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Italian Ghost Stories: Poveglia Island
Poveglia is a cursed and mysterious island. Indeed, some strange historical events have shaped its reputation as the darkest place of the Venice Lagoon.

During the first centuries of the last millennium, Poveglia was a thriving and populated island, just as Murano or Torcello. However, with the outbreak of the war of Chioggia in 1378 – the fourth and last conflict between Genoa and Venice – its inhabitants were moved to the island of Giudecca. From that moment the island remained desert for three hundred years. Since 1645, it was then employed as an outpost to control the transit of ships in the lagoon with the aim of protecting Venice.

However, Poveglia’s darkest moments date back to the more recent years when, due to the 1700 Black Death, the island became a lazaretto, an open-air cemetery, where quarantined people — even those with the slightest signs of sickness — were sent to die. Bodies were left on the island’s streets to decompose. Then, they were burnt and their ashes were thrown in mass graves. It is said that more than 160,000 people there died in agony during the bubonic plague. Even today, strata of bones could be found beneath the surface, which is made up of 60% of human ashes.
According to some historical reconstructions, in that period the island was also the scene of the execution of criminals, who were usually killed by drowning. But this is only not the scariest part of the story. In 1922, the buildings have been reconstructed to host a home for the elderly, as it can be read even in the municipal archives’ records. Nonetheless, the furniture still present today witnesses that the building was actually an asylum.
From the moment one was diagnosed with mental illness and taken to Poveglia, there was no possibility of redemption and rehabilitation. The only aim of the new use of the island was to isolate these people, and separate them from society. It is important to remember that, in the past, any uncommon way of thinking and behavior different from the socio-cultural norms of the time, was considered mental disorders. Anyone could thereby be identified as mentally ill and locked up.
In 1969 the structure was permanently shut down and the island abandoned for the second time. Obviously, during the years, the island lured many curious and paranormal researchers.
Nowadays, without the official authorization of the municipality, it is forbidden to step foot on the island and the offenders will be charged with criminal offences. Yet, tourists use private boats or water taxis to visit this mysterious and spooky island off the Venetian coast for a couple of hours.
Venezia  History  Horror  Ghosts  Danvers  Mental  Health  Italy 
yesterday by dbourn
Rodney McKay is desperately trying to get out of Peru. John Sheppard is a pilot who might be able to help. Or get him into more trouble.
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november 2019 by popkin16
Following the incident of Teal'c becoming trapped in the Stargate, instead of being sent to Russia, Rodney McKay is given the chance to join a team at the SGC.

This is actually a series of eight stories, but since this series itself is part of a series, I've used the chapter function to keep the fics connected.
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november 2019 by popkin16
Physicist Rodney McKay is injured while on the run and ends up taking refuge in a secluded beach house as well as taking ex-Air Force pilot John Sheppard as his hostage.
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november 2019 by popkin16
Rodney McKay, Samantha Carter and Svetlana Markov are scientists on the cusp of a breakthrough involving mysterious entities. John Sheppard turns up on their doorstep asking for help.
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november 2019 by popkin16
The Real McCoy
Pianist Rodney McKay is in trouble and FBI Agent John Sheppard and his partner Agent Evan Lorne are sent to protect him.
sga  mcshep  au  crossover/fusion  humor  action/adventure  first!time  earthside  10000-29999  danvers 
november 2019 by popkin16
The Virtual World of HP Lovecraft
an ongoing mapping of Lovecraft's imaginary New England

"New England bore you, and into your soul she poured
a liquid loveliness which cannot die. This loveliness,
moulded, crystallised, and polished by years of memory
and dreaming, is your terraced wonder of elusive sunsets;
and to find that marble parapet with curious urns and
carven rail, and descend at last these endless balustraded
steps to the city of broad squares and prismatic fountains,
you need only to turn back to the thoughts and visions
of your wistful boyhood." -- The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath
HP  Lovecraft  Horror  Salem  MA  Danvers  Literature 
november 2018 by dbourn
RT : A friend of mine's daughter is missing. Please retweet.
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december 2017 by muerl
What You Believe
One by one the Avengers seem to be turning on Tony, until he is isolated and alone, with no one left he can trust. Unsure what to believe anymore, betrayal seems to lurk around every corner. When he resolves to confront them, can anyone stand between him and what seems to be the inevitable destruction of the Avengers? Or is it already too late?
source:AO3  author:missbecky  status:complete  words:25K-50K  relationship:m/m  rating:Mature  fandom:Marvel  character:Janet  Van  Dyne  character:T'Challa  character:Carol  Danvers  character:Thor  character:Simon  Williams  character:William  Cross  character:Clint-Barton  character:Tony-Stark  theme:mind-control  character:Hulk  character:Steve-Rogers  pairing:Steve-Rogers/Tony-Stark 
january 2015 by beckswithrecs

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