Author Archives: Alan Finn

About Alan Finn

Alan Finn is the pen name of an acclaimed author of mysteries, He has worked as a journalist, editor and ghost writer, His historical supernatural mystery THINGS HALF IN SHADOW was published in December by Gallery Books. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey, where he is hard at work on his next book.

The Neon Museum

I’ve been traveling all week, for both business and pleasure. One of my destinations is Las Vegas. (The pleasure part, naturally.) Rather than try to write a blog post in the airport, I’ve decided to share this article I wrote about one of the coolest places in Vegas. It was originally printed in The Star-Ledger in April 2013. Enjoy! Much like a showgirl in sequins, Las Vegas knows how to sparkle. A gigawatt oasis in the Nevada desert, its lights pulse, blink and beckon. Even at Continue reading →

The spirit photographs of William Mumler

Before there was Photoshop, there was William Mumler. He was a photographer in the 1860s, back when the art form was still relatively new and startling innovations were being made every day. Mumler’s particular innovation was discovered quite by accident when he unintentionally double exposed a negative while taking a self-portrait. The resulting photograph showed not only his clear image but another, more blurry one standing with him. To Mumler’s eyes, that after-image more resembled a ghost than a man. This strange photographic effect got Continue reading →

My 2014 Awesome List

Another year has come to pass, which means it’s time for my annual culling of things that have rocked my pop culture world. I call it The Awesome List, and this is the third edition. (The 2012 and 2013 versions can be found here and here, respectively.) Just like those previous lists, this year’s comes with a caveat: This is by no means a ranking of the best books, movies, TV, etc. in 2014. There’s a whole lot from the year that I have yet Continue reading →

Tips For Making A Book Trailer

It is my firm belief that book trailers don’t sell books. After all, they’re not like movie trailers, shown on the big screen before millions of people. They mostly hide on YouTube or on certain niche websites that feature such things. Unless you’re one of publishing’s big guns — a Grisham, for instance, or a King or Rowling — your book trailer isn’t going to have a very large audience Of course, knowing that didn’t stop me from creating a book trailer for THINGS HALF Continue reading →