books by Harold Schechter
Fiend: The Shocking True Story Of Americas Youngest Serial Killer
Brilliant. Highly Recommended.
I found this book both chilling and interesting. I will start by saying that I would not recommend this to people who have a weak stomach, as some of the crimes are described in gruesome detail. There were times when even I had to put the book down for a time and return to it later. It is interesting that, despite people's complaints about violence in today's youth, America's youngest serial ...
Bestial: The Savage Trail of a True American Monster
Another Great Historical Thriller
Schechter provides another amazingly detailed page turning thriller. I've read all of his works and Bestial is one of my favorites.
True Crime: An American Anthology
Library of America
A killer collection!
The Library of America's "True Crime: an American Anthology" - 'past-to-present' anthology containing much of the best American true-crime writing spanning the 350-year period from way back in the 17th Century down to the present-day. Given the vast body and range of true-crime literature in existence, editor Schechter set limits that narrow the central focus of his true-crime selections to ...
The Whole Death Catalog: A Lively Guide to the Bitter End
The Whole Death Catalog
Harold Schechter encompasses all aspects of the death process from forensic science to the burial process. This in-depth look at a subject most of us shy away from is handled respectfully, yet candidly. A real eye-opener.
The Devil's Gentleman: Privilege, Poison, and the Trial That Ushered in the Twentieth Century
Ballantine Books, 2008
Love the writing style
I am a huge fan of the authors writing style- focusing on a specific event in time to give the reader an immersive experience into the time period.
Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original Psycho
Unbelievably full of the most grisly happenings. It's difficult to think this is a true story, even though I know it is. I enjoyed Psycho and Silence of the Lambs and now understand where the idea for these two movies came from. I couldn't put the book down until I'd finished it.
The Serial Killer Files: The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World's Most Terrifying Murderers
Ballantine Books, 2003
The Serial Killer Files
This book covers the who, what, when, and where of a litany of serial crimes. Harold Schechter is at home writing about true crime and the reality of death we all sooner or later face.
The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers
Best Serial Killer Book
This is a very interesting book about anything you want to know about Serial Killers. Every killer you know is in there along with many you don't. If you are a crime reader or love crime in general you will love it.
Panzram A Journal of Murder
This is quite a disturbing piece of work.So much hate and anger filled in one man is hopefully not something we will see every day. It is difficult to review this book, so my only opinion is that you should read this.Now.
Deranged: The Shocking True Story of America's Most Fiendish Killer
Harold Schechter does it again!
An excellent book! I love this author and his books on true crime in the 1920's. He gives you the feel for the era past and all the facts (well researched)on the background of Abert Fish, the crime, the court, other crimes commited, the articles in the newspapers at the time, the sentencing and a good follow-up.It's a book that flowes easily and is a good read. This book along with all of his ...
Conversation Pieces: Poems That Talk to Other Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)
The best anthology since the rather iffily-titled The thunder mutters. Such an original concept! Now is anyone out there planning an anthology of poems about god/s?
The Mask of Red Death: An Edgar Allan Poe Mystery
Suspense, intrigue, atmosphere, and vivid historical detail combine into a thrilling ride through nineteenth-century New York City in The Mask of Red Death . Harold Schechter delivers both a wonderfully accurate portrait of a city in turmoil and an irresistibly appealing depiction of his amateur sleuth Edgar Allan Poe, mirroring the master?s writing style with wit and acumen. It is the sweltering summer of 1845, and the thriving metropolis has ...
Discoveries: Fifty Stories of the Quest
Oxford University Press, USA
Fantastic stories with helpful commentary.
The short stories here are all interesting and an excellent account of the different types of hero journies that people can undertake. They are uplifting and inspiring. Tney are all helpful in the study of human strength as well as frailty, and all readers will be able to identify with one or many of the stories.
Killer Colt: Murder, Disgrace, and the Making of an American Legend
With such acclaimed works as The Devil?s Gentleman , Harold Schechter has earned renown as the dean of true-crime historians. Now, in this gripping account of driving ambition, doomed love, and brutal murder in an iconic American family, Schechter again casts his gaze into the sinister shadows of gaslit nineteenth-century New York City. In September 1841, a grisly discovery is made aboard a merchant ship docked in lower Manhattan: Deep in the ...
The Hum Bug
excellent read, great mystery, Poe lives!
I was at first hesitant about picking this book as my next read, especially seeing some of the author's rather vulgar non-fiction titles and covers. However, as a lover of historical fiction and mysteries, I easily give this book all FIVE stars. The story is tightly paced with many a suspenseful "cliff-hanger" at the end of the chapter, making it hard to put down. Also, he is able to write in ...
Brings Poe back to life
An ardent fan of Poe's (as well as a well-traveled fan of Baltimore's), I was at first hesitant to try this novel, but I'm so glad I did. I haven't enjoyed simply reading a novel this much in years. The wording and style is exquisite and the story thouroughly entertaining! I plan on getting the rest of Mr. Schechter's Poe novels simply based on this one. It's for fans of Poe, fans of mystery ...
Savage Pastimes: A Cultural History of Violent Entertainment
St. Martin's Press
Shocking. Should be followed by: "Demonic Males---Apes and the Origins of Human Violence" by Wrangham and Peterson; "The Murderer Next Door---Why We Kill" by David Buss; "Heroes, Rogues, and Lovers" by Dabbs and "The Lucifer Principle" by Howard Bloom. Anyone reading all those books will be left with no doubt that we evolved from apes.
Depraved: The Definitive True Story of H.H. Holmes, Whose Grotesque Crimes Shattered Turn-of-the-Century ...
You won't be able to put it down
An excellent companion to Larson's The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, this book tells the almost unbelievable life story of 19th century serial killer and kidnapper Herman Mudgett, a.k.a. H.H. Holmes. He actually confessed to 27 murders, but some of the victims turned out to still be alive later. Others have placed the number at 200 plus. ...
The Tell-Tale Corpse: An Edgar Allan Poe Mystery
Ballantine Books, 2007
Another very good mystery
This was the second book I've read in the Edgar Allen Poe mystery series (you, I find, have to read them in order). This is book I felt was very good, well-written in the voice of the great writer. I feel the author does a great job in "channeling" EAP without resulting in caricature. This book also features in a supporting role PT Barnum, who also appeared in a prior book of the series I read, ...
Fatal : The Poisonous Life of a Female Serial Killer
Could not put it down
The second I started reading the book I could not put it down. I read it in 3 or 4 days. It took so long cause I had to go to work. Love the book and I know I will read it again. I highly recommend this book.
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