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The High Cost of Dying

The High Cost of Dying
Author: Reed Crandall, Al Feldstein
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
ISBN: 1606999087
Pages: 176
Year: 2016-02-10
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Reed Crandall's mastery of fine line detail and expertly nuanced pen-and-ink texture is a perfect fit for EC Comics. This collection of 21 Crandall favorites, delineated in his classically illustrative style, includes “The Silent Towns,” a Ray Bradbury story about the last man and woman on Mars; “Carrion Death,” a stark horror story about a man struggling through the desert with a corpse handcuffed to his wrist as the vultures circle closer; “Sweetie-Pie,” the grisly story of a ghoul who sets up a roadside hazard to procure, um, fresh meat; “The Kidnapper,” about a man who decides to kidnap a baby to replace the baby that had been stolen from him and his wife; “Space Suitors,” a science fiction love triangle that leads to jealously, betrayal, and murder, and “The High Cost of Dying,” the title story, in which a man must make an awful choice between burying his wife and feeding his children.

The High Cost of Dying

The High Cost of Dying
Author: Gregory W. Young
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 1615929169
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This important volume offers a comprehensive overview of the funeral home business and provides valuable inside information needed by thoughtful consumers, legal advisors, trust officers, and even clergy - all those who must confront the hard, practical questions that surround one of life's most trying and emotion-filled experiences.How does one select a funeral home? What obligations and functions are properly the family's and which should be expected of a funeral home? Who is financially responsible for the funeral? What funeral options are available and which are best? Is it possible to arrange a dignified, yet affordable funeral? Is it crass to be concerned about costs?These are just some of the questions addressed by former funeral home director Gregory W. Young in this easy-to-read reference guide that aids consumers in arranging a funeral and avoiding unnecessary charges. Young's compassion for the grief-stricken and his in-depth understanding of funeral preparation combine to provide a unique perspective on the history and psychology of the American funeral.Each chapter of this information-packed book covers an important aspect of the contemporary funeral: the need for consumerism, the funeral in history, how the funeral director can help survivors, making the choice between burial and cremation, the importance of the funeral arrangement conference, outlining the funeral contract, describing common funeral rip-offs, how to pre-arrange a funeral, answering frequently asked consumer questions, and much more. Of vital importance are the special features of this remarkable volume: the handy funeral arrangement checklist that helps consumers determine their needs, and a discussion of price ranges for specific services, caskets, burial vaults and miscellaneous expenses.Never before has so much valuable information been compiled by such a noted authority on a topic that will inevitably touch us all.Excellent council. -Booklist

The Living Mummy and Other Stories

The Living Mummy and Other Stories
Author: Jack Davis, Al Feldstein
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
ISBN: 160699929X
Pages: 224
Year: 2016-08-03
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When Jack Davis took up his pen for EC Comics, he made his innocent victims more eye-poppingly terrified, his ax-murderers more gleefully gruesome, and his vampires and werewolves more bloodthirsty and feral than any other artist. These horror and suspense tales ― from the pages of Vault of Horror,Haunt of Fear, Crime SuspenStories, and Shock SuspenStories ― offer everything a horror fan could ask for: re-animated bodies and body parts, a ghoul who stores bodies like a squirrel stores nuts, a vampire who moonlights at (where else?) a blood bank, greedy business partners, corrupt politicians, jealous lovers, revenge from beyond the grave, and a healthy complement of vampires, werewolves, and assorted grotesqueries. All leavened with the cackling, pun-laced humor of scripter Al Feldstein and illuminated as only the virtuoso brushwork of Jack Davis can present them.

Doctor of Horror

Doctor of Horror
Author: Graham Ingels, Al Feldstein, Ray Bradbury
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
ISBN: 1683961382
Pages: 224
Year: 2018-11-14
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This volume features Graham Ingels’s earliest EC crime and horror work. Highlights include Ingels’s very first EC story, a clever twist on “The Cask of Amontillado” that you won’t see coming, and more.

Death Stand

Death Stand
Author: Jack Davis, Harvey Kurtzman
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
ISBN: 168396103X
Pages: 192
Year: 2018-06-20
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Death Stand And Other Stories collects more than thirty stories ― all the combat tales Davis and Kurtzman did together for EC’s Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat. It also includes Davis’s adaptation of an excerpt from James Fenimore Cooper’s Last of the Mohicans.

Master Race

Master Race
Author: Bernard Krigstein, Al Feldstein, Ray Bradbury
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
ISBN: 1683960947
Pages: 232
Year: 2018-01-10
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This comics anthology includes Krigstein’s most famous story ― which broke both aesthetic and narrative boundaries ―plus material that’s never been reprinted since the 1950s. In addition to "Master Race,” this volume includes “The Flying Machine” (based on a story by Ray Bradbury). Other stories include: “Slave Ship,” an unpublished science fiction tale that was only discovered in the decades following EC’s demise, “The Monster From The Fourth Dimension,” a horror/science fiction shocker that has never been reprinted since its original appearance in 1954, and other Krigstein crime, horror, war, and science fiction stories covering the full gamut of EC titles, including Tales From the Crypt, Crime SuspenStories, Shock SuspenStories, Aces High, and Incredible Science Fiction.

