Here I am over at the Eclective, talking about Victorian England…

The Eclective

Now that the Eclective’s Haunted Collection is finally available, I’m revisiting some blog posts from 2010. As Emma Jameson, my contribution to the anthology was a tale about a Victorian grave robber. If you’re not especially well-versed in that era (who is?) here are a few fun facts.

Pollution:  Most homes burned coal in their fireplaces, not wood.  And in the grander houses, virtually every room had a fireplace.  This is why London fog was usually yellow. And sometimes it was so thick, a lady could arrive home after a day of shopping to find her dress “grayed” by a fine layer of coal dust.  Therefore the average man wore black, day in and day out.  Inside even the finest homes, the wallpaper had to be washed at least once a year (after a long winter of burning fires daily, spring cleaning was essential).  The ceiling plaster…

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