40 Faces of Death: A Grim Reaper Gallery

Death in Stone
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What do we have here? Why it's Death set in stone at Notre-Dame du Bulat-Pestivien in Brittany, France. This reaper has weathered somewhat over the centuries, for even stone cannot stand the test of time. Sure, it's sturdier than human flesh and lasts long after we've rotted in the grave -- that's why we turn to it for monuments and grave markers. Death may claim us, but surely this memorial will last forever.

But Death always has the last laugh.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.