Mortuary Confidential: Undertakers Spill the Dirt

Mortuary Confidential: Undertakers Spill the Dirt

by Todd Harra, Ken McKenzie

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Mortuary Confidential: Undertakers Spill the Dirt by Todd Harra, Ken McKenzie

When the casket reached the front of the sanctuary, there was a loud cracking sound as the bottom fell out. And with a thump, down came Father Iggy.

From shoot-outs at funerals to dead men screaming and runaway corpses, undertakers have plenty of unusual stories to tell--and a special way of telling them.

In this macabre and moving compilation, funeral directors across the country share their most embarrassing, jaw-dropping, irreverent, and deeply poignant stories about life at death's door. Discover what scares them and what moves them to tears. Learn about rookie mistakes and why death sometimes calls for duct tape.


Enjoy tales of the dearly departed spending eternity naked from the waist down and getting bottled and corked--in a wine bottle. And then meet their families--the weepers, the punchers, the stolidly dignified, and the ones who deliver their dead mother in a pickup truck.

If there's one thing undertakers know, it's that death drives people crazy. These are the best "bodies of work" from America's darkest profession.

"Sick, funny, and brilliant! I love this book." --Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of They Bite! and Rot & Ruin

"As unpredictable and lively as a bunch of drunks at a New Orleans funeral."
--Joe R. Lansdale

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780806531793
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 05/01/2010
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Todd Harra is the author of several books about the funeral profession. He is a fourth-generation funeral director and works for the family business in Wilmington, Delaware. In addition to being a funeral director and embalmer, Harra is a certified postmortem reconstructionist and cremationist. For more information, visit toddharra.com or connect on Facebook @toddharraauthor.

Kenneth McKenzie first became interested in the death care industry at the age of twelve, following his father’s suicide. He has been a funeral director for 22 years and a funeral home owner for 14. In 2007 Ken created and published the well received Men of Mortuaries calendar, also the inspiration for this book, to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness and received California’s Outstanding Funeral Director of the Year award. He resides in Long Beach. Please visit www.menofmortuaries.com.

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Mortuary Confidential 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was great to read. Not grisly or disrespectful at all, but humorous, insightful, and often touching.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Each "chapter" is only 3-6 pages in length and all are by different people. The writing, diction, meter, etc. is wholly inconsistent with the exception of all of the stories being rather poorly written. These stories are nothing that I can't find in buzzfeed, listverse, and other sites online for free. Waste of money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes you think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of a kind book! Possibly the best book I ever read! Sad when I finished.
DMomBomb More than 1 year ago
You know the old adage, "what doesn't make you cry, makes you laugh"? The stories in this book are timeless and because they are true they really hit home. I sighed, gasped and laughed so hard through this book. I just couldn't put it down...
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