House of Mystery Radio/Inside Writing
JAMES G. CARLSON - SEVEN EXHUMATIONS
James Carlson began writing as a young man by obsessively scribbling journal entries while hitchhiking and traveling on buses across the US. Later, a few of his attempts at poetry appeared in online magazines. Around that time, he also started work as a freelance music journalist, reviewing albums and interviewing artists for a handful of publications. In recent years, he has discovered a passion for penning short stories, especially in the genres of horror, science fiction, and dark fantasy. His work has appeared in anthologies from Gypsum Sound Tales, Breaking Rules Publishing, Grinning Skull Press, Terror Tract Publishing, Deadman’s Tome, Reanimated Writers Press, and others.
TRUE CRIME CHRONICALS - MIKE ROTHMILLER
What do Wyatt Earp, Belle Gunness, Big Foot the Renegade, Billy the Kid, and Dr. H.H. Holmes, and The Black Hand have in common?They were all subjects of true crime newspaper reportingin the 1800s, and now these stories and that of many others are brought together in their original form in a two-volume set: TRUE CRIME CHRONICLES: Serial Killers, Outlaws, and Justice … Real Crime Stories From The 1800s.Compiled and commented on by New York Times bestsellingauthor Mike Rothmiller, these classic works of journalism resurrect astonishing stories that will take the reader back to when these horrific tales mesmerized a nation. Some may find these articles and their descriptions of people and crimes shocking by today’s standards, but they are representative of the most colorful true crime stories of the day.TRUE CRIME CHRONICLES, Volume One, includesstories about Belle Gunness, who had a penchant for killing men and feeding them to her hogs, Dr. Holmes and his “murder castle,” The Bloody Benders, and Amelia Dyer, the “baby farmer,” the darker side of Wyatt Earp, and the forerunners of the American Mafia, “The Black Hand.” Imagine yourself accompanying these reporters visiting the crime scenes, interviewing witnesses, and penning the stories of murder, lynchings, evil, and swift frontier justice.
GREG HICKEY - PARABELLUM
“A vivid, harrowing journey.” - Jenny Milchman, Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author ofCover of SnowA mass shooting at a Chicago beach leaves several dead and dozens injured. In the year before the crime, four individuals emerge as possible suspects.An apathetic computer programmer.An ex-college athlete with a history of hits to the head.An Army veteran turned Chicago cop.A despondent high school student.One of them is the shooter. Discover who and why.“Parabellum is taut, slow-burning crime fiction at its best. And it’s a great deal more than that.” - Paul Flower, author ofThe Great American Cheese WarIf you like nuanced literary crime fiction that explores the depths of the human psyche, you’ll love Greg Hickey's compelling and unforgettable novel
LAURA NIRIDER - WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS
Imagine spending years behind bars — or even facing the death penalty — for a crime you didn’t commit. Now go one step further and imagine that the evidence that put you there isyour own words.False confessions are more common than most might imagine. Whether through psychological persuasion, prolonged isolation, or even outright lying, threats or promises, coercive interrogation techniques have played a decisive role in sending innocent people — including minors and intellectually-impaired persons —to prison.On October 5, 2020, Season Two of the podcastWrongful Conviction: False Confessionslaunches, examining this true crime phenomenon through the eyes of two of the globe’s leading experts on interrogations. Hosts Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin — renowned attorneys, co-directors of Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions, and recognized figures from the hit Netflix docuseriesMaking a Murderer— have dedicated their lives to understanding and solving the problem of false confessions.
END GAME - ANNE PENN
End Game of The Most Dangerous Game takes you through the journey of trying to find a serial cat burglar, a serial rapist, serial arsonist and a serial killer. After a lifetime of tracing and tracking, waiting and watching one of the most dangerous serial killer's the State Of California has ever seen, Anne Penn takes us through the chapters including the guilty pleas of Joseph James DeAngelo June 29, 2020. End Game at last, the criminal will spend his final days in prison. This is the place he has belonged for decades. As always Penn includes all new information from her investigations and research.
