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Lester, David. IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH?: An Examination of the Empirical Evidence . NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008). Tables, notes, bibliography, index, 256 pp.
~~~ People have believed in the existence of life after death throughout human history and in all regions of the world. Mere belief, however, does not make it true. What is the empirical evidence for life after death? Has any significant research been conducted, and if so, what conclusions does it suggest? ~~~ In fact there exists a large body of research on topics relevant to the question of life after death. This book objectively examines that research, drawing together the observations of social science regarding such phenomena as reincarnation, near-death experiences, deathbed visions, cases of possession by dead spirits, and apparitions of the deceased. It considers possibilities including survival of consciousness and survival of personality, and reflects on the logical problems inherent in any model of postmortem survival. ~~~ An extensive bibliography lists hundreds of studies of life-after-death phenomena.

$39.95







Masters, Edgar Lee, SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Touchstone). 292 pages.
~~~ In 1915, Edgar Lee Masters published a book of dramatic monologues written in free verse about a fictional town called "Spoon River", (a composite of two actual towns on that river where Edgar Lee Masters grew up). The shocking scandals and secret tragedies of Spoon River were immediately recognized by readers as authentic. Masters raises the dead "sleeping on the hill" in the village cemetery to tell the truth about their lives, and their testimony topples the American myth of the moral superiority of small-town life. Spoon River is as undeniably corrupt and cruel as the big city, and is home to murderers, drunkards, crooked bankers, lechers, bitter wives and abusive husbands, failed dreamers, and a few good souls. The freshness of this landmark work has not diminished, and Spoon River Anthology remains an American classic.

$10.00



Ramazani, Jahan. POETRY OF MOURNING: The Modern Elegy from Hardy to Heaney . NF, trade paperback. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994). notes, index, 436 pages.
~~~ Called the "mother of beauty" by Wallace Stevens, death has been perhaps the favorite muse of modern poets. From Langston Hughes's lynch poems to Sylvia Plath's father elegies, modern poetry has tried to find a language of mourning in an age of mass death, religious doubt, and forgotten ritual. For this reason, Jahan Ramazani argues, the elegy, one of the most ancient of poetic genres, has remained one of the most vital to modern poets.
~~~ Through subtle readings of elegies, self-elegies, war poems, and the blues, Ramazani greatly enriches our critical understanding of a wide range of poets, including Thomas Hardy, Wilfred Owen, Wallace Stevens, Langston Hughes, W. H. Auden, Sylvia Plath, and Seamus Heaney. He also interprets the signal contributions to the American family elegy of Robert Lowell, Allen Ginsberg, Anne Sexton, John Berryman, Adrienne Rich, Michael Harper, and Amy Clampitt. Finally, he suggests analogies between the elegy and other kinds of contemporary mourning art—in particular, the AIDS Memorial Quilt and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.


$25.00





Weisman, Karen (ed). THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF THE ELEGY . VG/VG, hardcover with dust jacket. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010). photographs, index, 576 pages.
~~~ In thirty-eight essays by as many authors, The Oxford Handbook of the Elegy explors the whole artistic terrain from metrical variations in the elegiac couplet, cross-cultural or transatlantic transfigurations or the genre, through to elegiac representations in the visual arts including paintings and photographs, the volume gains exceptional academic breadth.


$95.00









Anthony, M. Susan. GOTHIC PLAYS AND AMERICAN SOCIETY, 1794-1830 . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008). 6x9. 7 photos, appendices, bibliography, index, 203 pp.

~~~ In the aftermath of the American Revolution, the production of Gothic plays brought into sharp focus the social turmoil of the critical period between 1794 and 1830. These plays, considered the earliest form of melodrama, enhanced the repertories of the first permanent theatres in the United States.
~~~ This first full-length study of early American Gothic drama examines the relationship between Gothic plays and the developing society in which they flourished. Beginning with an introduction to the rise of Gothic fiction and drama, it discusses topics ranging from the novelty of American artistic talent and critical opinions of Gothic melodramas to the representation of women in the dramas as compared with the reality of the contemporary female plight. The history of the plays presented here reflects the conflicts surrounding American artistic endeavors and the artists who made American drama distinct from all others.

$39.95







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Brown, John Gary. SOUL IN THE STONE: Cemetery Art from America's Heartland . VG/VG. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1994). 11x8. Photographic plates throughout, 256 pp.