The Thing from the Grave

The Thing from the Grave
Author: Joe Orlando, Al Feldstein, Ray Bradbury
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
ISBN: 1683960319
Pages: 240
Year: 2017-06-07
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This special collection features more than 30 EC classics from the pages of Tales From the Crypt, The Haunt of Fear, The Vault of Horror, Shock SuspenStories, Impact, and Crime SuspenStories. Of special note is Orlando’s “The Monkey,” the classic realistic EC story about drug addiction, considered to be one of the most cautionary of “the preachies,” and Orlando’s adaptation of Bradbury’s eerily haunting “The Lake,” about a childhood tragedy. This volume also includes the title story “The Thing From the Grave,” a special Orlando frightfest originally printed in 3-D that hasn’t been seen since its original publication more than 60 years ago (and is presented here for the first time in easy-on-the-eyes 2-D). Plus all of Orlando’s Panic stories, including parodies of Mother Goose, TV commercials, and soap operas. Like every book in the Fantagraphics EC Artists’ Library, The Thing From the Grave And Other Stories also features essays and notes by EC experts on these superbly crafted, classic American comics.

The American Way of Death Revisited

The American Way of Death Revisited
Author: Jessica Mitford
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307809390
Pages: 320
Year: 2011-11-23
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Only the scathing wit and searching intelligence of Jessica Mitford could turn an exposé of the American funeral industry into a book that is at once deadly serious and side-splittingly funny. When first published in 1963, this landmark of investigative journalism became a runaway bestseller and resulted in legislation to protect grieving families from the unscrupulous sales practices of those in "the dismal trade." Just before her death in 1996, Mitford thoroughly revised and updated her classic study. The American Way of Death Revisited confronts new trends, including the success of the profession's lobbyists in Washington, inflated cremation costs, the telemarketing of pay-in-advance graves, and the effects of monopolies in a death-care industry now dominated by multinational corporations. With its hard-nosed consumer activism and a satiric vision out of Evelyn Waugh's novel The Loved One, The American Way of Death Revisited will not fail to inform, delight, and disturb. "Brilliant--hilarious. . . . A must-read for anyone planning to throw a funeral in their lifetime."--New York Post "Witty and penetrating--it speaks the truth."--The Washington Post

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Movie Tie-in Edition)

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Movie Tie-in Edition)
Author: Jesse Andrews
Publisher: Abrams
ISBN: 161312886X
Pages: 336
Year: 2015-05-26
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The book that inspired the hit film! Sundance U.S. Dramatic Audience Award Sundance Grand Jury Prize This is the funniest book you’ll ever read about death. It is a universally acknowledged truth that high school sucks. But on the first day of his senior year, Greg Gaines thinks he’s figured it out. The answer to the basic existential question: How is it possible to exist in a place that sucks so bad? His strategy: remain at the periphery at all times. Keep an insanely low profile. Make mediocre films with the one person who is even sort of his friend, Earl. This plan works for exactly eight hours. Then Greg’s mom forces him to become friends with a girl who has cancer. This brings about the destruction of Greg’s entire life. Fiercely funny, honest, heart-breaking—this is an unforgettable novel from a bright talent, now also a film that critics are calling "a touchstone for its generation" and "an instant classic." Includes a discussion with Jesse Andrews and an annotated excerpt from the screenplay! STARRED REVIEW “One need only look at the chapter titles (“Let’s Just Get This Embarrassing Chapter Out of the Way”) to know that this is one funny book.” –Booklist, starred review STARRED REVIEW “Though this novel begs inevitable thematic comparisons to John Green's The Fault in Our Stars (2011), it stands on its own in inventiveness, humor and heart.” –Kirkus Reviews, starred review New York Times bestseller! Capitol Choices 2013 - Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) Choices 2013 list - Young Adult Fiction YALSA 2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers YALSA 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults YALSA 2014 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

The High Cost of Dying

The High Cost of Dying
Author: Gregory W. Young
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 1615929169
Pages:
Year:
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This important volume offers a comprehensive overview of the funeral home business and provides valuable inside information needed by thoughtful consumers, legal advisors, trust officers, and even clergy - all those who must confront the hard, practical questions that surround one of life's most trying and emotion-filled experiences.How does one select a funeral home? What obligations and functions are properly the family's and which should be expected of a funeral home? Who is financially responsible for the funeral? What funeral options are available and which are best? Is it possible to arrange a dignified, yet affordable funeral? Is it crass to be concerned about costs?These are just some of the questions addressed by former funeral home director Gregory W. Young in this easy-to-read reference guide that aids consumers in arranging a funeral and avoiding unnecessary charges. Young's compassion for the grief-stricken and his in-depth understanding of funeral preparation combine to provide a unique perspective on the history and psychology of the American funeral.Each chapter of this information-packed book covers an important aspect of the contemporary funeral: the need for consumerism, the funeral in history, how the funeral director can help survivors, making the choice between burial and cremation, the importance of the funeral arrangement conference, outlining the funeral contract, describing common funeral rip-offs, how to pre-arrange a funeral, answering frequently asked consumer questions, and much more. Of vital importance are the special features of this remarkable volume: the handy funeral arrangement checklist that helps consumers determine their needs, and a discussion of price ranges for specific services, caskets, burial vaults and miscellaneous expenses.Never before has so much valuable information been compiled by such a noted authority on a topic that will inevitably touch us all.Excellent council. -Booklist

