I Am The Dark Tourist


Why would anyone want to visit sites touched by death in the first place?


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Title Information

Subtitle: Travels to the Darkest Sites on Earth
Author: H. E. SAWYER
ISBN (pbk): 978-1-909394-58-2
ISBN (ebk): 978-1-909394-59-9
Trim: 152mm x 229mm (6″ x 9″)
Pages: 270 Illos: B&W + 8 pages of colour

Travel to the darkest sites on Earth

Dark Tourism is the practice of visiting sites associated with death. While participation increases, dark tourism remains a mystery, regarded as the tourist industry’s dirty little secret. This book challenges the misconceptions of a ghoulish practice through the eyes of a self-confessed dark tourist, who has spent forty years visiting the world’s dark sites.

From the cobbled streets of Whitechapel on a Jack The Ripper walking tour to the snowy suicide forest of Aokigahara, Japan, H. E. Sawyer ticks off the darkest sites on Earth in his book I Am The Dark Tourist. He examines how some sites seek promotion beyond their physical boundaries, employing education to disassociate from the dark tag, whilst others wish to remain hidden from our curiosity.

In the course of his travels he wrestles with the ultimate question regarding dark tourism; why would anyone want to visit sites touched by death in the first place?

About the author

H. E. Sawyer has been travelling to dark sites for forty years, although he’s only recently become aware of this. When he’s not writing he’s painting, or hiding in plain sight behind a mask at London’s Torture Garden.

Target audience

Tourists. Those working in the travel sector. Students studying tourism and dark tourism.

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Press reaction
Absolutely loved this book. An antidote to so much recent, sensationalist #darktourism media. A very human look at ethical issues in dark tourism, and quite touching with it.
Dr James Kennell, Principal Lecturer in Tourism, Events and Hospitality at the University of Greenwich & Executive Director of the London Office of the International Tourism Studies Association
The most in-depth, most thoroughly researched, most thoughtful and thought-provoking and at the same time elegantly written books on dark tourism yet. Required reading!
I Am the Dark Tourist featured as the cover story for the “Protect and Survive” issue of Fortean Times (May 2019).
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