Weird Book Recommendations

Cult of Weird book recommendations

If you’re looking to dig into a new book to satisfy your morbid curiosity, you’ve come to the right place. This selection of morbid must-reads from Cult of Weird includes:

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Victorian Book of the Dead

The Victorian Book of the Dead by Chris Woodyard
The Victorian Book of the Dead by Chris Woodyard explores historical accounts of exploding corpses, petrified corpse furniture, a man who lived in his wife’s tomb, ghosts, banshees, and other bizarre true tales of Victorian mourning.
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Atlas of Cursed Places

Atlas of Cursed Places
Atlas of Cursed Places explores 40 locations around the world that are “rife with disaster, chaos, paranormal activity, and death.”
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Beyond the Dark Veil

Beyond the Dark Veil post-mortem photography
Beyond the Dark Veil is a collection of post-mortem and mourning photography from The Thanatos Archive, along with newspaper clippings and other ephemera documenting death and funerals in the Victorian Era.
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Morbid Curiosities

Morbid Curiosities by Paul Gambino
Morbid Curiosities by Paul Gambino takes a look at some of the most extraordinary and macabre collections from the likes of Ryan Matthew Cohn, Evan Michelson, and more.
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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Stories from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
Mortician Caitlin Doughty takes you inside the crematorium and pulls back the curtain to demystify death.
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Ghostland

Ghostland An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey
Ghostland by Colin Dickey examines the history of America’s haunted places and how the spirits of the past affect the living who exist in those places now.
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The Butchering Art

The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris
Before Joseph List’s antiseptic method, surgery was a brutal affair that often put patients in more danger than the afflictions the pre-anesthetic operations were supposed to cure. The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris tells the tales of operating theaters, dead houses, grave robbery, and the breakthroughs that changed medicine forever.
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Lost City of the Monkey God

Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston
In 2015 an expedition into the deadly and unexplored jungles of Honduras revealed the ruins of a lost city once inhabited by an unknown civilization. Author Douglas Preston was there every step of the way, from the lidar flights to peer beneath the jungle canopy in search of signs of ancient human existence, to the discovery of a vast city abandoned long ago and a cache of ancient artifacts that may have been an offering to the monkey god before residents fled in fear of curses and disease.
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As Above, So Below

As Above, So Below: Art of the American Fraternal Society, 1850-1930
The Freemasons, Odd Fellows, and other fraternal societies formed bonds and developed values which they portrayed through enigmatic symbols of all-seeing eyes, skulls, crossbones, beehives, and more. As Above, So Below is packed with fraternal history and the photos of the secret works of art they used to keep closely guarded within the walls of private lodges and temples across America.
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Cabinet of Curiosities

Cabinet of Curiosities: Collecting and Understanding the Wonders of the Natural World
Learn how to preserve and classify specimens from the natural world and build your very own curiosity cabinet.
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Rest in Pieces

Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses
In Rest in Pieces, author Bess Lovejoy tells true stories of grave robbing, missing brains, cadaver brandy, and other misadventures undertaken by the corpses of famous people.
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Diableries

Diableries Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell
These incredibly rare 3-D stereoscopic views of Hell originated in France in the 1860s. Diableries collects them all into once place so you can revel in their torment with an included stereoscopic viewer.
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Goatman: Flesh or Folklore?

Goatman Flesh or Folklore? by J. Nathan Couch
Tales of half-goat, half-man creatures luring hapless teens to their doom and murdering wayward travelers exist across the US. Goatman: Flesh or Folklore? takes you from the backwoods of Wisconsin, where several goatman legends lurk just off the beaten path, to the Pope Lick Trestle in Kentucky where numerous people have lost their lives, and into the government laboratories of Maryland where local lore says a genetic freak was created who now roams the woods with an axe. J. Nathan Couch recounts sightings of famous creatures like the Beast of Billiwack, Pennsylvania’s Sheepman, Sheepsquatch in West Virginia, the Lake Worth Monster of Texas, and other hooved horrors in search of goatman’s origins.
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Stiff

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
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Heavenly Bodies

Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs
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Taxidermy Art

Taxidermy Art: A Rogue's Guide to the Work, the Culture, and How to Do It Yourself
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The Occult, Witchcraft, & Magic

The Occult, Witchcraft and Magic: An Illustrated History
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Unmentionable

Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners
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The Invention of Murder

The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime
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A Season With the Witch

A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts
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From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty
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Death: An Oral History

Death An Oral History
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Memento Mori: The Dead Among Us

Memento Mori The Dead Among Us by Paul Koudounaris
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American Monsters

American Monsters: A History of Monster Lore, Legends, and Sightings in America
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The Sick Rose

The Sick Rose: Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration
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Death and the Afterlife

Death and the Afterlife: A Chronological Journey, from Cremation to Quantum Resurrection
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Mutter Museum

Mutter Museum Historic Medical Photographs
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American Grotesque

American Grotesque: The Life and Art of William Mortensen
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The Empire of Death

The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses
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Cabinets of Wonder

Cabinets of Wonder
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Funerals to Die For

Funerals to Die For: The Craziest, Creepiest, and Most Bizarre Funeral Traditions and Practices Ever
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Freak Babylon

Freak Babylon: An Illustrated History of Teratology and Freakshows
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Mortuary Confidential

Mortuary Confidential: Undertakers Spill the Dirt
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The Strange Case of William Mumler

The Strange Case of William Mumler, Spirit Photographer
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The Embalmed Head of Oliver Cromwell

The Embalmed Head of Oliver Cromwell - A Memoir: The Complete History of the Head of the Ruler of the Commonwealth
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Still Life

Still Life Adventures in Taxidermy
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Occult America

Occult America: White House Seances, Ouija Circles, Masons, and the Secret Mystic History of Our Nation
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