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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Adam McOmber  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1975 Van Wert, Ohio


-- Website -- http://adammcomber.com
-- Adam McOmber on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=adam++mcomber


Illinois Connection

McOmber teaches at Columbia College in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Adam McOmber is the Assistant Director of the Creative Nonfiction program at Columbia College, where he teaches both creative nonfiction and mythology, and the associate editor of the college’s literary magazine ''Hotel Amerika''. His first book, the short story collection “This New and Poisonous Air,” received nominations for 2012 Pushcart Prizes and Best American Fantasy. His second book is the novel, “The White Forest,” which features a protagonist who can see the souls of objects.


Selected Titles At Your Library

The innocents abroad :
ISBN: 9788381151924. OCLC Number: 1021123816

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The white forest /
ISBN: 1451664257. OCLC Number: 759912845

Simon & Schuster,. .

Young Jane Silverlake lives with her father in a crumbling family estate on the edge of Hampstead Heath. Jane has a secret-- an unexplainable gift that allows her to see the souls of man-made objects-- and this talent isolates her from the outside world. Her greatest joy is wandering the wild heath with her neighbors, Madeline and Nathan. But as the friends come of age, their idyll is shattered by the feelings both girls develop for Nathan, and by Nathan's interest in a cult led by Ariston Day, a charismatic mystic popular with London's elite. Day encourages his followers to explore dream manipulation with the goal of discovering a strange hidden world, a place he calls the Empyrean. A year later, Nathan has vanished, and the famed Inspector Vidocq arrives in London to untangle the events that led up to Nathan's disappearance. As a sinister truth emerges, Jane realizes she must discover the origins of her talent, and use it to find Nathan herself, before it's too late.

The white forest :
ISBN: 9781469226675. OCLC Number: 810079678

Brilliance Audio ;. .

Jane Silverlake, a young woman from the wild heath regions of Victorian England, uses her paranormal ability to see the souls of handcrafted objects to infiltrate a mysterious dream-manipulation cult into which the man she loves has gone missing.

This new & poisonous air :
ISBN: 1934414514. OCLC Number: 649927324

BOA Editions,. .

McOmber's stories blend historical fiction with fantasy and the macabre. He merges artifice and desire to create a dream of the past that intertwines with our own notions of modern life.

Additional Title Information

  • This New & Poisonous Air

    , BOA Editions Ltd, 2011

  • The White Forest: A Novel

    , Touchstone, 2012


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