Devil's Tale: The True Story of the Jersey Devil
Normally one would
expect a brief biography of the author on the back cover of his or her
book, but in this case I can offer the reader very little information
about Eric Leeds. As an editor of a mid sized publishing house, I
expected to know all of our authors well, but I can honestly say that
I’ve met and spoken with most of the writers we’ve published. I’ve had
the opportunity to get to know a few of our authors better than others
of course, and in those cases where friendships have developed, I’ve
gotten to know those writers quite well.
But this is not the case
author of The Devil’s Tale.
Mr. Leeds remains as much of a mystery to me today as on the day we
met. Eric appeared in my office late one evening a few years ago. We
spoke briefly. He left his manuscript. I didn’t get around to reading
his work until some time later. When I finally got the chance
to pick it up, I heard from Eric again. He called me on my private
line, just as was turning the last page. I must say, the timing of his
call was quite unnerving. I only met him one more time after that. All
I can say about Eric Leeds is that he is a very interesting man.
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