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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Theakston Crime Novel of the Year Shortlist Revealed for 2017

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The shortlist for the Old Peculier Theakston Crime Novel of the year was announced yesterday, reducing the original longlist down to six fantastic crime novels, all worthy winners of the award.

The shortlist contains some well known names in the crime genre, such as Val McDermid and Chris Brookmyre, who have both been nominated in previous years, and some newer authors you may not have heard of. Read More

Weird Books for Strange Folks

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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.

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The Reading List of Daria Morgendorffer

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In the mid-1990s, thanks to Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butthead series, Daria Morgendorffer gained her own spin-off show. Beginning in 1997, Daria’s acerbic wit and relatable misanthropy graced our screens, giving smart and oft-misunderstood teenage girls a role model at last.

The series was created by Glenn Eichler and Susie Lewis Lynn for MTV, and satirised US high school life and suburban America, as well as biting commentary about popular culture, societal expectations and pressures, and social class. It spoke to many of us who were teens during those years, especially those who could understand Daria’s need for something more than this strange and superficial world we were born into.

Daria often buried her self in a book (we here at Reading Addicts can all relate to that!) and the books she read were mostly high-brow, darkly themed, or classic literature. She was actually a pretty wonderful role model to have!
Thanks to multiple nerdy blogsters in the World Wide Web we now have a comprehensive list of all the books Daria read or referenced in her 5 years on television. Find them below, along with links beside them to purchase a copy for yourself if you are missing it from you collection.

Can you match Daria book-for-book?

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The Legacy of Comic Book Legend Leo Baxendale

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For many children a comic book is one of the first pieces of literature they buy for themselves, and one of the starting blocks to encouraging a love of reading for pleasure. For British children, Leo Baxendale was the man who made much of this possible with his creations of The Beano, Minnie the Minx, Willy the Kid, and The Bash Street Kids (formerly “When The Bell Rings).

Sadly Leo passed away in April 2017, aged 86, but has left behind him a legacy of legendary characters still in comic book circulation today. I, personally, owe him a debt of gratitude for my first heroine of literature I looked up to: Minnie the Minx, a violent, rebel girl who hated snobby parents and boring kids.

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Book Adaptations Released in May 2017

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Film adaptations are filling the cinemas this year, from classics to modern fiction, there will be something for everyone. A host of stars are putting their names to these popular works of fiction to help bring them to the big screen, and we hope they do them justice!

There are four film adaptations coming up in May 2017, from a classic Daphne Du Maurier, to Nicola Yoon’s 2015 book Everything Everything. Check out the selection below.

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