About the Podcast

It all started with one sentence: “Do you know there’s a book bound in human skin in that library?”

The Forgotten Archive podcast gives you a tour through some of the most fantastic, the darkest, and the downright weirdest corners of book history. Learn about monks who drank the ink from their own scrolls, hear the stories of librarians who staged hair-raising book rescues from floods and fires, and, yes, explore the world of books made from tanned human skin. Each of these books has a story, and interesting stories deserve to be told.

Join us and see that, sometimes, a book’s cover has its own story.

About the Curator

Dr. Perry Neil Harrison is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Fort Hays State University. For the better part of the past decade, Perry has been tracking down and researching information about the most bizarre artifacts, ideas, and practices in the world of book history. Along the way, Perry has published and presented extensively on Anthropodermic Bibliopegy – the binding of books in human skin. His has also published research on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and H.P. Lovecraft, the medieval Robin Hood ballads, and the earliest writings in English and German.