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The road to hell

Go to hell and back with the help of this one-of-a-kind illustrated travel guide to real-life underworld destinations around the globe.

The world over, humans have been fascinated by hell in some form or another for thousands of years and across cultures. Now, with this illustrated collection, you can add hell to your travel bucket list with more than 50 one-of-a-kind underworld destinations, from ghost towns where Halloween is always in season, to ancient caves long viewed as entrances to Hades, to volcanoes that brim with fire and legend.

“A must-read for curious minds, trivia fans, and crime drama enthusiasts.”

Library Journal, Starred Review

Amazon Top Seller

A Best Seller in Natural History
and Science Essays & Commentary

About me

I’m a freelance science writer and former online science editor at National Geographic. My writing has appeared in magazines and newspapers including National Geographic, NPR, Scientific American, Popular Mechanics, Science News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Boulder Daily Camera, and more.

I write about various science topics — whatever captures my curiosity, really — but I gravitate toward the weird/gross/morbid, forensic science, and overlooked aspects of women’s health.

I live in Knoxville, TN, and part-time in Washington, DC.

A sampling of my writing for National Geographic, Scientific American, and more