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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Film and Television Influence Amazon’s Most Read Fiction of 2017

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According to Amazon the list of 2017’s most popular books includes some old favourites, however it is (perhaps unsurprisingly to many readers) heavily influenced by popular television adaptations.

Many believe that film and television have the capacity to ruin a perfectly good novel by adapting it to fit into a series or film. Even Peter Jackson’s epic reworking of Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit trilogy tried hard to squeeze in Tolkien’s vision but fell short for many fans of the books (coughTOMBOMBADILcough).

While some of us may scoff or sneer at the seemingly constant need to adapt already-existing stories for television or movies, it has become apparent that introducing someone to a story via television can impact book sales of the original title. This year’s hit adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale shows this to be the case with the 1985 novel hitting the top of Amazon’s most read list of 2017.

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Amusingly Titled Gay Pulp Fiction of the 20th Century

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Pulp fiction is a popular and cheap way to produce books of low quality for mass consumption. In the early to mid-20th century popular pulp fiction titles included rather risqué publications about the sexual exploits of lesbian and gay couples.

Beginning in the 1930s, these pulp fiction books were sold in bus stations, newsstands, and general stores. Lesbian pulp fiction was far more popular than stories about gay men, due to their appeal to heterosexual men. The first original pulp nonfiction to feature male gay sex was in 1952, called Men Into Beasts, but it was more brutal and horrifying than the erotic and romantic fictions that followed.

In the 1960s gay press associations such as Guild Press, and Greenleaf Classics produced varied erotica and pornographic pulp fiction for and about homosexual men. Rather than being pieces of high literature the gay pulps were unashamedly created to titilate and arouse the reader. Each piece of pulp fiction of the time was produced with a colourful cover to catch the eye, and a provocative title.

We have gathered together some of the most amusing, shocking titles that were once available… Be warned- this is NOT safe for work!

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Noel A Novel: The Most Festive Game on Twitter

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Around this time of year, Twitter users gather together by the fireplace of the World Wide Web to come up with some fabulously festive versions of their favourite books.

#NoelANovel has fast become the best bookish game to play with your followers and we at For Reading Addicts were excited to join in! We asked our readers on Facebook to come up with some of their own and this is what they have brought us…

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Study Finds Russia, Singapore, and Hong Kong Have the Best Primary School Readers in the World

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According to the latest Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), Russia, Singapore, and Hong Kong are the top three countries in the world when it comes to the literacy of primary school students. The study examined the reading skills of over 340,000 children across the world to determine which countries children excel in reading and which are below par. Read More

LiarTown USA : The Internet In A Book

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Welcome to LiarTown USA, population: everyone on the internet.

LiarTown started out in 2013, and was created by graphic designer and funny guy Sean Tejaratchi. Through creating LiarTown USA on Tumblr, the author brought us a glimpse into his weird and wonderful interpretation of popular culture. Nothing is safe- books, TV, movies, and memes are fair game in his quest to weird you out and make you laugh.

Tejaratchi himself describes LiarTown USA as a “duplicate world maintained by a moderately benevolent but not necessarily detail-oriented God.” He creates the funniest and most absurd book covers that look just like real books- but thankfully they are not… If they were they’d not be suitable to read on the train commute home, that’s for sure.

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Reddit User Discovers His Grandfather’s Image as Iconic Book Cover

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Isn’t the Internet a wonderful place? Years ago you could use unlicensed old photographs and chances are that no one would ever know, but thanks to virility and online communities such as Reddit and others, things have a tendency to be discovered!

This is what one Reddit user found out when he posted a picture of his grandfather to share with others. It seems his grandfather was a bit of a lad in his day, and this image from 1949 seems to capture that perfectly.

We’ve borrowed and blown up the image, it’s a little grainy but do you know the iconic book it appears as the cover photo on? Read More

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