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January 21, 2017: If you are interested in that gut-wrenchingly frightening serial killer The Axeman of New Orleans--who terrorized New Orleans in the 1910s and was never caught--then you will certainly want to read Miriam Davis's new book on the topic, The Axeman of New Orleans. It is lavishly detailed and clears up many misconceptions about the crimes. Click the link to read about the book! http://www.axemanofneworleans.com/
November 21, 2016: The “American Gothic” book series continues. Here is an advance peek at the covers of my next two books, Horror in the Heartland: Strange and Gothic Tales from the Midwest and Creepy California: Strange and Gothic Tales from the Golden State, both to be published by Indiana University Press in summer 2017!
September 30, 2016: I don't have any new books out this year, but I have been anthologized! Four of my Kentucky-based historical true crime stories are featured in the Jesse Stuart Foundation's Appalachian Murders and Mysteries, compiled by James M. Gifford and Edwina Pendarvis. It's a great collection and would make an offbeat Christmas gift. You can order it here: http://www.jsfbooks.com/search?type=product&q=murders+and+mysteries#sthash.SBEvEeVw.dpbs
August 12, 2016: Horror in the Heartland: Strange and Gothic Tales from the Midwest is scheduled to be released by the University of Indiana Press in August 2017. Check this website or my Facebook author page for updates!
August 3, 2016: Indiana University Press is changing the title of my book to Horror in the Heartland: Strange and Gothic Tales from the Midwest. Keep checking here for updates!
June 30, 2016: Another book in my American Gothic series, tentatively titled Midwestern Gothic, will be published late this year or sometime in 2017 by Indiana University Press! My friends and readers who live in the Midwest will be getting their own collection of bizarre true stories about body snatchers, historical murders, monsters, strange deaths, and other improbable events that I like to call “real-life surrealism.” I am especially excited because this is my first book from a university press. If you haven’t seen the first book in the series, Gothic and Strange True Tales of the South (Pelican, 2015) then hasten to repair this gap in your edification. Don’t feel slighted, readers in the North, the West, and the Pacific Northwest states—there will be books covering your regions soon!
April 20, 2016:This morning I spoke to the middle school and high school English classes at Berea Community School in Berea, KY, on the topics of writing and having autism. The talk went very well and the students asked good questions! Thanks to everyone who organized it and invited me over.
June 12, 2015: Those who are interested in tornadoes may be interested in Robert Hubbard's new book about that rare meteorological phenomenon, the New England tornado. It is called A History of Connecticut's Deadliest Tornadoes and you can buy it at this link.
March 17, 2015: My thirteenth book Gothic and Strange True Tales of the South--which I consider my best book to date--has been released by Pelican Publishing! It's like Kentucky Book of the Dead only it covers the entire region of the South! (If you're a fan of KBOD, this book contains lots of material that didn't fit in the earlier book.) Upcoming books in the “American Gothic” series will cover the entire USA by region. Folks, this book is so strange that the other books on your shelf will ostracize it! Makes a perfect birthday gift for a child you don't like! You can order it at the Amazon link below, and also from any number of booksellers both online and in the real world; I’m sure it will be available as an e-book and I am trying to persuade the publisher to release it in scroll form for those who want a truly retro reading experience. You can purchase it from Amazon.com
February 24 2015: My next book is due March 16, 2015! You can pre-order it from Amazon.
October 26, 2014: Gary Krist’s new book is Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans (New York: Crown). It concerns (in part) that notorious uncaught serial killer, the New Orleans Axman, and mentions my book “The Axman Came From Hell”! Somebody out there thinks I’m an authority on something! Click here to buy Mr. Krist’s very interesting book:
September 24, 2014: My next book, Gothic and Strange True Tales of the South--which I consider my best (and strangest) book to date--will be released by Pelican Publishing on March 16, 2015! If you liked Kentucky Book of the Dead you’ll like this one too; it’s a KBOD-style book that covers the entire South. In fact, it contains a lot of material that wouldn’t fit in KBOD. (It’s the first in a series of four planned “American Gothic” books that will cover the entire USA by region.) You can pre-order it at the link below; I’m sure it will be available as an e-book too. I am trying to persuade the publisher to release it in scroll form for people who are technologically backward like me.
