Colin Dickey: Ghostland

Colin Dickey takes readers on a road trip of the most famous haunted places in America. Discovering legends and unpacking vital histories cloaked in superstition from the haunted brothels of Reno, to the industrial ruins of Detroit, to buried treasure in the uneasy lands of the Mississippi Delta, to a Portland park famous for murder, Dickey searches these infamous spaces for a better understanding of what hauntings mean to us and what they say about our nation’s complicated history.

“You wouldn’t expect to read about brothels, human psychology, Victorian architecture, even a suburban Toys R’ Us, and come out the other side with an entirely different understanding and appreciation for ghosts. But Colin Dickey’s writing is just that good. Ghostland is strange and un-settling in the best possible way," says Caitlin Doughty, author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.

As a writer, scholar, speaker, and co-editor of The Morbid Anatomy Anthology, Colin Dickey has established himself as an exciting new voice among American cultural historians. Dickey’s work has been anthologized and published widely, at Lapham’s Quarterly, BOMB, The Paris Review, The New Inquiry, and many others. He is a member of the Order of the Good Death, a collective of artists, writers, and death industry professionals interested in improving the Western world’s relationship with mortality. He holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Southern California, and is an associate professor of creative writing at National University.

In accordance with an old Christmas tradition, we'll be hearing ghost stories from Elizabeth Brundage, author of All Things Cease to Appear, Tim Manley, Moth GrandSLAM champion and author of Alice in Tumblr-land, and Maria Dahvana Headley, author of Magnolia.