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New lavish book immortalizing in words and images the best of Morbid Anatomy Presents, edited by Joanna Ebenstein & Colin Dickey.
New lavish book immortalizing in words and images the best of Morbid Anatomy Presents, edited by Joanna Ebenstein & Colin Dickey.
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This is a campaign is to raise funds to print and produce the new Morbid Anatomy Anthology, a lavishly-llustrated book comprising a collection of articles based on some of the best of the Morbid Anatomy Presents lectures and presentation series.

Topics covered will include anthropodermic bibliopegy (ie. books bound in human skin), 19th Century Diableries, collections of preserved human tattoos, death themed 19th century Parisian cabarets, extreme taxidermy, popular wax anatomical models, collecting death, the Anatomical VenusSanta Muerte and Death in Mexico, Terror Management Theory, l'Inconnue de la Seine, "artist of death" Frederik Ruyschmacabre collections, and much, much more. 

The rogue scholars, artists, writers, museologists, morticians and scientists whose works will fill this volume will include (in no particular order):

To see an image of the Morbid Anatomy Tote Bag, click here. And extra special thanks to the über-talented Ronni Thomas, creator of "The Midnight Archive," for the wonderful video you see above. 

Risks and challenges

Joanna has years of book design and layout experience, and Colin has ample editing experience, so we're well placed to produce a beautiful, substantial body of work. The fact that we've lined up so many great writers testifies to the potential of this project. Our main challenge will be finding and working with a printer that can ensure a great-looking finished product. Obviously, the more backers we get, the better chances of producing a stellar finished book.

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  • Yes! First, much of what we raised will still be going to the book itself, to guarantee full color, hardcover binding, etc. We were a little conservative in our original goal, and now are in a better position to make sure that the book we produce meets our original vision.

    Second, we’re using a good portion of that money to pay our contributors, which we’re also excited about—we are stoked to have their participation, your enthusiasm has helped ensure that we’ll be able to pay them for their time and work.

    Third, any money we’ve raised by the end of the campaign in excess of what goes into the book or its contributors will be used as seed money for a Morbid Anatomy Press. Details on that are still sketchy, but we’re hoping that this book will not simply be a one-off, but the beginning of a series of books on medical history, the macabre, cultural attitudes towards death, the history of spectacle, and other interests. We’ll know more on that in the coming months, and will be excited to share that with you when we do!

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  • Links to her artwork can be found here:

    http://www.astropop.com/secretmuseum/

    http://www.astropop.com/anatomical/

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  • The Morbid Anatomy Tote Bag is 15 1/2" tall by 15" wide, and has 22" shoulder straps. The image is drawn from a circa 17th century guide to the private museum of "Artist of Death" Frederik Ruysch, one of the topics covered in the book. You can see an image of it here: http://bit.ly/VWUFVk

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    An eBook of the Morbid Anatomy Anthology, plus an exclusive Morbid Anatomy Library postcard with a handwritten note of thanks from Joanna & Colin

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    A print edition copy of the Morbid Anatomy Anthology, a Morbid Anatomy totebag, plus a copy of a book from one of our contributors--choose from: a) Stephen Asma's On Monsters, b) Zoe Beloff's The Somnambulists, c) Mark Dery's I Shall Not Think Bad Thoughts, or d) Colin Dickey's Cranioklepty. Plus an exclusive Morbid Anatomy Library postcard with a handwritten note of thanks. (International backers please add $10)

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    A print edition copy of the Morbid Anatomy Anthology, plus an eBook edtion, plus a Morbid Anatomy totebag, plus a copy of a book from one of our contributors--choose from: a) Stephen Asma's On Monsters, b) Zoe Beloff's The Somnambulists, c) Mark Dery's I Shall Not Think Bad Thoughts, or d) Colin Dickey's Cranioklepty. Plus an exclusive Morbid Anatomy Library postcard with a handwritten note of thanks. (International backers please add $10)

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    A print edition copy of the Morbid Anatomy Anthology, a Morbid Anatomy totebag, plus a copy of Paul Koudounaris's The Empire of Death. Plus an exclusive Morbid Anatomy Library postcard with a handwritten note of thanks. (International backers please add $10)

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    A print edition copy of the Morbid Anatomy Anthology, a Morbid Anatomy totebag, and a limited edition, signed giclée print from Joanna Ebenstein's Secret Museum series. Plus an exclusive Morbid Anatomy Library postcard with a handwritten note of thanks. (International backers please add $15)

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    A print edition copy of the Morbid Anatomy Anthology, plus an eBook edition, plus a Morbid Anatomy totebag, and a limited edition, signed giclée print from Joanna Ebenstein's Secret Museum series. Plus an exclusive Morbid Anatomy Library postcard with a handwritten note of thanks. (International backers please add $15)

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    A print edition copy of the Morbid Anatomy Anthology, plus an eBook edition, a Morbid Anatomy totebag, and TWO (2) limited edition, signed giclée prints from either Joanna Ebenstein's Secret Museum series or her Anatomical Theater series. Plus an exclusive Morbid Anatomy Library postcard with a handwritten note of thanks. (International backers please add $15)

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