Harold Schechter





Harold Schechter


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January 01, 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's newest study of popular culture, Savage Pastimes: A Cultural History of Violent Entertainment is just out fro
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Average rating: 3.85 · 20,069 ratings · 1,410 reviews · 46 distinct worksSimilar authors
Deviant: The Shocking True ...

3.88 avg rating — 4,402 ratings — published 1989 — 13 editions
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The Serial Killer Files: Th...

4.09 avg rating — 2,594 ratings — published 2003 — 12 editions
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Deranged: The Shocking True...

3.87 avg rating — 1,959 ratings — published 1990 — 7 editions
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The A to Z Encyclopedia of ...

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4.01 avg rating — 1,835 ratings — published 1996 — 10 editions
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Depraved: The Definitive Tr...

3.90 avg rating — 1,509 ratings — published 1994 — 12 editions
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The Devil's Gentleman: Priv...

3.66 avg rating — 1,365 ratings — published 2007 — 7 editions
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Fiend: The Shocking True St...

3.75 avg rating — 759 ratings — published 2000 — 4 editions
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Psycho USA: Famous American...

3.74 avg rating — 716 ratings — published 2012 — 7 editions
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Bestial: The Savage Trail o...

3.70 avg rating — 697 ratings — published 1998 — 10 editions
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The Mad Sculptor: The Mania...

3.39 avg rating — 1,091 ratings — published 2014 — 16 editions
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Nevermore The Hum Bug The Mask of Red Death The Tell-Tale Corpse
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“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

“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

“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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