CHILDREN IN THE LAKE - MARK EDWARD HALL
In 1925 three children vanish without a trace in Arrowhead Lake. Nearly a century later there are those who still report seeing the children swimming beneath the surface like elusive dolphins.After losing her husband in a violent car crash, Rachel King and her two young sons venture to Arrowhead Lake to heal. When Rachel discovers that Great Woods Timber is planning to clear-cut this beautiful wilderness she enlists the help of Lilly Bowman and her mysterious father, chief and shaman of the Wabanaki nation.But dark events have been set in motion and Arrowhead Lake is under siege by a sinister force of mercenaries. When Chief Neptune vanishes, Rachel and Lilly call on Seth Ferguson, the local deputy sheriff for help. Together they discover an astonishing truth; a shadowy cabal that will stop at nothing to obtain the secret of Arrowhead Lake, a secret that if unearthed could have far-reaching consequences.When one of Rachel’s sons vanishes in the Lake, she and Lilly embark on a harrowing journey to find him. What they discover is a mind boggling truth that will change their lives forever.
PICTURES OF THE ABYSS - ANDREW FIRTH
In the early years of the twentieth century, London was a city of opposites. The affluent west of the city was prosperous and wealthy, but in contrast the east was an area of poverty, crime and disease. Life expectancy was low, and the streets were filled with the homeless, the destitute and the sick.When the American author Jack London ventured into the East End in the summer of 1902 to research the hopeless living conditions so typical of the area, he was to witness such sights as the cramped living conditions in shabby Frying Pan Alley, the revolting menial tasks that inmates of the Whitechapel casual ward carried out to pay for a dismal bed and a frugal meal of bread and ‘skilly’. In his book “The People of the Abyss”, a written account of his experiences, he relayed the tale of Dan Cullen, a resident of one of Whitechapel’s municipal dwellings, whose worsening health had forced him to move into the old Temperance Hospital, near Euston station. Jack had witnessed the sorry sight of the homeless sheltering under Tower Bridge and others trying to sleep by the steps of Christ Church in Spitalfields. He had tasted coffee and tea that was close in appearance to dirty dishwater and bore little resemblance to anything his readers might have drunk, and he had seen desperately hungry men and women pawing their way through the filthiest of meat scraps outside a butcher’s shop in Aldgate. In short, he had, if only briefly, lived the life of one of the people of the abyss, and had witnessed the horrendous life that circumstance had forced them to endure.As well as his vivid written descriptions of the East End, Jack London also photographed a considerable number of evocative scenes to complement the text. These well-known images have been frequently reprinted over the years, often to illustrate books about Jack the Ripper and the East End in general.
SPECIAL CRIMES - KENNY RODGERS
Special Crimes is the capstone of a lifetime career in law enforcement for Houston native Kenny Rodgers, and details not only the inner workings of the Harris County District Attorney Special Crimes Bureau, but the complete behind-the-scenes investigations and ultimate take-down of some of the most notorious criminals in the Lone Star State during the 1970s and 80s. From "The Black Widow" to "Yankee" (former Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Yarbrough) and Karla Faye Tucker, from murder-for-hire to lust, revenge, and greed, Special Crimes is a smorgasborg of citizens at their worst and good cops at their best, including those rare, insufferable, and hilarious moments when the gun misfires, the heel falls off the shoe, or the chase begins in earnest.
CEMETERY CLOSING - JEFF STRAND
The long-awaited fifth book in the wildly popular series of horror/comedy novels featuring Andrew Mayhem!As a stay-at-home dad taking care of triplets, Andrew Mayhem's days of getting into wild adventures are over. His life is measured in diaper changes. Sleep has become an abstract concept, something oft-discussed with his wife Helen but rarely experienced.So when Internet celebrity explorer Percival Longshore asks Andrew and his best friend Roger to travel with him on a good old-fashioned treasure hunt, Andrew laughs off the idea. He can't even watch ten consecutive minutes of a movie, much less fly to the rainforest in South America to see if an old map is accurate.The base pay is generous, the potential reward is astronomical, and Percival assures him that he will be in absolutely no danger. After Helen gives her blessing for Andrew to leave for a few days, he finds himself on a small motorboat on the Amazon River seeking his fortune. Maybe this adventure really will be different.When they pass a skinned body tied to a pole, Andrew realizes that nothing has changed...