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I’m 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 unexplained and the uncanny; true crime; and the place where forensics and aesthetics meet. I have a D.Phil from Oxford University and I am a┬ácertified psychoanalyst (no longer in practice, but still collecting dreams at Vas Hermeticum) and a writer of creative non-fiction. 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. I am represented by Betsy Lerner at Dunow Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency, 27 W 20th St #1107, New York, NY 10011

The best way to contact me is by e-mail, at

I will be on sabbatical for the 17-18 academic year.