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The New England Grimpendium by J.W. Ocker

“If you find your nightmares a bit undernourished or your day trips a bit too sunny, The New England Grimpendium is the guide for you.”

Countryman Press (a division of W.W. Norton & Co., New York) is pleased to announce the September 2010 release of the new book, The New England Grimpendium by J.W. Ocker. The New England Grimpendium catalogs hundreds of macabre sites, attractions, and artifacts, all drawn from the firsthand experiences of J.W. Ocker, who covered 7,000 miles of New England roadway in venturing to these eerie locations. From a visit to the private collection of a demonologist to a midnight jaunt to an insane asylum cemetery to an overnight stay at a murder scene, Ocker leaves no gravestone unturned in his quest to chronicle the dark heart of New England.

Featuring some 100 pictures, this morbid travelogue includes detailed information and firsthand experience for locations related to:

  • Legends and personalities of the macabre
  • Infamous crime, killers, and tragedies
  • Horror movie filming locales
  • Notable cemeteries, tombstones, and other memento mori
  • Classic monsters

For review copies, author interviews, book excerpts, or other arrangements, please contact

Tom Haushalter at (802) 457-4826 or thaushalter@wwnorton.com.

About the Author
J.W. Ocker has a Master’s Degree from the Great Books Program of St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD. He runs the website O.T.I.S.: Odd Things I’ve Seen (OddThingsIveSeen.com), where he chronicles his visits to various oddities of culture, art, nature and history. Some of his darker travels have been featured in Rue Morgue magazine and on CNN.com. He currently lives in Nashua, NH. For more information about the author, visit jwocker.com.

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