Halloween Countdown: The Victorian Book of the Dead

I just added this perfect piece of October reading to my wish list. It looks fantastic!

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Chris Woodyard, author of the The Ghosts of the Past series, digs through long-buried newspapers and journals, for this fascinating look at the 19th-century obsession with the culture of death. The Victorian Book of the Dead unearths extraordinary tales of Victorian funeral fads and fancies, ghost stories, bizarre deaths, mourning novelties, gallows humor, premature burial, post-mortem photographs, death omens, and funeral disasters. Resurrected from original sources, these accounts reveal the oddities and eccentricities of Victorian mourning. Packed with macabre anecdotes, this diverting, yet gruesome collection presents tales ranging from the paranormal and shocking to the heartbreaking.

I took the liberty of grabbing screen shots of the table of contents.
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Is this something you could see yourself reading?

The Victorian Book of the Dead

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2 Responses to “Halloween Countdown: The Victorian Book of the Dead”

  1. Yup! If I saw this at my local book store I’d definitely pick it up. Victorian mourning has always been intriguing to me.

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