Monday, February 11, 2019

Review: 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die by Loren Rhoads

Long time no book review, right? I've been plugging away at my reading since the start of the new year. This book was on my list of books to check out from last year and I'm so thrilled that I was able to pick up a copy. The book is called 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die by Loren Rhoads.

I've been blogging about Goth travel destinations for a while now, it's even one of my favorite Pinterest boards. Cemeteries have always been a highlight wherever I've traveled because you can learn so much about the history of a place and it's almost guaranteed to be much less of a tourist trap than you would ordinarily visit. This book seemed pretty tailor-made for me.

The book consists of short entries and photographs of, yes, 199 cemeteries around the world. They list where you can find the cemetery in real life and online as well as tidbits of the history of the cemetery as well as notable people who are buried there. My two favorite cemeteries in the world, Glasgow Necropolis in Glasgow, Scotland and Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia appear in the pages. I found Rhoad's writing to be perfectly clear and she definitely has a feel for what the most interesting stories are.

And there are some truly beautiful pictures to boot.

The hardback is a truly gorgeous quality book. The cover is a nice velvety black and the edges of the pages have a gorgeous wrought-iron-like pattern. It's definitely coffee-table ready.

If you're a US reader, you'll find this to be a much more easy bucketlist to follow because the book has 100 American cemeteries. Others, from the rest of North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia all share real-estate in the second half of the book. So, it is pretty biased in that regard. Still, I managed to fill mine up with post-it notes of places I want to remember and go see someday.

If you're looking for a gift for a spooky friend, a beautiful coffee-table book, or a ready-made spooky bucketlist, I can highly recommend this book. I'll be picking up Rhodes other book, Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel for my next read of hers.

You can find 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die on Amazon here!
You can find 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die on Book Depository here!

What have you been reading lately?

Saturday, January 5, 2019

7 Gothic Tarot Decks

There's an old myth that your first tarot deck should be a gift from someone, but that shouldn't hold you back from picking up a deck that appeals to you! Here are some of my favorite Gothy-themed tarot decks.

Sinking Wasteland Tarot by Pixel Occult

This is a gorgeous Indie tarot deck with a post apocalyptic goth aesthetic and fully illustrated cards. Find it on Etsy here!

The Gothic Tarot by Joseph Vargo 

This is THE Gothic tarot deck. It has everything--vampires, crypts, ravens, wolves, gothic architecture. It's so over-the-top it makes me giddy. Find it on Amazon here!

The Tattoo Tarot by Diana McMahon-Collins and Megamunden

I love classic tattoo art, even though my tattoos are quite a bit different. This tarot uses some of the best motifs of classic tarot art and has some tattooed folk in the deck on a stark background for fun readings. Find it on Amazon here!

The New Wave Tarot by Last Craft

Did you know that you needed Siouxsie Sioux as The High Priestess, or Robert Smith as the King of Cups? I didn't until I saw the New Wave Tarot. Find it on Last Craft Design's website here!

Tarot of the Vampires by Ian Daniels

Here's another vampire themed tarot deck for you with a nice baroque gothic theme. This reminds me of the vampire art I printed out and glued into my journals when I was a teenager and it's a lovely nostalgic deck to me. Find it on Amazon here!

The Deviant Moon Tarot

The Steampunk Tarot by Barbara Moore and Aly Fell

This is actually one of the first tarot decks I ever collected, and I love the steampunk takes on the classic Rider-Waite-Smith imagery. Find it on Amazon here!

Dark Days Tarot by Wren McMurdo 

We'll end today with another indie tarot deck, and a beautiful square one at that! This is the Dark Days Tarot, a black and white tarot deck with a diverse cast and beautiful imagery. Find it on their website here!

I've been doing a daily draw on my tarot instagram @melioramagic, if you want to see more tarot decks.
Have you ever given tarot a try? What is your favorite deck?

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