Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D. has published twenty-five books, including two novels. She holds graduate degrees in forensic psychology, clinical psychology, and philosophy. Currently she teaches forensic psychology at DeSales University in Pennsylvania. After publishing two academic books, she wrote Prism of the Night: A Biography of Anne Rice. Then she published guidebooks to Rice’s fictional worlds: The Vampire Companion: The Official Guide to Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, The Witches’ Companion: The Official Guide to Anne Rice’s Lives of the Mayfair Witches, The Roquelaure Reader: A Companion to Anne Rice’s Erotica, and The Anne Rice Reader. Her next work was Dean Koontz: A Writer’s Biography, and afterward ventured into journalism with a two-year investigation of the vampire subculture, to write Piercing the Darkness: Undercover with Vampires in America Today. Following that was Ghost, Cemetery Stories, and The Science of Vampires.
Her background in forensic studies positioned her to write The Forensic Science of C.S.I. and The Criminal Mind, as well as co-writing with former FBI profiler, Gregg McCrary, The Unknown Darkness. In addition, she wrote The Science of Cold Case Files, and Inside the Minds of Mass Murderers and she pens editorials on breaking forensic cases for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Her latest books are The Human Predator: A Historical Chronicle of Serial Murder and Forensic Investigation, and with James E. Starrs, A Voice for the Dead.
She has penned articles and reviews for The New York Times Book Review, The Writer, Psychology Today, The Newark Star Ledger,and Publishers Weekly. She contributes regularly to Court TV’s Crime Library, is a staff consultant for the official U.K.-based magazine for C.S.I., has a column in Crime, Murder, Forensics, and has published more than three hundred articles about serial killers, forensic psychology, and forensic science.