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.
In "New Work / News":
my contribution to a month-long series at Hilobrow on "our favorite punk songs, c. 1974–1983." 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
See you on the way down . . .
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.
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