Loren Rhoads

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For ten years, Loren Rhoads was the publisher and editor of the cult nonfiction magazine "Morbid Curiosity." She edited the books, Death's Garden: Relationships with Cemeteries and Lend the Eye a Terrible Aspect. Loren’s own nonfiction spans from morbid erotica to personal essays and gleefully gloomy travel articles. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and was a cemetery columnist for Gothic.net, with 10,000 readers a month. She likes long walks in the moonlight and old graveyards.

Photograph by Mason Jones

Books by this Author

Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues


Author Revealed

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. I thought this would be really grim, but it's life-affirming and funny instead.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Everything by Ray Bradbury. Dracula. Lord of the Rings.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Write what you want to know.

Q. What was/is your favorite job?

A. Writing & being a mom are tied.

Author Voices

June 02, 2010

The look of Morbid Curiosity magazine was defined by underground and outsider artists.  Drawing from punk rock collage, Goth fashion design, and fine arts photography, the magazine's illustrators explored the inevitability of decay, especially the beauty of the skull beneath the skin.
Morbid Curiosity editor Loren Rhoads has gathered prints, photographs, collages, and original artwork to showcase her favorite images from magazine and the book Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues:  True Stories of the Unsavory, Unwise, Unorthodox, and Usual. Featured artists include Dorian Katz, R. Samuel Klatchko, M. Parfitt, Erik Quarry, Suzanne Dechnik, Mike... see more

February 08, 2010

To my amazement and pleasure, Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues made the preliminary ballot for the Bram Stoker Award in Nonfiction. The next round of voting will determine whether it makes the actual ballot of nominees, then it goes to a vote for the award. The award ceremony is at the World Horror Convention in Brighton, England in March. I'm startled to get to this point. I'd been assuming the book wasn't eligible for the award because all its essays are reprints. (Last year, the fiction anthology I was part of got disqualified for not having enough material published for the first time in 2008.) Perhaps the rules have changed. Anyway, I've posted the... see more

January 29, 2010

I finally had to schedule a work day with my husband: get a babysitter, send Mason out for strong coffee, and set us up downstairs in his office, but the results were worth it. I am finally getting the videos from the Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues reading up on youtube. A link to me reading "The Mortician's Gift" should be live on the left now. The morning of the reading, I was supposed to chaperone my daughter's kindergarten field trip to the pumpkin patch. I woke up without any voice. I spend the day resting and relaxing, but by evening -- my big evening -- my voice was still throaty and rough. Hence, the mic in this video. A crossover event,... see more

December 16, 2009

Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues has been nominated for a Black Quill Award at Dark Scribe magazine. Here's the link: http://www.darkscribemagazine.com/3rd-annual-bqa-nominees/ And here's the listing: BEST DARK GENRE BOOK OF NON-FICTION: (Any dark genre non-fiction subject, any publisher; awarded to the author[s] or editor[s]) * Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues edited by Loren Rhodes (Scribner) * Stephen King: The Non-Fiction by Rocky Wood and Justin Brooks (Cemetery Dance Publications) * The Stephen King Illustrated Companion by Bev Vincent (Fall River Press) * Writer's Workshop of Horror edited by Michael Knost (Woodland Press) Leaving aside the fact... see more

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