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Watch the Trailer for the New Peculiar Children Book ‘Map of Days’

The peculiar children come to America and encounter unimaginable new dangers in Map of Days, the new novel in the Miss Peregrine series from Ransom Riggs.

Jacob uncovers new secrets about his grandfather’s double life, leading the peculiar children on a dangerous new adventure in Map of Days, the latest book in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs.

Map of Days is part of the 2018 Cult of Weird Fall Reading List.

From the description:

Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery—a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob’s grandfather, Abe.

Clues to Abe’s double-life as a peculiar operative start to emerge, secrets long hidden in plain sight. And Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he has inherited—truths that were part of him long before he walked into Miss Peregrine’s time loop.

Now, the stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom—a world with few ymbrynes, or rules—that none of them understand. New wonders, and dangers, await in this brilliant next chapter for Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children. Their story is again illustrated throughout by haunting vintage photographs, but with a striking addition for this all-new, multi-era American adventure—full color.

Map of Days

Map of Days hits shelves on October 2.

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10 Morbid Must-Reads for the Fall Season

Morbid and fascinating book recommendations for the fall season from the Cult of Weird book club.
2016 Cult of Weird fall reading list

If you’re looking for a macabre read for the fall season, something to curl up to while the air turns crisp and the veil thins, look no further. The list below has some compelling new releases, as well as some older work you may not have been aware of, to keep your brain cells tingling and your spine chilling this Halloween season.

Related: Weird Book Recommendations

Morbid Curiosities

Morbid Curiosities by Paul Gambino featuring the oddities collection of Ryan Matthew Cohn
Paul Gambino examines the truly extraordinary and bizarre objects in the collections of Ryan Matthew Cohn, Evan Michelson, and more. These macabre curiosities are showcased, some for the first time, with beautiful photos and accompanying descriptions illuminating the dark corners of history through skulls, occult objects, sideshow ephemera, mummified body parts, vintage spirit communication devices and other oddities.
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Ghostland

Ghostland by Colin Dickey
Ghostland is a haunted roadtrip through history by way of America’s most notoriously dark places, where the spirits of the past refuse to rest.
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A Season with the Witch

Halloween in Salem, MA is the focus of A Season with the Witch by J.W. Ocker
J.W. Ocker, travel writer and chronicler of strange destinations on Odd Things I’ve Seen, spent a Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts to see what makes it the “Capital of Creepy.”
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Anatomical Venus

Anatomical Venus by Joanna Ebenstein
Joanna Ebenstein of the Morbid Anatomy Museum explores the grotesquely erotic wax anatomy work from the past depicting beautiful female figures in varying stages of dissection.
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Tales of the Peculiar

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
Ransom Riggs, author of the enchantingly odd series Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, expands on the bizarre mythos he’s dreamed up with a new installment of stories from the secret history of the peculiar world.
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The Ghastling: Book Four

The Ghastling book four
The Ghastling is a series featuring genuinely chilling short stories by various authors. Book #4 is the latest installment, and it promises to be even more gruesome than previous issues.
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The Victorian Book of the Dead

Victorian Book of the Dead by Chris Woodward
Victorian-era dead and mourning traditions, ghost stories, premature burials, post-mortem photography, and bizarre tales unearthed from newspapers and journals from the 19th century.
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Cabinet of Curiosities

Cabinet of Curiosities by Gordon Grice
A beginner’s guide to creating your own cabinet of curiosities, from finding and identifying specimens to preserving and mounting them for display.
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The American Way of Death

The American Way of Death by Jessica Mitford
First published in 1963, then later updated for modern trends in 1996, Jessica Mitford’s celebrated book exposes the US death industry with wit and humor, tackling the embalming process, cremation, funerals and more.
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The Rose Of Paracelsus

The Rose of Paracelsus: On Secrets and Sacraments by William Leonard Pickard
From the description: “A Harvard graduate student and researcher explores a global entheogen system, discovering their practices leading to cognitive enhancement and, arguably, the next human form.”
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Looking for more? Check out these Weird Book Club picks from previous years:

Cult of Weird 2015 Fall Reading List

Peculiar children, cannibalism, and the glorious misadventures of a dead man’s head top the list of macabre history and strange fiction on this year’s fall reading list.
Cult of Weird fall reading list

If you’re looking for the perfect weird book to curl with this fall, here is a collection of macabre history and strange fiction recommended by the Cult of Weird community. *Cult of Weird is not responsible for paper cuts, nightmares, existential breakdowns or sudden metamorphosis from your larval stage.

