The Haunted Palace Blog: Lenora and Miss Jessel

Welcome to the haunted palace where the rooms are desolate and bare, peopled only by shadows and dreams of things past.  Here you will find strange things: facts and fancy alike.  Step over the threshold and enter of your own free will.

Your guides are Lenora and Miss Jessel whose friendship was formed in the last century.  Bonding over history, travel and a general affinity for the uncanny, they set up this blog in 2013 order to share their passion for the dark side of history, in particular the parts of history where literature, folklore and the supernatural segue.

The Haunted Palace Blog Collection

Find our books The Haunted Mirror, History, Folklore and the Supernatural from the Haunted Palace Blog Volumes 1 and 2 on Amazon:

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And as guests on the Voices from the North East podcast.

The Haunted Palace

by Edgar Allan Poe

In the greenest of our valleys
By good angels tenanted,
Once a fair and stately palace-
Radiant palace-reared its head.
In the monarch Thought’s dominion-
It stood there!
Never seraph spread a pinion
Over fabric half so fair!

Banners yellow, glorious, golden,
On its roof did float and flow,
(This-all this-was in the olden
Time long ago,)
And every gentle air that dallied,
In that sweet day,
Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,
A winged odor went away.

Wanderers in that happy valley,
Through two luminous windows, saw
Spirits moving musically,
To a lute’s well-tuned law,
Round about a throne where, sitting
In state his glory well-befitting,
The ruler of the realm was seen.

And all with pearl and ruby glowing
Was the fair palace door,
Through which came flowing, flowing, flowing,
And sparkling evermore,
A troop of Echoes, whose sweet duty
Was but to sing,
In voices of surpassing beauty,
The wit and wisdom of their king.

But evil things, in robes of sorrow,
Assailed the monarch’s high estate.
(Ah, let us mourn!-for never morrow
Shall dawn upon him desolate!)
And round about his home the glory
That blushed and bloomed,
Is but a dim-remembered story
Of the old time entombed.

And travellers, now, within that valley,
Through the red-litten windows see
Vast forms, that move fantastically
To a discordant melody,
While, like a ghastly rapid river,
Through the pale door
A hideous throng rush out forever
And laugh-but smile no more.

19 thoughts on “About”

  1. Thank you for dropping by Malcolm’s Corner and liking ‘Being Alone With Style’.


  2. Hey, Thanks for stopping by my blog, and the follow, looking forward to seeing more of your work, 🙂


    • Hi, thanks for popping by and checking my blog out…I wish I could take pix as half as good as yours!


      • Ah Thanks Lenora, I still consider myself a beginner, there is always something new to learn and develop. The trick is to keep practising, don’t be afraid to experiment, then you find your own personal style. Love your blog, Keep at it, 🙂


  3. I do like Edgar Allen Poe, both his stories and poetry. Who is the picture by?


    • – I should add, that in some cases I have used historical images (in the public domain) and these may not have known authors – where this is the case if you click the image it takes you to the wickimedia commons page with full info!


  4. I love Poe too, and really MUST put some more Poe related work on my blog! The pictures are all by me unless otherwise attributed.


  5. supernova said:

    Hi Lenora, I like your blog and your articles are superbly written. I will enjoy my visits here and look forward to reading more, I think this is classy work. Regards James 🙂


  6. Hi James, thanks for the kind words. I love history especially the dark side of it! I love your blog too and am going to enjoy reading more of your posts!


  7. Hi Lenora! I hope you don’t mind but I’ve mentioned your last communication with me regarding W. T. Stead here: http://freakyfolktales.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/the-ghost-census-of-1894/
    Regards, Paul


  8. Hi Paul, thank you so much I am really flattered! Stead is amazing, and my friend literally had to go through boxes and boxes of material her father collected over the years. Stead was into everything!


  9. Lenora – Here’s another writing right up your alley about ghost hunters between the wars in Britain. Enjoy. http://hwj.oxfordjournals.org/content/74/1/88.full


  10. Dear Haunted Palace
    I love your website and all your interests. I’ve shown my magic lantern phantasmagoria at the Bram Stoker film festival in Whitby in 2012 and at the Manchester Gothic Festival last year. There’s a online reviews of these. I’m giving the show at the Bram Stoker again this year & attending the Goth week-end. My show: ‘Monstrous Hounds and the Phantasmagoria’ appears at the ‘Company of Wolves’ conference in September. You may also be interested in my eight recent posts for the Gothic Imagination website (university of Stirling) and my two books: Gothic Machine an,also, Sexuality and the Gothic Magic Lantern.
    Good luck in all your creative endeavours. Thanks again for the terrific blog.


    • Hi David

      Thank you for visiting my site I am so glad you like it. Your work sounds fascinating I will be checking out the reviews you mention and the books as well…I just glanced at the details of the Company of Wolves [one of my all time favourite films] Conference and it sounds fantastic – it sounds like you will certainly have an appreciative audience for your show!



  11. Although you do not have any accounts of hauntings in Copped Hall, you say that teenagers went there looking for ghosts, and one of them was your mother. I had an article sent to me in the 1960s of a very strange spectre seen there I think in 1967, by a UFO group. I will be shortly putting a video on YouTube about this, called The Copped Hall Spectre, on my channel James Goddard Mysteries.

    Jim Goddard


  12. Just listened to your video on YouTube. Really interesting, especially about the ley lines. I just hope that I live long enough to see the house returned to its full glory.


  13. what a fantastic blog! I have been here for hours!


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