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2019 News:

I’m very excited to announce I’m editing an anthology called Tales for the Camp Fire to raise money for the survivors of the most devastating wildfire in California’s history.  The book will be released in May.  More information as soon as contracts have been signed.Occult Detective 5



A new Alondra story — this one set at San Francisco’s Academy of Sciences — will appear in the next issue of Occult Detective Quarterly.  In this case, scientists come face to face with an implacable ancient spirit and Alondra must broker the peace. You can follow the magazine’s progress at

Upcoming Events:

There’s nothing scheduled yet, but I’m looking forward to FogCon, the Bay Area Book Festival, and attending my first Nebula weekend in 2019.

2018 News:


A new Alondra story appears in Weirdbook #40. In “Elle a Vu un Loup,” Alondra travels to Mackinac Island in northern Michigan to face a monster that has terrorized the close-knit community. Keep an eye out at

I was a guest on the On the Odd podcast, talking about cemeteries and ghosts:

I have a very short story from Alondra’s childhood up now here.

Also out last year:

“The three stories collected in Alondra_s Experiments are filled with sensual magic that whispers like velvet. Alondra DeCourval walks with monsters, magicians, and old and deep poweAlondra’s Experiments, a collection of three short stories about Alondra DeCourval, is available for the kindle from Amazon. The stories appeared previously in Instant City, Not One of Us, and Wily Writers.

Alondra's InvestigationsAlondra’s Investigations is also available on Amazon for the kindle. The chapbook includes stories previously published in New Realm magazine and in the books Sins of the Sirens and The Haunted Mansion Project: Year One.

Alondra’s Adventures just came out on Amazon. It contains stories previously published in Not One of Us and the books Best New Horror #27 and Fright Mare: Women Write Horror. Here’s the link:

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“Elle a Vu un Loup,” an Alondra story set on Michigan’s Mackinac Island, will appear in the August edition of Weirdbook magazine.

“Something in the Water,” an Alondra story set in San Francisco’s Academy of Sciences, sold to Occult Detective Quarterly for an upcoming issue. More details as they’re announced.

2017 News:

199Cemeteries_1A199 CEMETERIES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE made the preliminary ballot for the Bram Stoker Award in Nonfiction. Although it didn’t advance to the final ballot, I was really charmed by all the nice notes I got from my colleagues about the book.

The book came out from Black Dog & Leventhal Books on October 3, 2017. It should be for sale in bookstores everywhere. It’s also available from AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Indiebound.

Ranging across 48 states and 56 countries, I look at one-of-a-kind artwork, tell ghost stories, poke into history, and highlight 199 cemeteries, gravesites, houses of worship, and national treasures that everyone should see before they die.

The UK edition was published in paperback by Sphere Books. It’s available from Amazon UK and wherever books are sold.

199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die was featured in the New York TimesOpen Book column, as well as in the Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, and the Daily Mail!

The full list of press features & radio interviews for 199 Cemeteries is here.

WYWHere - CoverThe revised second edition of WISH YOU WERE HERE: ADVENTURES IN CEMETERY TRAVEL came out in July 2017.  It includes updated text, a bibliography, and an index. More details are available here.

“Guardian of the Golden Gate,” an Alondra story about suicides and the Golden Gate Bridge, appeared in the STRANGE CALIFORNIA anthology in September 2017. The story appears alongside Seanan McGuire, Tim Pratt, and Chaz Brenchley.

My monthly Grave Fascinations column debuted in Horror Writers Association newsletter in September 2017.