Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Dark obsessions of the world's most extreme collectors

By Laurence King
Ryan Matthew Cohn started collecting animal bones from the woods near his home as a child
Whether it's comics and sneakers, or books and art, collecting is largely seen as a normal, if occasionally obsessive, pastime. But what can be said about those who collect all things macabre -- fetus skeletons, taxidermy mutant farm animals and say, the personal effects of jailed serial killers? "Morbid Curiosities: Collections of the Uncommon and Bizarre" gives a closer look at these more unconventional collections and the people behind them. Rather than writing them off as eccentric provocateurs or disturbed misfits, writer Paul Gambino gives insights into their motivations and personalities. What unites them in Gambino's eyes is a passion for history. [link]