Tag Archives: Halloween

The Best Day of the Year

I grew up on a farm, a mile down the road from the farm where my dad lived as a  child.  My parents knew everyone “on the mile”:  where they went to church, where they worked, whether they had kids.  … Continue reading

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Tales of Horror

This Thursday, October 11, I’ll be joining local horror authors Emerian Rich, Trinity Adler, Mercy Hollow, E.M. Markoff, R.L. Merrill, Sumiko Saulson, and J. Malcom Stewart at the San Mateo Public Library for the second annual Tales of Horror reading. I’m … Continue reading

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The Mortician’s Gift

Every year I repost the true story of my Halloween visit to the Westgate Gallery in New Orleans.  The story originally appeared in Morbid Curiosity magazine, and was reprinted in Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues. (I still have some paperback … Continue reading

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Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues

My first big book sale came in 2008, when Scribner bought a collection of essays I’d culled from my Morbid Curiosity magazine. Morbid Curiosity collected true first-person confessions from people around the world, talking about the crazy stuff they had survived. It … Continue reading

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199 Cemeteries at Cypress Lawn

Next Sunday, September 16, I will show some of my favorite photographs from 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die at one of my favorite cemeteries in the book, Colma’s Cypress Lawn Memorial Park. Cypress Lawn was founded in the … Continue reading

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