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My Little Occult Book Club

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My Little Occult Book Club is a hilarious collection of Steven Rhodes' parody book covers for the aspiring occultist, exorcist, necromancer, and more, illustrated in his fan-favorite artistic twist on retro '70s and '80s children's books.

The humorous fake titles
include Sell Your Soul! (Economics for Children), Necromancy for Beginners, and Caring for Your Demon Cat, and m
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published August 25th 2020 by Chronicle Books
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Schizanthus Nerd
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Remember those Scholastic catalogues you used to drool over as a kid? This book is sort of like those, if they went over to the dark side. Retro style book covers are given a makeover by artist Steven Rhodes.

Although you can easily imagine the contents of the stories these covers depict, blurbs accompany a few of them. You’ll also find some activities scattered through the book, including a join the dot abomination and find a word (words I found include necromancy, grave and hex).

Make sure you p
MissBecka Gee
This was a lot of fun.

It reminded me of the old Scholastic book flyers from my childhood.

I can totally see this becoming a gag gift for many of my friends.

Thanks to NetGalley, Chronicle Books & Steven Rhodes for my DRC.

Elaine Howlin
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I picked this up because it reminded me of My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix. The two books would look very well on a shelf together or make a very nice gift packaged together. The 80’s nostalgia (with a bit of 70’s in this book) mixed with occult and horror themes makes for a very entertaining book. It’s styled on those old catalogues of books for kids with some puzzles and activities (join the dots on Satan, anyone?),with short descriptions on some of the books and order forms for
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much Chronicle Books and Steven Rhodes for my DRC via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

This was fun in a creepy way and creepy in a fun way. This is a book I'd definitely want to have, as it has so much fun stuff. It has a lot of vibrant and occultic illustrations, and a lot of elements in the book took me back to my childhood reading Apple Scholastic books.

The book featured a lot of fun entries, and the titles really made me LOL. This is one book I recommend for everyone!
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This is a collection of dark but humorous book covers inspired by the 70s/80s design.
It's a fun parody of the much-loved Scholastic Book Fair catalogs with titles like Sell Your Soul! (Economics for Children) and B.M.Hex Gang. Activities like connect the dots that will reveal an abomination released on the world by an unsuspecting child and a Go To Hell maze are included.
Does this sound really dark and in poor taste? Then probably don't pick this book up.
This will be a fun coffee table book to f
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
Quite original and funny!
The book is a catalogue to order the most sinister titles to help children improve their "dark arts" skills. An absolutely essential guide for kids of all ages.

Thanks to Chronicle Books and NetGalley for providing me with an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

So I was lured in by the title and the cover. What would this book actually be about? Well, I found out quickly it is kind of like a book catalogue just with occult and hilarious books about darkness and devils, for your children. I laughed, giggled, ohhh and aahhhed, and had so much fun reading this one. Also, can I order one or more of these books and hope they become real? Some of them sound awesome.

Not all of the books have
Sydney S
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark, arcs, horror, art, new-2020
As a fan of the author’s shirt designs, I had to request this book. It’s not so much a book to read, or even a graphic novel, but it’s a great little coffee table book. Fans of Rhodes’s art will appreciate this little art book. As long as you know what you're getting, I recommend this. It's literally just a collection of the author's designs. I’d love to have a physical copy when it comes out, just to display. ...more
I read this arc a couple of week ago, and somehow forgot to add it?
I loved the dark humor in this and would highly recommend it!

I thank Netgalley for the arc!
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Funny as an ARC, not sure I would spend money on a book like that to be honest but yeah I enjoy reading it a lot. In an 80s style of illustrations and pop culture in general, this book is like a catalog or a magazine that propose toys to buy, books, and stuff like that but was is good is that they're like crazy toys or story the «occult» aspect of it. So some kids of satirist dark humor here, I know I explain it horribly wrong but it was good and worth looking at if you can put your hand on it f ...more
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
"Jack and Jill went up the hill
to tetch a pail of water,
The well was cursed.
they fell headfirst,
to vile and gruesome slaughter."

