Books by Katherine Ramsland

Katherine Ramsland has written nineteen books, including The Forensic Science of C.S.I., and teaches forensic psychology at DeSales University.


BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2008

"Informative, plainly recounted trip into a nexus of homegrown evil."
Ex-biker ends up a top FBI informant inside a white supremacist group. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"An enervating litany of research, dully presented."
A thumbnail history of forensic science, ranging from ancient China to the O.J. Simpson trial. Read full book review >
GHOST by Katherine Ramsland
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"For believers only—neo-Goths and occult enthusiasts will enjoy this latest midnight mission. "
One woman's experiences spirit-hunting across the dark terrain of contemporary America. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"No deep excavations into the mysteries of human demise here, but shovelfuls of intriguing tidbits for anyone curious about what begins when life ends."
An amusing if grisly compendium of everything we never wished to know about mortuaries, cemeteries, and other less savory aspects of the Big Casino. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 1998

Anne Rice biographer Ramsland immerses herself in the underground society of vampires (from role-players to actual blood-drinkers) in order to form some general theories about vampire culture. Spurred on by her own longtime fascination with vampire fiction and the mysterious disappearance of vampire cult investigator Susan Walsh in 1996, Ramsland began her own probe into the various forms of the vampire lifestyle. It's not clear whether Ramsland had any specific focus when she began her study other than solving the Walsh mystery and indulging her own romantic fascination with vampire legends. What develops, however, through meticulously recounted conversations with people deeply entrenched in the vamp scene and through a heavy dose of Ramsland's own philosophical musings about these encounters, is a voyeuristic ogling of an alternative —and at times morally deviant— culture and the author's realization of her own almost perverse infatuation with it. Ramsland becomes deeply involved with the vampire society and credibly offers comprehensive information about the rituals, role-playing games, and communities (both online and off) of the culture she's exploring. And with her academic background (she teaches philosophy at Rutgers) as a guide, Ramsland extends her exploration into various psychological and philosophical realms ranging from healthy fantasy play to personality disorders and satanic worship. And yet, for all that,the book has no specific purpose: No hypothesis is proposed and no answers are given. The interviews are intriguing—even if visceral and at times grotesque—but without a frame of purpose, the book is merely a collection of oddly interesting stories. Perhaps this is the way Ramsland wants it, —in keeping with the secretive mystique of vampire legends,— but this absence leaves the book a bit, well, lifeless. (Author tour) Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 1991

Exciting life of bestselling gothicist Anne Rice, by psychologist/philosopher Ramsland (Philosophy/Rutgers). Benefiting from Rice's input, this will have to be thought of as an ``authorized'' biography, although Ramsland is her own writer—and at times a heavy-going writer, bearing what might be called the Curse of the Jungians, an overdense working out of Rice's sea-changes and gender shiftings. Born in New Orleans and named Howard Allen, Rice has always been an outsider with strong male traits and since childhood has refused to accept victimization by dress and gender codes. Like Orson Welles, she and her three sisters were raised from infancy to be geniuses, allowed to stay up late, dabble at will and read what they wished, and skip school, all with the doting permission of their alcoholic mother, Katherine, and highly moral Catholic father, Howard. Katherine's death at 48 was the deepest blow Rice had ever experienced (alcoholism claimed many family members at that very age and might have claimed Rice as well had she and her brilliant poet-husband Stan Rice not agreed in 1979 to total abstinence)—and was followed by her daughter Michele's death from leukemia at age five. These events fed in a disguised fashion into her first successful novel, Interview with the Vampire, and into her following vampire novels, which, Ramsland shows, granted immortality to her dead mother and daughter—until Rice killed them off and arose psychically refreshed. Despite success, she writes as she wishes: Later novels were audience-losers, as were pseudonymous porno novels, until she returned to her vampire chronicles. Ramsland's study climaxes in the middle—with the deeply moving death of Michele as recaptured by Stan's electric elegy—and her later knifework on the Rice psyche and its fictions gets tiresome. Still, the book is mostly quite gripping, and deserves to hit big and probably will. (Sixteen pages of b&w photograph—not seen.) Read full book review >