“Amusements of an Historical & Macabre Nature”


“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 been given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. He has also written for The Bold Italic, McSweeney's, Mother Jones, and The San Francisco Chronicle. He is a co-owner of The Rumpus. Follow him on Twitter. More from this author →