What I’ve been doing in secret

Cover photo for Wish You Were Here

I have been completely swamped with my other writing and can’t seem to switch gears to blogging.  What have I been up to?  I’m glad you asked!

First up is Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel.  It is scheduled to come from Western Legends Publishing the end of this month.  They’re still working on the cover, but here’s the description:

Almost every tourist destination has a graveyard.  You go to Yosemite National Park:  there’s a graveyard.  You go to Maui:  graveyards everywhere you look. The Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park:  both graveyards.  The number one tourist destination in Michigan has three cemeteries.  America’s best-preserved Gold Rush ghost town has five.  Gettysburg is a National Park because it has a graveyard.  Some graveyards are even tourist destinations in themselves:  the Old Jewish Cemetery of Prague, the colonial burying grounds of Boston, and Kennedy’s eternal flame in Arlington National Cemetery. Jim Morrison’s grave in Père Lachaise Cemetery ranks in the top five tourist sites of Paris.

Wish You Were Here:  Adventures in Cemeteries Travel contains 36 graveyard travel essays, which visit more than 50 cemeteries, churchyards, and gravesites around the world.

I’m really proud of that one!

Cover for The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two

Next up:  I served as the editor of The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two, which will be out in early April from Damnation Books.  Again the cover isn’t finalized, but I have the back cover text:

In the Fall of 2012, seventeen horror writers and artists met in Northern California to spend four days together in a haunted mansion. Ten of them were survivors of the original Haunted Mansion Writers Retreat; the rest were virgins who encountered the house and its denizens for the first time.  Joining them was the group of paranormal investigators who had recorded a plethora of EVPs as well as anomalous lights and ominous shadows in the mansion in 2010. This anthology collects short stories and poetry—as well as real impressions and investigative conclusions—inspired by that long weekend.

Contributors include Nicole Boscia, S.G. Browne, Christian Colvin, Alexa deMonterice, Fran Friel, Kristin Galvin, William Gilchrist, Sèphera Girón, Stacey Graham, Rain Graves, E.S. Magill, Chris Marrs, Rena Mason, Angel Leigh McCoy, Lisa Morton, Yvonne Navarro, Weston Ochse, Kim Richards, Loren Rhoads, Kay Sundstrom, Dan Weidman, and Steve Weidman.

It was great to work as an editor again, but the weekend at the Mansion was really scary.  Reading everyone’s memories and stories inspired by our time there gave me nightmares.  I turned that one in last Sunday.

Finally, I’m finishing up the manuscript of This Morbid Life, which has been requested by a publisher.  I’m not sure I can announce any more than that, since nothing has been signed yet.  The book collects 25 of my essays about growing up and growing older:  from a morbid perspective, of course!  From having my prom pictures taken in a cemetery to getting high with a friend dying of AIDS to the premature birth of my daughter, with stops along the way in a cadaver lab, the piercing salon, and my own backyard jungle, it’s a record of how morbid curiosity has made my life totally worth living.

Those essays have been previously published in places like Gothic.Net, Sex Toy TalesMorbid Curiosity magazine, A Reader’s Guide to the Underground Press, and more.

The publisher is eager to see the book as soon as I can get it to them, but it was totally on a back burner until I could get The Haunted Mansion Project finished and turned in.

I still need to turn in photographs for the first two books and finish proofreading the third one before I can think about visiting a graveyard again.

I just didn’t want you to think I’d forgotten about you!

About Loren Rhoads

I'm the author of The Dangerous Type, Kill By Numbers, and No More Heroes. I am also the co-author (with Brian Thomas) of the novel Lost Angels and the author of the essay collection Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel. In addition to blogging at CemeteryTravel.com, I blog about my morbid life at lorenrhoads.com.
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