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An illustrated compendium that reveals the true stories behind the most infamous, creepy, and bizarre real-life cursed objects throughout history. Spanning decades and continents, subjects range from the opulent Hope Diamond to the humble Busy Stoop chair.

They're lurking in museums, graveyards, and private homes around the world. Their stories have inspired countless horro
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by Quirk Books
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Cameron Chaney
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, spooky, nonfiction, 2020
Since this is such a visual book, I stuck with just a video review for this one. Check it out! This is the most beautiful book I've seen in a while. A must buy for the Halloween season! ...more
Juli
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From cursed dolls to legendary gems, J.W. Ocker tells the tale of many a scary, supposedly cursed, item in his book Cursed Objects. He recounts the legends, adds in other tidbits, cracks more than a few jokes.... He makes the stories entertaining, more than scary or creepy. And....he doesn't take the legends too seriously. If there is any factual information that the stories might be hinky or fake in any way, he shares that information, too.

There were some items in this collection of stories th
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Gizem-in-Wonderland
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
To steal this book,
If you should try,
It’s by the throat
You’ll hang high.
And ravens then
Will gather ‘bout
To find your eyes
And pull them out.
And when you’re
Screaming “oh, oh oh!”
Remember, you
Deserved this woe.

Beware, this book you’re holding is a potentially cursed object.
Well, at least I’d like to think it is as it contains many of the world’s most famous and not so heard-of cursed objects of the world.
I am absolutely fascinated. It could not have been more informative or hilarious and I loved e
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Jess
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was so much fun to read. It’s no secret that I’m slightly obsessed with all things paranormal, supernatural, occult... (the list goes on) so I was excited to read this. There’s lots of good stuff in here, from the famous items to the not so famous. Annabelle, The Hope Diamond, The Dybbuk Box and sooo much more. I think it was made even cooler for me personally because I have been to Zak Bagans’s haunted museum and they talk about the museum and a few of its items in this book and to ha ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]


Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this review copy in exchange for an honest review!
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Lyndie
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was easily one of the most interesting AND entertaining books I have had the pleasure of listening to this year. I really enjoyed this is book in audio format but I think this is just one of those books that NEED to be held in your hand and I cant wait to buy my own copy!

If you want to learn about some of the most infamous, creepy, and bizarre real-life cursed objects throughout history then I highly recommend you grab a copy of this book


I received a digital copy of this book from the publ
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Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cursed Objects: Strange but True Stories of the World's Most Infamous Items by J. W. Ocker is a highly recommended look at several cursed items which are explained and described in an informative and sometimes hilarious way.

Ocker makes it clear in the introduction that you don't have to believe in cursed objects to be interested in the stories surrounding them because a large part of the curses are the stories and tragedies that surround the various objects. The stories are what gave then the re
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Jennifer
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, audiobook
5⭐️
This isn’t about curses. This is about cursed objects. The book reminded me of the time I went with my school to see the tomb of king Tut. And last year when I went with my husband to DC and crowded around the hope diamond. Both times I never once thought about the curses. Nope. I didn’t think about the cursed people and how they died. But now after finishing this I’m really intrigued. Crazy, almost unbelievable.
I gave this 5 stars because the narrator was excellent and kept me interested. I
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Deb✨
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this audiobook, it was not only interesting, but it was also very entertaining as well which made it a true pleasure to listen to. The narrator did a fantastic job. I enjoyed how it was told in a fun story-like format and that he had a lot of the historical information about each cursed item he talks about. He covers all the cursed objects you could possibly imagine! If you want to learn about some of the most bizarre, creepy, and down right freaky real-life cursed objects throughout all ...more
Roxie |The Book Slayer| Voorhees
I was fortunate enough to be gifted both an eBook and audiobook for review. This is a work of non-fiction but written in the narrative style I have grown to absolutely adore. J. W. gives us a wide range of objects and tells us the creepy origins to current location of each. I heard some of my old favorite trivia tidbits in there and enjoyed learning new ones.

Narration was well done. It felt like I was listening to a podcast like Lore and I didn't want to stop once it started. Beautiful book and
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Christine
This is a wonderful book. Ocker details various cursed objects and the museums of such with a sense of wonder as well as humor. There is the story about the artist who was willing to destroy his art in case it had cursed his football team. The entry about Tut is told with such fun. Ocker also presents the back story and examines the various legends.
Meribeth
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks #NetGalley, @NetGalley for an advance copy of this audiobook #Cursed Objects: Strange but True Stories of the World's Most Infamous Items.
This book starts off with a bang including a catchy poem warning of the dire consequences of stealing this book, what qualifies as a cursed object and the stories about specific objects by category. The first chapter tells the fascinating history of the largest blue diamond in the world, the Hope diamond. I love this kind of story so I thought I was ho
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Jovana
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and publisher for the Audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

I usually stay away from nonfiction books as most of the ones I've read were quite a disappointment, but this one caught my eye instantly. And how could it not when it was about various cursed objects? The book was truly a nice surprise, and I really enjoyed it.

The chapters were short and easy to follow. The book was informative, and a fun read as well. It talked about the history of each object (which I loved t
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OjoAusana
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
*received for free from netgalley for honest review* super interesting book but ngl cant get over how weird it is to call Wisconsin a great lake state.... like i guess youre not wrong but i had to rewind and relisten to it twice bc i was so thrown off, and ive even been to where they were talking about so its was just so weird lol
Amber
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! This a nonfiction book , and the author explains the difference between cursed objects, possessed objects and just objects with history. He tells about a wide variety of objects from small jewels to even a frozen man. The history and the research of all of the objects is absolutely amazing and even the stories of all the objects.
Even stating how an object becomes cursed or hexed. I was given a copy of the audiobook and the narrator did such an amazing job! I definitely recomm
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Lyndie
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was easily one of the most interesting AND entertaining books I have had the pleasure of listening to this year. I really enjoyed this is book in audio format but I think this is just one of those books that NEED to be held in your hand and I cant wait to buy my own copy!

