40 Faces of Death: A Grim Reaper Gallery

Death of a Lover
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Here's another woodcut from William Strang's "The Doings of Death." It presents death as a suitor, indeed the most patient suitor of all. He desires our body and soul and will wait decades to claim his love. Oh sure, enjoy your youthful flings for the time being. He doesn't care. In the end, you'll only have eyes for him.

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.