Cult of Weird Fall Reading List

By on October 3, 2014

Autumn has arrived, and Halloween is just around the corner. This is the perfect time to kick back with something pumpkin spice flavored and pick up a good book about the weird, obscure and downright disturbing.

I had a few books in mind that needed to be included on this list, but most of these recommendations straight from the Cult sound like fascinating reads I had not even heard of.


Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitin Doughty
Mortician Caitlin Doughty (of the Ask a Mortician web series and The Order of the Good Death) reveals the grim and fascinating details of cremation and her experiences in the industry of death.

Available right here.

Goatman: Flesh or Folklore? by J. Nathan Couch

Goatman: Flesh or Folklore? by J. Nathan Couch
Cult contributor J. Nathan Couch tries to separate fact from fiction as he explores legends of the vile and murderous Goatman creature from across America.

Available right here.

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
Geek Love is a story about a family of carnies who used poisons, chemicals and drugs to breed their own human oddities for their freak show.

Available right here.

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Available right here.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Riggs weaves a fascinating tale about children with strange abilities and the monsters who want to eat them, supported by weird vintage found photos.

Available right here.

Taxidermy Art by Robert Marbury

Taxidermy Art rogue guide by Robert Marbury
Whether you are an aspiring taxidermist or just love the art form, this book is for you. Taxidermy Art is a guide to the culture of rogue taxidermy and the artists who work tirelessly to bring taxidermy out of the dusty shelves of natural history museums into the spotlights of modern art. The book also includes lessons and resources to help you get started.

Available right here.

Rant by Chuck Palahniuk

Rant by Chuck Palahniuk
Rant is a twisted vision of the future marked by a plague of rabies and recreational car crashing. This is the oral biography of the strange life and spectacular death of Buster Casey full of the witty and jaded nihilism you expect from Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk.

Available right here.

The Terror by Dan Simmons

The Terror by Dan Simmons
Dan Simmons tells a fictional story based on the true events leading to the loss of 129 men to madness and cannibalism on the doomed Franklin Expedition in 1845.

Available right here.

Satan Wants Me by Robert Irwin

Satan Wants Me by Robert Irwin
Sex, drugs and devil worship in 1960s London.

Available right here.

Dr. Mutter’s Marvels by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

Dr. Mutter's Marvels by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
A biography of Thomas Dent Mütter, the Philadelphia doctor who revolutionized surgery through the use of ether as anesthesia and the sterilization of surgical tools. In 1858, his collection of medical oddities and anatomical specimens became the foundation of the Mutter Museum.

Available right here.

Did I miss a weird or macabre book that is perfect for fall reading?
Let me know in the comments below.


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    Dennis Mitton

    October 18, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Am reading Geek Love right now. It’s a bit more flat than I thought it would be. Have read and reviewed Mutter’s Marvels ( My Selfish Gene) and am going for Peculiar Children next. Thanks for the list. Also just read the short story Black Box by JC Oates. God that is a creepy story. Nothing happens but a looming pall of doom hangs over every word.

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    sylvi shayl

    October 18, 2014 at 8:46 am

    For October …the coming of the October People – Something Wicked This Way Comes, and From The Dust Returned both by Ray Bradbury.

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    J. Nathan Couch

    October 18, 2014 at 8:43 am

    “Morbid Curiosity Kills the Blues” has some appalling but fiercely entertaining content.

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    October 9, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    You could check out my new book about the Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo: 😉

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    October 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    I have been revisiting the original “weird” authors. Here are some FREE ONLINE works from William Hope Hodgson.

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    Kerri Zerrenner

    October 8, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Geek Love is on my personal top ten list, so happy to see it here! I’ll add these delights, Edward Gorey’s ABC books for the kiddies are good for an “eeew” and a vocabulary lesson, Google “Splatter- punk” if you’re truly twisted, ‘Spook’ by Mary Roach will lift your spirit, ‘Pigtails’ by I’m not sure and as it’s translated from French and obscure (I just realized my copy moved to Arizona in June with the friend who had borrowed it, Pffft) but worth the search if found–like a sexy Twilight Zone, and ‘Kiss, Kiss’ by Roald Dahl or his collection titled ‘Switch Bitch’ is a close second to the creepier collection of shorts in ‘Kiss, Kiss,’ this Roald Dahl is not for the kiddies, btw. Seek and Enjoy!

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      October 11, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      Such a good book! Are you a TOOL fan as well? Definitely belongs on this list. I was going to suggest it.

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    October 5, 2014 at 2:51 am

    A new book that has just been released- Viktor Wynd’s Cabinet of Curiosities. It’s full of beautiful images of his collection.

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    October 3, 2014 at 9:13 pm

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