Weird Books for Strange Folks

It is said you can tell a lot about a person by the choice of books they read, and seeing as though you are here to peruse this freakish list, I can only imagine what sort of strange and wonderful person you are.

I am imagining some sort of bookish Gomez or Morticia Addams….

If you love a good spooky story, or are fascinated by the strange real-life events that have occurred throughout history, this is the list for you. From freak-shows or taxidermy, to hauntings or crematorium goings on, we have something for every weirdo here.

Beyond The Dark Veil

This fantastic book comprises of 194 extraordinary photographs recording the Victorian practise of ‘mourning photography’. The pictures, along with newspaper articles and notices, include various types of mourning photography such as albumen prints, hand coloured photographs, daguerreotypes, postcards, and more. It is a wonderful insight into the way many of our ancestors would grieve and mourn their deceased family members.

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Atlas of Cursed Places

There are 40 locations within this book, all of which are teeming with the disastrous, the paranormal, and the weird. The places examined in the book include: a home of mythical sea monsters; a town where the ground constantly burns; a national park overrun with bats; and the world’s second most popular suicide location…

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Freak Babylon

A surprising and disturbing document of the history of teratology, one of humanity’s most enthralling sciences which focusses on genetic abnormality and deformation. The book follows a strange entertainment that sprung from teratology: the freak show, with some famous case histories such as the Elephant Man and features over 200 photos of human anomalies, recorded scientific research, and body modification.

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Funerals To Die For

Putting the FUN back into funerals, and dark and rich like a really decent, expensive chocolate, this book looks at the history of the funeral. It gives a great insight into various cultures and the funeral practices they perform, some strange, others bizarre…

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Goatman: Flesh or Folklore?

Author and paranormal investigator J. Nathan Couch has collected sightings of Goatman and other goaty folktales including the Pope Lick Monster, the Beast of Billiwhack, and Sheepsquatch… Join him as he tries to separate history from lore and taking you across the USA… Beware the Goatman!

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Mutter Museum

This book contains artistic images of the Mutter Museums’s transfixing exhibits shot by modern fine art photographers. Here we see the museum’s archive of historic photographs, many of which have never been seen by the general public. The images are often poignant and beautifully accomplished, ranging from pathological anomalies, Civil War injuries and recoveries, to the ravages of diseases still in existence in the 19th century.

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Poe Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allen Poe

In this book the author explores Poe’s legacy: touring Poe’s homes, examining locks of his hair, pieces of his coffin, his manuscripts, and the many memorials dedicated to the strange and great man. Poe-Land is a unique take on the afterlife of the poet who is arguably unrivalled in his affect on science fiction and horror.

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Rest In Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses

This book follows some of the more famous figures in history and the deaths they endured, and what happened to them after… They have been taken and sold, pickled or frozen, and even impersonated! Their famous genitals, toes, teeth, and hearts have wandered the globe mostly without their permission. This is a fascinating insight into what lengths people will go to to be with (a part of) their heroes…

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons From the Crematorium

This book is by twenty-three-year-old Caitlin Doughty who, with great curiosity, threw herself into her odd new profession. Within the book she explores our death rituals, and the rituals of other cultures, and longs for healthier attitudes around death than we have already… Fans of gallows humour will enjoy this vivid account of this usually depressing subject, dealt with with humour and ease.

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Taxidermy Art

Author Robert Marbury created this funny and frank guide that takes us through the history of taxidermy, presenting us with beautiful and strange pieces of taxidermy art from twenty artists in the field. There is also a guide with six illustrated how to lessons, with sources for taxidermy materials for the budding taxidermists.

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10 Literary Pet Peeves

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BBC Radio 4’s Open Book asked their listeners for their ‘literary pet peeves’. What really annoys you when you read a book? For me, it has to be lazy or dull writing and overuse of similes and metaphors.

Open Book’s guests on the 20th of June 2017 were literary critic Peter Kemp and historical crime novelist Antonia Hodgson. They were asked about the literary devices that make their cringe glands flare up. Their answers included stories told through a foggy memory, or animal narrators.

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4 Bookish Kickstarter Campaigns to Get Excited About!

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Kickstarter is a crowdfunding corporation founded in 2009 by Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler, and Charles Adler. The company is based in Brooklyn, New York, and is focussed on creative projects such as films, comics, journalism, literature, and video games.

It has kickstarted (oh! I see where they got the name from now!) many excellent projects you may have heard of, and a few you may not have. We have gathered a handful of the best literature-based projects out now, or made possible, thanks to Kickstarter. Just click on the heading of each campaign to take you to the corresponding Kickstarter page, or find the Amazon links below each book.

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5 Inspiring Amelia Earheart Books

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American aviation pioneer, Amelia Earheart, was born July 24th 1897 and disappeared July 2nd 1937. Her story captured many hearts and minds, and inspired a great deal of speculation surrounding her disappearance.

On June 17th, in 1928, Amelia left Newfoundland to become the first female passenger to fly Atlantic. She was also the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1928.

Even nearly a century later, she still inspires and is admired, the whole world over.

Here are 5 of the best books about her available today…

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Che Guevara’s Reading List

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Ernesto “Che” Guevara (14th of June 1928 to 9th of October 1967) was a major figure of the Cuban Revolution, and has since become a pervasive symbol of counterculture and rebellion in popular culture. He became radicalised by the poverty and unfair treatment he witnessed as he travelled Latin America. Che has since become a polarised figure in the collective imagination in a multitude of biographies, songs, and films.

Che was a well read and well travelled, intelligent man who often found mental refuge in literature. His reading list offers an insight into the deep thinking man he was, and reflects much of his ideals.

His choice of reading material influenced him greatly and makes for a fascinating list. We have compiled 10 of the most interesting of Che Guevara’s choices for your enjoyment and interest…

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7 Books To Read If You Like Master of None

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If you haven’t seen Master of None, the American comedy-drama series on Netflix, then you must do so immediately.

Created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, it stars Aziz as a character named Dev Shah. Dev is a 30-year-old actor living in New York City with his friends Arnold, Brian, and Denise. Each episode guides us through Dev’s daily life and his professional, romantic, and cultural experiences.

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Penguin Launch their Vintage Minis Series (and they’re beautiful!)

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A 20 book collection for the bookshelf

In June, Penguin Vintage launched a new range of short books, celebrating their extensive backlist and the Penguin Vintage Minis are absolutely gorgeous! The twenty new titles bring us some essential reading from the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human. Everything is covered, from birth to death and everything in between.

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Fake Book Titles Part 1.

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A while back we asked you to come up with some punny, funny fake book titles, and you did not disappoint!

Our resident memestress Rosie put her editing skills to the test by mocking up a select few of the best you had to offer. There were so many hilarious ideas that we will have to split them into a couple of blogs for you to enjoy…

Here is part one of our Reading Addicts’ best, punniest, fake book titles.

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