Harold Schechter


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June 28, 1948

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Aka Jon A. Harrald (joint pseudonym with Jonna Gormley Semeiks)

Harold Schechter is a true crime writer who specializes in serial killers. He attended the State University of New York in Buffalo, where he obtained a Ph.D. A resident of New York City, Schechter is professor of American literature and popular culture at Queens College of the City University of New York.

Among his nonfiction works are the historical true-crime classics Fatal, Fiend, Deviant, Deranged, and Depraved. He also authors a critically acclaimed mystery series featuring Edgar Allan Poe, which includes The Hum Bug and Nevermore and The Mask of Red Death.

Schechter is married to poet Kimiko Hahn. He has two daughters from a previous marriage: the writer Lauren Oliver and pr
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Deviant: The Shocking True ...

3.89 avg rating — 5,119 ratings — published 1989
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Hell's Princess: The Myster...

3.38 avg rating — 5,897 ratings — published 2018 — 6 editions
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The Serial Killer Files: Th...

4.08 avg rating — 3,029 ratings — published 2003 — 14 editions
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Deranged: The Shocking True...

3.89 avg rating — 2,207 ratings — published 1990 — 8 editions
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Little Slaughterhouse on th...

3.56 avg rating — 1,660 ratings — published 2018 — 3 editions
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The Pirate

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Depraved: The Definitive Tr...

3.93 avg rating — 1,765 ratings — published 1994 — 13 editions
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The Devil's Gentleman: Priv...

3.67 avg rating — 1,593 ratings — published 2007 — 9 editions
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The Pied Piper

3.65 avg rating — 955 ratings — published 2018 — 3 editions
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“Fish had already told both Wertham and Detective King that, in addition to shoving needles inside his body, he liked to soak pieces of cotton in alcohol, cram them up his rectum, and set fire to them.”
Harold Schechter, Deranged: The Shocking True Story of America's Most Fiendish Killer

“disobedience, refusal to work, refusal to answer when spoken to, and a determination not to succeed.”
Harold Schechter, The Mad Sculptor: The Maniac, the Model, and the Murder that Shook the Nation

“Largely because of its emphasis on gore, the Illustrated Police News had the highest circulation of any publication in Victorian England.”
Harold Schechter, The Serial Killer Files: The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World's Most Terrifying Murderers

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