Colin Dickey

Colin Dickey




Colin Dickey grew up in San Jose, California, a few miles from the Winchester Mystery House, the most haunted house in America. As a writer, speaker, and academic, he has made a career out of collecting unusual objects and hidden histories all over the country. He’s a regular contributor to the LA Review of Books and Lapham’s Quarterly, and is the co-editor (with Joanna Ebenstein) of The Morbid Anatomy Anthology. He is also 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. With a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Southern California, he is an associate professor of creative writing at National ...more

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“Like a disease that gradually but inexorably blossoms into a pandemic, Alexander’s military band set off a craze that would result in various musicians, orchestras, and nations vying for higher and higher tones, with sharper and sharper notes.”

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Ghostland: An American Hist...

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Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing...

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Afterlives of the Saints

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The Morbid Anatomy Anthology

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“When it came to the definition of genius, the ultimate measure could never really be the skull - the measure was always the writing, the music, the art itself.”
Colin Dickey, Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius

“A city obsessed by its ghosts seems to be weighted down by a conflicted view of the past. Something close to melancholy: a weight it can't quite let go of, a lingering sadness. And though we don't often think of the United States in these terms, this melancholy is as much a part of our history as our triumphs.”
Colin Dickey, Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places

“But this, too, you could say, is part of the American story, as we have always been people who move on, leaving behind wreckage and fragments in our wake.”
Colin Dickey, Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places

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