Recently, I have been fascinated by the life and works of William Thomas Stead, the man who ‘foretold’ his own death.
William Thomas Stead was a writer who campaigned for social and political change. He also pursued an interest in the uncanny, in particular spiritual phenomena and the supernatural. In an eerie instance of foreshadowing, Stead wrote a fictional story about a ship run by a Captain Smith facing dangerous icebergs in the early 1890s. Stead died aboard the Titanic about 20 years later.
His collections of ‘real’ ghost stories, published in the late 19th century, were publishing sensations and contain a fascinating wealth of anecdotal evidence for the existence of ghosts, astral projection and the machinations of poltergeists and doppelgangers.
I present here an extract from his 1891 work, An Unknown Double Identified:
[This was] forwarded to me by a correspondent in North Britain, who received the statement…
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