the book of human skin


“Anthropodermic bibliopegy“ is the proper term for binding books in human skin. Here are a few such books. 

Harvard has a handful of these beauties. One is a 17th century tome on Spanish law by Juan Gutiérrez. It is inscribed as follows:

“The bynding of this booke is all that remains of my dear friende Jonas Wright, who was flayed alive by the Wavuma on the Fourth Day of August, 1632. King Mbesa did give me the book, it being one of poore Jonas chiefe possessions, together with ample of his skin to bynd it. Requiescat in pace.”

This is @emungere‘s fault. 

We might not have any books bound in human skin, but this seemed like a pretty close substitute. #AnthropodermicBibliopegy⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ QM21 .B37 1666 ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #creepy #spooky #halloween #bookguts #anatomy #bibliophile #bookstagram #booklover #rarebooks #specialcollections #librariesofinstagram #iglibraries #mizzou #universityofmissouri #ellislibrary #ifttt

anonymous asked:

hi its ur horror anon back from the dead i have a question :) ok so like let's say svt entered some horror movie universe i'm curious who do u think would fit which character tropes? like who would be the fool that reads the magic book of the dead out loud or who would think it's a good idea to split up, who still won't believe there's something wrong until literally seconds before they're murdered, u know those sort of things..

this is….the best au question i’ve ever received

  • seungcheol: the jock type of course. finds the secret chained-up basement and thinks it’s a GREAT idea to check it out. he’s inexplicably friends with the rest of them despite being infinitely more popular, firmly believes nothing is wrong and everyone’s going crazy, & probably dies bc he went off to have sex in the woods
  • jeonghan: you’d think he’s the one that gets fucked over w/ seungcheol in the woods but nah son, he’s the brainy one that tries finding a way to end whatever’s happening to them. he probably figures out how to solve everything right before he gets brutally killed
  • joshua: absolutely the clueless one that has no idea what’s happening until he dies. “guys those aren’t people creeping ominously around in the foreboding fog, it’s just deer or smth haha” “what’s with all that fake blood? pretending to be in a horror movie? haha wow your acting is rlly improving lmao y’all wild ok i’m gonna go read in my room for a bit w my headphones on” rip in fucking pieces, josh, you never saw it coming
  • jun: honestly? the one that gets fucked over bc he went to have sex w/ seungcheol in the woods. probably the one that survives the first encounter and runs to warn the others, heavily injured & traumatized forever. he would’ve lasted longer, honestly, if he didn’t get injured due to seungcheol’s libido fuCKING HIM OVER
  • soonyoung: he’s the king of stupid decisions. he’s the fuckhead that found the necronomicron and decided to read it out loud in a stupidly exaggerated voice, then when everything fell to shit he panicked & suggested for everyone to split up. he’s more insulted than scared that he’s going to die bc he stumbled through a paragraph of shitty latin in a half-assed british accent than anything else
  • wonwoo: dude. dude, what the fuck. dude, what the fuck. wonwoo’s not an idiot, he’s the most genre savvy of them all. he carries no loyalties, splits up when one of his dumbass friends gets too slow or too loud, sticks with jihoon or minghao, he doesn’t fuck around. he’s here to survive, and he’s not abt to let someone else’s (or his own) stupidity get in his way
  • jihoon: tired of everyone’s bullshit. he TOLD them not to go into that creepy ass basement. he TOLD soonyoung not to read that fucking demon book made of human skin or some inhuman shit like that. he TOLD them, and now look at him. he’s improvising weapons with broken beer bottles and kitchen knives tied to broom poles. he doesn’t have time for whatever demonic minion is trying to crawl out of satan’s asshole. he probably lasts the longest tbh, or dies bc he tripped over mingyu’s giant feet at a critical moment
  • mingyu: dude, he did nothing wrong. he’s a good kid. what did he do to deserve this? he dies from slipping on a puddle of blood or smth at the worst time and gets instantly fucked. at one point he probably says “we’Re aLL in thIS toGETHer” in a high-pitched, cracking voice as everyone starts making a break for it
  • seokmin: you’d think this sweet boy would die early on, but surprisingly he sticks around for a pretty long time. he’s not very smart in these types of situations, but he stays with jihoon, never leaves his side, and doesn’t get in the way. at one point manages to kill smth ugly and demonic with a shard of broken mirror & jihoon actually looks impressed
  • minghao: “fuck you & fuck you & fuck YOU” he’s lee jihoon’s most successful protege, except instead of trying to bash in the heads of everything that moves, he just wants to get the fuck out. he doesn’t waste time anywhere for anything. he teams up with vernon and together the two of them figure out a way to survive and escape
  • vernon: ok, but you KNOW he’s thought through scenarios for every horror trope imaginable a thousand times in his head. he may look chill but he has like 15 different contingency plans for zombies alone depending on location & number of people he’s with. he’s terrified but also highly gratified that his conspiracy theories are being validated. probably has a smug ass grin on his face even as he’s running for his life
  • seungkwan: hysterically screams anytime something is chasing him. like. bro. shut up. they’re only gonna know where you are if you keep shrieking like that. if you ran fast enough and far enough and hide they won’t find you bc they aren’t fucking omniscient so just shut the hell up seungkwan. minghao almost murders kwannie himself because of his big mouth
  • chan: bitch, you know he took the first bus outta there the second he saw signs of supernatural tomfoolery going on
The signs and the ingredients needed for their creation

