Just in time for Halloween: Cemetery Facts and Folklore with Author Amanda Stevens

by Amanda Stevens, author of The Sinner

Since starting The Graveyard Queen Series, I’ve come across all sorts of interesting cemetery facts and folklore. For instance, mortsafes were heavy metal devices used in the early 1800s as a means of thwarting grave robbers and body snatchers from digging up fresh remains to sell as cadavers. The steel structures were meant to keep out the so-called resurrectionists, but while perusing various images of these caged graves, I began to wonder what might have been kept inside.

Oh, and did you know that burying the deceased facedown was a custom used across societies as a way to shame the dead?

In The Sinner, Amelia Gray stumbles across a circle of caged graves while restoring an old cemetery in Beaufort County, South Carolina. The find is quite extraordinary because the graves appear only a few decades old. Eager to discover the history and purpose of the circle, Amelia launches an investigation that puts her in the crosshairs of two ancient and evil societies dating back to the founding of Charleston.

Black magic, soul transference and the return of Darius Goodwine—poor Amelia is in for a rough ride, but as always, she’s up to the challenge! If you enjoy this installment of The Graveyard Queen, I hope you’ll stay tuned for The Awakening.

About The Sinner:

1016-9780778317845-bigwI am a living ghost, a wanderer in search of my purpose and place… 

I’m a cemetery restorer by trade, but my calling has evolved from that of ghost seer to death walker to detective of lost souls. I solve the riddles of the dead so the dead will leave me alone.

I’ve come to Seven Gates Cemetery nursing a broken heart, but peace is hard to come by…for the ghosts here and for me. When the body of a young woman is discovered in a caged grave, I know that I’ve been summoned for a reason. Only I can unmask her killer. I want to trust the detective assigned to the case for he is a ghost seer like me. But how can I put my faith in anyone when supernatural forces are manipulating my every thought? When reality is ever-changing? And when the one person I thought I could trust above all others has turned into a diabolical stranger?

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