Weird Books for Strange Folks

By May 8, 2017Culture, Literature

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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Woman finds cure for writer’s block in the strangest place

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Amy Daws is an American author who recently quit her day job to write full time, but was soon struck down by the dreaded writer’s block. It must have been pretty frightening not knowing when the words will start flowing again so Amy kept herself busy, hoping it would help.

In her own words:

It was devastating. I tried everything to get out of my funk, but nothing was working!

“Then one day, I took my car in for new tires at Tires Tires Tires and magically blasted out like 5,000 words in their fabulous waiting room. It was incredible. And the scenery wasn’t bad either! Complimentary coffee that was actually delicious, comfortable seating, free cookies, friendly staff.

I had found my mother ship!”

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10 Hilarious Book Reviews

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Whether you love a book or hate it, sometimes it just needs to be reviewed. Opinions in reviews matter when it comes to reading material- especially for those of us who enjoy knowing a little about a book before we read it.

Online book reviews can be a little hit-and-miss as people can review anonymously and occasionally the people reviewing can be a little cheeky…

Check out these 10 hilarious book reviews posted online. Let us know if you agree with any of them!

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Exciting Announcement from the Author of The Book Thief

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Markus Zusak – author of The Book Thief– has been pretty quiet since the release and subsequent success of his novel. The prize-winning Aussie writer has been publishing works since 1999, but after The Book Thief he went quiet, with fans wondering when his next big hit novel would come.

Markus must have felt an enormous pressure, and as most writers are wont to do he began to doubt he had another great story in him. Readers all over the world wrote to encourage him, thanking him for their favourite book of his, and eventually Markus announced he was ready… Watch his message to his fans below.

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10 of the Most Popular Science Books of All Time

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Science has been unlocking secrets of the universe since people started asking strange and wonderful questions about how everything works. Thanks to the brave and brilliant of us asking ‘why’, ‘how’, ‘what’ and ‘are we absolutely sure??’, we know more than ever about the world around us.

From Stephen Hawking to Carl Sagan, observations about our universe to psychology, and beyond- this list of the ultimate science books is guaranteed to get those grey cells sparking. The books in this list were selected for their popularity and compelling content but if there were any you believe should have been included please let us know! If you have read one or more of these why not send us a review?

Our choices were compiled via a selection taken from an extensive list by Book Scrolling. Many thanks to them for the inspiration and information.

Here are ten of the most popular science non-fiction books of all time to expand your mind.

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Harriet Tubman Day – 5 Great Reads

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Harriet Tubman was an escaped slave who went on to become a saviour to many, an abolitionist and anti-slavery activist. Born into slavery in around 1822, Tubman escaped to freedom, and subsequently made some thirteen missions back to the south, helping to rescue around 70 families using a network of safe houses known as the underground railroad.

When the Civil War began, Tubman worked for the Union Army and was the first woman to lead an armed expedition when she led the raid at Combahee Ferry, which liberated more then 700 slaves. Read More

Sun Newspaper ‘Journalist’ Reveals Frankenstein Ignorance and Gets Mocked on Twitter

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There should be one very red-faced Sun Newspaper journalist today after they judged students to be ‘snowflakes’ for understanding Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. 

The article in question mocked students who studied Frankenstein, who had correctly reflected on how the monster created by Dr Frankenstein was a misunderstood and sympathetic figure. A screenshot of the ignorant Tweet was saved (see right). Their article and the Tweet promoting it have since been deleted, but not before it was roundly trolled by those of us who had dared to read the book and understand its themes.

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Movie Adaptations of Pearl S Buck’s Novels

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Recently we have been discussing on our Facebook page, and our Facebook Book Club ‘The Cwts’the controversial opinion ‘sometimes a movie adaptation is better than the book’. Despite many of us agreeing that, generally speaking, the book is best- we also recognise when a movie does the book justice and even work far better as a movie than a novel.

One such writer whose work has been adapted is award-winning novelist Pearl S. Buck. Born to Christian missionary parents in June 1892, Buck spent many years living in China- a source of inspiration for many of her novels.

The American writer is well-known for her humanitarian efforts as well as her novels, and a select few of her works have been adapted for the big screen. She won the ‘Nobel Prize’ for Literature in 1938, and many class her as one of the great writers in literature. Her beautiful prose and heartfelt stories touch many people so it is no wonder people also enjoy the movies based on her books.

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