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“Scary Sexual Devices” in PENTHOUSE!

19 September 2015

I’m excited to announce that my article on “Scary Sexual Devices from the Past” is featured in PENTHOUSE this month, no doubt killing the mood of readers everywhere!...

Dead Men’s Eyes: A History of Optography

9 September 2015

Aurora, Illinois. 16 February 1914. It was a cold, wintery night when Theresa Hollander’s father discovered her broken and bloodied body near a shed in St. Nicholas’s Cemetery....

The Embalmed Soldiers of the American Civil War

26 August 2015

Thanks to your recent donations, I am finally able to get back to blogging. If you’d like to support my work, please click here. Thomas Holmes—the “Father of Modern...

S.O.S – Help Save My Blog!

20 August 2015

Click here to donate. It may not come as a surprise to you that I was a strange child, and the signs were there from the beginning that I would become an even stranger adult (pictorial...