This Weekend at the Bay Area Book Festival

I’m returning to in-person bookselling this weekend!

This Saturday, May 7, 11-4, I’ll be selling books at the Bay Area Book Festival at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Berkeley, California. I’m sharing a table with members of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Horror Writers Association.

I’ll have paperback copies of my books that came out during the pandemic — This Morbid Life, Unsafe Words, and Angelus Rose — as well as some rarities and collectibles. Please come by booth #24 and say hi.

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The Kickstarter counts down!

As of 9AM Pacific tomorrow (Saturday) morning, the Kickstarter for the cemetery book I’m editing will be over.

This has been an enormous learning experience. I felt pretty confident going into the project that I could edit an amazing book. Death’s Garden Revisited will be the sixth book I’ve edited — and I’ve worked with presses from Scribner to Damnation to Tomes & Coffee, so I knew it was going to be beautifully designed. The trick was going to be raising the money so I could make the full-color hardcover that I envisioned.

And backers made that happen on the very first day.

Since then, backers have preordered enough books that I can add additional photos to the book, commission a couple of essays, and host a reading on Zoom that will include the international contributors.

The final goal ahead of us is a book release party in a cemetery in the Bay Area. I’m hoping that  will happen before the campaign ends.

This week I announced the book’s Table of Contents on Kickstarter. Here it is:

Cemetery Strawberries – Chris LaMay-West

A Tale of 25,000 Tales – M. Parfitt

Guess How Many People are Buried in Bonaventure Cemetery? – Barbara Baird

Brown Bodies and Burials – Saraliza Anzaldúa

Toasting a Ghost in Northern Ireland – Anne Born

La Recoleta – Rain Graves

How the Forgotten Angels Saved My Life – Emerian Rich

Not a Tourist Attraction – Priscilla Bettis

Sacred Heart – Robert Holt

Family Time – A.M. Muffaz

History Lives Like Ghosts – Trilby Plants

In the Shadow of Eldfell – Greg Roensch

The Silence of Block 14 – Frances Lu-Pai Ippolito

Paris’s Secret Cemetery – Erika Mailman

Katie Likes Flowers – Joanne M. Austin

Marking Fred Gwynne’s Unmarked Grave with Flowers – Sharon Pajka

Wedding Vailes – Angela Yuriko Smith

Crossed Fingers – Jo Nell Huff

New Orleans Blues – Christine Sutton

Communing with the Dead – George Neville-Neil

Death and Spinsterhood: It’s Personal – Rachelle Meilleur

The Swirl of Silence – Denise N. Tapscott

The Day it Snowed in Prague – E.M. Markoff

I Found Love on Find-A-Grave – J’aime Rubio

MS. Inspired by a Graveyard – Trish Wilson

Never Let Your Feet Get Cold – Carrie Sessarego

The Treasure Hunter – Stephen Mark Rainey

Lenin’s Mausoleum – Melodie Bolt

When a Cemetery Speaks – R. L. Merrill

The Hill Church Cemetery of Sighișoara, Romania: An Unforgettable Experience – Rena Mason

A Girl, Her Dad, and a Cemetery – Francesca Maria

Ghost in the Graveyard – Benjamin Scuglia

The Cemetery that Changed My Life – Carole Tyrrell

Exhuming Corpses for Fun and Profit – Paul Stansfield

Ebb and Flow: Finding My Way Back to Family – Mary Rajotte

If you’d like to pick up a copy of the book for yourself, here’s the link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lorenrhoads/deaths-garden-revisited-relationships-with-cemeteries

Don’t snooze! The clock is ticking.

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Death’s Garden Link Round-up

We’re in the last few days of the Death’s Garden Kickstarter. Only the book release party in a cemetery left to achieve.

Over the last 30 days, I have really hustled to get the word out about Death’s Garden Revisited.

In addition to the Facebook party and the AMA on Twitter, the contributors helped me put together a playlist of their favorite cemetery songs. You can listen along on Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4S0255SPm7grf5NShTbLgT?si=ea4a5b5bb3d94d17

I wrote a post for E. M. Markoff’s Tomes & Coffee blog to explain some of the choices on the playlist: http://www.ellderet.com/emmarkoff-blog/2022/4/6/guest-post-the-deaths-garden-revisited-playlist-by-loren-rhoads

Jennifer Brozek let me stop by her blog to tell her how I fell in love with cemeteries: http://www.jenniferbrozek.com/blog/post/2022/03/23/Tell-Me-Loren-Rhoads3

Dr. Sharon Pajka hosted a Cemetery Happy Hour. A handful of Death’s Garden contributors created cocktails to celebrate their favorite cemeteries. Check out this very fun and short video: https://youtu.be/H5BN8WWZq-c

In addition to that, I’ve done a whole bunch of interviews:

The Fabulist magazine did a really great interview with me, connecting the Death’s Garden project to Morbid Curiosity magazine: https://fabulistmagazine.com/a-personal-relationship-with-cemeteries-loren-rhoads-in-conversation/

Angela Yuriko Smith invited me to her Lit Up video series for one of the best cemetery conversation I’ve ever had. Check us out at https://youtu.be/U4Ziv2b2nlU

Lex Vranick created this great graphic out of one of my quotes.

