Falling Down the Rabbit Hole

I’m currently following the competition between museums to find their creepiest object. I’m actually shopping a short story around about a medical model, so I find these bizarre objects right up my alley. This was all started on Twitter by the Yorkshire Museum, who kicked off with a 3rd/4th century hair bun from the burial of a Roman lady, still with the jet pins in place.

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I don’t think anyone is going to top the leg transformed into a beast.

However, the ones that haunt me the most are the taxidermy objects: the Fiji mermaids, the crab claws playing cards, the kittens posed as if playing games, the fox with a woman’s death mask, the badly stuffed lion. Every single one of these could inspire a story from me. I am very tempted to write a short story collection based on all this rogue taxidermy.

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Filed under Museums, Research, Rogue Taxidermy, Story

4 responses to “Falling Down the Rabbit Hole

  1. wordbubbles

    I could definitely see you writing a story about a taxidermist and his private collection 😊

  2. … Have you seen the German movie Anatomie, starring Franka Potente?

    But relatedly, I went to the Wellcome Museum last time I was in England: fascinating!

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