Author D.R. Bartlette

I was that weird kid who hung out in the library and had my nose in a book all the time. Thanks to my voracious reading habit (and the indulgence of the librarians), I discovered horror at an inappropriately early age. Once I was exposed the joys of late-night syndicated shows like The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, I was ruined. I was fascinated by how these stories, so slow and quiet, made me feel: sad, angry, confused, or vaguely creeped out. I loved it.

As a tween I devoured every word Stephen King wrote, binging entire novels in an afternoon. From there I moved on to the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson, and William Faulkner, who helped me discover and refine my Southern Gothic voice.

The evolution into true crime was a natural progression of my morbid curiosity. As author Sady Doyle puts it, “True crime is a horror movie with the brake lines cut.”

I followed my passion for writing by earning a Bachelor’s, then a Master’s, in Journalism. As a freelancer, I’ve written dozens of articles and essays from topics ranging from school lunches to the study of human decomposition – the weirder, the better.

But my true loves remain horror and true crime, where I can explore the theme of justice – who gets it and who doesn’t, and why.

My first novel, The Devil in Black Creek, is a retro thriller set in the 1980s told from the perspective of a 12-year-old girl. Reviewers call it “…brilliant, creepy, and totally trendy…” and say “I would recommend to all horror fans, especially fans of Stephen King’s early work…” and “Five stars are not enough. I give it eleven.”

My latest works are long-form articles about true crime featuring unusual or particularly relevant crimes from the past. Follow me on Medium to get your weekly true-crime fix.

I also co-host a true-crime show on YouTube, The Deadly Digest.

Follow me on Instagram or Facebook for more gruesome, interesting, and macabre things.

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