I've been "committing acts of journalism" for an amazingly long time (probably forty years, last I checked.) The Chinese have a famous curse: "May you have an interesting life." I have. Along the way I helped start a national magazine (Men's Health) and published twelve books, including Tornado Hunter (NatGeo book about famous storm chaser Tim Samaras, later killed by one); Roar of the Heavens (about Hurricane Camille); Mr. Hornaday's War (about the man who saved the bision from extinction) : and Through A Glass Darkly (about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his late-life obsession with spiritualism, the search for contact with the dead).
THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY (St Martin's Press)
In the early years of the twenty century, when the pseudo-region of spiritualism -- the search for direct contact with the dead -- attracted adherents in the millions, its foremost spokesperson was, of all people, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle, of course, was the creator of the fictional hyper-logical sleuth Sherlock Holmes. He was also a close friend of Harry Houdini, with whom he had a bitter public feud about the truth or falsity of Doyle's great obsession. This book tells that fascinating, long-ago story.
Awards and Recognition
- Winner, 2018, biography/history book, American Society of Journalists and Authors