Title: Cursed Objects: Strange but True Stories of the World’s Most Infamous Items
Author: J.W. Ocker
Published: 2020 by Quirk Books, Philadelphia, PA
I just have to say, this book is physically stunning! The chunky hardback packs in 271 thick pages and has a beautiful cover featuring some eerie little illustrations in a sort of shiny, shimmery, metallic silver and blue combination. Honestly, that’s what initially drew me to the book—but its content is pretty awesome as well!
I’ve always had a fascination for cursed and haunted objects, the weirder the item the better! Ocker packs in quite a few of these items, each with a well-written, factual background on the item’s known history and it’s alleged ‘cursed’ activity. Each entry is only a few pages long, and there are plenty of illustrations to keep even my ADHD mind focused and moving through the book.
As someone who is a fan of all things strange and unusual, I’ve heard of quite a few of the objects mentioned in this book. Some of the more famous cursed items include The Hope Diamond, King Tut’s Tomb, the Dybbuk Box, The Crying Boy paintings, and of course, Annabelle the Doll. However, I was delighted to see entries for objects that I either knew little about, or had never heard of, including Little Mannie and the Prague Orloj.
These objects are discussed with just the right bit of humor mixed with legend mixed with fact to make for a really interesting read, and I love that the author also included a chapter on the museums that make a business out of collecting and showcasing the types of items found within this book. There isn’t a whole lot of scholarly analysis as to the phenomenon of cursed objects as a whole, but there are few little extras throughout the book to help give a better understanding of why an object may be cursed. There’s also a bibliography AND an index, which as a researcher, I’m thrilled to see included. Overall, this is a neat book for both the hardcore paranormal enthusiast and for someone who just likes a good, interesting read about spooky, unsolved mysteries.
Want MORE from J.W. Ocker? Ocker has a podcast called Odd Things I’ve Seen, about well…odd things and where to find them!
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