The President's Vampire is proof positive that an inordinate number of very strange things happen from sea to shining sea in the place known as the United States of America. It contains scrupulously documented accounts of ghosts, monsters, murderers, and hoaxes so improbable they will fascinate believers, skeptics, and anyone interested in the more obscure corners of American history and culture.
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About the Author
Robert Damon Schneck is the author of The President's Vampire: Strange-but-True Tales of the United States of America. His work has appeared in Fate, Fortean Times, and other publications.
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Dear Mr. R. D. Schneck, author of 'The President's Vampire', You seem to be a great and true anomalist and Fortean - I, too, have the shelf of old childhood paperbacks about strange things and weird happenings, only mine has grown to fill an entire bookcase and well beyond. Your book was great - I was so happy to see an anomalist book that covers in-depth stories I'd never seen in anything but passing mention. The story about the Springheel Jack of Southwest Baltimore was an excellent thing to read in the middle of a Baltimore heat wave! And thank you so much for doing the original research and being willing to say it, outright, when a beloved Fortean case comes to nothing - too many people working in Fort's tradition want to skip the 'verifying facts' step, and your chapter on the Vampire was almost a case study in how it should be done. We need more Forteans like you writing, in general.But I do want to let you know that on the list of things that will never, ever be interesting from a Fortean point of view (along with "things I found out through past life regression" and "metaphysics as explained by a TV psychic") is "things that happened to my friends while they were playing with a Ouija Board." There were some interesting things in the story - the question of how the board works, and who it works for, and trying to get verifiable (or provably false) data from it, and the psychology involved - but all of that stuff is only peripherally related to Forteana, and it certainly didn't justify "things that happened to my friends while playing with a Ouija board" being the longest section in the book. If it had been paperback rather than hardcover, I would have done what I've done to several other books on my paranormal shelf - slit the binding, removed the useless section that was most of the book, and then re-taped the binding.This is disappointing mainly because the rest of the book was as close to a perfect Fortean ouvre as I've encountered in ages. Keep writing! Just leave out the Ouija boards next time, okay?