Atlas Obscura – Scandalous Zines

I love Atlas Obscura. It’s a web site,, and soon will be a book. It has such fascinating articles. Today, I’m linking to one called “The Scandalous Zines of Renaissance England”.

The article is all about broadsides, what they call the Facebook and Twitter of their day. Brutal murders. Bloody ballads. Witchcraft. According to the article, “Many of the pamphlets distributed along with broadsides contained longer, juicy stories with gratuitous, gory scenes.” Sounds as if broadsides would provide perfect material for a crime fiction writer.