My life changed when I read Dracula at age 10 and then again when I saw Star Wars at 13. Telling true stories — and exploring cemeteries — came much later. To me, it’s all interconnected.
My latest book, Unsafe Words, came out in September 2020. It’s a collection of my horror, dark fantasy, and science fiction short stories, from the pages of Cemetery Dance, City Slab, and Space & Time magazines, the Wily Writers podcast, and the books Demon Lovers, Sins of the Sirens, and The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two, among others.
My novel Angelus Rose (co-written with Brian Thomas) came out earlier in 2020. Angelus Rose is the sequel to Lost Angels. The As Above, So Below series asks “If Romeo had wings and Juliet a barbed tail, could they find love in the City of Angels?”
It was my honor to serve as editor for Tales for the Camp Fire: A Charity Anthology Benefiting Wildfire Relief, which came out in May 2019. Twenty-four Northern Californian horror writers came together to raise money for survivors of 2018’s devastating wildfire in Paradise, California. Contributors included Nancy Etchemendy, Dana Fredsti, Ross Lockwood, Erika Mailman, Gene O’Neill, and more.
199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die, a guidebook to cemeteries around the world, came out in a gloriously illustrated full-color hardcover from Black Dog & Leventhal Books in October 2017. The UK edition was published in paperback by Sphere Books.
Part cemetery history, part travel memoir, Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel collects my essays from Gothic.Net, Morbid Outlook, Eleven Eleven, and Morbid Curiosity magazine, alongside pieces written specifically for the book. The revised second edition was published by Automatism Press in July 2017.
My space opera trilogy In the Wake of the Templars — The Dangerous Type, Kill By Numbers, and No More Heroes — was published by Night Shade Books in 2015. Publishers Weekly said the trilogy brought grimdark to space opera.
Between 1996 and 2006, I edited the cult nonfiction magazine Morbid Curiosity. I still believe curiosity is a radical, transformative trait. Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues: True Stories of the Unsavory, Unwise, Unorthodox, and Unusual, a collection of some of my favorite essays drawn from the magazine was published by Scribner in 2009.
My travel essays have appeared on Mental Floss, The Daily Beast, GothicBeauty.com, as well as darkening the pages of Association for Gravestone Studies Quarterly, two Traveler’s Tales books, and the anthology Pills, Thrills, Chills, and Heartache: Adventures in the First Person (edited by Clint Catalyst and Michelle Tea). I explore graveyards as travel destinations at CemeteryTravel.com.
My short fiction has been anthologized in Best New Horror, Strange California, The Haunted Mansion Project: Year One and Year Two, Sins of the Sirens: 14 Tales of Dark Desire, and nEvermore!: Tales of Murder, Mystery, and the Macabre. My stories have appeared most recently in the magazines Occult Detective Quarterly, Space & Time, and Weirdbook.
I’ve been interviewed as a cemetery expert by Time magazine, USA Today, The Weather Channel, NPR, and ABC in Australia, and newspapers across the country including the Washington Post and the LA Times. I’ve spoken about cemeteries at the Horror Writers Association’s Stoker Con, the Science Fiction Writers Association’s Nebula Weekend, the Association for Gravestone Studies Conference, San Francisco’s Odd Salon, and the Death Salon.
Information on my membership & awards is here.
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