Adam Selzer: Author Who Does All Kinds of Neat Stuff


Adam Selzer has been a tour guide, author, and speaker for more than a decade, and regularly appears on History and Travel Channel shows such as American Ripper, Mysteries at the Museum, Haunted History, and more. His 20 published books range from smart-alecky novels to academic nonfiction about Chicago history.  

There’s a canon Star Wars character named after him.  


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Mysterious Chicago




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.

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



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. Read an extended excerpt from Simon and Schuster and see the “Behind the Book” video series about the historical mysteries featured in the book.

“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 Phasma

“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

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