Mysterious Objects and Strange Stories
Dr Cagliostro's Cabinet of Curiosities - Investigations of the Unknown is a fascinating book. Assuming the role of the mysterious Dr Cagliostro, the author - Oscar Hejll - presents a Cabinet of Curiosities mirroring the strange collections of adventurers, travellers and scientists in the 19th century, but specialised in the occult and supernatural. In the cabinet he has gathered everything from mummified mermaids to Sami shape-shifting belts to objects that comes from the hazy borders between science and the supernatural in the early 19th century. With a starting point in the objects the author leads the reader down a path between the fictive and the factual, leading to a universe where vampire hunters, secret societies and monsters are natural parts of our history and reality, as it might have been perceived in the 19th and early 20th century.
Oskar Hejll has created this parallel reality that reflects our history in a fantastic and inspiring way. The objects, artefacts and the stories they have to tell is the central theme in his book, and through them we are able to peek into a reality that might have been. Every object and artefact in the book is painstakingly researched and created by Oscar himself, in order to give them a detail and sense of reality that is rarely encountered in fiction. Through this collection he not only wants to enlighten us with knowledge, but also create a lust for learning – a perfect example of this is how the museum of natural history in Stockholm received many queries about the Svea mine in Svalbard after Oscar presented his story about how an alien skull was found there. A minute sense for details and knowledge makes watching the fantastic, wonderful and strange objects Oscars has filled the book with, a pure delight.
Who will appreciate this book?
While the book obviously will appeal to anyone with an interest in the occult and supernatural, it has also much wider appeal and is highly appreciated by a broader audience. The mysterious objects and strange stories will appeal to anyone who finds vampires, aliens, magical cupboards etc- fascinating. Designers, modellers and people with an interest in steampunk will be drawn to the intricate crafts and the aesthetics of the objects. Larpers and roleplayers will find source material in the book and backgrounds about Scandinavian werewolves, theories on the essence of ghosts or examples of vampire killing kits inspiring to create new stories and adventures. Readers familiar with
authors such as Umberto Eco, H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe will feel where some of the literary inspiration comes from.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART I – CURIOUS CONTRAPTIONS
Johann von Goethe’s ghost goggles
File: Astral vision device – The Eye of Anubis and the mysterious Desert Glass
Werndl Weihwasser Pistol M 1860
The Thomas Edison Necrophone
PART II – STRANGE CREATURES
The Mermaid from Paulet Island
In the Footsteps of the Abominable Snowman
File: The Yeti – In Search of the Abominable Snowman
Dilong, The Chinese River Dragon
File: Ghost Fliers – The Grave of the Ghost Flier
File: Ghost Fliers – Operation Searchlight
PART III – THE DARK ARTS
The Magical Tools of Dr John Dee
File: Dark Arts in South America – Head-shrinking rituals amongst the Jivaro Indians
The Golem from Chelm
PART IV – DEALING WITH THE UNDEAD
The Oil of Judah haNasi´
A Vampire Hunter’s Equipment
File: Revenants – Unveiling the Undead
Count Rakoczi’s Vampire Slayer Gun
PART V – WEREWOLVES, SHAPESHIFTERS AND LYCANTHROPES
The Shapeshifting Belt from Karesuando
File: Werewolves – Shapeshifters, Lycanthropes and Hounds in the Lord’s service
PART VI – SECRET SOCIETIES AND MALICIOUS CULTS
File: The Assassins – The automaton scorpion
File: The Assassins – Enemies of Dr Cagliostro, part I
File: Dagon – The Sofala Mermaid
File: The Freemasons and the Dog-Turk, an occult conspiracy in 18th century Sweden
File: Comité des Scientifiques Lumières – A lurking shadow
Reviews and media coverage of the book and the author
A review that appeared in the the paper version of Fria. View the pdf here.
UK - Amazon.co.uk - Buy the book online
UK - Lebanon Circle One of the best shops for magical props
Denmark - Fantask - Danish bookshop for fantasy, science fiction, comics and roleplaying books
Alphaspel - Roleplaying game shop in Sweden
Comics Heaven . Comicv bookstore in central Stockholm
Hallwylska Museet - Beautiful museum in Stockholm currently displaying an exhibition on the
occult and supernatural in the early 1900's
HobbyShopen - Shop for roleplaying games in Gävle
Handelsgillet - Webshop, based in Sweden, but ships to the whole world
Historiska Kompaniet - Brick & Mortar shop for anything 19th century in Linköping
SF-bokhandeln - Webshop and brick & mortar shop in Stockholm, Göteborg & Malmö
Available in all shops
Trollcraft - Reenactment retailer who sells at markets, currently at the event
"Medieval christmas in Liseberg"
Dr Cagliostro at The Atlantis Bookshop.
Between 1 and 29th April a brand new exhibition featuring occult artifacts and objects from the collection of Dr Cagliostro's Cabinet of Curiosities will be presented in London. We are very proud and honored to have the famous Atlantis Bookshop as our hosts.
The Atlantis Bookshop in Museum Street is London's oldest independent occult bookshop. It was established by Michael Houghton in 1922 and is currently owned and run by Geraldine Beskin,
Atlantis hosts art exhibitions and esoteric talks, workshops and book launches and has long been a hub for London's occult world. Gerald Gardner attended meetings of The Order of the Hidden Masters in its basement during his formative years, and the shop published his first book on witchcraft, the novel High Magic's Aid (1949).
The Dr Cagliostro exhibition will feature some items that has never before been presented to the public. Like a fragment of the famous Golem from Chelm, unique werewolf hunting equipment, and perhaps the answer to the mystery of the lost Percy Fawcett expedition in the Brazilian Amazon 1925.
The exhibition will be open Monday to Saturday, 10.30 - 18.00.