Upcoming Appearances:


I’m doing the kickoff talk at DivinaCon in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, which takes place September 15-17th, 2017. My talk will cover what I consider to be the hottest trend in tarot—reading with ancient decks. Full details and registration here.

Recent Appearances:

My talk on magic mushrooms and psi phenomena, “Putting the Magic Back into Magic Mushrooms,” from the 920 Day of Action in 2015, covers a much-ignored but critical aspect of psychedelic history.

Watch my talk on The Art and Magic of the Tarot from Fortfest 2016.


I did a talk on The Secret History of Magic Mushrooms at Mushroom City Arts Festival in Baltimore on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 at Gwynn’s Falls Park.

The Big Read - A Wizard of Earths

I was the keynote speaker for another The Big Read event, this time in Attleboro, Massachusetts, on Friday, September 18th, 2015 from 7-9m discussing magic in Ursula K. Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea. Video from the event should be posted soon.

You can listen to the latest interview about my fiction and the strange, real-life experiences behind the stories on the Where Did the Road Go? radio show (I love the name!). Where Did the Road Go? explores the paranormal, alternatives science, lost history, supernatural, and occult forces that affect our world. The show broadcasts live from WVBR Radio, Ithaca, NY and streams online. Check out some of the terrific guests in the show’s archives. The show is also archived on YouTube.


You can check out a video of my reading at Noir at the Bar in Baltimore’s Sowebo neighborhood. Warning: the second part of the reading is from a very foul-mouthed and obscene comedy sketch. You have been warned!

It was a terrific night with a bunch of great Baltimore writers of dark, gritty and, well, noir-ish fiction. Full details at my blog post and the Facebook event page.

The Art and Magic of the Tarot (Class at AVAM)

I taught a workshop on The Art and Magic of the Tarot at Baltimore’s amazing American Visionary Art Museum on April 11th. It was a terrific class, buzzing with energy and fun.

The Big Read - A Wizard of Earths
I gave the kickoff talk for The Big Read at Towson State University in Towson, MD. The Big Read is a statewide celebration of books and reading, and this year’s book is A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin—which happens to be one of my favorites! You can watch a video of the talk, The Meaning of Magic: Ursula K. Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea, on YouTube.

On February 18th, 2015 I held the Tarot Boot Camp in Baltimore. In this six-hour, visual-rich, hands-on workshop for beginner and advanced levels, students learned the history and practical use of the Tarot, as well as how to give powerful and insightful readings without any memorization. The course included my new Tarot Boot Camp Workbook.

January 17th, 2015: Talk on UFOs: Beyond the Paranormal and Personal Encounters with the Unknown at the Maryland MUFON meeting, held at Bill Bateman’s Bistro in Severna Park, MD.

January 23-25, 2015: Helping out at the fantastic writing workshop known as Borderlands Boot Camp in Towson, Maryland.

You can listen to my spooky but true story about my imaginary childhood playmate, and how he turned . . . bad. I also speculate on whether some people are prone to anomalous experiences and if such traits are genetic. The Stoop Storytelling Series is a real Baltimore gem—if you live nearby, you really should check it out.


I’ll be digitally signing books (Blackwater Lights and Witch Lights) at New York Comic Con Thursday, October 9th from 2-3pm and Friday, October 10th, 2014 from 4-5pm at the Penguin Random House booth (#2204). Stop by and say hello!


I was a guest on Coast to Coast AM Friday night, September 12th, 2014, 1am-3am EST (10am-2pm PST). The topic is shamanism and the paranormal, but it will be a wide-ranging discussion about all of the real-life subjects behind the story of Blackwater Lights and Witch Lights: UFOs, ghost lights, shamanism, ritual magic, conspiracies, and more. Tune in, call in, and if it’s too late for you to stay up, here’s the archived audio on YouTube. Full details here.

Video of my talk on writing and publishing (with a short reading from Blackwater Lights) from the MWA Annapolis chapter meeting may be found here.

Interview from Jon Winokur’s excellent Advice to Writers website.

You can check out a video of my presentation “UFOs: The Reality of the Impossible” from StrangeCon 1.

The Association for the Study of Esotericism Conference at Colgate University, June 19-22, 2014.

Carroll County Chapter of the Maryland Writer’s Association. Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 1pm.

Annapolis Chapter of the Maryland Writer’s Association. Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 6:30pm. Full video.

Strangecon (Baltimore, MD) April 27th, 2014 at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). UFOs: The Reality of the Impossible. Video

True Detective Truth Squad (podcast). Discussing S1E7 and a wrap up after the show’s finale. Hosts Sherilynn and Jill are terrific, so if you are a fan of the show, check it out. I can’t wait for season two!

Corus Radio (Calgary, CA), Feb. 21, 2014. Interview with Dan Riendeau on the mysteries of True Detective. Audio.

WGN (Chicago) Radio’s Nick Digilio Show, discussing my io9 True Detective article and Blackwater Lights. Link.

Freemasonry and Magic for the bros. at Glen Burnie Lodge on February 6th (not open to the public).

Borderlands Press Boot Camp Friday, January 24th. A yearly conference for writers that was a complete game-changer for me and my career. Highly recommended.

Fiction from the Free State. With fellow Maryland writers Sujata Massey, Stephen Dixon, Michele Chynoweth, and Charles Belfoure. September 29th, 2013 at the CityLit Stage at the Baltimore Book Festival website.

Freemasonry and Magic at the Scottish Rite Temple in Baltimore, Sept. 25, 2013.

I was semi-coherent at the Northeastern Writers’ Conference, or Necon, July 18-21st, 2013.

I was interviewed by Ted Torbich on The Stench of Truth radio show in July, 2013. Full audio here.

I spoke about Freemasonry and Magic on Saturday, February 23rd, 2013  at the Masonic Lodge in Rockville, Maryland. The talk included a demonstration of mentalism, or psychic magic. It was hosted by the Maryland Masonic Research Society.

I gave a talk on UFOs and the Paranormal at the Mysteries of Space and Sky UFO Conference on October 29th, 2011 in Hanover, Maryland. Speakers included George Knapp (Hunt for the Skinwalker), Antonio Huneeus, Rob and Sue Swiatek, and more.

Slideshow/talk on Teonanácatl: The Secret History of Magic Mushrooms at Ignite Baltimore on September 30th, 2010 at the Walters Art Museum.

For those who missed my appearance at Stoop Stories, the audio (most definitely not work-safe) is available here.