My fascination with graveyards goes way back. I grew up down the road from a country graveyard where my grandfather was buried. After a series of missed connections during the First Gulf War, I ended up in London’s glorious Highgate Cemetery. From that point on, I was hooked.
In the 1990s, I edited Death’s Garden: Relationships with Cemeteries. Spanning the globe from Argentina to Wall Street, 27 authors and photographers documented the residences of the dead. The book has been out of print for years, but used copies occasionally turn up on Amazon: Death’s Garden: Relationships with Cemeteries. In 2015, I started running a series of guest posts — new Death’s Garden essays — on this blog. The collection of them can be found here.
I’ve been a member of the Association for Gravestone Studies since 1999. You can follow my cemetery discoveries on the web on Pinterest, my travel photography on Instagram, and my fascination with cemetery ephemera on Tumblr.
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, originally published by Western Legends Press in May 2013. Other essays in the book originally appeared in my Morbid Curiosity magazine, as well as in Morbid Outlook, Eleven Eleven, and other places. An updated edition will be out from Automatism Press in 2017.
Do you take cemetery adventures yourself? 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 full-page color photographs of cemeteries from Paris to Tokyo to inspire your wanderlust.
In addition to blogging at CemeteryTravel.com, I’ve written about cemeteries for Gothic Beauty, Mental Floss, Scoutie Girl, Atlas Obscura, and more. My cemetery CV is here: Loren’s Cemetery Work.
I’ve been honored to speak at the lovely Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma, California and at the Death Salon Forum in San Francisco. I would love to talk to your book club or historical association about cemeteries.
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