If you are interested in securing a copy of the book, you can make a donation to our Kickstarter campaign by clicking here; a pledge of $25 or more works essentially as a pre-order, and will secure you a copy of the book, while higher bids will get you a copy of the book as well as additional books by esteemed contributors Zoe Bellof, Mark Dery, Stephen Asma, and Empire of Death's Paul Koudounaris, or signed limited-editions photographs by Morbid Anatomy creator Joanna Ebenstein. Click here to see full list.
The Morbid Anatomy Anthology will cover such topics as anthropodermic bibliopegy (ie. books bound in human skin), 19th Century "Diableries", Henry Wellcome's collections of preserved human tattoos, 19th century death-themed Parisian cabarets, extreme taxidermy, popular wax anatomical models, "collecting death," the uncanny allure of the Anatomical Venus, Santa Muerte and Death in Mexico, L'Inconnue de la Seine, "artist of death" Frederik Ruysch, macabre collections, "human zoos," and much, much, MUCH more.
The rogue scholars, artists, writers, museologists, morticians and scientists whose works will fill this volume will include (in no particular order):
- Evan Michelson, star of TV's "Oddities" and Morbid Anatomy Library Scholar in Residence
- Mark Dery, cultural critic and author of the upcoming The Doubtful Guest: The Mysterious Mind and Legendary Life of Edward Gorey
- Paul Koudounaris, author/photographer of Empire of Death
- Stephen Asma, author of Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads
- Caitlin Doughty of Order of the Good Death
- Carl Schoonover, author of Portraits of the Mind
- Mel Gordon, author of The Grand Guingol
- Kate Forde, curator at The Wellcome Collection
- Pat Morris, author of Walter Potter and His Museum of Curious Taxidermy
- Richard Faulk, author of Gross America
- Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class teacher Sue Jeiven
- Elizabeth Bradley, author of Knickerbocker: The Myth behind New York
- Amy Herzog, professor of Professor of Media Studies at Queens College
- Ronni Thomas, creator of The Midnight Archive
- John Troyer, deputy director of the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath
- Artist Zoe Bellof
- Photographer Shannon Taggart
- Richard Harris, "collector of death"
- Mark Pilkington of Strange Attractor Press
- Ross MacFarlane of The Wellcome Library
- Dániel Margócsy, professor of early modern history at Hunter College
- Scholar Salvador Olguin
- Bookmaker Daniel Smith
- Gemma Angel, Academic, writer, tattooist
- Vadim Kosmos of The Last Tuesday Society
- Michelle Legro of Lapham's Quarterly
- Joanna Ebenstein of Morbid Anatomy
- Colin Dickey, author of Cranioklepty and Afterlives of the Saints
Full details for the event follows, and again, that Kickstarter link is here. Thanks to all of you for your support!
"The Morbid Anatomy Anthology" Publication Fundraiser PartySpecial thanks to Ronni Thomas, creator of The Midnight Archive, for donating his significant talent to creating the video component of this campaign.
Fundraising Party for "The Morbid Anatomy Anthology" with contributor mini-lectures. complementary artisinal cocktails, music, and giveaways from Kikkerland
Date: Friday, October 26
Time: 8:00 PM
Presented by Morbid Anatomy
We are very pleased to announce the forthcoming Morbid Anatomy Anthology--a lavish, illustrated book which will immortalize in print some of the best of the Morbid Anatomy Presents lecture series from the past 5 years. The book, to be co-published by Morbid Anatomy and Strange Attractor Press, will be edited by Morbid Anatomy's Joanna Ebenstein and author, polymath, and many time Observatory-presenter Colin Dickey.
Tonight's party-- the proceeds of which will go towards the printing and production costs of The Morbid Anatomy Anthology--will feature 15 minute mini-lectures by 4 contributors to the volume: Mark Dery, Colin Dickey, Shannon Taggart and Joanna Ebenstein. There will also be a Midnight Archive screening, complementary artisinal cocktails and music provided by Friese Undine and giveaways of wonderful anatomical cutting boards from Kikkerland.