Last year: Fall Reading List 2014

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
Library of Souls is the third installment of the best selling Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.
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Bad Days in History by Michael Farquhar

Bad Days in History by Michael Farquhar
If you feel like you’re having a bad day, this book details something horrible that’s happened in history for every day of the year. Your lousy day at work has nothing on the great molasses flood of 1919.
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Lady ParaNorma by Vincent Marcone

The Lady ParaNorma by Vincent Marcone
If your familiar with the work of Vincent Marcone and his design studio My Pet Skeleton, you won’t want to miss his first lavishly illustrated book about a haunted woman who finds happiness in an unlikely place.
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Monster Hunters by Tea Krulos

Monster Hunters by Tea Krulos
What’s it like to be a paranormal investigator? Tag along with Tea Krulos as he hunts for ghosts, UFOs, Bigfoot and other legends with those who have dedicated their lives to finding the answers.
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Memento Mori: The Dead Among Us by Paul Koudounaris

Memento Mori by Paul Koudounaris
Explore the strange ways that cultures around the world celebrate and remember their dead, from extravagant bone-filled catacombs to vibrant festivals where the remains of their ancestors are the guests of honor.
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Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach

Spook by Mary Roach
I haven’t had the opportunity to read anything by Mary Roach yet, but there’s no denying that she is a Cult of Weird favorite. Her name pops up again and again every time I’m looking for book recommendations. Last year’s list featured her book Stiff about cadavers, so this time we’ll take the next step…into the afterlife.
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House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielwski
I have no idea what House of Leaves is about, but after several recommendations and a compelling description, it seems like this list would be incomplete without it.
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Parasite by Mira Grant

Parasite by Mira Grant
Designer tapeworms…what could possibly go wrong?
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The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson
Because a fall reading list isn’t complete without some historical cosmic horror. This is a classic work of weird fiction from 1908 that went on to influence H.P. Lovecraft.
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The Embalmed Head of Oliver Cromwell: A Memoir by Marc Hartzman

The Embalmed Head of Oliver Cromwell by Marc Hartzman
Oliver Cromwell died in 1658, but that was not the end of his story. He was later exhumed, hanged, beheaded, impaled, bought and sold until his final burial in 1960. This memoir recounts the many misadventures of Oliver Cromwell’s head through 300 years of bizarre history.
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Welcome to Night Vale

Welcome to Night Vale the novel
A shadowy government agency wants me to tell you that this book from the creators of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast should not be read, as it may cause a wormhole to open in your nostril…a serious threat to national security to be sure. Don’t read it. Just don’t. Okay, maybe just a little. But stop when the tingling starts.
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Mothman’s Curse by Christine Hayes

Mothman's Curse by Christine Hayes
What are the origins of the mothman? Does he cause death wherever he goes, or is he trying to help? Mothman’s Curse explores these questions through the story of three kids who find themselves hopelessly entangled in the creatures mysteries through a terrible disaster they hope they can prevent.
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Man-Eater: The Life and Legend of an American Cannibal

Man-Eater by Harold Schechter
True crime author Harold Schechter tackles the sordid tale of one of America’s first cannibals. Was Alfred Packer a cold-blooded killer, or did he eat his travel companions in a last ditch effort to survive after they had already killed each other?
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Did you read something recently that belongs on this list?
Tell us about it in the comments below!

Pre-Order Library of Souls, the Next Miss Peregrine Book

Library of Souls, the third installment of the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series, is almost here. Pre-order now so we can all get the calendar!
The new Miss Peregrine book Library of Souls
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The third book in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series is available to pre-order. Of course, we all want to know what happens to the peculiars next, right? The world Ransom Riggs has weaved is strange and wondrous. We want to see more monsters, more amazing abilities, more incredible loops suspended in bizarre times and places.

Speaking of loops, you did celebrate Loop Day on September 3rd, right? Because if you didn’t, I don’t think we can be friends.

Anyway, Hollow City was pretty intense, so I just pre-ordered Library of Souls. And then I clicked over to Quirk Books to submit a screenshot of my receipt for the cool deal that includes a preview of the first 100 pages of the book and a Miss Peregrine calendar featuring more images and other weirdness.

Why would you want to calendar, you ask? You wonder, do we really need to count the passing of days when we’re all stuck in our own endless loops, seemingly reliving the same day over and over and over again? Get up, go to work, loath every second of it, go home, more work, sleep, dream of freedom, repeat. Well that’s exactly why we need to keep track of days – to feel the passage of time.

Also, my own peculiar children may eat me alive if we don’t get it. That’s a very real possibility. Imagine being consumed with off-brand ketchup and a glass of milk. That’s not at all how I imagined it happening.

But the calendar has other exciting features beyond preservation of life! Check out the shiny things it has to offer, as recently outlined by Riggs himself:

It’s a big, beautiful 16-month wall calendar that covers September of this year through the end of 2016. Each month features a different photo from the series, chosen by me, and a relevant quote from one of the books. The design is really nice. Also, the months are peppered with peculiar holidays (some real, some which I invented), the characters’ birthdays, and other fun easter eggs.

So pre-order today to avoid embarrassment when all your friends are celebrating 19th Century Surgical Procedures Day and you’ve forgotten to bring your viscera-catching mat and bone saw to school because you didn’t even know it was a thing.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children calendar

But here’s the part that’s got me sleeping with one eye open lately: To get the calendar…at least 5,000 people all have to submit their receipts. Currently only 18% of the goal has been reached, leaving an 82% chance I will not live to see the new book hit the shelves on September 22nd.

So go pre-order Library of Souls, then head over to Quirk Books to upload your receipt and save us all (but mostly myself) from certain doom. Thanks!

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

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Cult of Weird Fall Reading List

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.

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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.