DEVIN McKINNEY is the author of

Magic Circles: The Beatles in Dream and

History (2003), The Man Who Saw a Ghost:

The Life and Work of Henry Fonda (2012), and Jesusmania! The Bootleg Superstar of

Gettysburg College (2016).

He's also written many reviews, articles,

essays, fragments and whimsies. Those that

are available online can be accessed at

the Archives page.



My latest work of Gettysburg College history is detailed on the

Edited & Co-Edited page.

There's a new little something under "Books & Authors" on the Archives page.

In "New Work / News":

my review of the new Netflix version

of The Boys in the Band is here.

In "New Work / News":

my piece on Town Bloody Hall (1979), the Pennebaker-Hegedus doc starring Germaine Greer and Norman Mailer, is here.

My contribution to a month-long series at Hilobrow on "our favorite punk songs, c. 1974–1983" is here. I see now that it should have been one paragraph longer.

I've added a new title to my book pages. Not new, exactly (I wrote it in 2011 as a library-school thesis), but if you take a dip into Open Shelves, Secret Agreements, you might find it diverting—especially if you're oriented to archives, independent journalism uncovering government plots, etc.

And ​I'm still working on

the book, whose subject

matter is on plain view on this

page, if you read the

signs correctly.

See you on the way down . . .

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He's writing his next book now.

Maybe this very minute.

Most days he can be found either at his

desk or in the library at Gettysburg College, where he works as an archivist.

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What I take to be the central theme in the American literature of the fantastic, the loss of the individual will, hence of the self, and the terror aroused by the prospect of this loss ...

— Peter Straub, “Introduction,”

American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from the 1940s to Now