Adam Selzer: Author Who Does All Kinds of Neat Stuff


Adam Selzer has about 20 books out, ranging from smart-alecky YA novels to academic nonfiction about the silent film industry in Chicago. He’s been a historian, tour guide and lecturer for over a decade, regularly appears on TV and the radio, and runs the Mysterious Chicago podcast, blog, and tour company.  (Aug 14: Blog is down due to malware issue; working on it!) There’s a canon Star Wars character named after him.  

Adam appears on several episodes of American Ripper on the History Channel. He’ll have an article on Holmes’ probably whereabouts in Oct, 1888 after the season ends.

Upcoming public tours:

Aug 27: Grave Robbing 101 in Lincoln Park (Sold out!)

Aug 30: Grave Robbing 101

Sept 20: Grave Robbing 101

Oct 28 – 4pm HH Holmes bus tour / after-party

Latest book:

HH Holmes

HH Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil

The first truly comprehensive biography of H.H. Holmes, the man known as “America’s First Serial Killer,” featuring tons of newly-discovered information. Like the Facebook page for updates and teasers!

Starred reviews in Booklist and Library Journal, featured in New York Times, Washington Post, Rolling Stone and more.

“Exhaustively researched, highly readable…you’re drawn into the narrative as though reading a Caleb Carr novel.” – M. William Phelps, author of Dangerous Ground: My Friendship with a Serial Killer

“Adam Selzer’s masterful sleuthing proves to us, ‘the devil IS in the details.’ Impeccably researched, the author has wiped away the 19th century cobwebs. Highly recommended.” – Steve Hodel, author of Black Dahlia Avenger

“Selzer takes apart the dove-tailed pieces of fact and legend to show the myth-making behind one of America’s most infamous bogey-men. Not to be missed by any crime enthusiast.” – Donald Rumbelow, author of The Complete History of Jack the Ripper

Audiobook out from Dreamscape Media


forgotten history, strange legends, and unsolved mysteries  (currently down to to malware issues!)





Fall 2016: MYSTERIOUS CHICAGO: HISTORY AT ITS COOLEST. Unsolved mysteries unearthed from 200 years of Chicago history, from missing murderers to phantom kangaroos. Skyhorse Publishing (order)

Newest novel: 


Just Kill Me: The story of a ghost tour guide who makes places more haunted by killing people at them. Extended excerpt from Simon and Schuster and see the “Behind the Book” video series about the historical mysteries featured in the book.

Advance Praise for JUST KILL ME:

“Selzer has outdone himself” – Kirkus (Starred Review)

“Ominious, unsettling, and dripping with snark, Just Kill Me is a delicious dark comedy.. The ending still haunts me.” – Delilah S. Dawson, author of Strike

Just Kill Me is a hilarious punch to the brain!” – Demetria Lunetta, author of the In the After series.


“A message to all weird and wonderful morbid kids – you’ve found your heroine.” – Caitlyn Doughty, host of “Ask a Mortician” and author of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.

Ominous – Booklist       Perfectly Executed – BCCB

Chilling – School Library Journal        Delightfully macabre irreverence – Kirkus


INSTAGRAM – @adamselzer

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