New Story: Playtime Drive-In Theater and Christ Church Anglican

What could seem stranger than a drive-in movie theater that becomes a church? Maybe a church where a drive-in theater showed pornographic films for 20 years. Oh, Southern Gothic!

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New Story: “Alley Between Bay and Forsyth (Between Nick Dunkenstein and the Newnan Street Sphinx)”

What do Nick Dunkenstein, Benedict Cumberbatch, Charles Baudelaire, and the Sphinx have in common?

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This story:

Alley Between Bay and Forsyth (Between Nick Dunkenstein and the Newnan Street Sphinx)

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New Story: Murray Hill Theater

What remains in an old theater when the movies and the music are over? Walk with me through the graffiti garden, the empty stage, the green room, up the stairs, and across the roof.



New Story: Green Cove Springs, Gustafson’s Farm

It began in 1908, closed up shop in 1913. The milking bails are still there. So are partial bottles of cattle antibiotics, maybe even some earthy remnant of the sweet and sour smell of a century of milk.

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2014 Douglas Anderson Writers’ Festival

I’ll be offering workshops and signing books at the 2014 Douglas Anderson Writers’ Festival this weekend.


My workshops are called “Place as Character: Speaking the Haunted Landscape.”

Here’s the workshop description from the festival website:

“When Peter Ackroyd wrote his mammoth book about his native city, he called it London: The Autobiography. Often writers think of place merely in terms of setting, but capturing the personality of place means bringing it to life as a character. Every place is haunted historically and psychologically. Getting in touch with that haunting allows you to know the place intimately, not only to bring it to life in your writing, but as Ackroyd’s title suggests, to allow the place to speak through you.”

Meet Eartha White

I’m following up my book on supposed Jacksonville serial killer Ottis Toole with a book on the woman who’s been called “Jacksonville’s Angel of Mercy” and “Jacksonville’s Mother Teresa.”

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In Search of Eartha White: Storehouse for the People will be out in the fall of 2014.

My talk on the history of murder in Jacksonville is now on youtube.

My October 2013 Jacksonville Historical Society talk, Malice Aforethought: A Century of Murder in Jacksonville, is now uploaded on youtube.


New story: Abandoned Hovercraft, Abandoned Airstrip

Green Cover Springs: Lee Field Hovercraft Ruins


Article in Folio Weekly on the Ottis Toole book and my chat with the Historical Society,7801

Discussing Stalking Ottis Toole: A Southern Gothic on The History Show

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: