Depraved: The Shocking True Story of America's First Serial Killer, the story of Chicago serial murderer Herman Mudgett, alias Dr. H. H. Holmes
Deranged: The Shocking True Story of America's Most Fiendish Killer!, the story of New York serial murderer Albert Fish
Fiend: The Shocking True Story of America's Youngest Serial Killer, the story of Jesse Pomeroy, child murderer.
Bestial: The Savage Trail of a True American Monster, serial murderer Earle Leonard Nelson, who killed in Canada and the United States.
Deviant: The Shocking True Story of the Original "Psycho", the story of Ed Gein, the killer who inspired Psycho, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Silence of the Lambs
Fatal : The Poisonous Life of a Female Serial Killer, the story of 19th century murderess Jane Toppan
A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers (co-written with David Everitt)
The Serial Killer Files : The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World's Most Terrifying Murderers
Panzram: A Journal of Murder (Introduction)
"The Devil’s Gentleman: Privilege, Poison, and the Trial that Ushered in the Twentieth Century," New York: Random House/Ballantine Books, 2007.
"True Crime: An American Anthology," New York: Library of America, 2008.
Nevermore (1999) - Edgar Allan Poe joins Davy Crockett to solve a series of shocking murders in Baltimore in 1835.
The Hum Bug (2001) - Poe teams with Showman PT Barnum to solve a series of murders in New York.
Mask of the Red Death (2004) - Poe joins forces with Kit Carson to track down a liver-eating murderer. Like the previous book, this one also takes place in New York.
The Tell-Tale Corpse (2006) - Poe groups with author Louisa May Alcott to put down yet another murderer. This time, he takes his mystery to Massachusetts.
Outcry - A Novel based on the fictional son of Ed Gein, and his path of destruction
The Manly Movie Guide
Savage Pastimes: A Cultural History of Violent Entertainment
Real to Reel
Patterns in Popular Culture: A SourceBook for Writers
Film Tricks: Special Effects in the Movies
The Manly Handbook
Kidvid: A Parents' Guide to Children's Videos
American Voices: A Thematic/Rhetorical Reader
Start Collecting Comic Books
Discoveries: Fifty Stories of the Quest
Bosom Serpent: Folklore and Popular Art
New Gods: Psyche and Symbol in Popular Art
Original Sin: The Visionary Art of Joe Coleman
"Conversation Pieces: Poems that Talk to Other Poems," editor with Kurt Brown, New York: Knopf/Everyman, 2007.