Five Real-Life Cemeteries That Inspired The Reaper Series

Cemeteries are integral to the characters of Reap & Repent who spend a lot of time traveling to, from, and through them. All of the cemeteries of The Reaper Series were inspired by real-life cemeteries near my own hometown. Here are a few fictionalized places you’ll be visiting in The Reaper Series. Want to visit the real places? Click the links below and see where the bodies are buried.

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Good Springs Cemetery-  outside Huntsbury – rural cemetery two miles from Ruth’s home.

Excerpt from Reap & Repent

He lingered longer than necessary in the window and for a second, she thought he was going to kiss her again. After a moment’s hesitation, he turned and walked through the Good Springs archway. He didn’t even look back as he grabbed hold of the first headstone he came to and swirled and shimmered in a mini tornado until poof, he was gone. Just like that.

Ruth rolled up her window and locked the doors. All of them. She was not ashamed to admit that she was more than a little scared. As far as she could tell at the moment, there wasn’t anything to actually be scared of in her immediate vicinity.

It’s the things you can’t see.

She backed her big-ass car out of the cemetery and headed into town with the radio blasting so that she couldn’t think too much.


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Meridian National Cemetery downtown Meridian

Excerpt from Reap & Repent

She felt the pull, and in a few seconds they were in the middle of Meridian National Cemetery. The cemetery was situated along two very busy main roads in town. They landed in the middle of the grounds under a gazebo.

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Panther Valley Cemetery – where Ruth’s parents are buried.

Excerpt from Reap & Repent

Panther Valley Cemetery is an old and rural cemetery in Steele County, Arkansas. Hundreds of similar cemeteries dotted the state. Since it was a week before Memorial Day, the grounds were neat and clipped. The headstones had been trimmed by the volunteer caretaker. The grounds were empty as they pulled up and through the gate. The entire area was bucolic with the rolling green hills, waist deep with the first growth of fescue of the year. A lush green line of trees demarked Panther Creek as it trickled through the bottom land.

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East Lawn Cemetery, Meridian: – outskirts of Meridian

Excerpt from Reap & Repent

East Lawn Cemetery was another one of the larger cemeteries in town but at least it was off the main streets. The cemetery covered more than eight acres. The street lights were far enough away that the numerous trees made it almost impossible to navigate until their eyes adjusted. One by one, the white headstones appeared out of the darkness like blooming moon flowers.

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Maple Park Cemetery, Meridian – near downtown neighborhood.

Excerpt from Reap & Repent

They landed in Maple Park Cemetery next, which was tiny in comparison but much darker. With no visible street traffic, they had about zero chance of being spotted as they made their way through the grounds, which was a relief. The entire cemetery covered a couple of wooded acres. It didn’t take long to find the next candidate: Evelyn Opal Carson, aged eighty-seven.  

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3 Responses to Five Real-Life Cemeteries That Inspired The Reaper Series

  1. I love the fall color in Maple Park Cemetery. The real one, of course.

  2. I think cemeteries are fascinating, especially those that are very old. Thanks for the tour.

  3. Great post. We used to live with a cemetry in our backyard when I was about 5. Scared the beegeebees out of my older sister. Would have scared me to if I knew what was there. Mawwwwwwwwwww!!