Yet again those wonderful folk at Antique Beat and A Curious Invitation have put together another fantastic array of events for the London Month of the Dead in October. Subterranean Sanctuaries, Cryogenics, Magic Lanterns, Phantoms, Post-Mortem Photography, Taxidermy, Torchlit cemetery walks, Forensics, Victorian Mourning, Past Life regression, Maggots, Murder, Mortuaries and of course…Hendricks Gin!
Plus 20% of all tickets sold is donated to restoration work at both Brompton and Kensal Green Cemeteries.
Click here to see the full schedule and to buy tickets and hopefully, we’ll see you there!
Much like the Magnificent Seven Cemeteries of London, Paris also has its own collection of large garden cemeteries. Often referred to as 'The Big Three' these cemeteries were built on what was once the outskirts of Paris with a similar historical evolution to their London counterparts.
“Dequelque coté que tu tournes la mort est aux aguets”
“Whichever way you turn, death is on the lookout”
In the underbelly of Paris, below the water and waste pipes and Metro tunnels is a place that stays at a constant temperature of 14°C and attracts over 300,000 visitors a year.
I first felt the need to visit The Catacombs of Paris after watching the film ‘As Above, So Below’ which mixed my fascination with the intriguing tale of Nicolas Flamel (more about him in a later post) as well as my love of history and horror. Having been to Paris before and done all of the touristy things a plan to go back and do the ‘alternative history of Paris’ was hatched!
Cremation, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is the “disposal of a dead person’s body by burning it to ashes, typically after a funeral ceremony”. It is the “combustion, vaporisation and oxidation of cadavers to basic chemical compounds, such as gases, ashes and mineral fragments” (Wikipedia).