oddities

October feels like the right time to feature the books of author, publisher, and book collector Marc Hartzman, who first caught my attention back in 2015 with his novel, The Embalmed Head of Oliver Cromwell. Hartzman, aka the Weird Historian, enjoys the odd

Chicago — Potter & Potter Auctions is pleased to announce their Circus, Sideshow, and Oddities sale to be held on Saturday, September 26th starting at 10am at the company's gallery, located at 3759 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, IL 60613. This event will be conducted entirely online, streamed live from Potter & Potter's gallery, and held on www.

In case any of you missed last night's Oddities on the Discovery Channel, here's a two-minute clip of the segment about a book bound in human skin. "If it's the real thing," says the host, "you're looking at tens of thousands of dollars." Did bookseller Ian Kahn of Lux Mentis get to the bottom of the mystery? Only he can tell us...