The Devil's Atlas: An Explorer's Guide to Heavens, Hells and Afterworlds
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Brooke-Hitching, Edward (2018). The Golden Atlas: The Greatest Explorations, Quests and Discoveries on Maps. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1471166822. Edward Brooke-Hitching is an English author, and a writer and researcher for the BBC panel show QI, as a member of the team known as the "QI Elves". He is the son of the rare book dealer Franklin Brooke-Hitching  and a descendant of the printer and bibliographer William Blades, who wrote the history of book preservation The Enemies of Books.  Atlas sits on a throne in The Devil’s Asylum. He rests his Sapphire sword on his lap and twists his rings with his hands. He laughs at his own intelligence and insanity. Because he has not just resurrected The Devil.
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Atlas wakes, panting heavily like a dog on a hot day. He stands up and tries to figure out where he is. The air smells of heat, and red fills the air. But then, in his peripherals, he sees the crematorium, standing still in the distance. He walks over to it and prepares himself for what he’s about to do. He takes one step into the crematorium and he can hear the screams inside his head once again. Atlas then remembers that when he first entered the Asylum the screaming voice wasn’t there. Strange. Following the defeat of the Nazis in 1945, the idea took hold that Austria had been the first casualty of Hitler’s aggression when in 1938 it was incorporated into the Third Reich.’ Clarksdale, Mississippi has a history inextricably intertwined with blues music with a number of famed musicians hailing from the Southern city, but its best known claim to fame is likely the crossroads where the famous legend of Robert Johnson selling his soul to the devil in exchange for musical talent is said to have taken place.
The only thing to do now is confirm their theory once and for all, which they will try to do—as others have in the past—with a dye. This particular dye is visible at 10 parts per billion, they said, meaning that it has a better chance of showing up somewhere than, say, some ping-pong balls. That’s because, as Calvin Alexander, another scientist working on the project, explains, “The plunge pool below the kettle is an unbelievably powerful system of recirculating currents, capable of disintegrating material and holding it under water until it resurfaces at some point downstream.”
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Brooke-Hitching, Edward (14 October 2021). The Devil's Atlas: An Explorer's Guide to Heavens, Hells and Afterworlds. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1398503557. These “devil’s bridges” were not at all uncommon in medieval times, and like most this has a story of soul-selling and outwitting Satan. Supposedly the builder found that he was woefully behind building the bridge (hopefully not the same man who had been slaving on it for seven decades), and made a pact with the devil to trade his soul for the bridge’s completion. However, he gave the devil a sieve with which to carry water for the final batch of mortar, and the devil of course couldn’t do it, so the bridge was technically never finished. Naturally, Satan was angry, but his best idea of revenge was to break a stone off from the central tower’s corner, and remove it each night that it was replaced.Whitworth, Damian (19 November 2016). "The Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps by Edward Brooke-Hitching". The Times . Retrieved 5 January 2020. He appeared on BBC Radio 4's The Museum of Curiosity in October 2019. His hypothetical donation to this imaginary museum was "A land grant for 60 acres of land in Poyais", being a document produced by 1820s fraudster Gregor MacGregor.  Selected publications [ edit ] It is this story that was relayed to architect Paul Gout when he was doing his 19th century restoration to explain why there was a stone missing. Inspired, he had a stone sculpture made of the devil showing him pulling a stone from a corner of the tower. He still lurks there today.
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Brooke-Hitching, Edward (2016). The Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1471159459.Brooke-Hitching, Edward (1 October 2020). The Madman's Library: The Greatest Curiosities of Literature. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9781471166914.