Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Books Bound in Human Skin

It sounds like an urban legend, but I guess it's not. Many libraries have books in their collections that were bound in human skin. Of course, these books are locked in the back somewhere and not on public display, but they're there. Sounds like a good idea for a story: someone finds a mysterious book with evil writings inside, only to learn it was bound with the skin of its author. Or something like that.

Read the whole thing here. It's a fascinating article.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stephen King has said he originally intended to make Misery into a novella, at the end of which Paul Sheldon's manuscript was going to be bound in Paul Sheldon's skin (after Annie Wilkes killed him). I think it's in On Writing. He said he liked the story so much he couldn't let Paul die.

Doug C.

5:54 PM  
Blogger Tim Harden said...

That's really cool. I think that may have made that story even better. His shorter work is always very dark like that.

5:46 AM  

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