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

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

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 came out from Black Dog & Leventhal Books in October 2017. The US edition is a gloriously illustrated full-color hardcover, the culmination of my cemetery obsession. You can order it from AmazonBarnes & Noble, or Indiebound, or find it in any bookstore.

The UK edition 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 complete space opera trilogy In the Wake of the Templars was published by Night Shade Books in 2015. The Dangerous Type came out in June that year, followed by Kill By Numbers, and No More Heroes.

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, published by Automatism PressLost 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. I hope its sequel Angelus Rose will be out in 2018.

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.

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 at Gothic Beauty. I explore graveyards as travel destinations 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 appeared in the magazines Cemetery Dance, City SlabNot One of Us, and more.

Information on my membership & awards is here.