Kathy Benjamin

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Location
Austin, TX
School
California Polytechnic State University, University Of Kent
Expertise
Death, Royalty, History, Religion
  • Kathy is a writer and editor for Grunge.
  • Kathy has written for more than a dozen websites over her career, and was previously a columnist at Cracked.com and MentalFloss.com.
  • Kathy is the author of two books, "Funerals to Die For: The Craziest, Creepiest, and Most Bizarre Funeral Traditions and Practices Ever" (Adams Media, 2013) and "It's Your Funeral! Plan the Celebration of a Lifetime -- Before It's Too Late" (Quirk, 2021). She was also a contributor to Cracked.com's "The De-Textbook: The Stuff You Didn't Know About the Stuff You Thought You Knew" (Plume, 2013).

Experience

Kathy's been a professional writer since 2009, specializing in humorous non-fiction. Her favorite topics are history, royalty, Christianity, and death, but always with a dash of funny. She's written for BunnyEars.com, Uproxx.com, Pajiba.com, and many others over the past decade. She was also a columnist at Cracked.com and MentalFloss.com. In 2013, Kathy published her first book, "Funerals to Die For: The Craziest, Creepiest, and Most Bizarre Funeral Traditions and Practices Ever" (Adams Media), which has been translated into three languages. Her second book, "It's Your Funeral! Plan the Celebration of a Lifetime -- Before It's Too Late" (Quirk) was released in August 2021. She recently completed "Area 54," a humorous science fiction novel about disco, drugs, and aliens. She is patiently waiting for someone to offer her millions of dollars for it.

Education

Kathy has a B.A. in History from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Postgraduate Diploma in Medieval and Tudor Studies from the University of Kent, where she got to take classes every week in Canterbury Cathedral, which was just as amazing as it sounds.
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