About Loren Rhoads

Loren with Suzanne Dechnik’s “Azrael Errant” at the Morbid Curiosity Art Show at the Borderlands Cafe 2010. Photo by R. Samuel Klatchko.

“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, Loren’s editor at Gothic.Net


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

I’m really excited that 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die is coming out from Black Dog Books in October 2017. It’s going to be a gloriously illustrated full-color hardcover, the culmination of my cemetery obsession. You can preorder it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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 first edition of Wish You Were Here was published by Western Legends Publishing in 2013. The second edition comes out from Automatism Press in May 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 came out from Night Shade Books in 2015. The Dangerous Type came out in June that year, followed in September by Kill By Numbers and No More Heroes  in November.

My 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. 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. Its sequel, Angelus Rose, may be out in 2017.

For 10 years 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.

I explore graveyards as travel destinations at CemeteryTravel.com. In the past, my travel essays have darkened the pages of Search magazine, two Traveler’s Tales books, the anthology Pills, Thrills, Chills, and Heartache: Adventures in the First Person (edited by Clint Catalyst and Michelle Tea), and manifested monthly at Gothic.Net, Scoutie Girl, and now at Gothic Beauty.

My short fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies, including Best New Horror #27Fright 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 It’s also been published in magazines like Cemetery Dance, City Slab, Instant City, and Not One of Us, among others.

Information on my membership & awards is here.