"The artistry of these gravestones is remarkable...For all the temptation to use the data from these cemeteries for demography, this remains a study of art..." Christopher Cumo, Connecticut History, Spring 2013
"...a revealing and fascinating essay...magnificent tribute...beautiful book..." "While Carved in Stone deals with death at its core, it is never morbid." Kathryn Franklin, Portland Book Review
“These solid chunks of the past are strange and wonderful, irresistible and repellent, sign posts to our past as well as our future. There's never a crowd. Above ground that is. If a case can be made for visiting these lonely, eerie, open air exhibits, two brothers, Thomas and William Gilson, have made it in their new book.”—David Holahan, Hartford Courant
“Thomas Gilson’s photographs are beautiful, haunting, revelatory at times frightening.”—Alan Bisbort, Waterbury Republican-American
“Carved in Stone...is an eerie book, one that quietly works on you.” —Jan Gardener, Boston Globe
“The Gilson brothers—photographer Thomas and writer William—have captured the essence of these somber, touching memorials. … An excellent look at a fascinating subject and a fine introduction to the field.” —Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Library Journal
"Carved in Stone is a thoughtful and thought-provoking commentary on New England gravestone art of the pre-industrial era--a welcome addition to the New England gravestone studies literature." (Bob Drinkwater, past president of the Association for Gravestone Studies )Carved in Stone, the Artistry of Early New England Gravestones book is a Finalist for 2012 Book of the Year Award - ForeWord Reviews (Adult Nonfiction Regional).