August 10, 2014: Readers of my book Louisville Murder and Mayhem might remember the chapter "Louisville's Bonnie and Clyde," concerning the criminal career of lovers Howard Clark and Mattie Mahoney. In the chapter I referred to a wanted poster that made some amusingly invidious comments about Mr. Clark. I have just heard from Mr. Thomas Kellam, an archivist at Tarrant County [TX] College. The college has a collection of original wanted posters-- and one of them is a poster for Clark and Mahoney! My guess is that it's the only one left in the world.
JULY 23, 2014: Speech on the books Louisville Murder and Mayhem and Murder and Mayhem in Indiana (and on writing history in general and methods of historical research) at the Jefferson County Public Law Library in Louisville!
MARCH 17, 2014: My account of the famous Ashland Tragedy (the grotesque Christmas 1881 murder of three teenagers in Ashland, Boyd County, KY) will be narrated by Joe Sammarco on the Crime City Central podcast! The story, “A Little Fun,” originally appeared in the book Murder in Old Kentucky (McClanahan Publishing). Part one will be podcast on Monday, March 24, and part two will be podcast on Monday, March 31. Listen to it here http://crimecitycentral.com/ and buy the book here: http://www.kybooks.com/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=18 !
JANUARY 28, 2014: Click the link to read to my interview with Jane Ammeson at the Northwest Indiana Times website!
ALSO: On February 17, I will be speaking live with Pat and Carol Daniels on their "The Fringe Radio Show" on KTKK AM630 in Salt Lake City, Utah. KTKK is the third oldest talk radio station in the country, which I (ever the history buff) find interesting. We will be discussing topics such as ghosts, murders, and paranormal stuff--these are a few of my favorite things! The show will air at midnight Mountain Standard Time. Afterwards the interview will be archived on their website, www.TheFringeradioshow.com , so you can still hear it if you don’t live in that time zone.
JANUARY 15, 2014: I will be appearing on Jeff Belanger’s Massachusetts cable/web talk show “30 Odd Minutes” on Tuesday, February 4, 8:00-8:30 EST. The show is streamed online live at www.30oddminutes.com for a global audience. Within 24 hours, the episode will be available on the 30 Odd Minutes Web site for free on-demand viewing and is uploaded to iTunes for free downloading. It will also be available on Roku, YouTube, and Blip.tv. Additionally, the episode will be uploaded to a special Web site where over 100 public access stations reaching over 5 million homes across the USA can download the show for their channels. (You can see a partial list of stations at http://www.30oddminutes.com/wheretowatch.shtml .) The show is also broadcast on Sky TV’s Channel 200 “Controversial TV” in the UK and in Ireland reaching another 2 million homes. In other words, I’d better not screw this up!
JANUARY 11, 2014: My New Year’s Eve interview with the great Dave Schrader on Minnesota’s Darkness Radio show has been posted in three parts on the DarknessRadio website! Just click on the link, scroll down to the date December 31, 2013, and listen to “The Axe Man Cometh,” “Cruelly Murdered,” and “Book of the Dead.” http://podbay.fm/show/294988529
JANUARY 4, 2014: My newest historical true crime book, Murder and Mayhem in Indiana, was originally scheduled to come out in April. Instead, History Press is releasing it within the next couple of weeks! It will be available directly from Historypress.net, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and lots of other online retailers—also at your local bookstore if you request it. It will also be available as an e-book, if not now then in the near future. Makes a great wedding present or a gift for small children!
