“Amusements of an Historical & Macabre Nature”

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“Adele Griffin & Lisa Brown accept with Pleasure your very Kind & Gracious presence on our Site. Please enjoy the following Amusements of an Historical & Macabre nature. Refreshments will be served.”

There are book websites and then there are book websites. Lisa Brown and Adele Griffin’s site for their new young-adult-illustrated-Civil-War-ghost-story (yep), Picture the Dead, is the latter.

We bring this up because we live in a time when folks may be more likely to Google a book than read the back cover in a bookstore. Websites matter.

That point is not lost on Brown and Griffen, who update their site often with images and tales of “spirit photography, seances, civil war prison camps, 19th-century fashion, and necklaces made of human hair.”


Isaac Fitzgerald has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and was once given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. Formerly of The Rumpus and McSweeney’s and most recently the founding editor of BuzzFeed Books, Isaac is now the co-host of BuzzFeed News’ Twitter Morning Show, #AMtoDM. He also appears frequently on The Today Show to talk books, and is co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them and Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (with Recipes) (winner of an IACP award), and the author of a YA novel and picture book forthcoming from Bloomsbury. He uses Twitter. More from this author →