Ed Simon


Ed Simon is the Public Humanities Special Faculty in the English Department of Carnegie Mellon University, a staff writer for Lit Hub, and the editor of Belt Magazine. His most recent book is Devil's Contract: The History of the Faustian Bargain, the first comprehensive, popular account of that subject.

American Captivity

from Political Mythologies, Volume 24, Number 1

The captivity narrative is the most American of genres, not just in fostering fear, paranoia, and violence but in contributing to the creation myth of a new variety of person: the American.

The Unlikely Verse of H.P. Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft’s verse advances a startlingly modern metaphysic.

America’s Great Poet of Darkness

If you read Frost for the snow, but don’t feel the cold, then you’re not really reading Frost