SOME BOOKS BY YOUR HOST:
HH HOLMES: THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE WHITE CITY DEVIL
The first truly comprehensive biography of Holmes, drawn from thousands of primary sources, many of which had been unseen since the 1890s. Featuring in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, and more.
“Enthralling history” – Library Journal (starred review)
“Comprehensive.” – Booklist (starred review)
See also: the ebook companion VERY TRULY YOURS, HH HOLMES:
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MYSTERIOUS CHICAGO: History At Its Coolest
Unsolved mysteries from Chicago history – from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and HH Holmes to more obscure antique serial killers, vanishing flappers, phantom kangaroos, airport UFOs, and puzzling tombstones. Poring over legal records, microfilm reels, and personal interviews, Selzer brings new info to light on old mysteries and brings many back into print for the first time in over a century.
FLICKERING EMPIRE: HOW CHICAGO INVENTED THE US FILM INDUSTRY
(University Of Columbia Press 2015)
The fascinating but too-little-known known story of how Chicago served as the unlikely capital of film production in America prior to the rise of Hollywood. Colorful, larger-than-life historical figures such as Thomas Edison, Charlie Chaplin, Oscar Mischeaux, Francis X. Bushman, Gloria Swanson, Broncho Billy, and Colonel William Selig all come together in this, the critically-acclaimed first book-length account of the era by Adam Selzer and Michael Glover Smith
GHOSTS OF CHICAGO
From Resurrection Mary and Al Capone to the Murder Castle of H.H. Holmes and beyond, the spine-tingling sights and sounds of Chicago’s yesteryear are still with us…and so are its ghosts! Seeking to find what we really know about the ghastly history behind Chicago’s ghost stories, historian Adam Selzer pieces together the truth, bringing to light dozens of previously-unknown bits historical data.
GHOSTS OF LINCOLN
For years, stories have circulated about Lincoln haunting the White House, attending seances, and predicting his own death. Investigating everything from obscure seance transcripts and forgotten newspaper articles to the most peculiar paranormal claims, Selzer digs deep into the annals of history and reveals the fascinating true stories behind the tales, rumors and lore.
THE SMART ALECK’S GUIDE TO AMERICAN HISTORY
(Random House 2009)
Look, there are a lot of American history textbooks in the world, but not all of them have the courage to say what we’re all thinking about General Ambrose Burnside’s facial hair. Equal parts hilarious and fascinating, The Smart Aleck’s Guide to American History was a Junior Library Guild selection, an Illinois Reads pick, and YALSA nominee. It’s very popular with history teachers who seem as though they ought to know better.
SOME OF ADAM’S NOVELS
PLAY ME BACKWARDS:
(Simon and Schuster 2014 – now in paperback!)
A novel for young adults who worship the devil.
“Mordantly funny” – Publisher’s Weekly
“Hilariously subversive, but also tender and poignant” – VOYA (starred review)
“Timelessly true to life…a diabolically funny slacker-makes-good coming of age story.” – Booklist
JUST KILL ME
(Simon and Schuster, 2016)
A novel about a ghost tour guide who makes places more haunted by killing people at them! JUST KILL ME is a noir comedy about unsolved mysteries, dark history, strange legends, long distance love, and scandalous Disney villain fanfic. Starred review in Kirkus
MORE INFO FROM SIMON AND SCHUSTER (with order links)
“Simultaneously a scathing parody…and a sweetly romantic tale in its own right. Hilarious.” – Kirkus
“This is one smart goth caper….Selzer brings the undead to vivid and crackling life.” – Booklist
“Original, unpredictable, funny, romantic, and tragic.” – School Library Journal
“Delightfully wicked.” – Publisher’s Weekly