First look at new book/Buzzfeed post

For those who are curious about the new book, Memento Mori, here’s a first look inside, via a preview from Buzzfeed!
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MEMENTO MORI: New book soon to be released

The third and final book I intend to do about the presentation of death in sacred contexts is also by far the most visually lavish. Titled Memento Mori, it features a larger page size and includes gatefold images. Available this spring in the USA, UK, and Europe, it is a more global and comprehensive approach than either of the first two books, and includes stunning visual material from Asia, Africa, and South America, as well as some newly photographed European sites. It’s not going to be a cheap book, but it’s something that’s intended for connoisseurs of this type of material. It’s available for preorder from Amazon and other book dealers.

There will also be a photo exhibit based on the images from the new book at La Luz de Jesus in Los Angeles in April, as well as the standard slew of talks in the standard slew of cities–specific details will be announced here and on the Facebook and Instagram pages.

Here is the publisher’s blurb for it:
The astonishing story of how the dead live on in memorials and traditions across the globe, from Ethiopia and Nepal to Cambodia and Rwanda, told through arresting images and captivating narration

Death is universal, but the human response to death varies widely. In Western society, death is usually medicalized and taboo, and kept apart from the world of the living, while in much of the rest of the world, and for much of human history, death has commonly been far more integrated into peoples’ daily existence, and human remains are as much a reminder of life, memento vitae, as of death, memento mori.

Through photos taken at more than 250 sites in thirty countries over a decade, Paul Koudounaris has captured death around the world. From Bolivia’s “festival of the little pug-nosed ones,” where skulls are festooned with flowers and given cigarettes to smoke and beanie hats to protect them from the weather to Indonesian families who dress mummies and include them in their household routines; from naturally preserved Buddhist monks and memorials to genocide in Rwanda and Cambodia to the dramatic climax of Europe’s great ossuaries, Memento Mori defies taboo to demonstrate how the dead continue to be present in the lives of people everywhere. 500+ color illustrations.

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Skeletons, Death, and Other Fun Things–Oct. 2 at the Brand Library, Glendale, CA

Talk at the Brand Library, Glendale CA, Oct. 2, FREE (you get what you pay for, but sometimes maybe a little bit more!)

Link: http://www.glendaleca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/4248/125?curm=10&cury=2014

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London Demonic Cat Lecture, Oct. 18

Called by the San Francisco Weekly “a crucially important pet presentation”

Does your cat do things like:

–spit fire?

–speak in tongues?

–levitate?

–shape shift?

–wantonly kill people for no apparent reason?

This behavior may be more than simple bad kitty syndrome—your cat may be possessed by a demon. But don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, there is an entire history of demonically-possessed cats. Felines were once considered by theologians to be easy prey for demons, who could enter their bodies and wreck incredible havoc on mankind. And did you know . . . demonically-possessed cats are still believed to be with us today! Dr. Paul Koudounaris, author of the cult macabre tomes Empire of Death and Heavenly Bodies has immersed himself in the study of demonic cats, and will return to London to give a talk on this sadly neglected topic.

Sure to please: cat lovers will like this lecture, and cat haters will like it even more. And neither side will ever look at a domestic cat the same way again. If this is one lecture you want to catch this year, this is it! This talk brought in a sold out crowd at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in New York, and early arrival is suggested. For press on the New York talk, see http://animalnewyork.com/2014/guide-demonic-cats/

For more information, see http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/demon-cats-with-dr-paul-koudounaris-tickets-13212273265

Oct. 18, 730 PM

cat flier St. Pancras Old Church, London NW11UL

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Lecture in Conjunction with Body Worlds in Newcastle

Double lecture, Oct. 16, for information see this link:
http://www.life.org.uk/whats-on/art-and-the-dead#.VAUTFWMXJ1h

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Demonically Possessed Cat Lecture at the Bone Room (Berkeley) in September

I will be back at the Bone Room to give a lecture on demonically possessed cats. Full details and flier as follows. And as for anything else . . . well, someday, or some month or year, I will actually get around to updating the entire site. Maybe.

