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Harold Schechter

Harold Schechter is a professor of American literature and culture at Queens College, the City University of New York. He is widely celebrated for both fiction and true-crime writing, including The Devil's Gentleman and The Serial Killer Files. He lives in Brooklyn and Mattituck, Long Island, with his wife, the poet Kimiko Hahn.


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Conversation Pieces
Edited by Kurt Brown and Harold Schechter
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | March 2007
$12.50/15.50(Canada) | 978-0-307-26545-6 (0-307-26545-5)

This utterly delightful anthology gathers poetic responses to other poems in a dialogue conducted across space and time.

Here are poems that answer, argue with, update, elaborate on, mock, interrogate, or pay tribute to poems of the past. We hear Leda's view of the Swan; feel sympathy for La Belle Dame... Read more

The Devil's Gentleman
Written by Harold Schechter
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | September 2008
$18.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-47680-7 (0-345-47680-8)

From renowned true-crime historian Harold Schechter comes the riveting exploration of a notorious New York City murder in the 1890s, the fascinating forensic science of an earlier time, and the grisly court case that became a tabloid spectacle.

The wayward son of a revered Civil War general, Roland Molineux enjoyed good looks... Read more

Killer Verse
Edited by Harold Schechter and Kurt Brown
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | September 2011
$13.50/15.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-70093-3 (0-307-70093-3)

Killer Verse: Poems of Murder and Mayhem is a spine-tingling collection of terrifically creepy poems about the deadly art of murder.

The villains and victims who populate these pages range from Cain and Abel and Bluebeard and his wives to Lizzie Borden, Jack the Ripper, and Mafia hit men. The literary forms...

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Psycho USA
Written by Harold Schechter
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | August 2012
$22.00/29.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-52447-8 (0-345-52447-0)

In the horrifying annals of American crime, the infamous names of brutal killers such as Bundy, Dahmer, Gacy, and Berkowitz are writ large in the imaginations of a public both horrified and hypnotized by their monstrous, murderous acts. But for every celebrity psychopath who’s gotten ink for... Read more

The Serial Killer Files
Written by Harold Schechter
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | December 2003
$23.00/30.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-46566-5 (0-345-46566-0)


Hollywood’s make-believe maniacs like Jason, Freddy, and Hannibal Lecter can’t hold a candle to real life monsters like John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and scores of others who have terrorized, tortured, and terminated their way across civilization throughout the ages. Now, from the... Read more

The Whole Death Catalog
Written by Harold Schechter
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | June 2009
$20.00/27.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-49964-6 (0-345-49964-6)

In the tradition of Mary Roach’s bestselling Stiff and Jessica Mitford’s classic exposé The American Way of Death comes this meticulously researched, refreshingly irreverent, and lavishly illustrated look at death from acclaimed author Harold Schechter. With his trademark fearlessness and bracing sense of humor, Schechter digs deep into a wealth of... Read more