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The first Morbid Curiosity review

Library Journal Reviews
 
September 1, 2009
 
Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues: True Stories of the Unsavory, Unwise, Unorthodox, and Unusual from the Magazine "Morbid Curiosity."
 
BYLINE: Deborah Hicks
 
SECTION: REVIEWS; Social Sciences; Pg. 123
 
 
Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues: True Stories of the Unsavory, Unwise, Unorthodox, and Unusual from the Magazine "Morbid Curiosity." Scribner . Oct. 2009. c.320p. ed. by Loren Rhoads . ISBN 978-1-4391-2466-6 . pap. $14.99. LIT

Rhoads published ten annual issues (1997-2006) of Morbid Curiosity , a magazine devoted to the celebration of gross, disturbing, and macabre true tales. There is still a high demand for its content, which Rhoads addresses with this wonderfully disturbing anthology of articles from the magazine's full run. The stories range from a retelling of an accidental hit-and-run to a silly tale of one woman's attempt to get high naturally while on a trip through Asia. Occasionally, the pieces are upsetting (Brian Thomas's "Souvenir of Hell," for example, about his trip to the Nazi death camps), and sometimes they are simply weird (like Julia Solis's "Museum Pieces," about a Mexican mummy museum); yet all the essays collected here are mesmerizing. VERDICT  A fun if disturbing read for lovers of great nonfiction and the macabre. As promised, the tales will cure your blues.-Deborah Hicks.