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Shall I Read You a Story?

Once upon a time, I worked in radio. I did some announcing, but I soon transitioned to copywriting (a.k.a. writing commercials and station promos), launching my writing career. My love of audio lingers, and — to let your ears taste a bit of my books — I’ve begun to record stories selected from them. You can listen to these here or download them for listening while driving, exercising, or simply relaxing. This is one of my newer projects, so please come back again to find what I’ve added to the Shall I Read You a Story? page.

They Who Seek Ghosts and Demons
(in Fact and Fiction)

The Ghost Hunter Hall of Fame spans the lengthy history of authentic ghost hunting by listing several of its most noteworthy investigators. Many of these supernatural snoopers worked during the Victorian period (1837-1901), and to get an idea of what books they relied upon, look at The Victorian Ghost Hunters’ Library.

The Chronological Bibliography of Early Occult Detectives is a long list of fictional occult detective characters from 1817 to 1925 along with many links to online texts of their tales. (There is one page for the 1800s and another for the early 1900s.)

A Key to the Chronological Bibliography of Early Occult Detective might be helpful in understanding that bibliography and my definition of “occult detective fiction.”

A Few Quick Chuckles

Old Phantoms with New Captions is made up of my made-up captions for ghost story illustrations I’ve found in old magazines and books.

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