The Book of the Bizarre: Freaky Facts and Strange Stories

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Weiser Books, Oct 1, 2008 - Reference - 304 pages
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Did you know duck dander is hallucinogenic? Or that Katherine Hepburn had a phobia of dirty hair? Have you ever wondered about the Magickal Skull of Doom or contemplated the mysterious Transylvanian Tablets? The Book of the Bizarre is a veritable treasure trove of startling and stranger-than-? ction trivia that spans history, continents, even worlds. Never before have so many truly frightful facts been gathered together in one place. Teeming with the strange, the shocking, and the downright fantastic, The Book of the Bizarre’s thirteen chapters include: Something Wicked: Mysterious Objects & Haunted Homes, Tender Murderers and Malevolent Males: Killingly Good Tales of Terror, and Morbid Writers and Tortured Artists: From Edgar Allan Poe to Vincent Van Gogh. Terrifying topics range from Corpses on Campus to Strange Rock and Roll Stories to Medical Maladies, Conspiracy Theories, Superstitions, Hexes, and even UFO’s. The Book of the Bizarre is designed for the depraved, outlandish enough for the eccentric, and freaky enough for even the hardest trivia nut.
 

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User Review  - ragwaine - LibraryThing

This was fun. I love this kind of stuff. Facts and legends about ghosts, famous people, cults, diseases, aliens, unsolved mysteries, etc... I read this stuff hoping that it will leak into my writing ... Read full review

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this book was ok but couldnt actually find the websites they gave to look up "proof" which is odd to me.....

Contents

1 SOMETHING WICKED
4
2 THE ANNUAL CHICKEN SHOW
41
3 HISTORYS MYSTERIES
65
4 TENDER MURDERERS AND MALEVOLENT MALES
110
5 COINCIDENCE OR SYNCHRONICITY?
136
6 MORBID WRITERS AND TORTURED ARTISTS
157
7 DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
176
8 SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL
197
9 STILL ON THE BOOKS AND IN THE ETHER
211
10 PASSING STRANGE
225
11 THE VAPORS
236
12 SUPERSTITIONS AND CURSES
250
13 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
279
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
301
BiBLiOGRAPHy
302
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Varla Ventura is the author of The Book of the Bizarre and Beyond Bizarre, and a lover of all things strange, freaky, and terrifying. She is the curator of the Weiser Magical Creatures and Paranormal Parlor series of e-books. Visit her at varlaventura.wordpress.com.

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