~~~ John Gary Brown's richly evocative photographs remind us that cemeteries--shadowy markers of death and grief--also shine forth with life and art. By turns starkly sobering, nostalgic, provocative, and quirkily humorous, his photos capture the human spirit preserved in all of its amazing diversity. Celebrating master stone sculptors as well as grassroots and ethnic folk artists, Brown's striking images document the rich traditions of cemetery art as found throughout Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico. The art itself manifests a great many idiosyncratic forms and subjects including an Egyptian sphinx, a gigantic baseball, a salesman's suitcase, a rolltop desk, a car-engine shrine, plexiglass-enclosed dolls, life-size limestone statuary, hovering marble angels, elaborate wrought-iron crosses, along with more modest traditional motifs in etched-grantie and concrete.
~~~ Brown's own artistry and insights illuminate the ways in which these works embody or reflect personal grief, family relationships, religious and ethnic values, social status, occupations, avocations, aesthetics, as well as unrealized hopes and dreams. Both informative and entertaining, his book provides a haunting tribute to this neglected art form.

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Kaemmerlen, Cathy J. THE HISTORIC OAKLAND CEMETERY OF ATLANTA: Speaking Stones . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 200 7). 6x9. Over 45 images, 128 pages.
~~~ Approximately seventy thousand souls lie in rest at historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta. Silent witnesses to the past, their stones carry not only their own stories but also the history of the city. Cathy Kaemmerlen, a renowned storyteller, explores the tales behind many of the cemetery's notable figures, including Margaret Mitchell and Bobby Jones.


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Shultz, Suzanne M. BODY SNATCHING: The Robbing of Graves for the Education of Physicians in Early Nineteenth Century America . NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2005). Photos, appendices, bibliography, index, 144 pp.
~~~ Also called "resurrectionists," body snatchers, were careful not to take anything from the grave but the body--stealing only the corpse was not considered a felony since the courts had already said that a dead body had no owner. ("Burking"--i.e., murder--was the alternative method of supplying "stiffs" to medical schools; it is covered here as well). ~~~ This book recounts the practice of grave robbing for the medical education of American medical students and physicians during the late 1700s and 1800s in the US, why body snatching came about and how disinterment was done, and presents information on: efforts to prevent the practice, a group of professional grave robbers, and the European experience.

$35.00







Bergman, Scott and Sandi. HAUNTED RICHMOND: The Shadows of Shockoe . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2010). 6x9. Over 50 images, 128 pages.
~~~ After living in Rockcliffe Mansion, where the haunted hallways were a rite of passage for countless Hannibalian youth, Ken and Lisa Marks learned firsthand that Hannibal, Missouri, is indeed haunted. Hannibal’s own Mark Twain held a lifelong fascination with paranormal activity after experiencing an uncanny premonition of the death of his brother in 1858. Even skeptics will find it hard to resist the marvelously strange history of the limestone cave made famous in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer where the real-life, macabre Dr. McDowell experimented with his own daughter’s corpse. Stories of the town’s notorious red-light district and Hannibal’s larger-than-life lumber barons provide even more spine-tingling evidence of the haunting of America’s Hometown.


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Brennan, John T. GHOSTS OF NEWPORT: Spirits, Scoundrels, Legends and Lore . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2007). 6x9. Over 70 images, 128 pages.
~~~ Today's Newport attracts countless visitors, yet the city harbors echoes of a dark and turbulent past. Brennan takes the reader behind the scenes to explore the history-drenched haunts--such as the Jailhouse Inn, Astors' Beechwood and White Horse Tavern--made notorious by their ghostly phenomena.


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Henry, Michael. GHOSTS OF ST. CHARLES . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2010). 6x9. Over 20 images, 128 pages.
~~~ St. Charles is the second-oldest city in Missouri and one of the oldest cities in the United States. For most of its history, it could have been featured in any bad western movie, with a legacy of street shootings and lynch mobs. When you sit on the banks of the Missouri River, it does not take much of an imagination to see, feel and perhaps even smell the ghosts lingering there. The scoundrels, the criminals and the victims of traumatic events are the spirits that cannot—or will not—rest. Join Michael Henry for some of their stories as he keeps vigil with representatives of the city’s restless past, from the lost dogs of the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the mysterious Lady in White.


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Hirchak, John. GHOSTS OF OLD WILMINGTON . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2006). 6x9. 128 pages.
~~~ Wilmington's past is a true theater of horror, and its cast includes runaway slaves, dismembered soldiers and fallen women of the night. Hirchak is the authority on the city's spectral lore, and he offers here an eerie journey down Wilmington's back alleys and docksides in a collection of haunted tales.


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Macy, Ed and Geordie Buxton HAUNTED CHARLESTON: Stories from the College of Charleston, The Citadel and the Holy City . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2004). 7x9. 40 images, 128 pages.
~~~ Macy and Buxton guide a gruesome stroll through the historic and haunted Holy City, where the true stories are always more interesting and more frightening than the fiction.