If you want to learn about some of the most infamous, creepy, and bizarre real-life cursed objects throughout history then I highly recommend you grab a copy of this book


I received a digital copy of this book from the publ
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Kylie
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this.
This book is similar to a podcast I follow, some of the stories /information was the same but also learnt about some new stuff

Thanks to netgalley for the free copy in exchange for an honest review
Elle
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the kind of book that feels like a journey. There’s a lot of information here, about a variety of different objects, their curses, the people ‘affected’ and the kind of places that house them. Whether you believe in cursed objects or not, this is a fascinating book, and well worth picking up for anyone interested in the paranormal.

This book touches on some of the most infamous objects in the world. There are entries here for Annabelle, Robert the Doll, the Hope Diamond, the Crying Boy pa
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Sarah Peterman
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cursed Objects: Strange but True Stories of the World's Most Infamous Items by J.W. Ocker, read by Tim Campbell

This is super perfect book to read or listen too during the spooky season. The narration was spot on and honestly he hit accents perfectly and was appropriately snarky where written. There are well over forty different cursed objects discussed in this book. Objects that range from ones that are popular to ones a little more unknown. I was going to make a list of all the objects discuss
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Lindsay  pinkcowlandreads
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Dive deep into J.W. Ockers study and research into strange and cursed objects around the world! He meticulously investigates tales and lore behind many of history’s most famous cursed objects and many lesser known.

I was rapt in his tales and facts he provided for each object. His writing style for this topic had an easy story teller-like flow and made made these dark and cursed objects into fascinating tales. I was hoped from the beginning. I have read many listicles and watched similar YouTube
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J.A. Ironside
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it

ARC provided by Edelweiss and coincidentally Audio-ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Audio review first - the narrator manages the exact right combination of open minded interest and healthy scepticism in his tone. He was the perfect choice for this book. I'm hoping that this was pre-proof listen though because the sound engineer has a lot of work to do - lots of repeated chapters and chapters that cut out and restart. Presumably this will be fixed in the final version


Th
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Brandy
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I graciously received an advanced copy of this audio-book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I would like to start off by saying that this book did two things that I never thought would happen in my lifetime: 1) enjoy listening to an audio-book and 2) enjoy some history being taught.

I typically choose not to listen to audio-books because I have a hard time concentrating when someone is reading to me. But I think because of the combination of the narrator’s tone and the fact that this
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Caidyn (he/him/his)
I received an ARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!

This book is a series of short chapters about different "cursed" items. Really, just the history and the things that they've supposedly done. I always take those stories with a grain of salt and when I realized how the book was structured, I got hopeful for creepy stories. Yet, it was a superficial dive into the items and was kept light/funny. I enjoyed the book and I found it fun because I hadn't heard of most of these objects
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Shar // sunsnacksseries
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely loved this. As an October baby, I love all things Halloween/spooky/creepy/etc. This book talks about a lot of infamous cursed objects, and it was insanely fascinating. I’ve heard about a few featured—and it was nice to dive back into their stories—but I discovered so many new ones that had me flipping the pages.

The writing was fantastic. I can only imagine how much time and effort
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Dez Nemec
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, audiobook, 2020
I don't typically read non-fiction because I like weird things. Well this book had weird things, and had them in droves. Some of the cursed objects I had heard of (the Hope Diamond, Robert the Doll, the Dybbuk Box) and some that I didn't (like the Antikythera mechanism, the Black Angel of Oakland Cemetery, or Otzi the Iceman). The author is very tongue-in-cheek about some of the cursed object stories, but he seemed to have an open mind which made it more enjoyable.

The narrator was terrific. I fe
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Rachel Cowley
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you grew up being obsessed with Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and Guinness World Records like me, this is the adult equivalent. You will absolutely love it; especially if you like spooky things. I tried to pace out this book to last through October, but I found the facts so interesting that I kept dipping back into it. Whether it’s cursed dolls or email chains, @jwocker has written the most extensive list of cursed objects throughout the world and really left no (cursed) stone unturned. I’m so ...more
Mya
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks NetGalley and Quirk Books for the ARC!

This is a pretty straightforward book in that it does what you expect: explains the history of cursed objects around the globe. Witty, interesting, if a little bit repetitive sometimes (not the author's fault, just so happens that a lot of cursed objects end up being... not so cursed in the end). Oh, and the illustrations are so cute. I feel like I want this as a coffee table book.
Bobbie  Bomber
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
I received Cursed Object by J.W. Ocker through netgalley in exchange for an honest review and i wasn't really sure what to expect but I really enjoyed it and would love to check out a finished version where I would be able to jump around to the different sections.

Cursed Objects is a collection of some of the world's most famous cursed items around the world and also a lot of ones i had never heard of! The book is well researched and very well written so that everyone can easily enjoy the book.
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Cassandra **The Bibliophagist**
This book was incredible! Even my 9 year old loved hearing the stories of cursed objects. There are some fascinating tales! Did you know... The Hobbit was thought to have come from the story of a real ring? Well...not one that had to be thrown into a volcano but you know...a cursed one?!

I loved listening to this as an audiobook and the author had the perfect eerie voice for it!
Beth
Some fascinating bits (the Hope Diamond, the Dybbuk Box, the real serial killer's head on display in a Ripley's Believe it or Not!), some cheesy bits (the "were-sheep" *snicker*), some unnecessary bits (a whole bit at the end about "not cursed" objects, the placebo effect). The audiobook narrator was fantastic.
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