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By Paul Slade

The book that inspired Radiolab's new five-part podcast series The Vanishing of Harry Pace

I spent the last six months of 2020 working with Radiolab's Jad Abumrad and Shima Oliaee as they prepared a podcast series based on my 2014 Black Swan book. In January 2021, as they went off to make the actual episodes, I got down to rewriting the book to incorporate all the new information and insights we'd discovered. You can buy the new, expanded, 2021 edition here.


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The book rock critic Greil Marcus called "a dauntingly complete and fascinating piece of work"

After a couple of years out of print, my acclaimed murder ballads book is back! The 2015 Soundcheck Books edition dropped out of print when its publisher shut up shop. That was frustrating because Soundcheck's demise happened to co-incide with the book's appearance on Radiolab's 2019 podcast series Dolly Parton's America, which prompted quite a bit of interest in it just as there were no longer any copies to sell. Now the rights have reverted to me, and I've put out a new self-published edition using the original text (with a brand-new cover). Buy it here as a paperback or here as a Kindle e-book.

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Two book-length PlanetSlade essays now available for more convenient reading on the Kindle

Pearl Bryan is the story of a particularly grisly Kentucky murder in 1896 and the ballad it inspired, while The Outcast Dead gives a history of London's notorious Cross Bones graveyard and its surrounding outlaw borough of Southwark. You can read both these books on PlanetSlade too, but they're long enough for the Kindle to be more convenient. Click the title links above for more.