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Read About Horrible Things

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The list author says: "If it's horrible, printed and something I found worth reading I'll put it here. Fiction, Non Fiction, amusing and dark, pay attention a few of them are pretty intense. I promise that I have read each and everyone these and enjoyed them thoroughly...though sometimes not without a measure of emotional distress or nausea.

in order alphabetical"
A Feast of Snakes: A Novel
A Feast of Snakes: A Novel
"A really dark bit of southern gothic fiction.  Not the easiest book to read, but it unquestionably has the most memorable ending of any book I've ever read."
American Psycho
American Psycho
"Classic uber satire.  It makes you wait for the action and then makes you regret it.  Not for the faint hearted but very well written and thought provoking."
Crazy in Alabama
Crazy in Alabama
"You can't let a little thing like a husband get in way of your dreams, not when he's alive and especially not when carrying his severed head across the country in a hat box."
Crime Extra: 300 Years of Crime in North America
Crime Extra: 300 Years of Crime in North America
"A coffee table style book of vintage newpapers detailing classic crimes.  These are authentic reproductions of the original papers so they don't necessarily represent current knowledge of the crimes but they can offer a tone and context hard to find other places.  An ill considered ad for ribs was  placed next to an article on Dahmer."
Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
"In the early 20th century, a 50 ft tank of molasses collapsed in a poor section of Boston.  The resulting destruction destroyed buildings as well as injuring and killing people that could not escape the sweet death trap.  Between the flagrant negligence of the tanks owners and recent anarchist bombings the cause was hotly debated."
The Elements of Murder: A History of Poison
The Elements of Murder: A History of Poison
"while science isn't exactly a killer, a few of those periodic elements are.  Mercury, Arsenic and Thallium oh my."
Food for the Dead: On the Trail of New England's Vampires
Food for the Dead: On the Trail of New England's Vampires
"An amusing yet academic look at the folklore of American vampires.  It involves a lot of tuberculosis and most of Rhode Island."
Play It As It Lays: A Novel (FSG Classics)
Play It As It Lays: A Novel (FSG Classics)
"A darkly human look at 1960's Los Angeles.  A young woman wastes away, unable to connect to her husband or protect her daughter, she spends her days driving herself numb and pretending that she isn't shopping for one at the grocery store."
Screw, a guard's view of Bridgewater State Hospital
Screw, a guard's view of Bridgewater State Hospital
"This was based on journals the author kept when, as a pschology student, he took a job as a guard at Bridgewater, a Prison for the mentally insane.  This is of course all about the abuse of prisoners.  Definately a hard read emtionally, but it's worth it if you can find a copy."
Shadowland: Search for Frances Farmer
Shadowland: Search for Frances Farmer
"The brutal biography of Frances Farmer, the young actress who was committed to a public mental institution.  It's interesting and informative, but it's accuracy has been discredited.  It's still pretty horrible though."
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
"Amusing, informative, humorous and frequently disgusting."
The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha, Augmented Third Edition, New Revised Standard Version
The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha, Augmented Third Edition, New Revised Standard Version
"No, really, there's more disturbing stuff here than in the rest combined.  Lots of incest, violence and sex.  Plus, the god who made everybody and says he loves them and then kills everybody.  It's pretty schizophrenic."