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Cemetery Season begins now

Cemetery season is starting early this year. I’ve already been on two podcasts to talk about graveyards and travel:

Something (Rather than Nothing) with Ken Volante: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4WyvBI3A5WgIqeJUSOejRN?si=V4CThu30QL2IESwbxeiAkg

Ghost Magnet with Bridget Marquardt: https://open.spotify.com/episode/3wAvGv98DvKVDDBURHEPGy?si=-iaUGgVyQq2IivHelzEr-g

Coming up next month will be the Books & Travel podcast with Joanna Penn. I’m not sure of the date yet, but here’s the homepage: https://www.booksandtravel.page/listen/

Things have been slow on the cemetery book front this year. While I’ve been waiting to sign another contract, I’ve gotten two fiction books out:

What if Romeo had wings and Juliet a barbed tail?

Angelus Rose is the second novel in the succubus/angel series I was writing with Brian Thomas. Of interest to cemetery folk is that the book visits three cemeteries in LA. It’s available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshop.org, Indie Bound, and Smashwords.

Finally, my brand-new collection of short stories, Unsafe Words, came out on Sunday.

From the back cover:

In the first full-length collection of her edgy, award-winning short stories, Loren Rhoads punctures the boundaries between horror, dark fantasy, and science fiction in a maelstrom of sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll. Ghosts, succubi, naiads, vampires, the Wild Hunt, and the worst predator in the woods stalk these pages, alongside human monsters who follow their cravings past sanity or sense.

Unsafe Words is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indie Bound. It should be up at Bookshop.org and Smashwords soon.

I hope to get back to work on the cemetery updates soon. In the meantime, tell me…have you had a cemetery adventure lately?

Cemetery Books for Sale

It’s time to clear out some of my extra cemetery books.  There will be more, but for now, here’s the list of what I have for sale.  Let me know (either in the comments below or through the Contact Me form above) if you are interested in any of these and give me your mailing address, so I can check the postage for you. PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE POSTAGE.

I take paypal.

NOW AVAILABLE:

Green-Wood 002Green-Wood 001The Green-Wood Cemetery
Walk #1: Battle Hill and Back
Walk #2: Valley & Sylvan Waters
by Jeffrey I. Richman
Published by The Green-Wood Cemetery, 2001. Spiral bound.  Two walking tours of this lovely garden cemetery. I bought the books from the cemetery, but they’ve never been used.
$20 for both.

Abney Park001Guide to Abney Park Cemetery
by Paul Joyce
Essay, listing of interesting graves, some b/w photographs of one of London’s Magnificent Seven cemeteries.
Rare, out-of-print. In good shape.
Second edition from 1994.
$30

Igualada bookIgualada Cemetery
by Enric Miralles and Carme Pinos
Very rare architectural study of a new modern cemetery in Barcelona. These start at $100 on Amazon.
The edges have discolored very slightly over time. Published in 1996.
$20

Tomb SculptureTomb Sculpture: Its Changing Aspects from Ancient Egypt to Bernini
by Erwin Panofsy
Henry N. Abrams, 1970. Paperback reading copy with some shelfwear. This collects 4 lectures given by a scholar who was considered the “greatest interpreter of the meaning of art.”  It contains 471 crisp black & white photos of tomb sculpture. A really lovely book, but showing its age.
$20

RIPR.I.P. Memorial Wall Art
by Martha Cooper and Joseph Sciorra
1994, Henry Holt. Paperback with some slight edgewear, but still very tightly bound. This is a study of memorial murals painted when someone in the neighborhood died, often by violence. The photos are full color throughout.  If you’re interested in urban memorialization or graffiti, this is for you.
$10

Milltown CemeteryMilltown Cemetery: A Brief History
by Raymond J. Quinn and Joe Baker
Undated 1st edition signed by Joe Baker. An oversized saddlestitched paperback focuses on a Nationalist cemetery in Belfast, examining the history of the Troubles as recorded in the gravestones and news stories of the day. This is not available on Amazon.
$15