Aries - anger, passion, hate, love, sunshine, energy and a machette

Taurus - lazyness, perfume, roses, a suit, stubbornness, loyalty and kfc’s crispy

Gemini - two dead ants, lips, Tupac Shakur’s bandana, a mask, skinny jeans, charm and intelligence

Cancer - tissues, manipulation, a shell, Van Gogh’s missing ear, onions, LSD and crayons

Leo - a mirror, an iPhone X, admiration, courage, a roar, pom poms and sex appeal

Virgo - a washing machine, salad, anxiety, books, standards, gloves and self awareness

Libra - pale human skin, flirt, a clown, indecisiveness, lies, a stalker and my stupid fucking blog

Scorpio - jealousy, possessiveness, charisma, a grudge, Lady Gaga’s meat dress, chocolate and a gun

Sagittarius - spontaneity, freedom, The Independence Day, birds, a tent, noise and tampons

Capricorn - a leash, a ouija board, pessimism, dominance, seriousness, naked dolls and psychopathy

Aquarius - a bible, fries, a basketball, intellect, 100$, hentai and a bottle of vodka

Pisces - shyness, silence, William Shakespeare’s children, Kurt Cobain’s underwear, cuteness, 3 hoodies and headphones

Feathers, Part 4

Hello again, lovelies!! I bring you part four of Feathers. As always, many, many thanks to @charminglyantiquated for creating @elsewhereuniversity and letting everyone play. :D Part 1 Part 2 Part 3   Oh! I’ve also started cross posting this to AO3. you can find it here.



Slowly, slowly, he steps aside. You wave your group though the doors, nod as he makes the ‘I’m watching you’ gesture (you’d expect nothing less), and step through.

Part 4:

You spend four days in the library. Well. You spend four days-worth of hours in the library, only seven or so of which really pass. The books you sought were deep, deep in the library indeed.

It’s Not-Jenna who finds the treatise, though you think she might not have done it on purpose. She was trailing her hands along the spines of the books you’d all already looked at, and knocked the last in the row off the table. She’d bent to retrieve it, and found herself at eye level with the tome.

(It really is a good thing you’re so deep- the squawk she’d let out would have been enough to have you evicted, had a librarian heard it.)

As it is, it took Not-Jenna finding it, and Cat-Eyes to navigate the spell work keeping it on the shelf. You ended up having to pluck it out while Thirteen used a rolled up magazine to beat back the grasping tendrils that kept reaching for it until Not-Jenna and Cat-Eyes could find a different book of the same size to give to them.

You were all quite glad to retreat to the library’s cafe, after that.

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anonymous asked:

I was going to make a campaign that included collecting items, that together, summon a powerful diety, but I can't come up with anything that isn't "power gems" or amulets. Have any ideas?

Pages of a book bound in human skin by thread from a unicorns mane.

Bottle containing fey bones, water from the salty sea, and a cork stolen from the oldest keg.

Boot, foot [unattached], weapon of footless person OR most prized possession.

A really, really good meal with a delicious side and drink.

Ashes, a torch, and something that has never been touched by fire.

A silver locket, a picture of a loved one, and a poem spoken out loud of love.

Quotes from Curse of Strahd

“Family picnic in the crypt?” - the cleric

“If there’s nothing in here I need to stab with a fork, I dump the bones in” - the cleric 

“Na na na na na na na leader!” - the bard

“Neverending durrrr” - the bard on himself

“Do I want to get miniaturized and sucked in to that dollhouse? Hell yeah I do” - the ranger 

“I’m tearing apart the family’s house with their own sword” - the paladin breaking a door

“You have all the strength of a lasagna noodle” - the druid
“Al dente, motherfucker!” - the bard

“No, you’re not noticing that.” - the DM to the cleric 

“So, do you poop rocks?” - the bard
“Sometimes” - the goliath cleric 

“Shut it, jingle balls!” - the druid to the bard 

“Like, your toes are magical?” - the ranger

“I’m so mad, I  want to burn this house to the ground” - the cleric 

“Slap that child! We’re chaotic neutral around here!” - the paladin 

“Before I kill these kids I’m going to make sure I’m not wrong” - the cleric 

“You rub your wood vigorously” - the DM on the druid casting shillelagh 

“That’s duel-able” - the bard

“Maybe it’s a Pillowcase of Holding” - the druid, looting 

“Anything’s a toilet if you try hard enough” - the barbarian 

“He came back? What a douche.” - the ranger 

“You 10’d perfectly” - the DM 

“Good thing it turned out to be the librarian ghost from Ghostbusters” - the ranger 

