For 10 years, I edited Morbid Curiosity magazine. Scribner published Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues: True Stories of the Unsavory, Unwise, Unorthodox, and Unusual, a collection of some of my favorite essays from the magazine, in 2009.
Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel came out from Western Legends Press in May 2013. It’s a collection of my cemetery travel essays which originally appeared in Travelers’ Tales: Paris, Gothic.Net, Morbid Curiosity, and on Morbid Outlook, among other places.
My fascination with graveyards goes back a way. In the 90s, I edited Death’s Garden: Relationships with Cemeteries. Spanning the globe from Argentina to Wall Street, 27 photographers and authors documented the residences of the dead. Authors considered teenage suicide, the death of parents and friends, their own mortality, the transience of fame, and the nature of death itself. The book has been out of print for years, but used copies occasionally turn up on Amazon: Death’s Garden: Relationships with Cemeteries.
In addition to writing CemeteryTravel.com, I’m busily exploring the historic and pioneer graveyards of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Having cemetery adventures of your own? I’ve made a notebook in which to record your field notes and observations. The Cemetery Travels Notebook features 85 lined pages, interspersed with 20 lush full-page color photographs of cemeteries from Paris to Tokyo, with stops at Sleepy Hollow, San Francisco, and all points between, to inspire your wanderlust. You can order a copy from Blurb.
In 2012 year, I was honored to speak at Colma, California’s lovely Cypress Lawn Memorial Park. I would love to talk to you about cemeteries as travel destinations.
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