Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Morbid Anatomy Anthology: Only Four Days of Fundraising Left to Go!

We here at Morbid Anatomy have been hard at work raising money on Kickstarter for the produciton of The Morbid Anatomy Anthology Volume 1--a lavishly-llustrated book comprising a collection of articles based on some of the best of the Morbid Anatomy Presents lectures and presentation series. You can find out more about this project by watching the video above, or clicking here.

This fundraising campaign will end in only 4 days; although co-editor Colin Dickey and I have already well surpassed our $8,000 goal, we are trying to raise as much money as we can with the goal of making this the most lavishly beautiful book it can be; of paying our 30+ contributors a decent honorarium; and, in the unlikely case of any left over funds, launching additional titles under the rubric of The Morbid Anatomy Press.

A mere $25  acts as a pre-order, and will secure you a copy of this lavishly illustrated book; higher pledges will get you the book plus additional books from our contributors, Morbid Anatomy tote bags, and/or limited edition prints from Morbid Anatomy's Anatomical Theatre and Secret Museum exhibitions.

I promise you that this will be a a fantastic book--beautiful and fascinating, and unlike anything else on the market; if you have not already done so, please consider supporting this project and securing a copy of The Morbid Anatomy Anthology Volume 1 of your very own by clicking here.

Also, please note, since originally announcing this book, we have added three wonderful new contributors to our roster: David Pescovitz of Boing Boing fame; Simon Chaplin, head of The Wellcome Library; and Mike Johns, Former Professor  of Psychology, University of Wyoming, Laramie.

The book 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 MexicoL'Inconnue de la Seine, Terror Management Theory, "artist of death" Frederik Ruysch, macabre collections, and "human zoos."

Contributors to the volume range from TV stars to collectors; rogue scholars to university professors; artists to museum curators; morticians to auto-autodidacts; scientists to cultural critics. A list, in no particular order:
Again, this will be a very special, very different, and very beautiful book. Please, consider supporting this project, and helping actualize a world in which this kind of niche, high-quality publication can afford to exist; you can do so--by ordering a copy of your very own for only $25!--by clicking here.

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