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About the Author

Varla Ventura is the author of Sheroes and The Book of the Bizarre, and is a lover of all things odd and unusual and truly freaky. Her favorite holiday is Halloween, which she celebrates almost every day. She lives in the attic of an old Victorian in San Francisco.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578634644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578634644
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Varla Ventura, author of Sheroes, The Book of the Bizarre, and Wild Women Talk About Love is a scholar, poet, provocateur and lover of all things odd, unusual, and truly freaky. Her favorite holiday is Halloween, and loves to talk about love. She lives in San Francisco, CA.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 18, 2013
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Varla Ventura's BEYOND BIZARRE, FRIGHTENING FACTS AND BLOOD-CURDLING TRUE TALES is a sequel of sorts to her 2008 volume BOOK OF THE BIZARRE. Published in 2010, BEYOND BIZARRE offers up 304 pages of oddball trivia, myths, beliefs and what-not.

Ventura sorts her bag of trivia into chapters with titles such as 'Yo, Ho and Up She Rises: Stories from the Sea,' 'Haunted Hollywood,' 'On the Road: Tales from Haunted Highways and Byways,' 'Naturally Strange,' 'Blood-Red Crosses and Gross Anatomy: Hospital Horrors,' 'Strange America,' etc.

Among the trivia bits to be found in the book are scary amusement rides, the Thames River Frost Fair, the Arizona woman who had a worm living in her head, the five most dangerous magic tricks, the 1919 Boston molasses disaster, animal symbols, bat bombers, the strange names celebs give to their offspring, America's Cheasie lake monster, ancient Roman cures for baldness, etc.

Hardcore trivia buffs will be familiar with some of the material found in BEYOND BIZARRE. However, there's enough new items to make Ventura's book an appealing - and inexpensive ($6.98 at B&N) - purchase. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dee on February 3, 2013
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Good read when you don't have a lot of time. Passages are short so you don't have to remember where you left off. The book is loaded with bizarre facts that cover a lot of different subjects. If you like things that are strange and boarder on eerie then you'll enjoy this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cocacolachip on September 22, 2011
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After reading The Book of The Bazaar, I couldn't wait to read Varla's newest work. It is perfect for the ADHD brain, one interesting little tid bit after another. I love it, and would encourage friends to read it as well.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By natas44 on January 20, 2012
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This book is a great Bathroom reader especially for those into the bizarre and the morbid locked in with Humor!!
There is another book like this by the same author which was also A great read.
Get them both!!!
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have the whole set starting with the book of lists (original edition) very interesting...highly recommend to anyone who ever wondered about about anything
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By Opeth32 on September 3, 2014
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Wonderful book had a blast reading it!
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