Friar BushTwo Acres of Irish History: A Study through Time of Friar’s Bush and Belfast 1570-1918
by Eamon Phoenix
2001, Ulster Historical Foundation. An oversized saddlestitched paperback focuses on Friar’s Bush, the oldest Christian site in Belfast, with ties to St. Patrick. The cemetery contains a cholera pit and memorials to historic citizens of Belfast. It contains a map, walking tour, and some b/w photos.
$10

Arlington001Here Rests in Honored Glory: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery
By R. Conrad Stein
Weekly Reader Books, 1979.  Hardcover, in great shape. A kids’ book on the cemetery’s history. Great for introducing a kid to the appeal of cemeteries.
$5

The Grave001The Grave
by Robert Blair
Spiral bound, letterpress printed by Cary G. Birdwell.
Just an unillustrated copy of this lovely, morbid poem.  The poem was first published in 1747.
$5

Remember Me001Remember Me: A Lively Tour of the New American Way of Death
by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen
Collins, 2006. Mary Roach says this is “A must-read for anyone who plans on dying.”  No photos, but the text is inclusive.  Trade paperback reading copy with dog-eared pages.
$5

Mystery of Life001The story behind “The Mystery of Life” plus a Pictorial Map and Guide to the Famous Art Treasures of Forest Lawn and another Forest Lawn brochure
Saddlestitched. Discoloration on cover from a price sticker.
Rare advertising booklet from the original Forest Lawn about one of their over-the-top fountain sculptures.
$10

Tombstone Tourist001Tombstone Tourist: Musicians
by Scott Stanton
First edition from 1998.  This is a very comprehensive encyclopedia of musicians’ graves around the world, with a particular focus on the graves of bluesmen. Autographed but cover is not in great shape. Tightly bound. One dog-eared page.
$5

I ALSO HAVE NEW COPIES OF:

WYWHere - CoverWish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel
by Loren Rhoads
Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel contains 35 graveyard travel essays, which visit more than 50 cemeteries, churchyards, and gravesites across the globe. More info here.
2nd edition. New trade paperback.
$15

Cover of the Cemetery Travels Notebook

Cemetery Travels Notebook
by Loren Rhoads
The Cemetery Travels Notebook is the place to keep field notes from your own cemetery adventures. It 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.
New trade paperback.
$20

ON HOLD:

Sacred New OrleansSacred: New Orleans Funerary Grounds
by Elizabeth Huston
Photomoinium Press, first edition paperback. Lovely black & white — and some colorized — photos document the cemeteries of New Orleans before Katrina struck. A nice companion with Consecrated Ground.
$10

Victorian CelebrationThe Victorian Celebration of Death
by James Stevens Curl
First edition, hardcover.  Sutton, 2000. This book covers everything from cemeteries to mourning jewelry, exploring the history and the philosophical change in the way the dead were regarded in Victorian England.  Full of pretty black and white images, from photos to etchings.
$25

Mexican001The Mexican Day of the Dead
by Chloe Sayer
Shambala, 1990. Small paperback. Some dog-ears. Lots of color and b/w photographs. This book helped bring Dia de los Muertos in an English-reading audience.
$5

Last Laugh001The Last Laugh: A Completely New Collection of Funny Old Epitaphs
by Gail Peterson
Published by Hallmark Editions.
Small hardcover with dust jacket. Jacket has small rips. A collection of very silly epitaphs, perfect for a gift for just the right person.
$2

photoConsecrated Ground: Funerary Art of New Orleans
by Lisa L. Cook
Pixieco Press, 1998. This HUGE (15” x 12”) beautiful hardcover collection is absolutely stuffed with black and white photographs. It’s signed by the photographer.  This will cost extra to mail.
$25

Graven Image New EnglandGraven Images: New England Stonecarving and its Symbols 1650-1815
by Allan I. Ludwig
1966, Wesleyan University Press. First edition, paperback.  Still tightly bound, but the bottom edge has foxed and there’s some slight shelfwear. This is the masterwork that expanded the study of stonecarving in New England.  It is packed full of black & white photos of skulls, skeletons, and deaths heads.
$25

Wish You Were Here at Barnes & Noble

WYWHere - CoverThis coming Saturday afternoon — July 29 from 1 pm to 4 — I’ll be signing the updated new edition of Wish You Were Here in Flint, Michigan.

