Grave Hard: a bone-rattling journey through graveyards
“Why do you like death so much.”
My pal mumbled this when I asked if he thought death was a frightening concept. I mean, really. Who doesn’t ask friends bizarre-o questions about the human condition?
He does have a point, though. I enjoy researching death. I listen with hands clenched while people recall “real ghost encounters.” I think it’s fun to talk about my near-death experience with fellow could-have-been departeds. And I love horror films, duh. So, naturally, I think graveyards are the bees knees.
Why so? Well, awesome (and awful, I’m sure) people fill graveyards. Tombstones: totally intriguing and often wrought with timeless quips.
So, here’s my madcap writer plan: over the next few months, I’m going to visit many graveyards. I will take photos! Research each graveyard’s history! And: I will unearth tidbits about the dearly departed populating these dirt-filled, forever homes.
Which graveyards do you fancy? Where should I go? Keep in mind that I have an old car, a small amount of money and live in Missouri/Kansas. Give me your thoughts in the comments.
— NPR’s summer series, Dead Stop inspired this project.