B.H. Shadduck

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B.H. Shadduck (1869–1950) was the author of a bunch of really weird creationist booklets. He was born the first time in Pennsylvania and after a born again experience at the age of 18 joined the Salvation Army. He later became a Methodist minister in West Virginia.

He is best known for his creationist booklets, which are really whacked. One of them is his best seller, Jocko-Homo Heavenbound, published in 1924, the year before the Scopes trial. Jocko-Homo Heavenbound is filled with illustrations such as a devil pointing to a list of sins which belief in evolution supposedly leads to (world war, tax, usury, toil, suicide, orgies, cockfighting, white slavery, alcohol...) It is also filled with references which any Devo fan will find instantly familiar, not only in the title but also the word "D-Evolution" and a reference to our ancestors losing their tails. It also makes the reader aware of a conspiracy to suppress his work by some publications banning advertising of it.

By the way, has anyone else noticed that all the illustrations of the devil in 1920s fundamentalist literature show the devil having a hooked nose? The meaning is pretty obvious.

He was probably the Jack Chick of his day, and has a small fan base on the internet who peruse his work for the lulz from all appearances—although it's sometimes hard to tell.

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