What if Lemony Snicket were nonfiction? Vile Things is a series of science-based natural history books in which the reader will be transported around the world by the opinionated, eccentric, and insatiably inquisitive narrator, Ephemra Churlyshe. Ephemra's cast of relations include nephew Maldred, wee niece Nettle, creepily quiet cousin Rune, & accident-prone Tode. Imagine the Addams family riding on the Magic School Bus. Each title is a place-based "encyclopedia" filled with exotic and fascinating "curiosities," including animals, plants, insects, strange customs, odd history, geology, climate, diseases, and ancient artifacts.