J. W. Ocker is a travel writer, novelist, and blogger. He is the author of the Edgar Award winning and Anthony Award nominated book Poe-Land. His other books include A Season with the Witch, The New England Grimpendium, and The New York Grimpendium. His writing can be found in the Boston Globe, the Atlantic, Atlas Obscura, and the Guardian, among other publications. He is also the creator of the blog and podcast OTIS: Odd Things I’ve Seen, where he chronicles his visits to oddities around the world. He has personally handled dozens of cursed objects yet miraculously lived to tell the tale.