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About Nate Pedersen
NATE PEDERSEN is a writer, librarian, and historian in Savannah, Georgia. With Dr. Lydia Kang, he is the co-author of Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything (Workman, 2017) and Patient Zero: A Curious History of the World’s Worst Diseases (Workman, 2021). NPR dubbed Quackery a best science book of 2017. Publishers Weekly gave Patient Zero a starred review and said “Readers will be swept away by this energetic and enlightening survey.”
Nate also edited the Lovecraftian anthologies The Starry Wisdom Library: The Catalogue of the Greatest Occult Book Auction of All Time, (PS, 2015) and Sisterhood: Dark Tales and Secret Histories (Chaosium, 2021). A follow-up to The Starry Wisdom Library, entitled The Dagon Collection, is upcoming in 2022 from PS Publishing.
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Written in the authors’ lively and accessible style, chapters include page-turning medical stories about a particular disease or virus—smallpox, Bubonic plague, polio, HIV—that combine “Patient Zero” narratives, or the human stories behind outbreaks, with historical examinations of missteps, milestones, scientific theories, and more.
Learn the tragic stories of Patient Zeros throughout history, such as Mabalo Lokela, who contracted Ebola while on vacation in 1976, and the Lewis Baby on London’s Broad Street, the first to catch cholera in an 1854 outbreak that led to a major medical breakthrough. Interspersed are origin stories of a different sort—how a rye fungus in 1951 turned a small village in France into a phantasmagoric scene reminiscent of Burning Man. Plus the uneasy history of human autopsy, how the HIV virus has been with us for at least a century, and more.
In churches and convents and other religious communities, sisterhood takes many forms, forged and tested by such mundane threats as disease and despair, but also by terrors both spiritual and existential—Satan’s subtle minions and the cosmic nightmare of the Cthulhu Mythos. Sisterhood: Dark Tales and Secret Histories presents sixteen horror stories by some of the genre’s leading female voices. Their settings range around the globe and across the centuries, from 6th century Ireland to 17th century Virginia to Indonesia in the recent past.
- “The Wine of Men” by Ann K. Schwader
- “From an Honest Sister, to a Neglected Daughter” by Monica Valentinelli
- “Étaín and the Unholy Ghosts” by Lisa Morton
- “The Barefoot Sisters of Saint Beatriz of the Mountain” by Kali Wallace
- “Unburdened Flesh” by Penelope Love
- “Only Dead Men Do Not Lie: The Trials of the Formosans” by Kaaron Warren
- “Jane, Jamestown, The Starving Time” by Sun Yung Shin
- “Dorcas and Ann: A True Story” by Molly Tanzer
- “The Resurrected” by S. P. Miskowski
- “The Low, Dark Edge of Life” by Livia Llewellyn
- “The Anchoress” by Lynda E. Rucker
- “Siūlais ir Kraujo ir Kaulų (Of Thread and Blood and Bone)” by Damien Angelica Walters
- “Gravity Wave” by Nadia Bulkin
- “The Veils of Sanctuary” by Selena Chambers
- “The Sisters of Epione” by Alison Littlewood
- “Red Words” by Gemma Files
Well, just imagine a time when doctors prescribed morphine for crying infants. When liquefied gold was touted as immortality in a glass. And when strychnine—yes, that strychnine, the one used in rat poison—was dosed like Viagra.
Looking back with fascination, horror, and not a little dash of dark, knowing humor, Quackery recounts the lively, at times unbelievable, history of medical misfires and malpractices. Ranging from the merely weird to the outright dangerous, here are dozens of outlandish, morbidly hilarious “treatments”—conceived by doctors and scientists, by spiritualists and snake oil salesmen (yes, they literally tried to sell snake oil)—that were predicated on a range of cluelessness, trial and error, and straight-up scams. With vintage illustrations, photographs, and advertisements throughout, Quackery seamlessly combines macabre humor with science and storytelling to reveal an important and disturbing side of the ever-evolving field of medicine.
Since time immemorial, people have passed through these misty mountains as they traveled between the Scottish lowlands and highlands. The old ways through the mountains - the Mounth passes, as they are collectively called - are the subject of this book. Twelve roads are profiled, from the Causey Mounth on the eastern coast to the Monega Pass deep in the heart of Scotland. Each route is considered from an historical perspective, followed by a guide to walking the road (or what remains of the road) today. Each chapter is illustrated with several photographs documenting the paths as they have survived into the 21st century.
Praise for "The Mounth Passes:"
"This is an authoritative compact guide and the authors clearly have a great deal of expertise in the subject. Recommended for those with an interest in the history of Scotland." - Alex Roddie, author of "The Atholl Expedition."
"It will prove very useful for planning a walk and its portable format will allow it to be easily consulted when walking a route." - Gerald Cummins, in Rambles on Old Roads newsletter