Ed Simon

Ed Simon

Ed Simon is a contributing editor for the History News Network, and a staff writer at The Millions, which the New York Times has called the “indispensable literary site.” He is the author of several books, most recently  An Alternative History of Pittsburgh, from Belt Publishing. His book Pandemonium: A Visual History of Demonology, a work of illustrated nonfiction combining popular history, cultural criticism, and art history, will be released by Abrams in October of 2021.

His essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The Paris Review Daily, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Poetry, McSweeney’s, Aeon, Jacobin, Salon, The New Republic and The New York Times among dozens of others.

Currently he is finishing Pandemonium, a work of illustrated nonfiction combining popular history, cultural criticism, and art history, which was recently acquired by Abrams Book and is scheduled for publication in 2021.

Originally a native of Pittsburgh, he has lived in New York City, Boston, and now Washington DC. He holds a PhD in English from Lehigh University.

What Readers Are Saying:

“Between the struggle for religious certitude and stick-in-the-mud atheism is Ed Simon’s honest and authentic exploration.” – Peter Bebergal, author of Strange Frequencies and Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll

“Ed Simon’s powerful, searching essays are conversant with a startling range of subject matter: Augustine and Whitman, Bob Dylan and Thomas Paine, Catholicism and Cathars, Cotton Mather and Martin Luther. Simon’s mind goes, quite simply, everywhere.” – Tom Bissell, author of The Disaster Artist 

“[Simon] piques your interest with a vision that is like an impossible mashup of William James and George Carlin… equal parts poet, prophet, and philosopher.” – J.C. Hallman, author of The Devil is a Gentleman: Exploring America’s Religious Fringes and B & Me: A True Story of Literary Arousal

“From dusty reliquaries to Walt Whitman’s odes, from Thomas Paine to Thomas Moore and all across the persistently stubborn landscape of the American religious imagination, Ed Simon’s essays help readers to understand how we got to this complicated moment in American religious history.” – Kaya Oakes, author of Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture and Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church 

“Like William Blake writing The Lives of the Saints or Nietzsche drawing a map to Utopia, Simon succeeds on his own impossible terms.” – Brook Wilensky-Lanford, author of Paradise Lust: Searching for the Garden of Eden