Books

Adam is the author of more than twenty published books. Some of the more recent ones:

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 Booklistand Library Journal, featured in New York Times, Washington Post, Rolling Stoneand 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

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Audiobook out from Dreamscape Media

MYSTERIOUS CHICAGO: HISTORY AT ITS COOLEST

Unsolved mysteries unearthed from 200 years of Chicago history, from missing murderers to phantom kangaroos. Skyhorse Publishing (order)

FLICKERING EMPIRE: HOW CHICAGO INVENTED THE US FILM INDUSTRY

(University Of Columbia Press 2015)

The fascinating but too-little-known known story of how Chicago served as the unlikely capital of film production in America prior to the rise of Hollywood. Colorful, larger-than-life historical figures such as Thomas Edison, Charlie Chaplin, Oscar Mischeaux, Francis X. Bushman, Gloria Swanson, Broncho Billy, and Colonel William Selig all come together in this, the critically-acclaimed first book-length account of the era by Adam Selzer and Michael Glover Smith

Indiebound         Amazon

GHOSTS OF CHICAGO

(Llewelyn 2013)

From Resurrection Mary and Al Capone to the Murder Castle of H.H. Holmes and beyond, the spine-tingling sights and sounds of Chicago’s yesteryear are still with us…and so are its ghosts!  Seeking to find what we really know about the ghastly history behind Chicago’s ghost stories, historian Adam Selzer pieces together the truth, bringing to light dozens of previously-unknown bits historical data.

Indiebound    Amazon

THE SMART ALECK’S GUIDE TO AMERICAN HISTORY

(Random House 2009)

Look, there are a lot of American history textbooks in the world, but not all of them have the courage to say what we’re all thinking about General Ambrose Burnside’s facial hair. Equal parts hilarious and fascinating, The Smart Aleck’s Guide to American History was a Junior Library Guild selection, an Illinois Reads pick, and YALSA nominee. It’s very popular with history teachers who seem as though they ought to know better.

Indiebound     Amazon

SOME OF ADAM’S NOVELS:

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 seriesabout 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.

PLAY ME BACKWARDS:

(Simon and Schuster 2014 – now in paperback!)

A novel for young adults who worship the devil.

“Mordantly funny” – Publisher’s Weekly

“Hilariously subversive, but also tender and poignant” – VOYA (starred review)

“Timelessly true to life…a diabolically funny slacker-makes-good coming of age story.” – Booklist

Indiebound      Amazon