The Gruesome and Excruciating Practice of Mummifying Your Own Body

Mummification is a fascinating way to preserve a person's remains, whether to be worshipped or because they're planning on using that body at a later date. But some people have gone to incredible lengths to prepare their own bodies for mummification while they were still alive. » 2/04/14 11:08am 2/04/14 11:08am

Underwater cemetery looks like the ruins of the lost city of Atlantis

The Neptune Memorial Reef is perfect for folks who want to spend their eternity sleeping with the fishes but also want to give loved ones a neat place to visit their remains. Folks can have their ashes combined with forms for a reef that is growing over the faux ruins of what looks like a lost city. » 1/21/14 9:20am 1/21/14 9:20am

A haunting short film about the ways a body moves after death

While we tend to associate death with stillness, the short film Danse Macabre explores the ways in which a human body can move in the hours and days after death, giving its subject an unexpected grace. » 11/03/13 3:00pm 11/03/13 3:00pm

9 Weird and Unreliable Ways to Avoid Burying Someone Alive

How can you be sure that someone is really, truly dead? Before the age of modern medicine, it was much more difficult for physicians to confirm that someone had died, and researchers developed all sorts of tests for telling living people apart from corpses. Many of these tests were pretty odd, and a good number simply… » 10/20/13 7:00am 10/20/13 7:00am

8 Ways to Keep Body Snatchers from Stealing Your Corpse

If you died in the United Kingdom or North America during the 18th and 19th centuries, there was a risk that your corpse might be stolen from your grave and wind up beneath a medical student's scalpel. But if you had enough money—or very good friends—there were ways that you could try to avoid that fate. » 10/13/13 7:00am 10/13/13 7:00am

The Strangest and Most Tragic Ghost Towns from Around the World

There is nothing more haunting than a once-thriving town that has been abandoned and consumed by the elements. Here are images from some of the most incredible ghost towns in the world. » 9/13/13 3:16pm 9/13/13 3:16pm

A mesmerizing ballet performed by dead insects and spiders

If creepy crawlies freak you out, you might want to skip this video. But if you're fascinated by animated films that do something unusual with their medium, take a few minutes to watch The Death of an Insect, an animated dance performed by bits of dead bugs. » 8/25/13 10:00am 8/25/13 10:00am

An animated short about the school all Avatars of Death attend

It's a proud day when the likes of Osiris, the Grim Reaper, and the avatars of Impermanence drop their children off for their first day of Death School. But Grim Jr. disappoints dear old dad when he proves more interested in making clothes than in reaping souls. » 8/24/13 9:30am 8/24/13 9:30am

A new scientific explanation for near-death experiences

Many people on their deathbeds report seeing a long corridor with a brilliant light at the end of it. Could it be heaven? Probably not. New research shows that these near-death visions may be linked to intense electrical surges that cause "hyper real" thoughts in our brains. » 8/13/13 12:00pm 8/13/13 12:00pm

Who is "Jeff the Killer"? And is his picture haunted by a real death?

You're looking into the face of one of the internet's most disturbing legends: Jeff the Killer, whose face was burned off with acid and who hides in your closet, telling you to GO TO SLEEP. But where did this 2008 image come from? The story is as horrific as the meme itself. » 8/05/13 7:00am 8/05/13 7:00am

Oldest funerary flowers ever unearthed in Israel

Today, we bury our dead with flowers – but a recently discovered gravesite on Israel's Mount Carmel suggests we've been doing so for at least 12,000 years. » 7/05/13 10:30am 7/05/13 10:30am

Surprisingly beautiful photographs of decaying cans of human remains

In a warehouse at the Oregon State Hospital (originally called the Oregon State Insane Asylum) contains an unusual library, one comprised not of books, but of copper canisters of unclaimed human remains. Photographer David Maisel has photographed what is left of the deteriorating portions of the asylum, as well as the… » 6/08/13 11:00am 6/08/13 11:00am

A study in decomposition, c. 1870

Today we have body farms. Toward the end of the 19th century, we had pieces like "Body of a Courtesan in Nine Stages," by Japanese artist Kobayashi Eitaku. » 5/29/13 7:40am 5/29/13 7:40am

Surprising funeral ad makes a lovely skeleton from pressed flowers

Japanese funeral home Nishinihon Tenrei wanted to create an ad that would break from the traditional funerary colors of black and white while still presenting a respectful image of their services. Tokyo-based ad agency I&S BBDO came up with this life-sized skeleton, celebrating the life of the departed through… » 5/11/13 11:00am 5/11/13 11:00am

Super sad true zombie crime in Michigan

A guy living in a trailer park outside Detroit, Michigan, has been arrested for living quietly with the corpse of a dead woman for almost 7 months. » 4/26/13 4:26pm 4/26/13 4:26pm

These skeleton rocking chairs are the most uninviting ever

These rather grim-looking rocking chairs look like they belong to the Addams family, but they're expertly carved antiques worth a few thousand dollars. » 4/22/13 2:34pm 4/22/13 2:34pm

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem Photography

After the invention of daguerrotype, the memorializing habits of people have changed: they've chosen the cheap, higher quality photographs instead of expensive and not so lifelike paintings. Painting dead people was common for centuries, so it's no surprise that, in the Victorian Era, post-mortem photos also came… » 4/13/13 11:00am 4/13/13 11:00am

Spooky photographs of San Francisco's real-life Pet Cemetery

Photographer Troy Paiva photographed San Francisco's Presidio Pet Cemetery during construction on the Presidio Parkway, which meant the tiny graveyard was covered by a dark temporary roof. Paiva used the unnatural surroundings, lighting tricks, and the San Francisco fog to cast an extra-gloomy pall on this final… » 3/24/13 9:30am 3/24/13 9:30am

Creepy wedding cake is adorned with realistic chocolate animal skulls

Annabel de Vetten of Conjurer's Kitchen really puts the death in "Til death do us part" with this morbid wedding confection. Instead of flowers and flourishes, her latest wedding cakes are decorated with chocolate animal skulls. » 3/23/13 4:00pm 3/23/13 4:00pm