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Marks, Ken and Lisa. HAUNTED HANNIBAL: History and Mystery in America's Hometown . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2010). 6x9. Over 20 images, 128 pages.
~~~ After living in Rockcliffe Mansion, where the haunted hallways were a rite of passage for countless Hannibalian youth, Ken and Lisa Marks learned firsthand that Hannibal, Missouri, is indeed haunted. Hannibal’s own Mark Twain held a lifelong fascination with paranormal activity after experiencing an uncanny premonition of the death of his brother in 1858. Even skeptics will find it hard to resist the marvelously strange history of the limestone cave made famous in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer where the real-life, macabre Dr. McDowell experimented with his own daughter’s corpse. Stories of the town’s notorious red-light district and Hannibal’s larger-than-life lumber barons provide even more spine-tingling evidence of the haunting of America’s Hometown.


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Moffett, Garret. HAUNTED MACOMB: Phantoms of the Phoenix City . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2010). 6x9. Over 20 images, 112 pages.
~~~ The Illinois town of Macomb is the perfect example of an old prairie town that has grown from an unforgiving frontier into a modern and diverse community in the twenty-first century. Since 1828, spirits of departed citizens have stubbornly remained dead above ground within the county. Meet the Woman in Black, who gave the coal-mining community of Colchester an additional burden of dread to the one they faced every day beneath the earth. Both kindness and suffering indelibly mark the old orphanage where the unselfish hands of Josie Westfall still care for unseen children. And then there’s the presence of Belulah Wagle, the brutally murdered wife of a bootlegger, in the cemetery where her remains were finally laid to rest. Garret Moffett will guide you among witches and poltergeists in this expert tour of Macomb’s haunted history.


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Reese, Christian. GHOSTS OF ATLANTA: Phantoms of the Phoenix City . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2008). 6x9. Over 20 images, 128 pages.
~~~ Elite psychic medium and cold case researcher Reese Christian writes of the tragic past and the haunted present of Greater Atlanta. From Peachtree Street in the heart of downtown to the plantations and battlefields surrounding the city, join her in discovering the twisted histories of some of Atlanta's most infamous landmarks and forgotten moments.


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Sturtevant, Lynne. HAUNTED MARIETTA: History and Mystery in Ohio's Oldest City . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2010). 6x9. Over 25 images, 128 pages.
~~~ Haunted Marietta: History and Mystery in Ohio’s Oldest City explores the supernatural side of the state’s first settlement. Visit a crumbling 1855 mansion whose original owner still roams the halls, sit in the plush red seats of an abandoned theatre and climb an ancient Indian burial mound. Encounter river pirates, fugitive slaves, an axe murderer, jealous lovers and inept morticians. Haunted Marietta delves into various types of otherworldly phenomena, examines the difference between ghost stories and reports of supernatural activity and discusses why certain people become spirits. From an 1815 goblin sighting to a bartender’s brush with the unexplained, local author Lynne Sturtevant covers it all.


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Traylor, Ken and Delas M. House Jr. ASHEVILLE GHOSTS AND LEGENDS . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2006). 6x9. Over 20 images, 128 pages.
~~~ Nestled in the heart of North Carolina's share of the Smoky Mountains, Asheville is one of the South's most haunted cities. The picturesque landscape of this mountain destination belies what is in truth a violent, ghoulish past. This collection of macabre stories features some of the area's most famous ghostly characters.


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Gentilli, Roberto, Antonio Iozzi & Paulo Varriale, POSTMORTEM COLLECTIBLES. NEW copy, oversized paperback. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing). 11x8.5. 198 color photographs, 135 b&w, 160 pages.
~~~ Intended to be intriguing but not morbid, this book takes readers on an amazing journey through past, present, and evolving postmortem practices. The first of its kind, it deals with a topic that is rapidly becoming popular in the collectibles world. Tastefully and beautifully illustrated with many historical photographs and postcards, the book provides a pictorial review of the customs employed by mankind throughout the ages to deal with the final disposition of loved ones. Included in the remarkable array of collectible items are embalming products and instruments, photographs of funeral homes and funeral processions, promotional and advertising materials, and an outstanding collection of postmortem photographs taken in private homes and other locations. Cemetery monuments, sculptures, and mausoleums are shown, along with background material on caskets, floral arrangements, burial garments, mourning etiquette, and more. Values are included in the captions.

