Cemetery Travel everywhere!

Flame-topped zinc urn, Bendle Cemetery, Flushing, Michigan

Flame-topped zinc urn, Bendle Cemetery, Flushing, Michigan

October is the time when people’s thoughts turn to cemeteries.  I’ve been chatting with anyone who will listen about why everyone should visit graveyards, whether on vacation or in their own hometowns.  I thought I would collect up all the links so you’d know I hadn’t been slacking when I wasn’t here blogging.

Last month, I chatted with Cheryl Eddy, a local journalist whose work I’ve read for over a decade at the San Francisco Bay Guardian (RIP). Our interview about traveling around to visit cemeteries and the book I edited called Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues went up on io9.com last Monday.  It’s called This is the Life of a Graveyard Tourist.

After a really fascinating email interview, I got quoted in Travel & Leisure’s list of the World’s Most Beautiful Cemeteries.  That story was picked up by Smithsonian.com, the Huffington Post, and several other newspapers around the world.

Last week, I had a great phone conversation with Kristi Palma from Boston.com.  That led to her quoting me in A Fun-Filled Day in the Cemetery? Absolutely!

My exhortation to “Take You Children to the Graveyard!” (published on Scoutie Girl) has been getting some nice attention.

My essay for the Horror Writers Association’s Halloween Haunt’s blog, about the graves of horror writers, which was spun off by something I wrote for Cemetery Travel last Halloween. This version was called Where Horror Lies.

The Frugal Travel Guy site name-checked Wish You Were Here in their story Walking Among the Dead: The Art of Cemetery Travel.

Last night I vanity googled myself and found a review of Wish You Were Here in Indonesian.

And finally, Gothic Beauty magazine reviewed — and really liked — Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel in their October issue.

It’s been a rich, full month.  I’m looking forward to things settling down now, so I can get down to working on Death’s Garden.


About Loren Rhoads

I'm co-author of a series about a succubus and her angel. Angelus Rose, the final book, came out in February 2020. I am the editor of Tales for the Camp Fire: An Anthology Benefiting Wildfire Relief. I'm also author of 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die and Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel--and a space opera trilogy.
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5 Responses to Cemetery Travel everywhere!

  1. Maverick ~ says:

    Congratulations on everything!
    I had visiting a local cemetery on a gray day in October on my to do list but the weekends were all too nice. So now it’s a November to do. 🙂


  2. Euphus says:

    Preach on sister, preach it ! The good word is spreading ! Weekly I try to visit a cemetery or two either to photograph, do a rubbing, enjoy a meal, clean a gravestone and/or a grave or just enjoy the peacefulness. Cemeteries are absolutely my favorite places to visit. I grew up playing, sleeping and sometimes hiding , at least in my young mind, in a country cemetery . This initiated my love for graveyards. I still visit that same cemetery and others in the area when I return to my hometown to visit my mother.

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  3. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

    Great post! I had a friend who had several deaths in her family in a short span of time. She said she was grateful that her young children had the experience; death became a part of life and it reduced the fear for her kids. A few of her siblings and cousins even took packed lunches and picnicked among the stones. 😉 ❤

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    • Loren Rhoads says:

      I’m glad your friend’s kids had such a good experience in the graveyard. It was really important to me that my daughter know her ancestors and their stories.

      You know, I’ve never actually picnicked in the graveyard. I should organize one.

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