Lex Vranick of Write and Wine interviewed me about cemeteries and the Kickstarter: https://writeandwine.com/blog/an-interview-with-loren-rhoads

Horror poet Melodie Bolt interview me about the nuts and bolts of doing a Kickstarter : https://www.melodiebolt.com/post/interview-with-loren-rhoads

Blogger Jo Nell Huff interviewed me about the Kickstarter and the contributors to Death’s Garden Revisited: https://coastalcrone.com/2022/04/07/deaths-garden-revisited-kickstarter-interview-with-editor-loren-rhoads/

Amy Z. Chan and R. L. Merrill interviewed me and Hudson Lin about crowdfunding on their Clubhouse podcast, What Are You Reading? You can listen to the playback here: https://www.clubhouse.com/room/xeR0ZKL3?utm_medium=ch_room_terc&utm_campaign=D93dJ9jgBUr1Us3hGVVpfw-109918

Anthropologist and horror writer Paul Stansfield interviewed me about how Death’s Garden Revisited fits in with all my other books: http://paulstansfield.blogspot.com/2022/04/interview-with-publishereditorwriter.html

Horror author and secret romantic Robert Holt interviewed me about cemeteries and travel: https://holthorror.wordpress.com/2022/04/11/deaths-garden-revisited-interview-with-editor-loren-rhoads/

Help us reach our final Stretch Goal — a book release party in a cemetery — and preorder yourself a copy of Death’s Garden Revisited on Kickstarter BEFORE Saturday, April 16, at 9 AM Pacific. Here’s the link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lorenrhoads/deaths-garden-revisited-relationships-with-cemeteries

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Death’s Garden contributor: Denise N. Tapscott

I met Denise Tapscott on the Queen Mary during the 2017 StokerCon. She had just published her first novel, a sweeping story that begins as a Romeo and Juliet story and swells into an examination of power, responsibility, and family.

When I mentioned Death’s Garden Revisited to her, she sent me a meditation on American history that encompasses Marie Laveau’s grave in New Orleans, the Whitney Plantation in Edgard, Louisiana, and the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, California.

Officially, California native Denise N. Tapscott left her heart in San Francisco, but somehow left her soul in New Orleans. She recently joined the popular weekly podcast Beef, Wine & Shenanigans with Steven Van Patten, Marc Abbott, and Kirk A. Johnson. She plays sassy vampire “Tasha” on the YouTube web series The Vamps Next Door. As a member of the HWA, she published her first novel Gypsy Kisses and Voodoo Wishes, as well as her short story “The Price of Salvation.” Check out her work at www.denisetapscott.com.

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

I like to look at the dates and figure out what the oldest grave is.

Tell me about your favorite cemetery.

My favorite is St. Louis #1 in New Orleans. It has a lot of character.

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

I always wanted to visit Marie Laveau’s two graves (which I did). They were amazing.

What would your epitaph be?

I won’t have one because I’d like my ashes to be added to fireworks.

What a great idea!

Loren again:

Denise joined me and two other contributors to Death’s Garden Revisited for a happy hour to the book and the cemeteries we love. I’ll write more about that later this week.

In the meantime, please check out the Kickstarter for Death’s Garden Revisited, which is only available for preorder until Saturday. This beautiful book will be full of 40 amazing essays about why visiting cemeteries is important. Check it out — and preorder a copy for yourself: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lorenrhoads/deaths-garden-revisited-relationships-with-cemeteries

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Ask Me Anything Tomorrow!

Tomorrow — Saturday, April 9 — I’m doing my first AMA on Twitter from Noon to 1 PM Pacific. I’m @morbidloren, if you don’t already follow me.

I’m worried that no one will have any questions for me, so please, if you are curious about graveyards, headstones, symbolism, my recommendations for cemetery books, what cemetery bloggers you should follow on Instagram, cemetery podcast recommendations, which cemeteries you should see before you die…ask me anything.

I’m glad to answer questions about Death’s Garden Revisited and the Kickstarter, too.

You’d make my day if you would come to Twitter on tomorrow and ask me something!

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