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Caitlin will be spending the summer hiding out in her underground DEATH BUNKER  finishing her second book (due out in 2017). She will reemerge in late August like a beautiful, death’s-head moth, to participate in a writer’s festival in New Zealand. Details will be posted when available.

Art by Landis Blair

Save the Date! Our next Death Salon will take place in Houston on September 17, 2016 in partnership with the Aurora Picture Show! This will be our very first Death Salon Film Festival – submissions are currently open. Please visit the Death Salon website for details and be sure to sign up for the mailing list.


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Joanna Ebenstein will be at several events this summer, celebrating the release of her new book The Anatomical Venus Anatomical Venus Book Launch at the Strand Rare Book Room on June 2nd in NY. Also, Anatomical Venus Book Release Party and Symposium on June 4th at Morbid Anatomy Museum.

Landis Blair will be exhibiting at Cake in Chicago on June 11th.

Stephanie Smith will be performing with Dog Star 12: bitpanic, a night of works for networked electronic music performed by bitpanic and written by members of the ensemble on June 17th in Los Angeles.

Katrina Spade will be at the Funeral Consumers Alliance Conference on June 23-25 in Atlanta.

Rachel James’ organization Posy-Filled Pockets, will host a number of events throughout the summer.

Dr. John Troyer will provide an introductory talk for 3rd Stage Dance Company’s performance of  Mementos – The Journey on June June 24th & 25th in Bristol.

Annabel de Vetten will be hosting another Movie Taste-Along screening of Harold and Maude at The Electric Cinema as part of the Shock and Gore festival in July. Details TBA.

Vanessa Ruiz will be presenting at the Association of Medical Illustrators Conference on July 20-23 in Atlanta.

13266048_1148151478558050_5159797767929722062_nDr.Paul Koudounaris will be leading an after dark lantern tour at the Marvelous Dead and Darkness event on June 4th and 5th in Santa Ana.

He will also be leading a tour of LACMA exhibit Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters focusing on the cultural history and significance of monsters and the monstrous on August 11th in Los Angeles.

Jim Doran will be teaching a diorama workshop using cigar boxes as part of The American Visionary Art Museum’s Diorama-rama on July 22nd in Baltimore.


The following institutions are run by members of the Order and offer a full calendar year of death positive events that are open to the public.

605740The Body Appropriate, located in San Francisco, is run by Order Member Stephanie Stewart-Bailey. The Body Appropriate often features Sound Public Dissections, Visceral Cinema and more. Check the out the entire schedule here.



BartsBanner5Join Barts Pathology Museum’s Technical Curator, Carla Valentine for an incredible array of events inside a stunning Victorian pathology museum in London. Taxidermy classes, potting workshops and an array of fascinating lectures await you. Check the official calendar of events here.

morbid-anatomy-museumJoanna Ebenstein’s incomparable Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn should be on every Deathling’s bucket list. In addition to visiting the museum you can catch any number of workshops, field trips, lectures and unique events. Coming up this season you can investigate the roles and powers of the dead in Western occult philosophy, learn about the connections between psychoanalysis, surrealism, mourning and sexuality or attend an evening of murder ballads, to name just a few. Visit their website for a full listing.



Death, Art and Anatomy Conference is an interdisciplinary conference exploring the intersections between death, art and anatomy, by bringing together art historians, medical historians, and practicing artists. The conference takes place on June 3-6 in Winchester.

The Great American Casket Company is an immersive theatrical experience that explores what it means to have a good death. Multiple performances in New York throughout June.

Juneteenth at Historic Oakland Cemetery –  Juneteenth is a nationally-recognized commemorative day celebrating the abolishment of slavery. Celebrate this historic day by touring the African American burial grounds, engaging in African American burial records and descendant research and various cultural activities for kids. June 11th in Atlanta.

Obon festivals are held throughout the world during the summer months. Search for one in your area and read more in Obon: Festival of the Dead in Japan 

3rd Stage Dance Company presents Mementos – The Journey. In the performance the dancers explore and understand the insight of how different cultures process losing those close to them, and how death features as a key chapter in one’s life. June 24th & 25th in Bristol. Order member, Dr. John Troyer will provide an introductory talk.

Huellas de las Memoria, shines a light on the drug-related deaths in Mexico, as well as Argentina, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. The art exhibit runs through June 25th in Mexico at Museo Casa de la Memoria Indomita.

Death Salon alum David Orr‘s exhibit, Perfect Vessels will open on July 14th in Philadelphia at the Mutter Museum. Also at the Mutter, the debut of their coloring book will take place with a coloring party. Details here.

Stephen Jenkinson will be in Los Angeles on July 29th for a Die Wise author talk and on the 30th for a full-day Die Wise event on Making Meaning on the Ending of Days

The Centre for Death and Society Conference on Survival will take place on June 18 -19 at University of Bath, UK.

Death on the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh runs throughout August.

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