Posts Tagged ‘Aleister Crowley’

necronomiconBooks bound in human skin are a staple of horror fiction. But sometimes it happens in real life. The following is a partial list of books that, at some point in their publication history, have been issued in bindings made of human flesh:

“De Humani Corporis Fabrica” by Vesalius

“The Necronomicon” by Abdul Alhazred

“Martha’s Having Friends for Dinner! 120 Easy Long Pig Recipes” by Martha Stewart

“The Book of Lies” by Aleister Crowley

“The Satanic Ritual: Companion to the Satanic Bible” by Anton Szandor Lavey

“Ziglar on Selling: The Ultimate Handbook for the Complete Sales Associate” by Zig Ziglar

“Acid Indigestion Eyes” by Wayne Lockwood

“Des Destinees de l’Ame (Destinies of the Soul)” by Arsene Houssaye

“The Highwayman: Narrative of the Life of James Allen alias George Walton” by James Allen

“Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective” by Donald J. Sobol

“Long Lost Friend” by John George Hohman

“The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage” translated by Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers

“100 Things Giants Fans Should Know and Do Before they Die” by Dave Buscema

“The Book of Lies 3: Tokyo Drift” by Aleister Crowley

“The Book of Black Magic” by Arthur Edward Waite

“Justine et Juliette” by Marquis de Sade

“My First Grimoire!” by Carrie Mullen

“My First Pop-Up Grimoire!” by Carrie Mullen

“Les Terres du Ciel” by Camille Flammarion

“Chicken Soup for the Satanist’s Soul” by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Satan

“Les Fleurs du Mal” by Charles Baudelaire

“Kelley Blue Book Used Car Guide Consumer Edition April-June 2014” by Abdul Alhazred

The following is a list of actual items that have turned up on the walls of Cracker Barrel restaurants as decorative antiques:

A lithograph featuring a full frontal portrait of a naked Theodore Roosevelt.

The sled owned by William Randolph Hearst as a child, which served as the inspiration for “Rosebud” in the movie “Citizen Kane.” But Hearst’s actual name for the sled was “Bootylicious.”

A vegetable slicer from the first McDonald’s restaurant opened in 1940, with a severed human thumb still wedged in it.

The poison dart gun disguised as an umbrella used to assassinate Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov in London in 1978.

A tome once owned by Aleister Crowley, bound in human flesh and written in human blood in the language of a savage ancient race whom legends hold to be something other than human. Curiously, it appears to contain mostly household cleaning tips and pastry recipes.

A Victorian-era chastity device known as the “iron pelican.”

The skull of Gale Gordon, the actor who played Mr. Mooney on “The Lucy Show” from 1963 to 1968. Rumored to have mysterious healing powers.