Bound in Human Skin

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Throughout history, there have been many instances of books bound in human skin. Many of them were created by doctors using the skin of people they dissected to bind either their own work or some other work of anatomy. Even today there are instances of libraries (such as the Harvard Library) discovering that the cover of a volume they own actually came from a person. What would you do if you found one of those books? Should such books be destroyed out of respect for the dead?

Harmless

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This is a tailless whipscorpion, and no lie, just looking at it makes my skin crawl. I am actually going to scroll down so I can’t see it anymore. Hold on a sec.

There we go.

If looks could kill, that creepy thing would be lethal. But in reality, it is incapable of inflicting any sort of physical harm on a human being. It’s not poisonous, it can’t bite or sting you, it isn’t even a pest. It is the best example that I’ve seen of not judging a book based on its cover. But that cover is hard to forget. Seriously, if I saw that thing in real life I would run the other way. Perhaps to my loss.

What photographs freak you out?

I’ve seen this photograph floating around the web for some time.  Supposedly it’s a World War II soldier who is suffering from shell shock.  His expression of utter insanity freaks me the heck out.  So I was wondering, dear reader: what photographs freak you the heck out?  Maybe there’s this one picture of a ghost that you can’t rationalize.  Or of a person minutes before they’re the victim of a terrible tragedy.  Share them in the comments! Leave a link, a description, and why this image in particular gives you the heebie jeebies. Let’s see if we can put together a collection of photographs that will keep us up all night.

[Note: Please don’t post pornographic or overly gory images.  I’m screening all comments; any comments I deem inappropriate will be deleted before they ever reach the post and the poster banned.]

Truth Stranger Than Fiction: 136 Creepy Wikipedia Articles

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They say truth is stranger than fiction, and that’s absolutely accurate.  One of the great things about that is that strange truth can also inspire fiction.  I’ve talked here before about writing between the lines of great unsolved mysteries.  But the range of strange truth is much wider than that.  This list of creepy Wikipedia pages is just stuffed full of potential story ideas.  It’s also tons of fun to just read the articles for the sake of creeping yourself the heck out.  What else is October for?  Have fun!