is a professor at Queens College, the City University of New York,
where he teaches courses in American literature and culture.
Renowned for his true-crime writing, he is the author of five
nonfiction books: BESTIAL, DEVIANT, DERANGED, DEPRAVED, and, with
David Everitt, THE A TO Z ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SERIAL KILLERS. He is
also the author of NEVERMORE, an acclaimed historical novel
featuring Edgar Allan Poe.