Tuesday, February 14, 2012

DEATH SCENES: A Homicide Detective's Scrapbook - Text by Katherine Dunn

Edited by Sean Tejaratchi

Page after page of horrific black and white photos of almost unbearable death scenes - compiled into a scrapbook by a California homicide investigator - Jack Huddleston, a bona fide detective with the Los Angeles police department, collected a scrapbook of odd and gruesome photos from his years working on the police force. Huddleston’s scrapbook spans Southern California in its noir heyday, circa 1925–1945, around the time when the Black Dahlia killer and Winnie Ruth Judd were perpetrating their savage crimes.

Assembled into book form by editor and designer Sean Tejaratchi courtesy of collector and filmmaker Nick Bougas, Death Scenes is divided into several sections: “Odditorium and The Living” // “Accidents and Accidental Deaths” // “Suicides” // “Homicides” // and “The Morgue.”

Katherine Dunn, whose book 'Geek Love' (Knopf) earned critical acclaim and bestseller status, provides the introduction, tracing the history of the man behind the scrapbook and meditating on the meaning behind the mayhem and madness depicted.

Feral House Books Edition - 168 Hair Raising Pages of B&W Photographs of Death Scenes - CAUTION: NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH/STRONG ADULT CONTENT!! - PRICE: $22.95

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

THE REAL BLUEBEARD: The Life of Gilles de Rais By Jean Benedetti


THE REAL BLUEBEARD
The Life of Gilles de Rais
By Jean Benedetti

This gripping tale explores the life of Gilles de Rais with an authoritative grasp of the historical context surrounding the real life figure of this well-bred French soldier who once fought alongside Joan of Arc - he was later convicted of the sexual abuse, torture and murder of 140 children. He was hanged and burned, then his body was placed in an iron casket. What led this wealthy Marshal of France, owner of extensive lands and great houses, to turn to sorcery, sexual deviancy and horrific murders? This book investigates extensively the true story of the medieval Nobleman who practiced a secret life of black magic and debauchery unequaled in the annals of history.

Sutton Publishing, 2003 Edition/Originally published in 1971 - 207 Page Paperback - No Illustrations - PRICE: $12.00

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

ALEISTER CROWLEY: The Biography - Spiritual Revolutionary & Magus - by Tobias Churton


ALEISTER CROWLEY: The Biography - by Tobias Churton
Spiritual Revolutionary, Romantic Explorer, Occult Master and Spy !!

The extraordinary true story of one of the most vilified men of all time - known in his lifetime, and for ever after as the world's most wicked man - Aleister Crowley. This book incorporates 20 years of fresh research that includes previously unpublished documents, correspondence and rare photographs. A definitive account of the philosopher, explorer, mountaineer, prophet, artist, magus and one time spy, who both captivated and appalled millions in his lifetime and beyond the grave.

Although it has been 60 years since his death, Aleister Crowley is still shrouded in mystery and infamy that has sealed his reputation as a controversial figure in his time - and that reputation is still intact to this very day. Tobias Churton has set out to untangle a century of scandal and unfounded accusations that persuaded the world that Crowley was a traitor, black magician, drug addict, sexual deviant and anti-social outcast.

Watkins Publishing - 2011 Edition - 474 Page Hardcover - Many Illustrations - PRICE: $25.00

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