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Dec.08.2011
Borderlands Books recommends Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues as a holiday gift: "MORBID CURIOSITY CURES THE BLUES edited by Loren Rhoads (Scribner, Trade Paperback, $14.99) - A mind-blowing compendium of some of the best from the early (long unavailable) issues of the San Francisco-based '...
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Oct.31.2011
I can't embed video here, but this is the video of me reading "The Mortician's Gift" at the Hypnodrome:  http://youtu.be/Rpkeg_0qPMQ It's the true story of meeting a mortician friend of Leilah Wendell's at the Westgate Gallery one Halloween. Happy Halloween!
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Oct.11.2011
In 2006, I attended a one-day seminar on reading in public.  It taught me more about what I didn't need to worry about than what I wanted to address.  My expectations were undoubtedly too high. The workshop promised "tips on vocalization skills that will help you strengthen your voice...
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Sep.30.2011
I saw Stanley Burns's Sleeping Beauties at the counter of Dark Carnival many, many years.  The collection of postmortem photographs shocked and startled me.  Who would collect pictures of dead people?  Who would buy a book of them?  Fascinated, horrified, I closed the book cover...
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Sep.22.2011
When Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues came out, I asked to host a reading at Books Inc. on Market.  The company events coordinator didn’t want me to do a show in one of their San Francisco stores, since I already had several other San Francisco events scheduled, but the store manager was a...
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May.26.2011
Memento Mori by Bohdan Chlibec My rating: 5 of 5 stars Mason bought me this beautiful book at the Franz Kafka Bookstore on the Old Town Square in Prague. It’s listed on Amazon.com for $140, but let me tell you, this is one beautiful book! Memento Mori focuses solely on the Sedlec ossuary outside...
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May.16.2011
When cleaning the garage, I found some less-than-perfect copies of the out-of-print issues Morbid Curiosity #4 and #5.  I'd be glad to sell them for $2 each plus postage. Want to complete your collection?  Email me at morbid at charnel dot com and I'll calculate postage for you. I still have copies...
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May.06.2011
I published my first zine while I was in college.  It collected original fiction and poetry written by my high school friends.  I didn't have any idea what I was doing, but the process was insructive.  We sold a couple of copies to our friends, then sold a few more through a local record store.  In...
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Apr.22.2011
One of the things that really freaked me out as I read “Dead Men Do Tell Tales” was the chapter on the forensic study of insects.  I remember sitting hunched on the L Taraval streetcar, reading about the bugs that come in clockwork order to feast on the unburied dead.  The memory is so strong that...
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Apr.17.2011
Round-Trip to Deadsville: A Year in the Funeral Underground by Tim Matson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Tim Matson had written on Earth Ponds and Pilobolus, but in middle age, he began to suffer anxiety about the end of his existence. The first thing that offered relief was a photograph of George “...