CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is
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November 23, 2015 (permalink)

We're delighted that two of our books qualified for the "Mayhem" section of Quimby's Bookstore.

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November 17, 2015 (permalink)

"There she stood in the heart of the fire," from The World's Desire by Henry Rider Haggard, 1894.

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November 14, 2015 (permalink)

From Babylon Electrified by Albert Bleunard, and illustrated by Montader, 1890.

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November 5, 2015 (permalink)

From The Story of Ab by Stanley Waterloo, 1897.

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October 24, 2015 (permalink)

"The troll gives a light," from The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, 1897.

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October 11, 2015 (permalink)

Our photo of an unusual Welsh dogs' cemetery is the final illustration to a BuzzFeed piece by Tom Rokins entitled "Is Portmeirion the Weirest Place in the British Isles?"
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October 7, 2015 (permalink)

Our One-Letter Words: A Dictionary is one of twelve books hand-picked to represent "wit in writing" over at Scribd.

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October 2, 2015 (permalink)

Thanks to poet, author, and visual artist Amanda Earl for calling our Abecedarian site "wondrous"!  The phrase "it takes a wonder to know one" delivers zero Google results, but that doesn't mean it's not true.
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September 28, 2015 (permalink)

We're honored that the computer game we programmed in 1980, in which one raises a virtual exotic flower, is a precursor to a new video game called Viridi, in which one raises virtual succulents.
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September 26, 2015 (permalink)

Dancing to celebrate the destruction of the world.  From Earthquakes by Arnold Boscoqitz and translated by Coulson Bell Pitman, 1890.

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September 2, 2015 (permalink)

A Retroactive Lifetime Goal*: we've been hashtagged as a cure for anhedonia.  Thanks, Plurdledgabbleblotchits!  
*The phrase "Retroactive Lifetime Goal" is used by the permission of Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

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August 12, 2015 (permalink)

"Their torches flashed luridly in the blackness of the night."  From The Madeira Islands by Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, 1896.

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August 4, 2015 (permalink)

For an upcoming book, the artist Jim Girouard depicts Prof. Oddfellow listening to a mysterious whisper in a liminal zone between Portmeirion, Wales and a museum of the weird.  We made an animated gif of sketches he sent throughout the creation of the piece.

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July 23, 2015 (permalink)

Here's the proper way to exit a fancy dress party, from Bohemian Paris of To-day by William Chambers Morrow and illustrated by Édouard Cucuel, 1899.

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July 14, 2015 (permalink)

We're surprised and honored by these portraits courtesy of filmmaker, screenwriter and actor Adam Brooks (of The Editor, Father's Day, and Manborg fame).

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July 3, 2015 (permalink)

Renowned magic headliner Jeff McBride tweets:

Is Conley's HEXOPEDIA considered the "NEW magic?" or is "HEX-O" the OLD magic renewing itself? Perhaps"HEX_O" is the Phoenix of THIS generation?

Meanwhile, check out how we illustrated the chapter headings for McBride's book The Show Doctor, now in softcover.

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July 1, 2015 (permalink)

A Retroactive Lifetime Goal*: we were called "the poster fellow for the Center of Advanced Hindsight."  Here we are looking forward to some advanced hindsight.

*Phrase courtsey of literary scalawag Jonathan Caws-Elwitt.

Pictured: Prof. Oddfellow.

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June 9, 2015 (permalink)

From Walt Mason: His Book, 1916.

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June 1, 2015 (permalink)

From Mr. World and Miss Church-Member by William Shuler Harris, 1903.

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May 26, 2015 (permalink)

A Fair Anarchist by Percy Clifford, 1894.

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