Since 2008, Morbid Anatomy has been hosting some of the best scholars, artists, and writers working along the intersections of the history of anatomy and medicine, death and the macabre, religion and spectacle. As many Morbid Anatomy readers already know, we are in the midst of producing a brand new, hard cover, lavishly illustrated, full color, 500 page (!) book to celebrate this legacy: The Morbid Anatomy Anthology.
Included are essays by Evan Michelson (star of Science Channel’s hit show Oddities) on the catacombs of Palermo, Simon Chaplin, (head of the Wellcome Library) on public displays of corpses in Georgian England, mortician Order of the Good Death's Caitlin Doughty on demonic children, and Paul Koudounaris, author/photographer of Empire of Death on a truck stop populated with human skulls. In addition are pieces on books bound in human skin, fin de siècle death-themed Parisian cafes, post-mortem photography, eroticized anatomical wax models, taxidermied humans and other animals, Santa Muerte, “artist of death” Frederik Ruysch, and much more.
The book is now at the printer and should be in the hands of those who pre-ordered or supported the book on Kickstarter sometime in February. Above is a snapshot of the cover proofs we just got messengered over to us yesterday.
If you are interested in pre-ordering a copy and have not yet done so, you can still do so on the new Morbid Anatomy Museum Gift Shop by clicking here. You will also find full specs and table of contents there. If you have already supported this project, we cannot thank you enough for helping make this gorgeous and very special thing a reality. THANK YOU and we cannot WAIT to see what you think; we hope you love it as much as we do!