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Dear Dead Days

4.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  36 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Addams' name is on the cover, but only a handful of the pages are his work - mostly its a collection of Ripley and Barnum style oddities that served as inspiration for his macabre creations.
Hardcover, 126 pages
Published 1959
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Jul 18, 2008 Popvoid rated it it was amazing
This is cartoonist Charles Addams' scrapbook of images and information that inspired him. This includes classic examples of gothic architecture, circus freaks, and various turn-of-the-century macabrabilia (okay, I made that word up). Wonderful stuff.
Jun 02, 2015 Robert rated it it was amazing
Not cartoons, but curiosities and oddities that inspired Addams - old newspaper advertisements, accident photos, sideshow performers and the like.
What I learned from this book is that I should read descriptions more carefully.
Rather than the Addams family cartoons I had hoped for, this is a scrapbook of the weird, odd, and disturbingly biological from the late 19th and early 20th century.
If you want a great copy with a dust jacket, mine's for sale on ebay. Look me up: rbnhood.
This book is not for the faint of heart or stomach. If you're either of those, don't say I didn't warn you.
In the meantime, I would be most grateful if you (or some
Apr 21, 2015 Kitty rated it really liked it
This book was a morbid delight. I hope this leads to many more fruitful forays into Addams and old oddities.
Avis Black
I used to love this book when I was a kid; now I can't believe it. Dear Dead Days is one of the least well known of Addams' books, and it isn't one of his cartoon anthologies. Rather, this is an assemblage of old photographs, advertisments, etc., collected from the 1800s. Only when you see everything together do you realize what an eye for the utterly appalling Addams has. Dear Dead Days is a masterpiece of a sort, but I'm rather distressed I used to like it so much.
Roxie Vegas
Jun 19, 2008 Roxie Vegas rated it it was amazing
I have a friend who is also an Addams fan. I myself grew up with the fascinating "Addmas and Evil," which I read over and over again.

I was blown away by the sheer genius of "Dear Dead Days." Each picture and image is craftfully selected by Chas himself. I loved it. I think it is positively brilliant and I'm NOT shamed to admit it.
Oct 21, 2010 Sparkles rated it it was amazing
I checked out this book out over and over and over again from the library when I was very little.

Siamese twins, loch ness monster, and bells to ring in case you were buried alive?

LOVE it.
Dorinde De Tempe
Aug 02, 2009 Dorinde De Tempe rated it it was amazing
wonderful collection of curious images
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Chas Addams was a cartoonist best known for creating "The Addams Family" comic characters which have been adapted for a variety of media. His signature style was single panels of macabre humor.
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