I realize I haven’t much updated any of this for a very long time–I have been outlandishly busy trying to keep up with everything surrounding the new book and the photo opening in LA. But there are a couple book talks recently booked for November, at the Bone Room in Berkeley and Stranger Factory in Albuquerque. Fliers below.
There will be four signings and talks for Heavenly Bodies
. The first will be a lecture at the Stinson Beach public library in Marin County on October 14, then on the 15th there will be a talk and signing at Northtown Books in Arcata (Humboldt County), followed by a short talk and signing at Loved to Death in San Francisco on the 16th, and finally a lecture at West Valley College in Saratoga on the 17th (sponsored by the school’s Art Department). The flier for the SF event is below. Fliers for the other events can be found in the previous post listing book events in the USA and UK. Note that there will be free photo prints given to anyone buying a book at the event at Loved to Death.
The first press on the new book is beginning to trickle in. I will of course eventually put it on the press page, but it will there get swamped and unnoticed among all the links already there. But for anyone who is interested, here are the first two notices (linked), from Gothic Beauty
, the Telegraph
in the UK, and something strangely, surprisingly, from some Hungarian magazine
The book Empire of Death
will be appearing in 2014 in both German and Spanish language editions, so more information will presumably follow on availability and publication dates. Meanwhile, the book Heavenly Bodies
is soon to be released (in both English and French), and in fact there is already some early press on it–this from the Telegraph, for those who want more information on it: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/10256894/The-ghastly-glory-of-Europes-jewel-encrusted-relics.html
There are several book events scheduled for it–talks, book signings, and photo shows. Most of the information can be found in the fliers below, but there are also a couple others in the USA pending, and I will post information for them eventually (this will include a brief presentation with slideshow as part of the Death Salon in LA–information on that event can be found at its own website, http://deathsalon.org/
). For now, though, here are fliers with information I have for the events in London, Sheffield, New York, Arcata (Humboldt), San Francisco, Ojai, San Diego, Glendale, and Los Angeles. Note that there will be free 5 x 7 photo prints given away to anyone who purchases a copy of the book in London, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
I haven’t updated these posts for several centuries, or perhaps since the Neolithic era. The new book, Heavenly Bodies has already arrived in limited quantities, but it won’t be available to the public until the Fall. It was be in both French and English editions, and while I have no idea what the French publisher’s schedule is, the English-language edition will be available first in the UK in September. I am doing a talk at Viktor Wynd’s in London on September 16, and the book will be available there for the first time. I am doing a talk the next day at Sheffield University, and the day after at the Ashmolean Museum. I will be doing a talk in New York at the Morbid Anatomy Library on October 11, that is the first time the book will be available in the USA. The next week I will be doing at talk in Arcata, CA (15th), a book signing at Loved to Death in San Francisco (16th), and a talk at West Valley College (near San Jose) (17th), then coming back to Los Angeles to do a brief talk at an event called the Death Salon (night of the 18th). I will then be doing a talk at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego on Oct. 26, the Palm Springs, CA, library on the 29th, and the Glendale, CA, library on the 30th. The end result of all this will be a full gallery photo show of images from the new book at La Luz de Jesus in Los Angeles on Nov. 1, with a book signing. There will be a couple other talks added in, waiting to confirm dates, etc. In theory, I will at some point in the future be updating this website with very specific information and links to all of these events (of course when it comes to updating this website, theory and reality have not always meshed, but I will try harder this time). Oh, for those interested in burial caves, my travelogue with photos of burial caves on the island of Luzon in the Philippines is in this month’s issue of Rue Morgue magazine.
I guess it’s my version of public service or community activism or something . . . but for whatever reason, I have agreed to do the Sicilian Sex Ghost lecture and slideshow at the Echo Park Art Walk on April 20. 7:30 pm. Free. Details (more or less) on this Facebook page:
We are pleased to bring the Sex Ghost lecture to Berkeley’s famous Bone Room.
Do you like sex? Do you like Death? Do you like Sicilians? If you answered yes to any of these questions, join author/photographer Dr. Paul Koudounaris, as he presents an in-depth lecture with full slideshow on the Sex Ghosts of the Palermo Catacombs, and the history of reported sex between humans and unknown spectral apparitions.
Over 400 years ago, the monks of Palermo’s Capuchin monastery began mummifying their own brothers and prominent local citizens, and displaying their bodies in subterranean galleries. The result was one of the world’s most haunted sites. But many of these ghosts were not content to simply roam the passageways rattling chains–death had apparently not quelled their sexual appetites, and with libidos in overdrive they took to the streets of the city to fulfill their lecherous needs. Dr. Koudounaris will explore this fascinating folklore in a uniquely bizarre lecture, illustrated with his own photographs of the mummies still preserved in Palermo.
Event: Sicilian Sex Ghosts–lecture and slideshow by Dr. Paul Koudounaris; also, book signing (Empire of Death)
March 14, 2013, 7 pm
The Bone Room, 1569 Solano Way, 94707
510 526 5252
This is a free event
For previous press on the Sicilian Sex Ghost lecture, see:
I will be doing a special lecture with full slideshow on the history of demonically-possessed cats at the closing reception for David Normal’s Crazyology art show. Februart 8, 8 pm, Free, 1000 Van Ness, SF, 94109 (Atrium space, part of closing reception for David Normal’s Crazyology art and illumination show).
Did you know:
–Demonically-possessed cats have been reported since the ancient world?
–London was terrorized by a demonically-possessed cat during World War II?
–A demonically-possessed cat destroyed a church in the Middle Ages in France?
–A method for inserting a demon into a cat has been preserved through a witchcraft trial transcripts?
–History’s most famous demonically-possessed cat is reported to reside in the basement of the US Capitol Building?
Learn all this and more! With select reenactment of said behaviors by performance artist Tiffany Rojas.
On the same evening, music by the Fancy Space People..
Cover art below. Unsure of release date (no one tells me anything), but email with any inquiries, or check with Japanese book sellers.
I will be part of what appears to be a very interesting panel in LA on December 1.