Does your cat do things like:
–spit fire?
–speak in tongues?
–levitate?
–shape shift?
–wantonly kill people for no apparent reason?
This behavior may be more than simple bad kitty syndrome—your cat may be possessed by a demon. But don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, there is an entire history of demonically-possessed cats. Felines were once considered by theologians to be easy prey for demons, who could enter their bodies and wreck incredible havoc on mankind. And did you know . . . demonically-possessed cats are still believed to be with us today! Dr. Paul Koudounaris, author of the cult macabre tomes Empire of Death and Heavenly Bodies has immersed himself in the study of demonic cats, and will return to the Bone Room in Berkeley to give a talk on this sadly neglected topic.

Sure to please: cat lovers will like this lecture, and cat haters will like it even more. And neither side will ever look at a domestic cat the same way again. If this is one lecture you want to catch this year, this is it! This talk brought in a sold out crowd at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in New York, and early arrival is suggested. For press on the New York talk, see http://animalnewyork.com/2014/guide-demonic-cats/

Details
Date: Thursday, Sept. 18
Time: 7 pm
Venue: The Bone Room (The Bone Room Presents)
1569 Solano Ave.
Berkeley CA
Phone: 510 526 5252
Web: boneroom.com

bone room cat flier
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Demonic Cat and Sicilian Sex Ghost lectures in New York

A couple upcoming talks in New York. Demonically possessed cat talk on August 7 at the Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 A 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, 11215, doors at 7.30 and lecture at 8pm.
Does your cat do things like:

–spit fire?
–speak in tongues?
–levitate?
–shape shift?
–wantonly kill people for no apparent reason?

This behavior may be more than simple bad kitty syndrome—your cat may be possessed by a demon. But don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, there is an entire history of demonically-possessed cats. Felines were once considered by theologians to be easy prey for demons, who could enter their bodies and wreck incredible havoc on mankind. And did you know . . . demonically-possessed cats are still believed to be with us today! Dr. Paul Koudounaris, author of the cult macabre tomes Empire of Death and Heavenly Bodies has immersed himself in the study of demonic cats, and will return to the Morbid Anatomy Museum to give a talk on this sadly neglected topic.

Sure to please: cat lovers will like this lecture, and cat haters will like it even more. And neither side will ever look at a domestic cat the same way again.
For more information and previous interviews on demonic cats, see:
http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/demon-cats-cat-history
http://www.sfbg.com/pixel_vision/2013/02/07/your-cat-devil-learn-its-historical-precedence-demonic-kitty-lecture

Also! The always (yes, never just sometimes, but always) amazing Sicilian Sex Ghost lecture on August 9, 7pm, at Catland Books in Brooklyn! 987 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn.

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Flier for talk in Amsterdam

Finally have a flier for the talk in Amsterdam. ams
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Flier for talk in Helsinki

The information for a talk I am doing at Central Library 10, Helsinki.h
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Further photo shows, talks, George Noory–London, Manchester, Sweden, Helsinki, Amsterdam

OK, it has become quite clear that I cannot be trusted to update my own website in any substantive way. Heavenly Bodies came out last fall and received a tremendous amount of truly amazing press, a fantastic response–and none of this have I managed to load onto this website. The book also made a couple top ten lists–didn’t get anything about those on the website either. Someday, someday, someday it will all get done. But in the meantime, I will be doing photo shows and talks in the UK, Sweden, Finland, and Holland. I will be doing a talk on Sicilian Sex Ghosts (I have an article in the current Fortean Times about that topic, I guess I didn’t get that on the website yet either) on March 24 at Black’s in London, flier below. Will also be doing talks and a photo show in Manchester later that week at Encountering Corpses at MMU, see http://www.hssr.mmu.ac.uk/hip/encountering-corpses/ and then I will be back in London on April 12 to do a talk at Death Salon UK . In between, I will be doing a talk at the Tot Zover Museum in Amsterdam (March 30, will put up a flier soon), a few in Sweden, including the wonderful event below (see flier–which will include music and artists exhibiting things made of bone), and a talk in Helsinki on April 6 (flier will be put up soon). Also, I did some TV work with George Noory, there are a couple links for clips at the bottom of this post. George Noory is an amazing guy.

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