Graveyard Junkies was born out of an adoration of cemeteries, graveyards and other places of the dead both in the UK and abroad by two friends. These friends met at a HIM gig in 2007 and soon came to realise their mutual appreciation of these wonderful and often misunderstood places. Fast forward to 2016 and a drunken evening in Wales and the idea to write a (sort of) travel blog with a twist was born. Over the years many holidays have always included a trip to the local cemetery or graveyard, this coupled with the collection of books on the subject have made us think we’re quite knowledgeable about these things!
We are the tombstone travellers who have a grave addiction to the dead, we are…the Graveyard Junkies!
Katie Roberts is a former journalist now working in a suitably gothic Victorian theatre. An early love of Edward Scissorhands led to a lifelong dedication to all things goth, with a particular obsession with vampires, hauntings and old spooky buildings. Originally from Essex, she currently lives over the road from a Victorian cemetery in the hills of West Yorkshire with her cat Trevor.
Amy Peters is a funeral arranger originally from Kent and in her friends’ words “a dutty great goth”. Fascinated with the weird and wonderful from a young age, Amy is a horror film fanatic with a penchant for vampires. She has a specific interest in pathology and anatomy and all the grisly stuff that goes with them. After graduating with a BA in Fine Art from UCCA she spent the next 10 years working and managing art galleries throughout Kent, London and Surrey until giving it up in 2016 to work in the funeral sector. She currently lives in Surrey with her long-suffering partner Gavin and dog Gerty (who’s from Transylvania…told you…absolute goth!).
James Wright FSA ACIfA IHBC is a buildings archaeologist, architectural historian, conservation stonemason and author. Currently a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Nottingham, he has worked for the Museum of London Archaeology and a number of local authorities on structures such as the Tower of London, Palace of Westminster, Southwark Cathedral, King John’s Palace, Nottingham Castle, Knole and Newstead Abbey. Along with articles for several publications he has also written two books ‘Castles of Nottinghamshire’ (2008) and ‘A Palace For Our Kings – The history and archaeology of a Mediaeval royal palace in the heart of Sherwood Forest’(2016).
His greatest achievement though has been a score of 4.9 out of 5 for his photo on the Tumblr site Goths Up Trees.