Looking for a perfect gift for the little rascal you know? My Little Occult Book Club is filled with great recommendations that you or the child you know can choose from. Like Let's Sacrifice Toby, Easy Bake Coven, Curses and Spells for Kids and many more.

This was just really short and fun. Some of the illustrations made me giggle and I kind of wish some of the titles
Alex Sarll
A collection of covers for creepy children's books which, more's the pity, don't exist (though the Usborne guides were a pretty good approximation) - the retro-styled likes of Caring For Your Hell Hound and My First Alien Autopsy. You'll probably have seen some online, or even as t-shirts: Let's Summon Demons is very much the hit. There are a few blurbs, even an activity or two (though the wordsearch is made trickier by not saying what words you're after, only that they're spooky, and who's to s ...more
mad mags
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Scholastic Book Club Meets Grady Hendrix

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley.)

My Little Occult Book Club is an absolute, 110%, must-read for the following demos:

1. Children of the '80s.
2. Book nerds.
3. The SPN fandom.
4. All of the above.

Graphic artist Steven Rhodes gives the 1980s Scholastic Book Club flyers the Grady Hendrix treatment, to pretty awesome effect.

Here you'll find advertisements for would-be books such as B.M. Hex Gang by Diane Rott, My First
Bobbie  Bomber
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
I received a copy of My Little Occult Book Club from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Oh my god this book was just so much fun and would make for a great book to leave laying around when guest come over. Lol.

This is mainly a graphic book that features the different shirt designs that I have seen around and there are a few that I had never seen before but I need immediately!

The art is fun, funny, really colorful, and just all around eye-catching.
This was a fun walk down memory lane...with a twist.
It felt like I was shopping for titles to buy at this year's Scholastic Book Fair in Hell.
The drawing's were great. The writing was funny AND punny. I'd love to keep this book out lying around for friends to pick up when they come over.
Ashley G
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shorts-poems
I love these illustrations, specifically "Easy Bake Coven" and the "mommy can I keep it?" drawings. Very humorous parody of a Schoolastic book fair catalog. If I had a print copy of this book, I would definitely cut out all of the pages and use them as posters. ...more
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fun, short little book of Steven Rhodes' nostalgic artwork with a twist. All those kids books like "A Beginner's Guide to [fill in the blank]" morphed into 'My First Alien Autopsy' or 'Let's Conjure Bloody Mary.' The artwork is the best part and I definitely understand why Steven Rhodes has a product line available in franchise's like Hot Topic and Spencer's. Basically a short more compact coffee table book, though I mostly recommend for horror fans (must have a sense of humor though).

Thank yo
Deborah van den Berg
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny
Satirical, dark humour combined with gorgeous '70s and '80s inspired artwork? Count me in!

Like vintage catalogues, the work of Steven Rhodes accompany different listings of occult items (and handbooks) that seem to be for sale. A couple of times I had a good laugh over the book covers portraited, especially as it has been linked to children - a group you'd normally keep as far away as possible from the occult and paranormal entities - I'm sure I don't have to mention examples of instances where
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well, I have to say this was better than I at first thought. It's a direct, played-straight parody of old-fashioned mail order catalogues, designed for kids with too much pocket money and parents gullible enough to send a cheque off in the post for them to get absolute tat. In our world that would have been X-ray glasses, fortune-telling plastic fish and Charles Atlas bumf. Here, in the Occult Book Club ("unsubscribing is not an option") you buy books warning of stranger danger that feature the ...more
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Do you have fond memories of the 80s Scholastic book fliers? Do you like horror / paranormal / fantasy?

If you answered yes, this is the book for you. Although it isn't what most folks would call a coffee table book, this is one you will want to lay around as there are more pictures than text.

Probably not for those who are easily offended or who cannot find humor in things like Satan.

