Druid Ridge Cemetery in Pikesville, Maryland is home to some of the state's most prominent families and sculptures by such renowned artists as Han Schuler, Eduard L. A. Pausch, and the Tiffany Studio. It is also home to the local folklore figure of "Black Aggie", a su...

On November 3, 2013 I finally found the time to wander the United Hebrew Cemetery near my home. It has a strong park-like atmosphere, and only a few crypts. A Holocaust memorial is set aside near the front gate. There are numerous "tree" style markers, traditionally u...

On April 29, 2012 I found myself at the Westview Cemetery in Farmville, Virginia. The cemetery is a small one, flanked on either side by shopping centers, but well shaded under a dense canopy of old and mossy trees. The day was raining, foggy, and cold, and it shows i...

Located at 3620 Wilkens Avenue in Baltimore Maryland, the Loudon Park Cemetery is home to some of the best memorials I have seen. Fine Victorian bronzes and many tombs, crypts, and a receiving mausoleum are present. The cemetery is 350 acres of beautiful statuary and ...

I have many opinions on many subjects. Not all of these subjects or opinions fit well with the general theme of this site. In an attempt to provide an outlet for these views, I have created this blog section. I shall not tip into politics, religion, nor other equally ...

Regarding this site

My name is Michael McCuen, and I can no longer keep these things to myself.

Since the age of two I have been plagued with vivid and disquieting dreams. Early in childhood I developed a deeply morbid curiosity.

I put these down to being a remarkably active sleepwalker, and for having as a child witnessed the drowning death of my Mother's fiancé (she was to re-marry due to my actual father having abandoned us shortly after my birth).

During my life I have constructed an elaborate, persistent, and navigable dreamscape. The Ossuary is my attempt to shift to the web the furiously scribbled notes from my dream journals, along with the mental debris that may have caused them. I will share with you pages from my notebooks, sketchbooks, photographs, and collections of curiosities.

Occasionally people I know will appear in my dreams, and I see no reason to inflict any embarrassment or harm upon them. To that end all names will be obscured.

Do be warned that, apart from names, I am not censoring the content in any way, and that there will be mention of things both grisly and sexual from time to time.

The contents of the site are not in any chronological order (at least not at the beginning). The entries appear in the order I happened to enter them.

Of particular interest to those with morbid sensibilities is "The Dreadful Scrapbook", containing gruesome news articles from an 1895 scrapbook I obtained long ago, and a sizable collection of Victorian Post-Mortem photographs.

Having only just begun this work, you must bear with me while I add more content. The layout of the site may change from time to time as I try to organize my thoughts.

I hope to at least hold your interest. Thank you for visiting.