Death’s Garden contributor: Robert Holt

I “met” horror author Robert Holt through my blog at when he submitted a sweet, funny, romantic essay about his first date — that happened to take place in a cemetery.

I’m excited to reprint the story in Death’s Garden Revisited.

Robert Holt lives in St. Louis with his wife and daughter. He writes horror novels and stories. Follow him on Twitter at @HoltHorror.

What’s your favorite thing to do in a cemetery?

I am a hiker. I love to have cemeteries be the destination or a stop on a long hike. If it is a secluded cemetery nestled into the woods, forgotten by time and overgrown, all the better.

Tell me about your favorite cemetery.

The cemetery in my story is among my favorites. There’s a few others I love on hiking trails I venture on. They no longer have names. The dirt roads that once went to them have long been engulfed by honeysuckle and fallen timber. The stones are unreadable and cracked. They are lovely places to stop, wipe the sweat away, and listen to the wind whisper through the trees.

Is there a cemetery or gravesite you’ve always wanted to visit?

The grave of Edgar Allen Poe. I want to see if I hear the heart beating and the cat crying.

What would your epitaph be?

I don’t know. Probably something that would comfort my wife and daughter.

Do you have a favorite song about cemeteries or graveyards?

“The Green Fields of France” by the Dropkick Murphys.

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:

You can treat yourself to a copy of Death’s Garden Revisited:

About Loren Rhoads

I'm the author of 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die and Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel, as well as a space opera trilogy. I'm also co-author of a series about a succubus and her angel. In addition to blogging at, I blog about my morbid life at
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