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Poe and Lovecraft: The Weird in New York City

Quick: what comes to mind when I say the word “weird”? The uncanny? The eerie, odd, and inexplicable? “Weird” is all of these things — the ghostly and strange and subtly disturbing. Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft were masters of the literary weird, icons in the world of unsettling literature. By a (weird?) coincidence, […]

Lost Amusement Parks of New York City

Lost Amusement Parks of New York City: Beyond Coney Island is a must-read for any fan of obsolete amusements, NYC history, and bygone attractions. The book, available now from History Press, is a breezy read, peppered with anecdotes and delightfully nostalgic details. I chatted with authors Wes and Barbara Gottlock after a recent talk at […]

Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tour Featured in the New York Times!

This weekend’s Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tour is featured in the New York Times Spare Times column! Starting tonight, November 29th, at 7:30pm, the tour focuses on the old British tradition of telling ghost stories at Christmas in the vein of Charles Dickens, but with a decidedly New York City twist! From the old […]

The Enduring Appeal of the New York City Ghost Tour

There are many, many guides who will show you the best, brightest, and most beautiful sights the city has to offer, but I prefer the darker side of tourism. I want to know about the hidden histories of those who never made it into the guidebooks. I want to know what happened in the darkest nights, in the furthest reaches of New York City’s past. I want to know what happened to this city’s poor, to its wretches, to its forgotten. Most of all, I want to know what happened to its ghosts.

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