thewinterotter  asked:

Heyooo! So I just randomed across your stories about unplottable houses and doppelgangers on my dash (IT WAS RIVETING), and I was just wondering... did your professor, or do you for that matter, have any recommendations for good books about cryptids? I'm always looking for some more weird reading. :D

Well, none of the original course was about cryptids so much as “What makes something monstrous/freaky?” Which is a GREAT question, and it’s all good reading:

Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body By Rosemarie Garland Thompson.  It’s a text book, but it;s a REALLY FUCKING GOOD textbook about the history of disability and the cultures around ‘freakishness” and it’s super well-written.

Theories of International Politcs And Zombies By Daniel W. Drezner  is a great introduction to international politics through the lens of disasters and the weird cultural niche zombies hold.

The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide To Eccentric And Discredited Diseases  is like if monty python write for the mayo clinic and it;s HILARIOUS

Also good; read Freakery, THEN read Phantom of the Opera or Dracula, and think about how those books are influenced by perceptions of monstousness.

and it wasn’t in the original curriculum but if House of Leaves is creepy as shit and fuckign GREAT if you’re in a mood to be terrified by substandard architecture forever.

I’m not sure if I can submit a chart that’s simply from a book I read, but this one from Daniel Drezner's Theories of International Politics and Zombies killed me.


Not only can you submit charts from books you are reading, I highly encourage it.