I received a couple of emails this morning along the lines of: Hey, the Guardian just published a list of the top ten weirdest experiments of all time. It sounds a lot like your list of the top 20 most bizarre experiments. They're not ripping you off, are they?
It's nice that people are concerned, but there's no need to worry. I haven't been ripped off. After I posted my top 20 list back in September, New Scientist
contacted me asking if I would like to create a shortened version of it for their magazine. I was more than happy to oblige, and the resulting article will appear in the Nov. 3 issue of New Scientist
Apparently New Scientist
circulated a pre-release version of this article to the media, and it's been picked up by a lot of British papers: The Daily Telegraph
, The London Times
, and the Daily Mail
I've also found it in the South African Independent Online
, the Sydney Morning Herald
, and PhysOrg.com
Here in America, the Hartford Courant
had an article about my book, focusing on the creepy experiments to coincide with Halloween.
So there's been some good publicity. Hopefully it'll help sell a few books.
And speaking of publicity, I'll be doing a book signing at Dark Delicacies bookstore
at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18th. It's a bookstore that specializes in horror, so the first chapter of my book (the one with all the Frankenstein-style experiments) should hopefully find a receptive audience there. If you live in the L.A. area, come on by and say hello.
My publisher also tells me that Playgirl
magazine plans to review Elephants on Acid
(probably because it has a chapter on weird sex experiments). Thankfully, they're not planning a photoshoot of the author to accompany the review. But I will be able to tell people that I've been featured in Playgirl