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Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues

Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues

True Stories of the Unsavory, Unwise, Unorthodox and Unusual from the magazine "Morbid Curiosity"

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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  • Scribner | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439124666 | 
  • September 2009
List Price $22.99


Announcing Morbid Curiosity

A highly-original anthology featuring true stories of the unsavory, unwise, unorthodox and unusual, first published in the magazine Morbid Curiosity.

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Morbid Curiosity Changed My Life

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

—commonly attributed to George Orwell

I grew up on a farm. As a girl, I caught snakes bare-handed and watched my dad dress slaughtered rabbits. I wasn’t allowed to get attached to the farm animals, because they were around only to appear on the dinner table. When I graduated from my small-town high school, I attended two years at the local branch of the University of Michigan. In Flint. In 1981. Between the auto industry closing factories and the crack epidemic, there were... see more


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About the Author

Loren Rhoads
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Loren Rhoads

For ten years, Loren Rhoads was the publisher and editor of the cult nonfiction magazine "Morbid Curiosity." She edited the books, Death's Garden: Relationships with Cemeteries and Lend the Eye a Terrible Aspect. Loren’s own nonfiction spans from morbid erotica to personal essays and gleefully gloomy travel articles. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and was a cemetery columnist for, with 10,000 readers a month. She likes long walks in the moonlight and old graveyards.


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Q. how did you come to write Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues?

A. For 10 years, I edited Morbid Curiosity magazine. After I killed it in 2006, there was a huge outpouring of protest. People craved what they'd missed in the earliest out-of-print issues. So I assembled some of my favorites from the whole run of the magazine into this book.

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