The Witch's Door

Oddities and Tales from the Esoteric to the Extreme

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Pub Date Oct 01 2024 | Archive Date Oct 01 2024
Chronicle Books | Chronicle Prism

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Description

In this spellbinding and entertaining memoir, Regina M. Rossi and Ryan Cohn, founders of Oddities Flea Market, take us on a fascinating and specially curated tour of their most macabre and mysterious objects, art, and artifacts, sharing their incredible history and stories.

Enter at your own risk …

A taxidermied monkey named Mr. Peepers. A rare collection of anatomical wax figures for sale in Munich. A Tibetan Kapala skull decorated with bits of coral. Two Charlie McCarthy dolls that may (or may not) be haunted. The incredible memento mori collection of Richard Harris. An actual witch’s door. That’s all just for starters. 

Welcome to a world of oddities curated by Regina M. Rossi and Ryan Cohn, trendsetters and tastemakers who have reinvented what the artifact collectors market looks like. Together, they are the founders of Oddities Flea Market, artfully curating a selection of the best artists and collectors at several events across the U.S. throughout the year, with an eye towards expanding globally. In The Witch’s Door, Ryan, who starred in the reality television show Oddities, and Regina, who comes from the world of fashion, give us a rare peek behind the curtain into the business of collecting the strange and unusual and the cast of eccentric characters they meet along the way.

Packed with jaw-dropping photographs and unbelievable-but-true stories, The Witch’s Door is a rare combination of visual and narrative entertainment. In these pages, Ryan and Regina take readers all over the world, from Brooklyn to Bavaria, giving them the inside scoop on how they purchase artifacts to sell and those they want to keep. Perfect for fans of Oddities, Atlas Obscura, and Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities, this collectible book makes a delightfully lurid gift or self-purchase for those happily inclined toward the dark side.

In this spellbinding and entertaining memoir, Regina M. Rossi and Ryan Cohn, founders of Oddities Flea Market, take us on a fascinating and specially curated tour of their most macabre and mysterious...


Advance Praise

“America’s first family of the macabre presents not just the stories of arcane objects, but of the people who created them, nurtured them, and loved them. We meet not just Ryan and Regina, but Nick the police sergeant, the mysterious Max Wax, creepy Carla Coffin, and a whole cast of others who have squirreled away priceless objects. The Witch’s Door is as much a character study as is it is a book about oddities—and that is what makes it essential reading.”
—Paul Koudinaris, author The Empire of Death and Heavenly Bodies


“OBSESSED with this peek behind the black velvet curtain of how Ryan and Regina built their uniquely jaw-dropping collection of gothic, chic, mind-blowing oddities. I felt like I was there with them as they traveled the world to meet with passionate art dealers, crazed collectors, and eccentrically badass weirdos. This is must-read for anyone interested in curios and strange, alluring objects. The Witch’s Door is a macabre portal that reminds us that if we live among death, we live life the fullest even more.”
—Jill Kargman, New York Times bestselling author


“This is a delightfully eccentric tour of the authors’ offbeat world of collecting. It’s a powerful reminder of the enthralling stories that objects have to tell us about ourselves, and of the adventures they can engender in seeking them out.”
—Lindsey Fitzharris, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Butchering Art and The Facemaker


“Ryan and Regina painstakingly curate the absolute weirdest, coolest, most unconventionally beautiful things a brain could imagine. You will love this compilation of weird, wonderful ephemera as it is an odd window into two of my favorite souls.
—Steve Burns

“America’s first family of the macabre presents not just the stories of arcane objects, but of the people who created them, nurtured them, and loved them. We meet not just Ryan and Regina, but Nick...


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PAGES 304

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I just happened to come across this one on netgalley and though it looked very intriguing and i actually ended up liking it so much. Its not something i would normally but i really like it.

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A phenomenal book! Full of interesting photographs of antiques and oddities, as well as the histories of those items and personal anecdotes.

The cover immediately reminded me of Dr. Mutter's Marvels. I think it will be a perfect addition to my collection, because I absolutely love books like this.

