About Loren Rhoads

“Loren Rhoads has a taste for the most breathtaking insights to be found in macabre topics.
Her work is at once arresting, haunting, unsettling, and gorgeous.” 

— Thomas Roche, editor at Gothic.Net


Reading ghost stories at the Literary Speakeasy in October 2017. Photo by James Siegel.

My life changed when I read Dracula at age 10 and again when I saw Star Wars at 13. Telling true stories came much later, but it’s all interconnected.

My latest book, 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die, came out in a gloriously illustrated full-color hardcover from Black Dog & Leventhal Books in October 2017. You can order it from AmazonBarnes & Noble, or Indiebound, or find it in any bookstore.

The UK edition of 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die was published in paperback by Sphere Books and is available from AmazonUK and wherever books are sold.

Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel collects my cemetery travel 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.

Loren Rhoads photo

Photo by Ken Goudey at the Night of Writing Dangerously 2012.

My space opera trilogy In the Wake of the Templars was published by Night Shade Books in 2015. All three books — The Dangerous TypeKill By Numbers, and No More Heroes — were published that year. Publishers Weekly said the trilogy brought grimdark to space opera.

Lost Angels, the first book in the As Above, So Below series, is the story of the succubus Lorelei, who pursues the angel Azaziel, only to find herself possessed by a mortal girl’s ghost. That first novel, co-written with Brian Thomas, was originally published by Black Bed Sheet Books under the title As Above, So Below. A revised second edition is came out in April 2016 as Lost Angels, published by Automatism Press. A sequel called Angelus Rose in in the works.

Between 1996 and 2006, I edited the cult nonfiction magazine Morbid Curiosity. I still believe curiosity is a radical, transformative trait. The contributors and contents of Morbid Curiosity can be found here. A collection of some of my favorite essays drawn from the magazine was published by Scribner in 2009. You can order Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues: True Stories of the Unsavory, Unwise, Unorthodox, and Unusual via your local bookstore, from Amazon, or directly from me.

Photo by Tracy Ingle.

Photo by Tracy Ingle.

My travel essays have appeared recently on Mental Floss, The Daily Beast, GothicBeauty.com, as well as darkening the pages of Search magazine, 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 regularly at CemeteryTravel.com.

My short fiction has been anthologized in Best New Horror #27; Strange CaliforniaFright Mare: Women Write Horror; nEvermore!: Tales of Murder, Mystery, and the Macabre; The Haunted Mansion Project: Year One; Sins of the Sirens: 14 Tales of Dark Desire; and Out of the Green: Tales from Fairyland My stories have also appeared in the magazines Cemetery Dance, City SlabNot One of Us, and more.

Information on my membership & awards is here.