Words: Katie Doherty
I was alerted to this book by the fact that one of my favourite collectors Ryan Matthew Cohn was featured in its pages together with his wife. Without a second thought I ordered it as its content intrigued me and if everyone was as obsessive and particular about their collection as Ryan then I was in for a treat.
The book is beautifully printed and bound, it is a piece of art in itself. In fact it sits on one of my shelves with its cover facing the world as it looks so damn beautiful (bibliophile talking). As I thumbed through its pages I was introduced to each collector and I was entranced by the pieces that they had picked up on their travels. From ouija boards to human skulls to shrunken heads to nipple shields. Paul Gambino has certainly cast his net far and wide to bring some of the best collectors together including Nicole Angemi who has been noted as having the most controversial Instagram account online (if you aren’t squeamish then check her out). These are very genuine people with a very genuine passion and it is an absolutely wonderful collection of stories and photographs.
If you are just genuinely interested in the morbid curiosities of our culture then this book will educate you but if you are thinking of starting off your own collection then this will also give you some inspiration. This is definitely going to go down as one of my favourite books in my library.