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      Death In Culture

      Dredging the Deep

      Dredging the Deep

      Avra MargaritiApr 10, 2024

      What is the sea but an abyss better left undisturbed? And still, we try to explore the depths of the oceans, fear mingling with fascination as we catalogue and photograph the bioluminescent, spiny creatures that…

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      A Voice Calling, By Christopher Barzak Available Now!

      Christopher Barzak’s chilling novella about a very bad house–a unique take on the haunted house genre, is available to read now.

      Gorgeously wrought, and profoundly moving, horror

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      Announcing the Afterlives 2023 Table of Contents

      Sean MarkeyApr 12, 2024

      We’re here, fresh from the underworld, and we’ve got this golden envelope containing the entire ToC for our upcoming anthology: The Best Death Stories of 2023. More details below, but here is the ToC! Celebrate! Day Ten Thousand, by Isabel J. Kim Loving Bone Girl, by Tehnuka The…

      “Quite Deadly” – Death, Dying & EverQuest in 1999

      “Quite Deadly” – Death, Dying & EverQuest in 1999

      Maria HaskinsApr 12, 2024

      “Although exploration of Norrath is encouraged, you need to keep in mind that it can be quite deadly.” – from Everquest’s Official Player’s Guide…

      Seven of the Funniest Death-focused Movies

      Seven of the Funniest Death-focused Movies

      A.R. ArthurApr 11, 2024

      Hollywood seems to love melding death and comedy to create a viewer experience out of the ordinary. With supernatural classics like Ghostbusters and more…

      Dredging the Deep

      Dredging the Deep

      Avra MargaritiApr 10, 2024

      What is the sea but an abyss better left undisturbed? And still, we try to explore the depths of the oceans, fear mingling with…

      5 Funeral Tribute Performances You Can Lay On Your Altar

      5 Funeral Tribute Performances You Can Lay On Your Altar

      Meg ElisonApr 9, 2024

      Even the worst song can take on gravitas and grandeur when sung in tribute to the dead. Funeral tributes are an opportunity to take…

      6 Books with Strange Houses in Them 

      6 Books with Strange Houses in Them 

      Rachael ConradApr 8, 2024

      Strange houses are, and will always be, an incredibly important part of gothic and horror literature alike. They should come alive on the page,…

      Undertaking a Rewatch: The Best Northern Exposure Episodes About Death

      Undertaking a Rewatch: The Best Northern Exposure Episodes About Death

      Finally—finally—the 1990s hit Northern Exposure (1990-1995) is available to stream. After years of multiple DVD releases, the entire six season run is on Prime…

      Five Unique Burial & Funeral Practices From Around the World

      Five Unique Burial & Funeral Practices From Around the World

      A.R. ArthurApr 5, 2024

      Everyone dies, but burials are not standardized and neither are the rituals surrounding them. While many fear death, some cultures not only venerate the…

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