“From now on, we disarm every suit of armor we see.” - the paladin 

“The barbarian doesn’t so much drink the potion so much as smashes the bottle on her head and drinks the trickle-down” - the DM 

“Ninja! In your face!” - the ranger 

“I’ve been in the closet so long I don’t know where I am anymore” - the bard 

“This is a higher breed of toaster” - the bard on the animated armor 

“You made me bleed my own blood.” - the 1 HP barbarian to the animated armor

“My tambourine sounds spectacularly beautiful to your ears” - the bard to the now inspired barbarian 

“I pull out my masterwork battle tambourine and come running up the stairs” - the bard 

“If I get an arrow in my ass I will kill you with my fork” - the cleric to the ranger 

“I hit it with my fork because it seems like the right thing to do” - the cleric 

“I look at the cobwebs and dust and say ‘This is not a suitable environment for a human child’.” - the barbarian

“Let me rub my spear when I need to, it will go better for everyone” - the ranger 

“I mean, there’s only so many books you can make out of human skin” - the barbarian 

“I mean, I’m going to return the spear. Probably. Maybe.” - the ranger 

“Can you do that wall in sunshine yellow?” - the ranger to the DM drawing the map 

“One does not simply walk in to more doors’ - the druid 

"Your cannon fodder is staying behind?” - the cleric on the paladin’s squires 

“I’m scarier than any monster” - the barbarian to the children 

“Who’s your tailor?” - the ranger to the weird children 

“Who ate your parents? You guys?” - the druid to the weird children in the street 

“Is everyone a mail carrier in this world?” - the druid
Post-apocalyptic.” - the ranger 

“If I am not actively doing anything, I am posing dramatically” - the barbarian 

“I want fogvision” - the ranger

“These may be poisonous but I am going to eat them anyway” - the druid 

“One of these HAS to be the off mushroom.” - the DM on the druid’s mushroom addiction/consequent visions 

“The barbarian is insecure about her height in the presence of the goliath cleric” - the barbarian

Below the cut are ideas for 1x1 and small group plots. I love horror movies, and I know a lot of people in the roleplay community do too, so I thought I would make a little guide with movies I though would make for good roleplay plots. This could potentially become a series, so if you want to suggest horror movies to me don’t hesitate! I have provided links to all the movies’ IMDb pages as well. Enjoy! 

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Ten Days From Raven’s Roost

Ok.  Here it is.  My first TAZ fanfiction.  I don’t even have many followers into TAZ I’m sure.  Thanks to @zrllosyn for pushing me through this one and encouraging much worse to come.  and thanks to @amysantiagone from the TAZ fic writer’s discord for beta-reading the completed draft.  You guys rock!

Title: Ten Days From Raven’s Roost

Warnings: Happy Mango, Sad Mango, Angry Mango

Summary:  Magnus Burnsides travels 10 days to Neverwinter from his home in Raven’s Roost to enter his hand made rocking chair into a carpentry arts contest, where he is expected to win the award that will officially recognize him as a master carpenter. Two days into his journey, his home is attacked by the very villain he defeated not long before. 76 people were killed, including his new wife, Julia, and her father-his mentor, Steven.

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  • friend: I'm buying an ancient candle made of bone. you're going to light it for me and raise the dead
  • me: sure, it's not like I've got any plans for 2017 anyway
  • friend: ...
  • friend: we should be a sitcom. why aren't we a sitcom?
  • me: okay, let's pitch ourselves to networks
  • me: fine, we'll do a web series. maybe something modern with gay protagonists -
  • me: ...
  • me: just. why.

There’s power in the touch of another person’s hand. We acknowledge it in little ways, all the time. There’s a reasons human beings shake hands, hold hands, slap hands, bump hands.

It comes from our very earliest memories, when we all come into the world blinded by light and color, deafened by riotous sound , flailing in a suddenly cavernous space without any way of orienting ourselves, shuddering with cold, emptied with hunger, and justifiably frightened and confused. And what changes that first horror, that original state of terror?

The touch of another person’s hands.

Hands that wrap us in warmth, that hold us close. Hands that guide us to shelter, to comfort, to food. Hands that hold and touch and  reassure us through our very first crisis, and guide us into our very first shelter from pain. The first thing we ever learn is that the touch of someone else’s hand can ease pain and make things better.

That’s power. That’s power so fundamental that most people don’t even realize it exists.

—  Harry Dresden, “Skin Game” [Jim Butcher]

@odetoo drew me this pic of a Cello Playing Ozai for my birthday back in June and I’m finally getting around to coloring it and I’m having So Much Fun. :D I’ve never colored an actual person before (the only coloring I’ve done has been in those fanciful Johanna Basford coloring books) so I don’t really know how Human Bodies And Skin work so I’m winging it, but I think I’m doing okay. :P

Ghost!Loki x Reader

Don’t mess with Ouija boards, just read about em. Sorry I couldn’t post it sooner today, oh well. Didn’t like how the smut turned out, but the rest was decent, hopefully you enjoy it. Happy Halloween!

“Guess what I have!” Your friend, Tara, announced once you greeted her at the door.

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