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.

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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…)

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“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.”

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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?

Quotes from this article and Wikipedia.


One thought on “Codex Seraphinianus

  1. WOW!!…this is crazy Good stuff.

    i am such a fan of Clive Barker’s painting & his fantasy worlds, so i Easily feel in Love with the suits made of human skin hanging (reminds me of the dry cleaners) on hooks…oh my, & the one skelly is laying upon a mattress made of books..i’m Speechless.. : D

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