Stephanie Hoover

STEPHANIE HOOVER is a traditionally published non-fiction author, freelance journalist and professional researcher.


She has appeared on-air on the Travel Channel, and conducted research for NBC's Who Do You Think You Are?, PBS's Finding Your Roots, and Canada's Ancestors in the Attic. In addition, she conducted archival research for a SyFy Channel special on the Kecksburg, PA UFO incident.

Her own podcast, Stephanie Hoover Has That Story, is a short-form "history-tainment" show offering concise yet intriquing discussions of cultural history, historical true crime, purportedly supernatural people and events and the 19th century Spiritualism movement.

Stephanie's tenth book, Pretty Evil Pennsylvania, releases August 2021 from Rowman & Littlefield imprint Globe Pequot. Sign up for her mailing list to receive special updates on its progress.

Her ninth book, Spiritualism and the Supernatural: An Entertaining Encyclopedia for Believers and Skeptics Alike, is currently available for purchase.

Stephanie's historical true crime books include:
The Kelayres Massacre: Politics & Murder in Pennsylvania's Coal Country
The Killing of John Sharpless
Philadelphia Spiritualism and the Curious Case of Katie King
All are available from the publisher, History Press/Arcadia, and all major book retailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million.

In addition to her own books, Stephanie is contracted by publishers and packagers to write and/or ghostwrite non-fiction works. Projects include two titles in the Our Basic Freedoms children’s book series (religion and press); A Taste of Latin America main and chapter introductions; ghostwriting and copyediting on Viva Mezcal; and, Fold & Fly Butterflies, Birds, and Other Animals that Fly: Over 25 Paper Creations that Fly.

Stephanie is also called upon to assist other writers. Her research was recognized in North South Trader's Civil War, and she has provided background for several published biographies including one on business magnate Charles J. Harrah.

She is the creator and publisher of the popular "history-tainment" websites:
Clouded in Mystery - Mysteries, Myths and Crimes from the U.S. and U.K.
Hauntingly PENNSYLVANIA™ - Where History & Hauntings Meet

Stephanie is a proud member of The Authors Guild, National Writers Union and American Crime Writers League. She also supports other reading and writing programs and organizations.

For media inquiries, or to schedule a book signing, presentation or other personal appearance, send an email to: hoovercomms AT gmail DOT com.


Stephanie on Travel Channel's
Dead Files

Signing at Mechanicsburg Mystery Bookshop

Stephanie presenting to a packed house at Hummelstown Area Historical Society.

Signing at Barnes & Noble