Carlyn Beccia
Author & illustrator. Editor of The Grim Historian. My latest books — MONSTROUS: THE LORE, GORE, & SCIENCE and THEY LOST THEIR HEADS. Contact:

Welcome to my bright corner of the internet. That’s me to the left, hoping the camera doesn’t steal my soul. (Spinning fast helps.)

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Psychopathia Sexualis: eine Klinisch-Forensische Studie | Public Domain

As someone born in the wrong century, I get annoyed when a man walks next to me but doesn't walk on the traffic side of the sidewalk. In Victorian times, not protecting your date from muddy carriages would be the epitome of classlessness.

And although the Victorians get pigeonholed as…

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When I was thirteen, my older sister saved my life. Or so she claims.

She administered an eighteenth-century-style chickenpox inoculation. She sat on my head and rubbed her open, weeping, itchy, chickenpox sores all over my arms, legs, and torso. It was a tad cruel.

“Mom says you have to…

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Throughout history, women didn't know what to do with men's penises. During the Renaissance, the first time many young maidens saw a penis was on their wedding night. Before that day, mothers only taught their daughters to preserve their chastity and not get pregnant.

By the seventeenth century, naughty authors…

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On the anniversary of the Capitol attack, Americans today will inevitably doomscroll through shocking footage of the rioters who desecrated democracy. We remember the poop-smeared marble floors, the noose hanging ominously above the Capitol steps, and the costumed rioter dressed as the Viking warlord of his wet dreams.

But out…

The Hindenburg on fire, 1937 | Public Domain

2022 has already woken my sleeping Sicilian. Between the surging Covid cases, canceled flights, and New Years' celebrations that were not very celebratory, 2022 can suck it. Oh, and Betty White died, leaving us to deal with this mess without her droll humor. Come on, 2022. Go easy on us.

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