E. Katherine Bates was an English gentlewoman of independent means. She traveled the world—America, Australia, Hong Kong, Alaska, etc.—pursuing her developing interest in psychic events in the 1880s and documenting it in a series of publications.
Varla Ventura is the author of The Book of the Bizarre and Beyond Bizarre, and a lover of all things strange, freaky, and terrifying. She is the curator of the Weiser Magical Creatures and Paranormal Parlor series of e-books. Visit her at the Blog of the Bizarre: varlaventura.wordpress.com/