My fascination with graveyards goes way back. In the 1990s, 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. They examined 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.
Between 1997 and 2002, I wrote a monthly series of travel essays about visiting cemeteries on Gothic.Net. Some of those essays were collected in Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel, published by Western Legends Press in May 2013. Other essays in the book originally appeared in Travelers’ Tales: Paris and in my Morbid Curiosity magazine, as well as in Morbid Outlook, Eleven Eleven, and other places.
In addition to writing CemeteryTravel.com, I’m busily exploring the historic and pioneer graveyards of the San Francisco Bay Area. To that end, I’m now arranging cemetery tours for the San Francisco Obscura Society.
Are you 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 80 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.
Finally, in 2012, I was honored to speak at the lovely Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma, California. In October 2014, I’m going to talk about my research into the missing cemeteries of San Francisco at the Death Salon Forum. I would love to talk to your group about cemeteries as travel destinations.
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