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Rachel is a writer, editor, and public speaker located in Northern California, a member of The Order of the Good Death, and was a speaker at Death Salon 2014, San Francisco. She is a founding partner of San Francisco's Odd Salon, a frequently sold-out cocktail-hour series of lectures that regularly deliver on the promise that you will “Learn Something Weird.”
The former Editor in Chief of Atlas Obscura, (the definitive guidebook to the world’s most wondrous and delightfully morbid places) and spent a really weird year as travel content editor for Playboy's iPhone app. Her areas of interest include; death culture, suicide prevention, industrial accidents, natural disasters, plagues, memento mori, inappropriate humor, alternative eco-friendly disposition options, and discussing and demystifying uncomfortable things. She works as a funeral counselor and community liaison for a Nevada County mortuary, and enjoys speaking about these things in just about every conceivable venue.
Her most recent journalistic work focused on suicide prevention and legalizing MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to treat C-PTSD in survivors of trauma, featured in Penthouse Magazine.
Samples of her writing and lectures can be found on her website rachelsjames.com
Tim Lilyquist is a suspiciously pleasant mortician whose talents grace the quiet sanctuary, Chapel of the Angels. He became interested in working with the deceased as a small child after witnessing an ill-advised hermit crab housing consolidation. When the territorial sea spiders ripped each other to pieces, young Tim became obsessed with putting them back together. His success was limited, and after four arduous months his attempts were thwarted when his mother found the crab carcasses hidden in a hollowed out copy of Katherine Dunn's indie classic, Geek Love.
Later on, Tim was gently guided toward the funeral industry by the steady hands of his psychoanalyst. Ironically, that same mentor later became Mr. Lilyquist's first customer after a freak home improvement accident. Unable to grant his trusted confidant the viking funeral he truly deserved, Tim became an advocate for alternative methods of burial and body disposal. He is a talented writer and musician, loves typewriters, ghost towns and mysteries, always says please and thank you and never forgets your birthday. He also never raises his voice, but don't cross him-he's a "slow poison in your coffee" kind of guy. His official bio is still being written on account of him having a real job and responsibilities.