Bess Lovejoy


Writer, researcher, editor. Tweets about history, death, and Seattle. Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses out March 2013 from Simon & Schuster.

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Close-up of Dillinger's "Wanted" poster at Seattle Police Museum.

Original "Wanted" posters of 30s gangsters at the Seattle Police Museum; the red scribbles denote death.

Delighted to see Rest in Pieces in March issue of ! The closest I may ever get to being in fashion.

Phrenological Journal and Science of Health, at Seattle Police Museum (cops used to use phrenology on suspects)

Coffin plate from The Belfry Oddities, one of my favorite new(ish) places in Seattle.

Also, the cat seems pretty impressed:

Selection of Santa Muerte candles from Million Dollar Farmacia in LA. Death in every color!

My publishers just shared the logo they're using on the spine for Rest in Pieces. Way to go dark, S&S!

Tesla's disappointing response to a 1912 questionnaire asking him what he thought about death:

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