Elliott O'Donnell





Elliott O'Donnell

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born
in Ireland
February 27, 1872

died
May 08, 1965

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Elliott O'Donnell was an Irish author known primarily for his books about ghosts. He claimed to have seen a ghost, described as an elemental figured covered with spots, when he was five years old. He also claimed to have been strangled by a mysterious phantom in Dublin.

He claimed descent from Irish chieftains of ancient times, including Niall of the Nine Hostages (the King Arthur of Irish folklore) and Red Hugh, who fought the English in the sixteenth century. O'Donnell was educated at Clifton College, England, and Queen's Service Academy, Dublin, Ireland.

In later life he became a ghost hunter, but first he traveled in America, working on a range in Oregon and becoming a policeman during the Chicago Railway Strike of 1894. Returning to Engl
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Average rating: 3.48 · 351 ratings · 49 reviews · 66 distinct works · Similar authors
Scottish ghost stories
3.28 of 5 stars 3.28 avg rating — 107 ratings — published 1911 — 20 editions
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The Sorcery Club
3.09 of 5 stars 3.09 avg rating — 23 ratings — published 1912 — 16 editions
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Werewolves
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 30 ratings — published 1965 — 14 editions
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English hauntings: eighteen...
3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 2010
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The Banshee
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 2010 — 7 editions
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Animal Ghosts or Animal Hau...
2.9 of 5 stars 2.90 avg rating — 20 ratings — published 2003 — 16 editions
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Elliott O'donnell's Caseboo...
4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 1969 — 5 editions
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Some haunted houses of England
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 2010 — 2 editions
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The Screaming Skulls, and O...
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1964 — 2 editions
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Strange Disappearences
2.4 of 5 stars 2.40 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1990
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More books by Elliott O'Donnell…
“I think locality exercises strange influence over some minds. The peaceful meadow-scenery holds no lurking horrors in its bosom, but in the lonesome moorlands, full of curiously molded boulders, grotesque fancies must assail one there. Creatures seem to come, odd and ill-defined as their surroundings. As a child I had a peculiar horror of those tall, odd-shaped boulders, with seeming faces, featureless, it is true, but sometimes strangely resembling humans and animals. I believe the spinney may be haunted by something of this nature, terrible as the trees. ("The Haunted Spinney")”
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