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.
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 Gothic.net, with 10,000 readers a month. She likes long walks in the moonlight and old graveyards.
"It's like a Reader's Digest of the dark side." -- San Francisco Weekly
"An enjoyable, vaguely voyeuristic read you won't be able to put down until you've finished every page...content that will haunt you for days (and nights)." -- San Francisco Bay Guardian
"A confessional where Americans revealed their deepest, darkest secrets...It was also frequently gross, disgusting, perverse -- and very funny if you prefer your humor to come in a decidedly dark hue." -- The Washington Post