Exquisite Corpse – Writing Style

The exquisite corpse is a technique that can be used as an icebreaker, a game, or just a way to bump a roomful of writers out of a rut. In general, the technique involves “blind” collaboration in generating sentences—a bit like “Mad Libs” for big boys and girls. [Read More]

Memento Mori

Memento mori; remember mortality, is derived from a Latin phrase as a reminder to “remember your death”, “remember that you are mortal”. During ancient Roman times it was customary to maintain a slave behind a victorious general whose task it was to remind the general that today he was victorious... [Read More]

Death, Psychopomp

It is a common belief across many cultures that the newly dead will have an escort from the earthly life into the realm of the afterlife. This escort may be an angel or a spirit, maybe even a demi-god. The term for an escort of this type is “psychopomp,” which... [Read More]

Death, Personification

Death has been seen as an actual character since the beginning of history. Death was depicted as the grim reaper who actually took the life of the living. He is most commonly seen as a skeleton with a hooded robe and scythe and referred to as the Grim Reaper. [Read More]

Dead Body, Corpse, Body Snatching

Before 1832 in the United Kingdom, medical professionals and scientists turned to body snatching for a supply of fresh bodies to dissect and study. Because only a limited amount of bodies were supplied legally through the government, grave robbers were hired to carry out the work. Refrigeration had not yet... [Read More]

Exquisite Corpse

Exquisite Corpse is an art form invented by surrealists in 1925. A corpse is depicted with many sayings written in speaking bubble form around it’s head. The different says are often contributed by many different people. It is believed that it originally came from a game called consequences. In the... [Read More]

Postmortem Photography

In 1839, with the invention of the daguerreotype, photography became more affordable to the average person than the previous method of commissioning a painting. Loved ones began photographing their deceased family members after death. [Read More]