This isn't a book about the buildings where the mad were confined, but the nuanced story of the people that lived in them.
After the success of his book Around the World in 80 Cemeteries, Fernando Gómez returns with a book of experiences and anecdotes told by the sane and clinically insane people all living in the same institution - an asylum.
Through stories and personal testimonies which range from the upsetting to the light-hearted, the author helps us discover the hidden secrets of the places which for so long have been the settings for horror stories and legends.
With a thoughtful style that doesn't resort to morbid fascination, Gómez inspires a real desire to know more about these people, some of whom are famous, and their experiences. Each chapter is also accompanied by a film or song recommendation.