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Horribly Famous (previously also Dead Famous) is a series of books containing biographies of notable people who are now dead. These books are written by a range of authors and the books are, in some cases ghost-written under the same name as the one person featured in a Dead Famous book. As a spin-off series, Horrible Histories aims to offer an enchanting humour and style of writing that appeals to children so they can be educated and entertained. Whilst previously Horribly Famous and Dead Famous were separate, during the redesigning of the book covers, Dead Famous books became republished using the new Horribly Famous cover design, effectively rendering the Dead Famous series obsolete. Many of the titles were also shortened, such as "Leonardo da Vinci and His Super-brain" to Da Vinci and His Super-brain.
Former cover of Dead Famous book Leonardo da Vinci and His Super-brain
Current cover of Horribly Famous book Da Vinci and His Super-brain
Cover of Horribly Famous book Julius Caesar and his Foul Friends, showcasing the former Horribly Famous design
Both series are published by the same company - Scholastic.
Originally, Scholastic had arbitrarily separated Dead Famous books from Horribly Famous books. Now, it appears that Scholastic is slowly reprinting all of the books in both categories under the Horribly Famous category (phasing out the Dead Famous category).