Cemetery Stories [NOOK Book]

Overview

Never look at a grave the same way again

Admit it: You're fascinated by cemeteries. We all die, and for most of us, a cemetery is our final resting place. But how many people really know what goes on inside, around, and beyond them?

Enter the world of the dead as Katherine Ramsland talks to mortuary ...

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Cemetery Stories

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Overview

Never look at a grave the same way again

Admit it: You're fascinated by cemeteries. We all die, and for most of us, a cemetery is our final resting place. But how many people really know what goes on inside, around, and beyond them?

Enter the world of the dead as Katherine Ramsland talks to mortuary assistants, gravediggers, funeral home owners, and more, and find out about:

  • Stitching and cosmetic secrets used on mutilated bodies
  • Embalmers who do more than just embalm
  • The rising popularity of cremation art
  • Ghosts that infest graveyards everywhere

If you've ever scoffed at the high price of burying the dead, or ever wondered how your loved ones are handled when they die, or simply stared at tombstones with morbid fascination, then take a trip with Katherine Ramsland and learn about the booming industry -- and strange tales -- that surround cemeteries everywhere.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062038005
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 295,152
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Katherine Ramsland has written a dozen books and numerous articles and short stories. In the past year she has been editing Vampyre Magazine. After publishing two books in psychology, Engaging the Immediate and The Art of Learning, she wrote Prism of the Night: A Biography of Anne Rice. At the same time she had a cover story in Psychology Today on our culture's fascination with vampires. She followed the biography with several guide books to Anne Rice's fictional worlds including The Vampire Companion: The Official Guide to Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles and The Anne Rice Reader. Her last book before Piercing the Darkness was a biography of Dean Koontz called Dean Koontz: A Writer's Biography. She has also written for The New York Times Book Review, The Writer, The Horror Show, The Newark Star Ledger, The Trenton Times, and Publishers Weekly. Ramsland has a master's degree in clinical psychology and a Ph.D. in philosophy. She has been a professor at Rutgers University, a therapist, and a psycho-educator specializing in the psyche's shadow side, and is currently at work on another master's degree--this one in forensic psychology. She lives in Princeton, NJ.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    Ok

    It is an ok book, but some of the stories about how the dead are treated are a bit overboard. It is not like that everywhere. I am a funeral director and i wish more people would write about the good things that we do fot the families.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

    Great Read

    If you like weird or creepy facts or books about strange things, this is the book for you!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    Cementery Stories

    This was a very intersting read. The reader will be informed of details on what happens to us after we die. Many of them will be previously unknown. Very good research and topic.

    The writer bring the reader along on trips to morgues, funeral homes and the like. The reader will be witness to many stories of families that have gone through the many different rituals of different faiths.

    At 256 pages in paperback form, "Cemetery Stories" is a quick, informative and sometimes moving book. It was worth the time it took to read, I would recommend this book to those who are curious about what happens when we die.

    A good read for anyone looking for more information on after-death facts and curiosities.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

    funny, informative and a little gross...

    I bought this book because I am the type of person that loves to go to cemeteries on trips and it was a relief to see that I wasn't alone. I read it on a plane trip and the person next to me must have wondered what it was about as I couldn't help but laughing out loud or in a few spots saying "ewww" with a strange look on my face...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2001

    EDUCATIONAL & ENTERTAINING

    I thought this would be gross, but it was educational, entertaining and well written. I read a lot of life after death books, so what they do with your body does not matter, but it is good to know why they do it. Worth a read....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Horrible book!

    This book wasn't worth the money and was very disappointing. It was short, boring, and not written well. I wouldn't reccomend this book to anyone. Not even if you got it free.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

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    Hmmmm......published the year 2011.....

    I had this book for at least 6 years! Why is it a preorder? Anyway, this is a great book though, it will blow your mind with what goes on behind closed morgue doors! This isn't for the weak stomached person, it is very graphic. I really liked reading this book, however I disprove of what is going on in it. Check it out, you may be happy you are now aware of these things.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2007

    Interesting and fun read!

    I absolutely love this book. It's incredibly interesting and informative from start to finish. I've always wondered how mortuaries work, what happens to the body after it's in the ground, and about the people who do this 'gruesome' job for a living. This book reveals all that information and more. I definitely recommend it. This is one of those books that I will enjoy reading over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2004

    Pleasant Surprise

    I was expecting ghost stories set in cemeteries....I was a little unnerved by this book at first, but I could not put it down. I highly recommend it! I finished it in two days...while working and going to school full time. I LOVE IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2002

    EXCELLENT AGAIN KATHERINE

    If you just love a book that is so gripping from the first page you can't put it down you will not be dissappointed. Katherine Ramslands books are so well written and researched. This book is in my DO NOT LEND collection. Barnes and Noble will gladly order for your friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2001

    I like cemeteries

    I wan't expecting a lot from this and I have to admit it was a captivating read. It's a nice primer on all sorts of cemetery realted topics, embalming, adipocere (corpse cheese), premature burial phobias, necrophilia.... and surprisingly not morbid. But I will point out that my morbidity levels could be higher than yours!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2002

    An OK Book, But Not For The Faint Of Heart!

    I have read similar books, so I was prepared for the content of this book. I found the first half of this book interesting....but by the second half of the book my interest started to fade. For my own personal taste, I could have done with a lot less knowledge on the abuse of dead bodies. That part of the book really unsettled me. I think this book was well researched and written, but a little too much reality on the abuse end for me.

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