Did you ever hear tell of Ogilvy's Mourning Warehouse in Grafton Street? Or maybe your granny went to see Monsieur Chylinkski - the modern Hercules! - in the New Theatre Royal in Abbey Street? And did you know that the youngest person imprisoned in Kilmainham was just five years old?
Welcome to the world of Weird Dublin, a miscellany that revels in the strange, extraordinary and uncanny side of Dublin.
In this wonderful collection, you'll find mystic societies and graveside disturbances; madmen and medicine men; suicide, murder, and cannibalism. There are messages from the Beyond, magical conjurors and animal-magnetists, and for 'chronic conditions' there are iodides of arsenic and sulphur.
Above all, you'll discover a quirky and compelling history of Dublin, drawn from newspaper reports, advertisements, hearsay, anecdote and rumour. This is the city you thought you knew at its shocking and scandalous best.
Reggie Chamberlain-King quickly sped past youth and education into decrepit early adulthood, becoming, by cold hard luck, a writer, musician, and broadcaster. He makes frequent appearances on Radio Ulster's Arts Extra and was, for four years, the cultural attache on After Midnight with Stuart Bailie. He has written several plays, including The Ballad of Lilliburlero for BBC NI Events, and The Down Chorus, for Wireless Mystery Theatre. His work has appeared on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 and has been broadcast in Germany, Canada and the United States. He is a co-founder, actor, musician and continuity announcer with Wireless Mystery Theatre and author of the cult mystery series The Brittaine & Molloy Inquiry Quarterly. Weird Belfast is his first book. For more on Reggie Chamberlain-King visit http://thestuffedowl.co.uk/ Or follow him on Twitter @Reggie C King