Even if you’re not into casually visiting cemeteries, come support my favorite Barnes & Noble and say hi. I would love to see you.

 If you can’t make it during the signing, you can call Barnes & Noble and ask them to reserve a book for you. I can sign it on Saturday while I’m there. Their phone number is (810) 732-0704.

Almost every tourist destination has a graveyard: Yosemite National Park, Mackinac Island, London, Manhattan, Tokyo, Prague… Jim Morrison’s grave in Père Lachaise Cemetery ranks in the top five tourist sites of Paris. Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel contains 35 graveyard travel essays, which visit more than 50 cemeteries, churchyards, and gravesites across the globe.

“Loren Rhoads started visiting cemeteries by accident. It was the start of a love affair with cemeteries that continues to this day. In Wish You Were Here, Rhoads blends history with storytelling and her photos accompany each essay.”—American Cemetery magazine

When: Saturday, July 29 at 1 pm

Where:  Barnes & Noble Flint, Genesee Valley Mall, 4370 Miller Rd, Flint, Michigan 48507

What: The store’s events listing for Meet Loren Rhoads

More Cemetery Books for Sale

All but one of the initial list of cemetery books I posted last week have been spoken for, so I’ve pulled out some more books.  There may be still more to come, but for now, here’s the list of what I have for sale. I will also be listing some true crime/serial killer books on my other blog.  I’ll add the link here when those go up.

In the meantime, let me know (either in the comments below or through the Contact Me form above) if you are interested in any of these books or if you need more information.

I take paypal.

PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE POSTAGE.

NOW AVAILABLE:

photoConsecrated Ground: Funerary Art of New Orleans
by Lisa L. Cook
Pixieco Press, 1998. HUGE hardcover (15” x 12”) collection of b/w photographs. This will cost extra to mail.
$75

 

The Grave001The Grave
by Robert Blair
Spiral bound, letterpress printed by Cary G. Birdwell.
Just an unillustrated copy of this lovely, morbid poem.  The poem was first published in 1747.
$10

Green-Wood 002Green-Wood 001The Green-Wood Cemetery
Walk #1: Battle Hill and Back
Walk #2: Valley & Sylvan Waters
by Jeffrey I. Richman
Published by The Green-Wood Cemetery, 2001. Spiral bound.  Two walking tours of the lovely garden cemetery.
$25 for both.

Abney Park001Guide to Abney Park Cemetery
by Paul Joyce
Essay, listing of interesting graves, some b/w photographs.
Rare, out-of-print. In good shape.
Second edition from 1994.
$30

Arlington001Here Rests in Honored Glory: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery
By R. Conrad Stein
Weekly Reader Books, 1979.  Hardcover, in great shape. A kids’ book on the cemetery’s history.
$15

Last Laugh001The Last Laugh: A Completely New Collection of Funny Old Epitaphs
by Gail Peterson
Published by Hallmark Editions.
Small hardcover with dust jacket. Jacket has small rips.
$1

Mexican001The Mexican Day of the Dead
by Chloe Sayer
Shambala, 1990. Small paperback. Some dog-ears. Lots of color and b/w photographs.
$8

 

Remember Me001Remember Me: A Lively Tour of the New American Way of Death
by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen
Collins, 2006. Trade paperback reading copy with dog-eared pages.
$5

 

I ALSO HAVE NEW COPIES OF:

WishYouWereHere-cover-FINAL-600x900Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel
by Loren Rhoads
Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel contains 35 graveyard travel essays, which visit more than 50 cemeteries, churchyards, and gravesites across the globe. More info here.
Brand new. Trade paperback.
$12

Cover of the Cemetery Travels Notebook

Cemetery Travels Notebook
by Loren Rhoads
The Cemetery Travels Notebook is the place to keep field notes from your own cemetery adventures. It 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.
Brand new. Trade paperback.
$20

***

SOLD:

