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Morbid Curiosities : Collections of the Uncommon and the Bizarre
by Paul Gambino


Overview - Morbid Curiosities is an insight into the strange world of collectors of the macabre. Centred on 15 collections, with extensive interviews with each collector and specially shot imagery detailing their objects, this is a fascinating showcase of bizarre and intriguing objects.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Morbid Curiosities is an insight into the strange world of collectors of the macabre. Centred on 15 collections, with extensive interviews with each collector and specially shot imagery detailing their objects, this is a fascinating showcase of bizarre and intriguing objects.

Included are collections of skulls, mummified body parts, occultic objects, and various carnival, side-show and criminal ephemera. Detailed captions tell the curious stories behind each object, many of which are being shown outside the private world of their collections for the first time.

Included are collections of skulls, mummified body parts, occultic objects, and various carnival, side-show and criminal ephemera. Detailed captions tell the curious stories behind each object, many of which are being shown outside the private world of their collections for the first time.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781780678665
  • ISBN-10: 1780678665
  • Publisher: Laurence King
  • Publish Date: September 2016
  • Page Count: 160
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.85 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Art > Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - General
Books > Reference > Curiosities & Wonders

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-10-10
  • Reviewer: Staff

Gambino, an avid collector of Victorian memorial photographs, surveys 17 collectors of some of the most macabre and unsettling items for this fascinatingly gruesome book. Readers are introduced to collectors such as Jessika M., an Indiana realtor whose collection includes a prison shank and the ID of the prisoner it was used to kill as well as correspondence from serial killers such as John Wayne Gacy; Sky G., whose paintings and medical ephemera are museum quality; and father and son collectors Steve and Daniel Erenberg, who have amassed a truly impressive collection of gas masks and medical devices. The book contains shrunken heads, monkey paws, brains in jars, mummies, and lots and lots of skeletons, but Gambinos goal is to not to shock; he just wants to give his subjects a chance to share their collections, many of which are privately held. All of the collectors and their holdings are treated with respect. The collectors passion and approaches to curation are truly remarkable. A massive store of rare Ouija boards and one of the first sets of forensic tools are just two of the gems readers will find. Though not for the faint of heart, this is a stunning survey of some of the rarest (and creepiest!) collections in the world. Color photos. (Oct.)

 
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