Ever since we have looked over the horizon and wondered what lies beyond, there have been those willing to trek off to find out. Exploration seems to be an innate feature of human nature, the need to shine a light on the dark corners of our understanding a force that drives us to further penetrate into realms we do not understand. Many of these travelers have over the centuries brought back amazing and mysterious tales from these faraway lands, and sometimes it is difficult to know what to make of them. Are they illuminating new places and things long immersed in shadow or are they tall tales and flights of fancy? It can be sometimes hard to tell, and one such individual who had plenty of such stories to tell was an Ottoman explorer who traveled the ends of the earth to bring back many odd tales, including those of the decidedly supernatural.