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on 19 November 2010
This second of the Strange Attractor Journal's series of book-length collections of unusual articles and fringe research, maintains the standard of its predecessor in being wonderfully laid-out and illustrated.

Of the many items of interest therein, those which I enjoyed the most include the history of the curious "Halifax Slasher" scare in the 1950s, an interesting diversion into the social psychology of a town gripped in the fear of something that turned out to be far weirder than a madman with a razor. Also noteworthy is the way-too-brief article on Admiral Byrd (he of the alleged "Hollow Earth" flyby fame) and some intriguing papers he left behind. The sad tale of Dr Price, one of the last alchemists of the Royal Society, and a study on the differences between the homunculous and the golem and their deeper symbolic meanings are two alchemical studies included. A report on an illustrated Victorian manual on dressing and parading in public unruly boys in girls clothing as punishment is discussed, which if not a piece of Victorian fantasy seems to have been written by the barking governess of a poor child.

There's also a nice piece of Lovecraftian fiction to finish off with, though its inclusion, while on similar themes of some of the other articles, still seems a little displaced as a fictional piece amongst research. But still, it's a great story and nothing that would shift this collection from its five stars.
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