I met Rain Graves x-many years ago through the World Horror Conventions. She told stories at several of the Morbid Curiosity open mics and had an essay in Morbid Curiosity magazine, too.
In 2010, Rain invited me to the first Haunted Mansion Writers Retreat, which literally changed my life. I edited The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two, thanks to her.
Rain’s essay in Death’s Garden Revisited is about her first visit to Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires. Recoleta is where Evita Peron is buried. I’ve always wanted to see the cemetery for myself. Rain makes it come alive.
Officially, Rain Graves is a two-time Bram Stoker Award winner, legally ordained Priestess, and retired Argentine Tango dancer/instructor. Publishers Weekly cited her poetry in Barfodder as “Bukowski meets Lovecraft” in 2009. She lives and writes in Houston. Approach with caution and blue lotus offerings (Nymphaea Caerulea). You can catch her at raingraves.com.
What’s your favorite thing to do in a cemetery?
Have a picnic.
Tell me about your favorite cemetery.
My favorite cemetery is the one I wrote about in this book, La Recoleta, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Is there a cemetery or gravesite you’ve always wanted to visit?
The Tombs of Cleopatra VII and Mark Anthony (undiscovered as of yet).
What would your epitaph be?
Love is a Phoenix; Rise and be free.
Do you have a favorite song about cemeteries or graveyards?
“Dreams of Wounded Knee” by Bill Miller, “Cemetery” by The Headstones, “Pet Sematary” by the Ramones.
I made a Death’s Garden Revisited playlist on Spotify, if you’d like to check it out.