Dissection001Death, Dissection and the Destitute
by Ruth Richardson
Pelican, 1989. Trade paperback reading copy. This is the standard text on how the poor died and were treated after death.
$15

 

Deadsville001Round-Trip to Deadsville: A Year in the Funeral Underground
by Tim Matson
Chelsea Green, 2000. Trade paperback reading copy with dog-eared pages.
$10

 

Stories in Stone001Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography
Written and photographed by Douglas Keister
Gibbs-Smith, 2004. Brand new hardcover full of full-color photos. The standard text. All cemetery aficionados must have this.
$20

Walk Thru Time001A Walk Through Time: A Historical Guide to Santa Cruz Memorial Park
IOOF Lodge 96, 2004. Saddle-stitched.  Brand new walking tour of the historic cemetery in Santa Cruz, California.
$5

 

Beyond Sight001Beyond Sight Hidden World: The Cemetery in Infrared
by Terri Bertsche
Blurb, 2008. Hardcover. Like new. Very pretty infrared cemetery photos.
$20

Mortal Remains001Mortal Remains: The History and Present State of the Victorian and Edwardian Cemetery
by Chris Brooks
Wheaton, 1989. Hardcover. B/w photos.
$25

 

The American Way of Death
by Jessica Mitford
Simon & Schuster, 1963. 5th printing. Hardcover, no dust jacket.
$3

In Memoriam: A PracticIn Memoriam001al Guide to Planning a Memorial Service
by Amanda Bennett and Terence B. Foley
Simon & Schuster, 1997. Trade paperback. Dog-eared pages.
$5

 

Oregon001Mad as the Mist and Snow: Exploring Oregon Through its Cemeteries
by Johan Mathiesen
Ashland Creek Press, 2011. Trade paperback. A couple of dog-eared pages.
$10

Midst of Winter001In the Midst of Winter: Selections from the Literature of Mourning
Edited by Mary Jane Moffat
Random House, 1982. Hardcover first edition.
$7

Cemetery Books for Sale

ETA:  All but one of these have been spoken for, so I’ve put a new list of cemetery books up for sale here: http://cemeterytravel.com/2014/10/22/more-cemetery-books-for-sale/.

Thanks so much for all your support!

ETA:  These have been selling much quicker than I expected.  Thank you so much for that!  I have pulled another 20 books and I’ll get them listed as soon as I can.  Please check back.

I’m clearing out some of my extra books.  There will be more, but for now, here’s the list of what I have for sale.  Let me know (either in the comments below or through the Contact Me form above) if you are interested in any of these or if you need more information.

I take paypal.

PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE POSTAGE.

STILL AVAILABLE:

Last Laugh001 The Last Laugh: A Completely New Collection of Funny Old Epitaphs

by Gail Peterson
Published by Hallmark Editions.
Small hardcover with dust jacket. Jacket has small rips.
$1

I ALSO HAVE NEW COPIES OF:

WishYouWereHere-cover-FINAL-600x900Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel
by Loren Rhoads
Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel contains 35 graveyard travel essays, which visit more than 50 cemeteries, churchyards, and gravesites across the globe. More info here.
Brand new. Trade paperback.
$12

Cover of the Cemetery Travels Notebook

Cemetery Travels Notebook
by Loren Rhoads
The Cemetery Travels Notebook is the place to keep field notes from your own cemetery adventures. It 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.
Brand new. Trade paperback.
$20

 

*****

SOLD:

DeathAfterlife001Death and the Afterlife
by Brian Innes
Beautifully illustrated hard cover.
First edition from 1999.
$15

 

Grave Matters001Grave Matters: A Lively History of Death Around the World
by Nigel Barley
Hardcover with chapters on relationships across the grave, metaphors we die by, war, murder, and capital punishment.
First American edition.
$5

Obituaries001

Obituaries in American Culture
by Janice Hume
Trade paperback. One dog-eared page. Published by University Press of Mississippi in 2000.
$5

 

Petrucelli001Morbid Curiosity: The Disturbing Demises of the Famous & Infamous
by Alan W. Petrucelli
Trade paperback. Price sticker residue.
$5