December 30, 2013: I will soon be discussing all sorts of dark topics with Dave Schrader, host of the Minnesota radio show “Darkness Radio.” The interview will air New Year’s Eve on KTCN AM 1130. If you don’t live in Minnesota, you can catch the interview or find out more about it at these websites:
December 19, 2013: In Louisville Murder and Mayhem I told the story of Mattie (Maymie) Belle Mahoney and Howard Clark, Louisville's answer to Bonnie and Clyde. Like their more famous counterparts, they were lovers who went on
a crime spree and died in a hail of bullets. Readers of the chapter will remember that Mahoney's mother refused to pay for her burial. When I wrote the book I had no idea what became of Mahoney's remains, but reader Janet Mackey-Bodine informs me that Mahoney was simply buried by the side of the road near the spot where she died! She has a page at the FindAGrave website with a photo of the location. Click here if interested.
August 18, 2013: The Crime City Central podcast is airing one of my true crime stories, "The Case of the Killer Coroner" from the 2008 book "Cruelly Murdered." It is the first time any of my stuff has had a professional reading! Click on the link to hear it narrated by Maurine McClean. http://crimecitycentral.com/
June 23, 2013: I am happy to announce that Forgotten Tales of Indiana (one of my personal favorites of my books) is now availible as an e-book, and will be availible for sale via Amazon (Kindle), Barnes & Noble (Nook), and Apple's iBookstore (iPad). Free hula lesson with purchase!
October 25, 2012: Come to the Kentucky Book Fair at the Frankfort Convention Center on Saturday, November 10, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Books make good Christmas gifts (hint, hint). This is very possibly the last Book Fair I will attend, for various reasons, so I hope to see you there.
October 25, 2012: Kentucky Book of the Dead is now available as an e-book, and will be available for sale via Amazon (on the Kindle), Barnes & Noble (on the Nook) and Apple’s iBookstore (on the iPad). Buy it and I promise I will autograph your gadget’s screen witha magic marker!
September 6, 2012: Strange Tales of Crime and Murder in Southern Indiana (the History Press, 2009) is now available as an e-book, and will be available for sale via Amazon (on the Kindle), Barnes & Noble (on the Nook) and Apple’s iBookstore (on the iPad).
July 8, 2012:Click on the link to read about my appearance at the Clarksville Writers' Conference back on June 8. Yes, I bought that spiffy coat just for the occasion.
July 1, 2012:Yippee skip! The Great Louisville Tornado of 1890, The Axman Came From Hell, Louisville Murder and Mayhem, and Kentucky Book of the Dead are now available as e-books. Truly, the age of the Jetsons is upon us. If you get them in this format, they won't collect dust on your bookshelf.
June 8, 2012: Been to the Clarksville [TN.] Writers’ Conference and it was a blast, my friends!
June 4, 2012: Col. JD Wilkes, frontman of the band The Legendary Shack Shakers, has taken to reading excerpts from Kentucky Book of the Dead from a lectern during his concerts. Way to spread refinement and culture throughout Europe, JD!! (By the way, folks, KBOD is about to go into its third printing!)
May 10, 2012: I'll be signing books at Carmichael's Bookstore in Louisville, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, on Saturday, May 12, at 4:00. I wants to see you there!
April 29, 2012: If you are a Berea College graduate, look for an interview with me in the latest issue of Berea College Magazine. If you are not a Berea College graduate, enroll immediately and maybe you'll get a free issue. Or keep checking this link; it may be posted online sometime.
April 20, 2012: I will sign copies of The Axman Came from Hell Saturday at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest (654 Campbell Lane, Bowling Green, KY) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Don’t be shy--be there!!
March 15, 2012: If you live in the region of Richmond, KY, come see me tonight at 6:30 at the Richmond Area Arts Council building! The address is 399 West Water Street, Richmond. I will read a chapter from Louisville Murder and Mayhem: Historic Crimes of Derby City. ALSO IN ATTENDANCE: Charles Bracelen Flood, world famous historian!!! He will read from his biography of Ulysses S. Grant.
March 14, 2012: I will be conducting a workshop on creative nonfiction at the prestigious Clarksville Writers Conference in Clarksville, TN, on June 8. Also, I will be demonstrating how to dance the Mashed Potato!
February 28, 2012: My new book Louisville Murder and Mayhem: Historic Crimes of Derby City has been released by the History Press! You can buy it at a bookstore near you or at any number on online retailers, including Amazon.com.