The Stolen Bacillus

Short story by H. G. Wells first published in 1894, about an anarchist who steals what he believes to be a tube of cholera bacteria to poison London’s water supply, but which is in reality harmless.

Mr. Skelmersdale in Fairyland

Short story by H. G. Wells first published in 1901, about a young man who falls asleep one midsummer’s night and wakes to find himself in Fairyland.

Penelope and the Suitors

Oil on canvas painting by the English artist John William Waterhouse, commissioned by the Aberdeen Art Gallery and completed in 1912.

Through a Window

Short story by H. G. Wells, first published in 1894, a precursor to the sub-genre of thriller in which a crippled or bed-ridden hero, after observing the world through a window, is suddenly confronted by a killer.


Oil painting by John William Waterhouse

Punishment of Incest Act 1908

Act of Parliament making it illegal for the first time in England and Wales for a man to engage in sexual intercourse with any female he knew to be his grand-daughter, daughter, sister, half-sister, or mother.