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Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues

by Loren Rhoads (Editor)

Other authors: Christopher R. Bales (Contributor), Maurice Broaddus (Contributor), Frank Burch (Contributor), Kalifer Deil (Contributor), John A. Domeier (Contributor)35 more, Jessica Eisner (Contributor), Dean Estes (Contributor), Seth Flagsberg (Contributor), Dana Fredsti (Contributor), Gravity Goldberg (Contributor), Dalton Graham (Contributor), TM Gray (Contributor), Michael Hemmingson (Contributor), Katrina James (Contributor), JD (Contributor), Dorian Katz (Contributor), Hugues Leblanc (Contributor), Allegra Lundyworf (Contributor), Darren Mckeeman (Contributor), Dan McQuillan (Contributor), AM Muffaz (Contributor), George V. Neville-Neil (Contributor), M. Parfitt (Contributor), Trilby Plants (Contributor), Kimberly Poeppey-Del Rio (Contributor), Wm. Rage (Contributor), Claudius Reich (Contributor), William Selby (Contributor), Lee Smith (Contributor), Julia Solis (Contributor), Mary Ann Stein (Contributor), Christine Sulewski (Contributor), RN Taylor (Contributor), Brian Thomas (Contributor), Jill Tracy (Contributor), Geoff Walker (Contributor), Leilah Wendell (Contributor), Mehitobel Wilson (Contributor), Simon Wood (Contributor), Vance Yount (Contributor)

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For ten years, Morbid Curiosity was a one-of-a-kind underground magazine that gained a devoted following for its celebration of absurd, grotesque, and unusual tales -- all true -- submitted from contributors around the country and across the world. Loren Rhoads, creator and editor of the magazine, has compiled some of her favorite stories from all ten issues in this sometimes shocking, occasionally gruesome, always fascinating anthology. This quirky book is filled with tales from ordinary people -- who just happen to have eccentric, peculiar interests. Ranging from the outrageous (attending a Black Mass, fishing bodies out of San Francisco Bay, making fake snuff films) to the more "mundane" (visiting a torture museum, tracking real vampires through San Francisco), this curiously enjoyable collection of stories, complete with illustrations and informative asides, will entertain and haunt readers long after the final page is turned.… (more)
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I quite liked this. While it was oddly formatted (really, it did not have to look like a 'zine) it was still perfectly well readable. And I enjoyed the stories for being slices of odd things that happened to people who are in their way perfectly normal, mostly, or normal things that happen to perfectly odd people.

Some of the stories were touching, a few of them were gross, and a couple of them left me with a feeling of "Uhh, what?" I confess that I mostly skipped the medical section due to being profoundly medical-procedure phobic, but other than that, more enjoyable than not. I wish the 'zine was still being published. I'd read it every issue. ( )
  Waterlylly | Sep 14, 2010 |
This was terribly disappointing. The annoyances were numerous including, but not limited to:

- The format of the book - It's printed in newspaper type with two columns per page as if it were still a zine. It makes reading it difficult.

- The introduction - This is printed as in a regular book and starts out okay, but quickly devolves into self-congratulatory drivel. Yes, yes, you are the coolest, gothest ever. We all bow to your amazingness.

- The writing - Almost universally mediocre. These were the 40 best items?

- The illustrations - If you had a goth friend in high school who doodled cartoons in their notebook, you'll recognize these.

Out of 298 pages and 40 or so essays only one of them was worth reading - Souvenir of Hell by Brian Thomas - about visiting Auschwitz and Birkenau. Thank you, Mr. Thomas, for writing about this experience in an intelligent and honest way.

This book got two stars because of Mr. Thomas' essay - a long-winded way of saying you might as well skip this. ( )
  kraaivrouw | Dec 20, 2009 |
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Rhoads, LorenEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bales, Christopher R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Broaddus, MauriceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burch, FrankContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Deil, KaliferContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Domeier, John A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Eisner, JessicaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Estes, DeanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Flagsberg, SethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fredsti, DanaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goldberg, GravityContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Graham, DaltonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gray, TMContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hemmingson, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
James, KatrinaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
JDContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Katz, DorianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leblanc, HuguesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lundyworf, AllegraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mckeeman, DarrenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McQuillan, DanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Muffaz, AMContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Neville-Neil, George V.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parfitt, M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Plants, TrilbyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Poeppey-Del Rio, KimberlyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rage, Wm.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reich, ClaudiusContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Selby, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, LeeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Stein, Mary AnnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sulewski, ChristineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Thomas, BrianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tracy, JillContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Walker, GeoffContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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For ten years, Morbid Curiosity was a one-of-a-kind underground magazine that gained a devoted following for its celebration of absurd, grotesque, and unusual tales -- all true -- submitted from contributors around the country and across the world. Loren Rhoads, creator and editor of the magazine, has compiled some of her favorite stories from all ten issues in this sometimes shocking, occasionally gruesome, always fascinating anthology. This quirky book is filled with tales from ordinary people -- who just happen to have eccentric, peculiar interests. Ranging from the outrageous (attending a Black Mass, fishing bodies out of San Francisco Bay, making fake snuff films) to the more "mundane" (visiting a torture museum, tracking real vampires through San Francisco), this curiously enjoyable collection of stories, complete with illustrations and informative asides, will entertain and haunt readers long after the final page is turned.

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