the most bizarre CULT story you could imagine. More wierder than WBTS:
Geek Love is a novel by Katherine Dunn and first published in 1989. It was first published in parts in Mississippi Mud Book of Days and Looking Glass Bookstore Review in 1983 and 1988. The first complete text was published hardcover by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, in 1989.
The novel is the story of a traveling circus run by Aloysius "Al" Binewski and his wife, "Crystal" Lil. When Al's circus begins to fail, the couple devise an idea to breed their own freak show, using various drugs and radioactive material to alter the genes of their children. Who emerges are Arturo ("Arty"), a boy with flippers for hands and feet; Electra ("Elly") and Iphigenia ("Iphy") the Siamese Twins; Olympia ("Oly") the hunchback albino dwarf; and Fortunato ("Chick"), the normal looking telekinetic baby of the family — as well as a number of still-borns kept preserved in jars in a special wing of the freak show. The story is told by Oly in the form of a novel written for her daughter Miranda.
Two stories are told. The first deals with the Binewski children's constant vicious struggle against each other, but especially against Arty as he develops his own cult: Arturism. Arturism involves members having their limbs amputated so that they can end up like Arty, the cult leader, in their search for the principle he calls PIP ("Peace, Isolation, Purity"). Each member moves up in stages, losing increasingly significant chunks of their limbs starting with their toes and fingers. As Arty battles his siblings to maintain control over his followers, mundane aspects of their lives, such as competition between their respective freak shows, slowly begin to take over their lives.
The second story involves Oly's daughter, Miranda. Miranda, in her early twenties, does not know Oly is her mother, and lives on a trust fund set up by Oly before she was given up to be raised by nuns at the urging of Arturo, who is not entirely coincidentally Miranda's father. Oly lives in the same rooming house as Miranda so she can "spy" on her. Miranda has a special defect of her own, a small tail, which she flaunts at a local fetish strip club. Mary Lick, a wealthy woman who pays poor but attractive women to get operations that disfigure them so that they may live up to their potential instead of becoming sex objects, tries to convince her to have it cut off. Oly's plan is to stop Lick in order to protect her daughter.