert Witte.

Tirana circus rex

Life, as Ireland’s pre-eminent thinker Ronan Keating once whimsically opined, is a rollercoaster. Few are as familiar with the dizzying highs and crashing lows of the crazy ride we call life than German fairground impresario Norbert Witte.