 

They Went That-a-Way001They Went That-A-Way: How the famous, the infamous, and the great died
by Malcolm Forbes with Jeff Bloch
Hardcover collection of biographies from Aeschylus to Virginia Woolf. Dust jacket.
$5

Comic Epitaphs001Comic Epitaphs from the Very Best Old Graveyards
Gathered and Published by the Peter Pauper Press
Small hardcover with comic illustrations. Inscription.
$1

 

New England Rubbings001Early New England Gravestone Rubbings
by Edmund Vincent Gillon Jr.
Large fully illustrated Dover book of faces, urns, willows, and epitaphs. Some aging, but still tightly bound. Published in 1981.
$7

 

Gravestones of Early001Gravestones of Early New England and the Men Who Made Them 1653-1800
by Harriette Merrifield Forbes
Some chips in the cover and spine wear, but still tightly bound. Lots of b/w photos of early tombstones.
The standard text. Published in 1973. Some faint pencil annotations.
$30

Over Their Dead001Over their Dead Bodies: Yankee Epitaphs & History
by Thomas C. Mann and Janet Greene
Hard cover. Dust jacket is worn. Published by the Stephen Greene Press in 1962.
$3

 

Puritan Gravestone001Puritan Gravestone Art
Published by Boston University
Paperback collection of essays. Discoloration on cover from a price sticker. Tightly bound. Unread.
$15

 

Complete Funeral001The Complete Funeral Manual
by James L. Christensen
Hardcover. Some wrinkled pages.
$5

 

The Reposed001The Reposed
Photographs by William K. Greiner. Foreword by Thomas Lynch. Autographed to me.
Oversized book of photos of the grave offerings in New Orleans cemeteries.
First edition from 1999.
$15

Indianan001Indiana Stonecarver: The Story of Thomas R. Reding
by Ann Nolan and Keith A. Buckley
Paperback with paper cover. Nice clear b/w photographs.
Rare.
$15

 

Living Among001Living Among Headstones: Life in a Country Cemetery
by Shannon Applegate
Hard cover with dust jacket. Published by Thunder’s Mouth Press in 2005.
$3

 

Death's Door001Death’s Door: Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve
by Sandra M. Gilbert
Thick hardcover that looks at “our relationship to death through literature, history, poetry, and societal practices.” One bent page and some dog-ears.
$5

Abney Park001Guide to Abney Park Cemetery

by Paul Joyce
Essay, listing of interesting graves, some b/w photographs.
Rare, out-of-print. In good shape.
Second edition from 1994.
$30

Hollywood Book001Hollywood Book of Death: The Bizarre, Often Sordid Passings of More than 125 American Movie and TV Idols
by James Robert Parish
Large paperback. Sticker residue on cover, but in great shape.
First edition from 2002.
$10.

Mystery of Life001The story behind “The Mystery of Life” plus a Pictorial Map and Guide to the Famous Art Treasures of Forest Lawn and another Forest Lawn brochure
Saddlestitched. Discoloration on cover from a price sticker.
Rare.
$20

Tombstone Tourist001Tombstone Tourist: Musicians
by Scott Stanton
Autographed but cover is not in great shape. Tightly bound. One dog-eared page.
First edition from 1998.
$5

 

DIY Coffins001Do-It-Yourself Coffins for Pets and People
by Dale Power
A fully illustrated book “for Woodworkers Who Want to be Buried in Their Work”
Unread.
First edition from 1997.
$7

Craphound001Craphound
Clip art of Deaths, Telephones, and Scissors
Updated reprint of the 2006 issue.
$10

 

Etched in Stone001Etched in Stone: Thoroughbred Memorials
by Lucy Zeh
Oversized paperback about the monuments to racehorses.
First edition from 2000. Sticker residue on cover, but in great shape.
$10

Weep Not for Me001Weep Not For Me: A Photographic Essay and History of Cataraqui Cemetery
By Jennifer McKendry
Lovely b/w photos of a cemetery in Kingston, Ontario. Saddlestitched.
Rare.
$30