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Ghastly almanac shows dark side of town history

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 07, 2014

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PEOPLE interested in ghastly tales from Burton’s past are being urged to check out a new book with a very grim subject matter.

A Grim Almanac of Staffordshire delves into the deepest, darkest recesses of the area’s history and showcases a whole host of ‘dreadful deeds’ which have littered the town’s history – some of which have appeared in the Mail’s bygones supplement Mail Remembers.

The book includes: a story about a girl being mangled by machinery; and the time a stage show went horribly wrong when an actor was shot with a real gun instead of a fake one.

A spokesman for History Press, which is publishing the book, said: “Full of dreadful deeds, strange disappearances and a multitude of murders, this almanac explores the darker side of Staffordshire’s past in a day-by-day catalogue of 366 ghastly tales from around the county.

“Within it are stories of tragedy, torment and the truly unfortunate with diverse tales of freak weather, bizarre deaths and terrible accidents.

“These include a young girl cut into pieces by a machinery explosion, the tragic deaths of 155 men in a disaster in 1918, and the theatre performance where the gun really did go off, mangling the actor’s hand and causing a severed finger to fly across the stage.

“With further tales of fires, catastrophes, suicides, thefts and executions – it’s all here in the book.

“The book is made up of 366 graphic, chilling and dramatic tales and is eloquently illustrated with 86 black and white images.”

The book is written by Karen Evans who has been a teacher for more than 20 years and is currently the deputy head teacher of a primary school.

She is a keen genealogist and has had articles published in Family Tree Magazine.

This is her first book, and she lives in Wombourne, Staffordshire.

The book is released on Tuesday and costs £14.99.

More information about the book is available online by visiting www.thehistorypress.co.uk/index.php/ a-grim-almanac-of-staffordshire-ebook-23079.html

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