Whatever the Cost

Whatever the Cost
Author: David Benham, Jason Benham
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 0718033000
Pages: 226
Year: 2015-02-17
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“Two nationally-acclaimed real estate entrepreneurs share biblical principles to revolutionize your work and family life, and give you the courage to stand up for what is right.” This book follows the story of highly motivated and entrepreneurial twin brothers, David and Jason Benham, from their formative years and ventures into professional baseball to their rise as owners of a multi-million dollar business empire and securing an HGTV reality series. It’s a journey where the brothers learned how they must die to their dreams not just once, but twice as they walked away from baseball before being called up to the Big Show and later as their TV series was stripped away from them just before airing when the network succumbed to media pressures surrounding their faith. These experiences only helped them realize that the key to powerful living is found when you die to your dreams and face your fears, and choose to live powerfully through it all. The biblical principles they implemented to guide their work and families are revealed in practical terms to apply to our daily lives and give us courage to stand for what is right. The book will expand on principles such as: Show that You are Faithful in Little Be a Fountain to Others and not a Drain Produce More in Value than You Receive Work to Your Ability and not Your Pay Breathe Life into All Situations Remember that You are Human Beings, not Human Doings Hold to a Standard of Disciplined Living Don’t Swing at Every Pitch Find Your Greatest Blessings on the Other Side of Your Greatest Fears

Overdressed

Overdressed
Author: Elizabeth L. Cline
Publisher: Portfolio
ISBN: 1591846544
Pages: 258
Year: 2013
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Evaluates the costs of low-priced clothing while tracing the author's own transformation to a conscientious shopper, a journey during which she visited a garment factory, learned to resole shoes, and shopped for local, sustainable clothing.

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

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
Author: Caitlin Doughty
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393245950
Pages: 256
Year: 2014-09-15
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“Morbid and illuminating” (Entertainment Weekly)—a young mortician goes behind the scenes of her curious profession. Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty—a twenty-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre—took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. Thrown into a profession of gallows humor and vivid characters (both living and very dead), Caitlin learned to navigate the secretive culture of those who care for the deceased. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters and unforgettable scenes. Caring for dead bodies of every color, shape, and affliction, Caitlin soon becomes an intrepid explorer in the world of the dead. She describes how she swept ashes from the machines (and sometimes onto her clothes) and reveals the strange history of cremation and undertaking, marveling at bizarre and wonderful funeral practices from different cultures. Her eye-opening, candid, and often hilarious story is like going on a journey with your bravest friend to the cemetery at midnight. She demystifies death, leading us behind the black curtain of her unique profession. And she answers questions you didn’t know you had: Can you catch a disease from a corpse? How many dead bodies can you fit in a Dodge van? What exactly does a flaming skull look like? Honest and heartfelt, self-deprecating and ironic, Caitlin's engaging style makes this otherwise taboo topic both approachable and engrossing. Now a licensed mortician with an alternative funeral practice, Caitlin argues that our fear of dying warps our culture and society, and she calls for better ways of dealing with death (and our dead).

Aces High

Aces High
Author: George Evans, Al Feldstein, Harvey Kurtzman
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
ISBN: 160699784X
Pages: 210
Year: 2014-12-06
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George Evans was a master of the aviation war story. This collection includes all of his highly-acclaimed stories for Aces High, EC’s famous air war title. As a bonus, we present a rarity: Evans’ never-before-reprinted 3-D story of World War I ace Frank Luke (in regular, easy-on-the-eyes 2-D). This volume also includes numerous Evans crime and shock stories, including “As Ye Sow…,” “…My Brother’s Keeper,” and “Cadillac Fever.” Other war stories, many done in collaboration with Harvey Kurtzman, include “Napoleon!” and “Flaming Coffins” (which Evans wrote, about the inherent perils of WW I aircraft). Like all books in the Fantagraphics EC line, Aces High features essays and notes by EC experts on these superbly crafted, classic comic book masterpieces.

This Republic of Suffering

This Republic of Suffering
Author: Drew Gilpin Faust
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0375703837
Pages: 346
Year: 2009
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Assesses the impact of the enormous carnage of the Civil War on every aspect of American life from a material, political, intellectual, cultural, social, and spiritual perspective.

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