Christine Sutton is one of the remarkable women I’ve met through the Ladies of Horror group on Facebook. For Death’s Garden Revisited, she wrote a wonderful essay about her visit to the St. Louis No. 1 Cemetery in New Orleans — and her interaction there with someone who might not have been of this world.
Officially, Christine Sutton is the author of multiple novellas and short stories ranging from ghosts to zombies to serial killers. She fulfilled her wish of visiting New Orleans a few years ago and found the beautiful St. Louis Cemetery. As you’ll see in the book, a piece of that beautiful place came home with her.
What’s your favorite thing to do in a cemetery?
Just walk amongst the history and soak it all in.
Tell me about your favorite cemetery.
Well, St. Louis is beautiful, but here in California I am surrounded by so many historic cemeteries. Gold miner cemeteries and indigenous/tribal burial grounds are all around me. It would be impossible to pick a favorite.
Is there a cemetery or gravesite you’ve always wanted to visit?
I would actually love to visit the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in LA.
If you have any say in the matter, what would your epitaph be?
She lived a good life and tried to be the best person she could be.
Do you have a favorite song about cemeteries or graveyards?
Not really about a cemetery per se, but I like “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry.
Loren again: The contributors to Death’s Garden Revisited put together a playlist of their favorite cemetery songs. You can check it out on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4S0255SPm7grf5NShTbLgT?si=4825e0a61b994bd0
You can treat yourself to a copy of Death’s Garden Revisited: