Discussing Stalking Ottis Toole: A Southern Gothic and a talk I’m giving at the Jacksonville Historical Society called “Malice Aforethought: A Century of Murder in Jacksonville” with Emily Lisska on The History Show, October 17, 2013:
I’ll be speaking to the Jacksonville Historical Society about the city’s long murder problem, ending with discussion of Stalking Ottis Toole: A Southern Gothic.
October 30th, the day before Halloween, 6:30 pm.
The Jacksonville Historical Society is located at 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.
From Lost Renoirs and Picassos to the Lost Tribes of Israel, Springfield’s Brown Museum of Art Connects the Unicorn to the Black Mermaid.
From the Black Panthers to exorcism and from FBI investigations to the Jacksonville City Councilwoman who’s thankful for slavery.
Inside the Richmond Hotel in LaVilla, where Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald and Cab Calloway and Billie Holiday stayed.
Finding my name in graffiti on a wall in a building inside one of my stories.
Was Ottis Toole one of the worst serial killers in history or a dim-witted arsonist who never meant to kill anyone?
September 27, 2013, 6 pm University of North Florida, Student Union Center
Publication party, reading and book signing to celebrate the release of STALKING OTTIS TOOLE: A SOUTHERN GOTHIC by Tim Gilmore, and BRIGHTLEAF by Raleigh Rand.
Ottis Toole was either one of the worst serial killers in history or a dimwitted arsonist who never meant to kill anyone. Or someone somewhere between. It’s hard to tell if Ottis Toole himself knew which Ottis was Ottis.
Raleigh Rand’s Brightleaf
The Rapturous Rest is not a brothel, nor is it a funeral parlor. It’s a boarding house located in the fictional town of Brightleaf, North Carolina. Its proprietor, Mary Beth Green, is a self-righteous thief, liar, and carpool driver who conducts an amateur therapy group in her living room– with a core membership that includes a Deadhead, a psychology professor, a trust-fund baby, and a man who tells fortunes based on…grocery lists. Brightleaf is primarily a farce that is part murder mystery, part romantic comedy, part self-discovery.
Jacksonville artist Nick Dunkenstein has created four portraits of Ottis Toole. Together they comprise the cover image for my Stalking Ottis Toole: A Southern Gothic, coming in early September. Details about a publication party and a Jacksonville Historical Society reading will be available soon.