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Bess Lovejoy

Bess Lovejoy

Bess Lovejoy is a writer and editor who lives in Brooklyn. She is the author of Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses (Simon & Schuster, 2013), which has been translated into multiple languages. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, The Believer, Lapham’s Quarterly, The Boston Globe, The Public Domain Review, Atlas Obscura and elsewhere. She is currently an editor at Mental Floss, and previously an editor for and Schott’s Almanac. She is a member of The Order of the Good Death and Death Salon.

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Mary Shelley’s Obsession with the Cemetery

The author of Frankenstein always saw love and death as connected. She visited the cemetery to commune with her dead mother. And with her lover.
Parco di Monstri

The Park of Monsters

Constructed in the mid-16th century by Pier Francesco "Vicino" Orsini, this bizarre pleasure garden features twelve strange, disturbing statues--and no one knows why.
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The Myth of the St. Augustine Monster

The idea of the gigantic octopus has tantalized marine scientists for years, although its existence had never been conclusively proven.
Hart Island

Burying NYC’s Forgotten Dead at Hart Island

A few miles off the coast of the Bronx is Hart Island, a potter's field where New York City's poor and unclaimed dead are buried.