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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Adam Selzer  

Pen Name: William Griffith, S.J. Adams

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1980 in Des Moines, Iowa


-- Adam Selzer on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=adam++selzer


Illinois Connection

Selzer lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Adam Selzer became a professional ghostbuster and founded ''Weird Chicago Tours'' in 2006 with Troy Taylor and Ken Melvoin-Berg. He writes humorous books for children and young adults and non-fiction for adults about forgotten bits of Chicago history, myths, legends and ghost lore. At night, he still gives ghost tours in Chicago.


Awards

The Smart Aleck's Guide to American History


-- ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2013

Play Me Backwards


-- Starred Review, VOYA
-- ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Andrew North blows up the world
ISBN: 9780375893759. OCLC Number: 748282058

Delacorte Press,. .

Ten-year-old Andrew North believes his father and brother are spies, and spends his time in middle school preparing to join the family business.

Andrew North blows up the world /
ISBN: 0385736487. OCLC Number: 305411964

Delacorte Press,. .

Ten-year-old Andrew North believes his father and brother are spies, and spends his time in middle school preparing to join the family business.

Extraordinary :
ISBN: 9780375983580. OCLC Number: 698027224

Delacorte Press,. .

Fourteen-year-old Jennifer sets the record straight after a best-selling book, ostensibly written about her, declares that her life was improved by her fairy godparent, who is actually a creepy, unkempt drunk with greasy hair.

Fatal drop :
ISBN: 1892523620. OCLC Number: 440799761

Whitechapel Press,. .

Ghosts of Lincoln :
ISBN: 9780738741536. OCLC Number: 891610657

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Abraham Lincoln is one of the most haunted--and haunting--presidents in U.S. history. Sightings of Lincoln's ghost, as well as the ghost of his assassin, have been reported for more than 150 years. Visited by eerie premonitions, morbid dreams, and unusual events that seem too bizarre to be coincidence, Lincoln has become the source of dozens of myths and paranormal mysteries. Investigating everything from obscure seĢance transcripts and nearly forgotten newspaper articles to the most peculiar paranormal claims, this digs deep into the annals of history and reveals the fascinating true stories behind the tales, rumors, and lore.

H.h. holmes :
ISBN: 9781520071756. OCLC Number: 986643889

Dreamscape Media, LLC.,. .

This is the first truly comprehensive book examining the life and career of the murderer who has become one of America's great supervillains. It reveals not only the true story but how the legend evolved, taking advantage of hundreds of primary sources that have never been examined before, including legal documents, letters, articles, and records that have been buried in archives for more than a century. Although Holmes is just as famous now as he was in 1895, this deep analysis of contemporary materials makes clear how much of the previously known story came from reporters who were nowhere near the action, a dangerously unqualified new police chief, and lies invented by Holmes himself.

H.H. Holmes :
ISBN: 1510713433. OCLC Number: 979413723

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Herman W. Mudgett, better known by his alias, H.H. Holmes, is considered America's first-- and most notorious-- serial killer. During the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, the basement of his house in Englewood, Illinois contained a torture chamber with crematory. Mudgett confessed to killing 27 people, but legends say the number may be in the hundreds. Selzer reveals not only the true story but how the legend evolved, taking advantage of hundreds of primary sources that have never been examined before.

How to get suspended and influence people :
ISBN: 9780440421603. OCLC Number: 247090425

Laurel-Leaf,. .

Gifted eighth-grader Leon Harris becomes an instant celebrity when the film he makes for a class project sends him to in-school suspension.

I kissed a zombie, and I liked it /
ISBN: 0385735030. OCLC Number: 326529748

Delacorte Press,. .

Living in the post-human era when the undead are part of everyday life, high schooler Alley breaks her no-dating rule when Doug catches her eye, but classmate Will demands to turn her into a vampire and her zombie boyfriend may be unable to stop him.

I Kissed a Zombie.
ISBN: 1299219098. OCLC Number: 842857945

Delacorte Books for Young Readers,. .

I put a spell on you :
ISBN: 9780385735049. OCLC Number: 185032686

Delacorte Press,. .

When Gordon Liddy Community School's resident tattletale-detective, Chrissie Woodward, realizes that the adults are out to fix the big spelling bee, she transfers her loyalty to her fellow students and starts collecting evidence. Told through in-class letters, administrative memos, file notes from Chrissie's investigation, and testimony from spelling bee contestants.

Play me backwards
ISBN: 9781481401036. OCLC Number: 863100397

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A promising and popular student in middle school, Leon Harris has become a committed slacker but with graduation approaching and his middle school girlfriend possibly returning to town, Leon's best friend Stan, who claims to be Satan, helps him get back on the right track--for a price.

Speaking ill of the dead :
ISBN: 9780762791125. OCLC Number: 893678830

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A delightfully wicked look at the badly behaved characters who shaped the history of the Windy Citythrough their deeds and misdeeds. Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Chicago History features twenty-five short profiles of notorious bad guys, perpetrators of mischief, visionary if misunderstood thinkers, and other colorful antiheroes from the history of the Windy City. It reveals the dark side of some well-known and even revered characters from Chicago''s past-both part-time Jerks and others who were Jerks through and through.

Speaking ill of the dead :
ISBN: 0762772913. OCLC Number: 783147137

Globe Pequot Press,. .

The ghosts of Chicago :
ISBN: 9780738738697. OCLC Number: 951020550

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From Resurrection Mary and Al Capone to the funeral train of Abraham Lincoln, the spine-tingling sights and sounds of Chicago's yesteryear are still with us-- and so are its ghosts. Selzer pieces together the truth behind Chicago's ghosts, and brings to light dozens of never-before-told firsthand accounts. Take a historical tour of the famous and not-so-famous haunts around town. Sometimes the real story is far different from the urban legend... and most of the time it's even gorier....

The ghosts of Chicago :
ISBN: 0738736112. OCLC Number: 844774291

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From Resurrection Mary and Al Capone to the funeral train of Abraham Lincoln, the spine-tingling sights and sounds of Chicago's yesteryear are still with us-- and so are its ghosts. Selzer pieces together the truth behind Chicago's ghosts, and brings to light dozens of never-before-told firsthand accounts. Take a historical tour of the famous and not-so-famous haunts around town. Sometimes the real story is far different from the urban legend ... and most of the time it's even gorier ...

The smart aleck's guide to American history
ISBN: 9780385736503. OCLC Number: 300983067

Delacorte Press,. .

Improve your historical knowledge with this witty and efficient presentation of pivotal themes and events such as the American Revolution, Civil War, and civil rights movement. This clever and informative work follows a chronological arrangement from early exploration to the inauguration of President Barack Obama in January 2009.

Your neighborhood gives me the creeps :
ISBN: 9780738722320. OCLC Number: 826646931

Llewellyn Publications,. .

Your neighborhood gives me the creeps :
ISBN: 0738715573. OCLC Number: 310399697

Llewellyn Publications,. .

Do ghosts really exist, or is "ghostly phenomena" just strange stuff that gets blamed on dead people? Giving you the real story, professional ghostbuster and skeptic Adam Selzer of Weird Chicago Tours delves into a mysterious death at a former funeral parlor, nightly ghost sightings at Hull House, and more. Proving that not all ghost hunters are kooks (some are just geeks gone wild), Selzer showcases true spooky tales worldwide, a history of hauntings, the art of ghost hunting, and cool evidence of paranormal phenomena and the supernatural. These ghost stories will make you want to investigate that cemetery down the road to see if it's haunted--or just dark and creepy.