40 Faces of Death: A Grim Reaper Gallery

Death Comes to Dinner
Universal Pictures

When it comes to comedic visions of Death, we have to mention 1983's "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life," in which the Grim Reaper attends a dinner party at an isolated country house -- with lethal results of course. Python member Terry Gilliam would go on to create another stunning cinematic Death in his 1988 film "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen."

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.