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I’m a writer and a professor in the department of humanistic studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in downtown Baltimore. I write and teach about the uncanny; true crime; and animals in myth and magic. I have a D.Phil from Oxford University and I’m a┬ácertified psychoanalyst (not currently in practice, but send us your dreams at Vas Hermeticum). I live in the old Belvedere Hotel in Mount Vernon, Baltimore, with my partner, the movie critic David Sterritt, and our popular and charismatic French bulldog, Oliver. You can read a profile of me and my work published in the Baltimore Sun by Mary Carole McCauley; or check out at this article by Mark Dery at Boing Boing. My new book, a work of true crime, will be released from Henry Holt in 2018. My podcast, Forensic Transmissions, is available here.