There is something about cults that endlessly fascinates me. What kind of person gets drawn to these enigmatic, dangerous groups? How? And why? Apparently, I’m not the only one with questions. From novelists to journalists to people with firsthand experience, many talented authors have written about cult life. Here are 10 you definitely don’t want to miss.
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Carnies Al and Crystal Lil breed their own freak show, using drugs to mutate their unborn children. There’s Arturo the Aquaboy; Iphy and Elly, the Siamese twins; albino hunchback Oly; and Chick, outwardly normal with a dangerous gift. Their traveling act inspires devotion and revulsion as its members conduct their own Machiavellian version of sibling rivalry.
Ruth Wariner, the 39th of 42 children, grew up in rural Mexico in a religious colony governed by the founding prophet, her father. When circumstances force her family to shuffle between Mexico and the U.S. for supplemental income, Ruth is torn between her fierce love for her siblings and her determination and courage to forge a better life.