About

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 books, mostly non-fiction, and teach courses on True Crime, the Uncanny, Edgar Allan Poe, and Animals in Myth and Magic. I have a D.Phil in English Language and Literature from Oxford University and I’m a certified 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, An Unexplained Death, will be released from Henry Holt in November 2018. My podcast, Forensic Transmissions, is available here.