BOOKS

Some of tour guide Adam Selzer’s recent books….
Two new nonfiction titles coming 2016-17 from Sky Horse Publishing: Mysterious Chicago: History at its Coolest and H.H. Holmes: Myth and Mystery, the first truly authoritative account of the life and crimes of 19th century killed H.H. Holmes, and how the legend grew.
Just Kill Me

Just Kill Me

(Simon and Schuster 2016, coming Aug 30) 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.


GHOSTS OF CHICAGO

GHOSTS OF CHICAGO

(Llewelyn 2013) 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.

Indiebound   Amazon

Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the US Film Industry

Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the US Film Industry

(w Michael Glover Smith, Univ 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

Indiebound  Amazon

The Smart Aleck's Guide to American History

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.

Indiebound  Amazon

GHOSTS OF LINCOLN

GHOSTS OF LINCOLN

(Llewellyn 2015) 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.

Indiebound   Amazon

SPARKS

SPARKS

The Epic, Completely True Blue (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie

(as SJ Adams, Flux, 2011)
A Stonewall Honor book for 2013

SPARKS is the John Hughes-esque story of Debbie Woodlawn, a Full House-obsessed 16 year old agnostic who attempts to get over a crush on her religious best friend by embarking on a "holy quest" with a couple of misfits who have invented a religion of their own.


"Touching and humorous....Debbie and her offbeat cohorts are nuanced and authentic." - Publishers Weekly

"Original and appealing...a kinetic and well-paced comedy that just might win a few converts." -Kirkus

"Hilarious... will appeal to teenagers who are a little bit on the outside." - School Library Journal

Play Me Backwards (Simon and Schuster 2014)

Play Me Backwards (Simon and Schuster 2014)

(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

Indiebound  Amazon




EBOOK-ONLY BOOKS:
The Murder Castle of HH Holmes

The Murder Castle of HH Holmes

Our most popular ebook, now expanded to FULL LENGTH for 2014, including tons of new info. Eyewitness accounts, diagrams, and ephemera from primary sources! Newly edited and organized to present a more chronological overview of the famous "castle," from its construction to the 1895 investigation and beyond. More than three dozen diagrams, drawings and photos, plus dozens of first hand accounts of what it was like to live and work in the castle with HH Holmes. Includes a long-lost interview with Holmes himself, details about seldom-heard Holmes stories...even the combination to the soundproof vault! Each source now features detailed info on the background and context by Adam Selzer, who speaks about Holmes regularly on TV and radio programs Full length book just 3.99 on kindle.

Fatal Drop: True Tales of the Chicago Gallows

Fatal Drop: True Tales of the Chicago Gallows

Tales of hangings in Chicago, and the crimes that led to them.

Mistess of Mysteries: Three Stories by Mary E. Holland

Mistess of Mysteries: Three Stories by Mary E. Holland

Three short stories by early 20th century Chicago's most prominent female detective, plus her notes on the Dove Murder, with notes and an introduction on her life by Adam Selzer

The Smart Aleck's Guide to Grave Robbing

The Smart Aleck's Guide to Grave Robbing

Everything you need to launch YOUR career as a 19th century Resurrection Man, the Smart Aleck way! A complete history of one of the oldest professions, with tips and tricks of the trade. Fully illustrated, with an active table of contents. 2.99 on kindle