But by night, he works as a Chicago historian and tour guide, with a specialty in ghostlore, crime, and weird stuff. He built a reputation for sticking to accurate historical information and keeping a skeptical head (probably to more of an extent than he should have - people don't always WANT to hear that certain stories have no basis in fact!). His experiences in the field formed the basis of his hilarious 2009 book for Llewellyn Press, Your Neighborhood Gives Me the Creeps: True Tales of an Accidental Ghost Hunter. He is now at work on a variety of Chicago history-related books, including "Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks From Chicago History" for Globe Pequot Press.
He has worked with nearly every company in the city, from Weird Chicago to the now-defunct Chicago Spooks, and now gives tours privately and for Chicago Hauntings. See his home page.
Adam is the author of more than a dozen fiction and nonfiction books, many of which are available from major publishers. His specialities are smart-alecky young adult books, Chicago history, and American ghostlore. Some of his books:
|Your Neighborhood Gives Me the Creeps:|
True Tales of An Accidental Ghost Hunter
Adam Selzer's hilarious account of life in the ghost hunting industry. (Llewellyn, 2009)
|TO AMERICAN HISTORY!|
Finally! A Young Adult nonfiction
book that's not about "your
Random House, 2009
The book so gruesome Adam wouldn't put it out under his own name!
|I KISSED A ZOMBIE |
AND I LIKED IT!
Random House, 2010
"A scathing parody...hilarious" - Kirkus
ikissedazombie.com (Website with LOTS of special features)!
(Adam Selzer and Troy Taylor)
|THE MURDER CASTLE OF H.H. Holmes: Eyewitness Accounts|
(Adam Selzer and "Wild Bill" Griffith")