My fascination with graveyards goes way back. I grew up down the road from a country graveyard where my family was buried. After a series of missed connections during the First Gulf War, I ended up in London’s glorious Highgate Cemetery. Then I was hooked.
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. An updated edition will be out early in 2017.
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.
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’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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