$29.95



Olen, Catherine, THE UPSIDE OF UNDERTAKING. NEW copy, paperback. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing). 6X9. 20 b&w photographs, 96 pages.
~~~ Ever wonder what goes on behind closed doors at your local cemetery or funeral home? You won't want to put down this delicious collection of real-life tales of mortuary experiences. Read hilarious stories of the dead and living that will keep you laughing for hours. Catherine Olen has taken a taboo subject in polite society and shows how funny death can be. Discover for yourselves that not every funeral is the serene and dignified event we imagine. Enjoy blunders and bizarre experiences of a longtime mortician, as she exposes foibles in the life of a present-day undertaker.

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Brett, Mary. FASHIONABLE MOURNING JEWELRY, CLOTHING AND CUSTOMS. NEW copy, hardcover. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing). 11x8.5. 229 color and 72 b&w photographs, 240 pages.
~~~ Explore the many fascinating nineteenth century traditions associated with death and mourning. The widespread influence of England's Queen Victoria perpetuated displays of grieving as she, her court, and loyal subjects remained in a state of mourning for over forty years. Over 300 color photographs display jewelry, photography and painted portraits, children's, men's, and women's clothes; poems, letters of sympathy, armbands, procession badges, hair receivers, announcements, and horse-drawn vehicles that were specifically associated with death customs. Symbolism in written phrases, flowers, and objects is presented and many examples are shown. Over 70 pages of a Victorian hair jewelry catalog are included, showing hundreds of designs that could be ordered as keepsakes, often using your own hair. Today's collectors of friendship and mourning memorabilia can expect to see antique items that not only speak of comfort and solace in times of need but continue to appreciate in value.

$59.95



DeLorme, Maureen. MOURNING ART & JEWELRY. NEW copy, hardcover. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing). 11x8.5. 490 color photographs, 256 pages.
~~~ Decorative art created to memorialize and commemorate death has been a part of Western culture for centuries. Extraordinarily beautiful examples of mourning art and memorial jewelry for members of royalty and the aristocracy date back to the 16th century in England and Europe. Medieval references to commemorative art predate even the extant pieces now in museums. During the Georgian and Victorian eras, outstanding pieces of mourning jewelry and artwork were found in a majority of homes in America, Britain, and Europe. Without being morbid or macabre, this book provides a fascinating text about mourning practices and historical influences that shaped individual and cultural perspectives surrounding death in the 18th and 19th centuries. During these centuries, memorial art reached its zenith in artistic beauty and some of the finest examples from collections in America, England, France, Germany, and Switzerland are featured here. Over 500 color photos display jewelry, portrait miniatures, pottery and glassware, paintings and sculpture, posthumous photographs, hair-work memorials, and more. Current values are provided in the captions. Historians, dealers, and collectors alike will find this book an excellent resource for Victoriana, Georgian and Victorian memorial arts, and antique jewelry, subjects never before treated together in a single volume.

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Nocturnum, Corvis. CEMETERY GATES: Death and Mourning through the Ages. NEW copy, paperback. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing). 10x7. 150 color images, 144 pages.
~~~ What people fear, they are also fascinated with—apprehension of the end is what keeps the topic of death a taboo. Examine death, its significance in religious and ethnic views, cultural myths, and its use in art and literature throughout the ages. Find out how different religions and ethnic groups understand death, the mourning that accompanies it, and the implications that people have given it. Explore societal traditions and psychological symbolism ascribed to death and dying in art and fashion, and delve into the very idea that beauty in darkness (and death) was to be appreciated and held in high regard to keep things in proper prospective. Discover details about Victorian and Gothic mourning customs, funeral and burial rituals, embalming, mummification, and more. Morbid fascination? Maybe. But one cannot appreciate the light until having seen the darkness.

$25.00





Quigley, Christine. SKULLS AND SKELETONS: Human Bone Collections and Accumulations . NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008). 67 photographs, appendix, glossary bibliography, index, 271 pp.
~~~ Of the parts of the human body, the bones have a unique durability that lends itself to collection. Skeletal remains can be recovered even millions of years after death, cleaned of debris, studied at length, and stored indefinitely. ~~~ Motivations for collecting human skeletal material range from the practical (in anthropology, medicine, forensics) to the ritualistic (phrenology, in the relics of martyrs and saints). This book is an examination of those motivations and the collections they have brought about--catacombs, ossuaries, mass graves, prehistoric excavations, and institutional and private collections. ~~~ The book contains sections on procuring, handling, storing, transporting, cleaning, and identifying skeletal remains. The repatriation of remains is also addressed.

$39.95