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Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this unique book!
A wonderful exploration of the world of Oddities and the story that aligns with each one. Each chapter of the book is filled with gripping stories of the lore and world of Oddities.
This story drips with passion and hard work for the love of creating and replicating Oddities. This book should be sold at the Oddities Expos around the world! It literally starts from the bottom, and only goes up from there! I especially liked hearing about the Proposal in the Catacombs (lol). Ryan explains the history and cultural significance behind prominent pieces as well as processing and care for the craft of collecting, preparing, and creating art that can come from all kinds of oddities. This book debunks myths about oddities as well as how to spot fakes, in some cases.
“You never know what you’ll find—even in your own collection”

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This is another book review from Lark! Woof! This one gets 5 tail wags from this pupper! This was a wonderful book full of oddities as the title states. This was very interesting to read and I enjoyed it so much I didn't even ask for my treat last night!!

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I have been obsessed with oddities and the macabre for the last +/- 15 years but it really took off 10ish years ago when I first found Ryan Cohn on Oddities. I thought his work with skulls was fascinating but as life happens, hobbies come second to work and bills.

During COVID, I was reminded how much I loved all things weird. I was always hunting FB for things, when flea market’s picked up I would search… all because of a little bug in my brain planted by Cohn.

I loved this book. It was so informative but easily digestible. I’m so glad I got to read from Regina’s perspective as well. Super cool book.

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If you like the weird and unusual, then you have to read this book. This book will come out during spooky season and let me tell you, I'm totally rereading it then.

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Fans of Guillermo Del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities will love this odd tale as the proprietors of a small business explore their unique and often gruesome finds with us. Learn the stories behind the. items, who they belonged to, and what led up to their being with us now.

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This is one of THOSE books. You know, one that you have to share with everyone you know because there is so much to keep you engrossed during the binge read it turned into. There is so many stories and histories of those odd and one off "things" that each story will try to out do the next. Literally there is no one who will not find something in this book to say....WOW!

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A book of oddities focused primarily on death in both narrative and visual form.

The authors, two interesting people, tell of their adventures in buying, selling and marketing oddities. Ryan was on a TV show about them that I hadn’t heard of and Regina is his wife. They delight in being “spooky” people but also get down and dirty about the business, which is fascinating.

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Thank you netgalley
This book is perfect for collectors.

Enter the small oddities shop, and you’re sure to find something interesting, regardless of personal belief in the paranormal. This book is full of interesting stories and images for any lover of the strange and unusual. (Yes beetle juice reference)
Readers should be aware, if looking at remains of human or animal aren’t your thing, this book will not be for you. While I don’t think there were any depictions of cruelty on the shop owners parts, some might find many of the origin stories here disturbing. It’s not a book for everyone.

That being said, I loved this.

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Great for fans of macabre/unusual history and who want to learn more about the antiques business. Appreciated the mix of stories and photography.

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Part memoir and part a history of gothic collections, RyanCohn and his wife Regina regale us with tales of the offbeat items they buy and sell as well as the collectors they came to know as a result. A totally engrossing read, I learned about the art of collecting while being wholly entertained by their adventures.

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A thoroughly enjoyable book! This is a must read for collectors of the unusual and fans of ODDITIES TV show. I hope the Cohns create more books.

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Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher, and author for the copy of this eARC for my honest review. All ratings and any reviews are opinions of my own.

This is a must have for any spooky aficionados out there! I love all things macabre and the history behind it.

I will definitely be purchasing a physical copy upon release.

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I wasn't expecting this to be as much memoir as it was, but that turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Along with learning about the bizarre oddities and ephemera that they have witnessed and collected we get some very fun, moving, and creepy stories about the people who make up their community of collectors. There are a few genuinely creepy stories in this book but the majority of the stories are lovely tales about how interacting with the morbid and odd items they work with can unlock an even deeper understanding of humanity.

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Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book! I am leaving an honest review.

I am fascinated by the obscure and the odd, so I was thrilled to receive a copy of this book. There was a lot to like here: the conversational tone, the stories that accompany the many strange and wonderful objects in their collection, the included images of some of the objects and their curiosities, like the carvings in the witch’s door. I enjoyed learning more about these objects and more about the authors through the included stories. I also appreciated the bookends created with the discussion of the door, which made this book feel cohesive despite the varied artifacts and content throughout. Their honesty when it came to hauntings and the supernatural was refreshing. If you are interested in the macabre, the strange, and its history, this is a great read!

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I enjoyed this! I love learning about oddities. It was full of wonderful unique stories. If you’re interested in the strange, macabre and history then this read is for you!

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This book is so fascinating. I liked all the pictures of oddities and the history of some of the pieces in Ryan and Regina's collection. I also enjoyed the details about other collectors with whom they have done business. This story also makes you think about what your ultimate goal should be for your collection.

