Every day, librarians across America are called to respond to book murders. Each homicide case is tragic, but there are few cases more heartbreaking and more difficult to understand than serial book murder.
For years, library scientists, academics, and mental health experts have studied serial book murder, asking why, when there is so much scrap paper and so many pens, why an artist would need to render the flesh from a fully formed and innocent text. Known serial cutters include Brian Dettmer, and Noriko Ambe’s deadly duo super cuttings in team with ED Rushca for “Artists who make pieces, Artists who do books.” Still some serial murders remain unsigned, such as the Nerhol Alphabet I found on pinterest. These diverse groups have long attempted to understand the complex issues related to serial book murders. Only Andrea Myers and Maud Vantours remain on the unbound side of this solemn moral issue. The authors, publishers, and future readers of these now unknowable books have my heartfelt sympathies.
Scrap Paper Artists
Content warning: Merciful, with scrap paper. No books were harmed. Appropriate for all viewers.
Content warning: The writers of this blog do not condone this morally corrupted act. Some of these images illustrate literary texts, and may be inappropriate for younger audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.