I would totally wear most of these covers as t-shirts. I hope there are t-shirts! There is one about coffee that
No plot spoilers for this one because there is no plot, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t laugh-out-loud the entire time reading and going through these pictures.

My Little Occult Book Club is for anyone looking for a good laugh. Do you know that t-shirt so many people seem to have, the “Let’s summon demons” one with a kid laying in a pentagram? No? Okay, go look it up, because that is the exact thing you’re going to find in My Little Occult Book Club. I’m not even joking. That image is actually in
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Steven Rhodes is a creative genius, a visionary, and a god amongst men. His art is rapidly taking over my walls and my wardrobe and my mug collection. I just can't stop throwing my money at him, I truly can't.

This book is a work of art. The attention to detail is absolutely incredible, especially the fake author names for the books advertised in the catalogue. The paper quality is beautiful, too. I hope we get many more of these in the future, because I'd love to have a giant My Little Occult Bo
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Do you miss ordering books from a catalog? Was the Scholastic Book Fair the best part of your school year? Do you see horrifying visions of blood and bones when you close your eyes, reminding you of your own mortality and also of that man you hit with your car and left for dead? This may be the right book of illustrations for you.

I wish I had the book Your Changing Body as a kid, so I could've been more aware and really more confident of my time of the month. I wasted so much time on clothes th
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

actual rating: 3.5

This was a fun book to look through but didn't really have enough content for me to feel like I should bump it up to 4 stars. A few of the book covers also had a plot summary to go with them which were really funny so I wish they had done that with more or all of the covers. Still, the art is really good and the 80s children's book meets classic horror tropes idea is a very good one. Probably would be good as a coffee table book
May 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this nostalgia-filled send-up -- it really captured the essence of being a kid who loved those Scholastic Book Fairs (and also has a penchant for dark humor and 70's/80's horror). So much so that I wish some of these titles were real...does that make me sound creepy?

The tone was pitch perfect, the art was fantastic. A fun little romp, especially for fans of Grady Hendrix.

*ARC provided by Net Galley and publisher in exchange for honest review.
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you shop at Hot Topic or ever bought anything from Wicked Clothes, chances are you're familiar with Steven Rhodes' work. I'm a big fan and absolutely love the ringer tees made with his work that pays homage to 70s and 80s kids book. The retro style is so nice and the dark twist is really humorous. Fans of his will recognize some of his more internet famous works like Sell Your Soul! or Easy-Bake Coven, along with new adverts and activities that really tie the book together to actually look li ...more
April Taylor
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy the artwork of Steven Rhodes, then this book will make the perfect addition to your coffee table book collection. Unlike the typical coffee table art book, though, this retro-themed collection of horror-related imagery also acts as part Scholastic catalog, part sales ad from 1970s comic books, and part activity book.

Of course, there's nothing about My Little Occult Book Club that's actually meant for young children. But those of us who absolutely loved selecting our next book from
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I received an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

If you like the "Let's Summon Demons" old school t-shirts at Hot Topic, then this is the book for you. Rhodes combines the formatting of a Scholastic Book Fair catalog with a children's activity book and dark horror movie humor. What follows is a fun, quick read full of mischief and mummies. I only wish there were more descriptions of the fictional books, especially "Caring for Your Hell Hound/Demon Cat" and "Alie
Jessica Cunningham
This was a quick, quirky read.* I didn’t really know what to expect, and yet somehow, this delivered it exactly. I guess that’s the magic of Steven Rhodes.* I could see this making a good housewarming gift for the right friend.

*Only two blood sacrifices necessary for book access!
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A showcase of Steven Rhodes' delightful satirical art, which I'm sure you've seen on a t-shirt somewhere. It's absolutely terrific all lined up here, under the guise of a Scholastic-style book club catalogue. Rhodes has an enormously enjoyable retro style, and he sure as hell commits to the bit: the text is just as fun as the art. I only wish:

1) That I could suddenly somehow spontaneously acquire one of Rhodes' sweatshirts to, I guess, cozily entertain myself with during quarantine.

2) That adult
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