This month, what has come to be known as the “strangest book in the world” will be republished. It’s called Codex Seraphinianus. Needless to say, I am determined to obtain a copy for my shelf.
The surreal, encyclopedia-style book was originally published in 1981 and contains “hand-drawn colored-pencil illustrations of bizarre and fantastical flora, fauna, anatomies, fashions, and foods.” Oh, and it’s written in a language the author made up. (Hmm, perhaps while under the influence of LSD? Just a guess…)
“The illustrations are often parodies of things in the real world: bleeding fruit; a plant that grows into roughly the shape of a chair and is subsequently made into one; a lovemaking couple that metamorphoses into an alligator; etc. Others depict odd, apparently senseless machines, often with a delicate appearance, kept together by tiny filaments.”
I can’t stop looking at these pages, with their eerie Hieronymus Bosch-style illustrations. How terrifying would it be to go to a haunted house inspired by this book?