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A wondrous collection of stories from the macabre for those interested in oddities and fascinating history. Many thanks to Netgalley and Chronicle Books | Chronicle Prism for access to the digital ARC. I thoroughly enjoyed these first hand accounts of Ryan and Regina. A physical manifestation of an oddities expo fit for any person who finds themselves to be within the esoteric. As someone whose a long time follower of persons like Zak Bagans and his rendition of a collection of oddities within his Haunted Museum; or Greg and Dana Newkirks mobile museum of the unexplained, I found this title to be an exceptional addition to the realm. Perfect for anyone who identifies with these interests, this title will be a positive addition to their collection! Clear your mind, grab a coffee and sit down for a personal discussion of the Cohn's collection. Totally recommend! Great photos, unlike anything I have on my shelf. I can even see this title gaining praise from my favorite podcast narrators on Morbid a True Crime podcast it is just that interesting, matches up well with their mini series regarding listener tales.

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The Witch's Door, by Ryan Matthew Cohn, Regina M. Rossi is absolutely fascinating. I learned about things I have never even thought of before. I felt like I've been invited into a secret world, and I want to know more. This is the perfect book for fans of "Oddities" and beyond.

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I've been following both Ryan and Regina for many years and have a small collection of oddities myself, so this book was naturally a must-read for me.

*The Witch's Door* feels like an intimate tour through their histories and home. Learning the stories behind the faces that have graced my social media feeds for so long was an enlightening and exciting experience. While I was already familiar with many of the works featured, discovering the tales of their creation and acquisition only deepened my respect and admiration for this unique power couple.

The photographs in the book are stunning and contribute perfectly to its immersive feel. But of course, I expected nothing less from such proven masters of aesthetics.

Overall, this was an easy 10/10 for me, and I'm so grateful that this book exists.

Thanks to NetGalley & Chronicle Books for blessing me with the ARC!

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This was a fun book. I had heard of the author before. It was a fun peak into the world of the oddities market (which I've always wanted to go to) and the person behind it.

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⭐️3.5⭐️

Regina and Ryan are fascinating people in a fascinating line of work, and this book was truly interesting to read.

Growing up, my grandparents were collectors. I remember being dragged along to antique stores and sitting in auctions throughout most of my childhood, so this gave an insider look into some of my childhood memories.

Fluctuating between memoir and nonfiction recounting of different objects works pretty well throughout the book, but at times it did feel a bit disjointed.

Overall an enjoyable read, and I had fun recognizing a few of the people throughout the book who I had no idea were a part of the world of collecting!

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This book is fascinating! The writing is light and casual; it feels like you are listening to a story being told by friends. I love the art and the overall feeling of the book, it is so creepy and spooky but you will not want to put it down! Bravo!

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This book is part memoir about Ryan and Regina and part discussion about the oddities they have come to collect over the years. I enjoyed reading about the different items they have. The book is broken into different sections based off of what items are going to be talked about. I enjoyed reading more about these items.
*Thank you NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for a review.

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🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤
This was such a uniquely beautiful and interesting book. I read through it in one day because I wanted to see what other treasures were amoung the pages!

While this book will not be for everyone, it will certainly find its way to those who will appreciate and enjoy the content.

Part memoir for Regina M. Rossi and Ryan Cohn, part oddity extravaganza. It was fun to hear about their stories, both individually and together and learn about the fascinating items they have come across over the years. To be able to see some of the curiosities in the book is such a treat because most of us will never be able to see those items outside of a book. Absolute treasure, thoroughly enjoyed!!!

Thank you to the authors, Regina M. Rossi and Ryan Cohn, NetGalley and the publisher, Chronicle Books, for the opportunity to read this book. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. The book is set to publish October 1, 2024, perfect for spooky season!👻

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Thank you for the EArc Chronicle Books and NetGalley. The Witches Door takes us through the collections of both Ryan and Regina and others. The book hi-lights some of their more interesting pieces and tells the story of their romance as well as how their business came to be. I am hoping there’s a sequel so we can see more of their collection and hear the tales behind them. Incredibly fascinating book and I am going to seek out some of their tv shows.

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I loved it! As someone who loves historical artifacts along with the interesting stories behind them and just a lover of history period, this book was right up my alley. I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. I also enjoyed the section about the McCarthy Dolls, ( I'm a believer in the paranormal as well) This book was well-written and presented in a fun and down-to-earth manner. I give this book a thumbs up! I highly recommend reading this book.

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