1 November 2014

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

I do not celebrate Halloween, but this year I thought to treat myself with a theme appropriate book.
Last month I´v stumbled upon a review of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty.
Doughty is a mortician and in the book she describes how it is like to be one, featuring a lot of gruesome stories told with a lot of humor.

I was happy to discover that Book Depository (where I recently began to buy books from) has it. It was a total of 15.62 euro including shipping (shipping is free worldwide in Book Depository).

Doughty has a youtube channel dedicated to the subject as well, called Ask A Mortician. I didn´t know it before and I found it really entertaining; her perky manor of approaching the subject of death will bring butterflies in the stomach of every goth.

I am currently finishing a sociology book and haven´t begun reading Smoke Gets In Your Eyes yet, but going quickly through the pages I am sure going to love it. Besides, aren´t you excited when a book starts with the following:

Fun Fact: on the same day when I read a review about the book, I have met a person who actually worked as an embalmer. So getting this book was meant to be I guess.

I think that this is the one goth cliche I actually fit- I have always been interested in death and I find it fascinating. So I am very excited to read the book, since I have absolutely no idea how bodies are cremated and the whole process. I find the profession of leading humans to the other world very mystical, I hope to get some inspirations with this book since I have been writing about death all the time in my teenage years and kind of miss that ;)

Have a wonderful Samhain and Halloween everyone! I am going to see a themed movie tonight and hope to blog about it afterwards!

N. Finsternis


  1. The word you're looking for is mortician. :3 I think!

    I hope you do a little review of this when you read it. I was going to buy it when it came out but I wasn't sure if I'd get much use out of it. I have a habit of buying books and not reading them. I hope you had a great Halloween!

    1. hmm... it´s not a mortician, it´s that other one, when they take the insides out of the body, drain the blood etc?
      It looks quite good I must say. I know I will like it because I am completely new to the subject. I liked her youtube channel as well so I hope the book will have a similar vibe. I will do a review!

  2. That book sounds really interesting and that beginning was hilarious! :D I've watched some of Doughty's youtube videos and after reading your post, I'll probably watch a few more. ^_^