Paul Fecteau

Welcome to the home page of writer Paul Fecteau. The entries below feature links to his work.

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Aleister Crowley Goes to Hell

“Aleister Crowley Goes to Hell: The Great Beast on the Left-Hand Path”

critical essay

published by The Sect of the Horned God (May 3, 2016)

Read “Aleister Crowley Goes to Hell: The Great Beast on the Left-Hand Path” which reflects on The Great Beast’s diabolical persona and the viability of his ideas for devotees of the left-hand path, via the following links:

the full critical essay via

a condensed version at the site for the Sect of the Horned God

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Barely Bound: Tales of Horror by Paul Fecteau and John McClenny

e-book, short story collection

eFM Press (June 10, 2011)

Barely Bound collects 22 pulp stories by Paul Fecteau and John McClenny. Among the denizens of the wide and weird landscape of the collection, you’ll meet a drunk driver with a zombie problem, a travelling preacher with a dark secret, a high school cheerleader who is a serial killer, a couple time-travelling professors, a maintenance man cleaning up after the suicide of a female tenant with whom he was obsessed, a sociopath in the making, a rock star who earns her Goth cred the hard way, a vampire hunter in love with a vampire, the black-eyed kids of urban legend, the archeologists who discover homo vampiris, a photographer fond of cemeteries, the ghost of a teen hitchhiker, a very romantic necrophiliac, werewolves and witchdoctors, a lifeguard who is a sea monster, a drug addict with telepathy, a shapeshifting prostitute, a

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Too Dark the Night: A Search for Karyn Kupcinet

A Work in Progress

by Paul Fecteau and Kari Kupcinet

Our search for Karyn Kupcinet comprises two elements: a murder investigation and a haunting. Both commence on November 30, 1963, when a young actress is found dead in her apartment on the Sunset Strip. She has recently had a starring role in a popular television sitcom and a small role in a Jerry Lewis film. Karyn Kupcinet is the daughter of famed Chicago columnist and television host Irv Kupcinet. Eight years later, Karyn’s brother Jerry has a daughter. Kari inherits the investigation and the haunting.

The former seems ill-fated from the start. The Hollywood detectives assigned the case struggle. The suspects and witnesses they interview range from minor to major celebrities. Karyn’s boyfriend, actor Andy Prine, is a suspect, as is her neighbor, David Lange, brother of actress Hope Lange. David Lange’s alibi involves Natalie Wood

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Weird Kansas

‘Blog (2009)

Weird Kansas features accounts of unusual phenomena and uncanny stories originating in the Sunflower State. The following stories are currently available:

“The Falun Four: Mysterious Disappearances Haunt Small Town South of Salina”

“Little Carrie: the Mystery at Mount Hope“ (written with Rob Amo)

“Pitt State Prof Researches A.D.C.”

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Cold Case Kansas

Newspaper Column (2008 - 2009)

by Paul Fecteau and Susan Schmitz

Cold Case Kansas appeared in the now-defunct Topeka paper TMI Weekly. Each column profiled a local unsolved homicide, featuring interviews with detectives and victim’s families. Many of the articles remain online at the

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Never So Cold: Spectacle and Loss in Wichita’s Infamous Butterworth Trial

A Nonfiction Novel by Paul Fecteau

Unpublished Manuscript (2003 - 2007)

Never So Cold presents an account of the 1987 murder of Phil Fager and his daughters, sixteen-year-old Kelli and nine-year-old Sherri, as well as the subsequent trial of Bill Butterworth, a well-liked local contractor who had been working in their home at the time they were killed. These events became an obsession for the citizens of Wichita, Kansas. The attention the case garnered resulted, first of all, from the shocking nature of the crime:a family slain in their home in a presumably safe neighborhood.

The unlikely defendant and his even more unlikely defense also fueled the furor over the trial: Butterworth claimed to be missing four days of his life. He underwent hypnosis and subsequently testified that he found two of the victims and fled in terror when he heard sixteen-year-old Kelli struggling against an

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Love on the Run: Why Jeanette Winterson Is Breaking Hearts

“Love on the Run: Why Jeanette Winterson Is Breaking Hearts”

critical essay

developed from a presentation at the Literary and Psychoanalytic Perspectives Book Discussion Series, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (April 2005)

Read “Love on the Run: Why Jeanette Winterson Is Breaking Hearts,” which considers Winterson’s novels Written on the Body (1992) and The Powerbook (2000), via

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Darkness Rising

“Splatter,” short story in Darkness Rising (Prime Books, June 18, 2003)

From the Amazon blurb: “DARKNESS RISING 2003 is the first of the now annual anthologies from Prime Books edited by Len Maynard & Mick Sims. It features 130,000 words of quality horror fiction in 316 pages. Cover art is by Pia Hall. Contents are Blue by James Burr, Lost by Jennifer Rachel Baumer, The Gift by Iain Rowan, Enough To Share by Barbara Malenky, Of Their Own by Charlie Williams, Fruitful by Loren MacLeod, Bounty by Justin Gustainis, The Weeping In The Witch Hours by Paul Finch, Chaos War Engine by Joseph D Lacey, The Right Size by William P Simmons, Backseat Driver by David Simms, Grandpa’s Orchard by Brian Ames, The Rise And Fall Of Baby Choggles by Tim Groome, Splatter by Paul Dee Fecteau, Bucket Brigade by Trent Walters, The Dust Corpse by Beth Lewis, Girl In The Snow by Sally Holt, Bendable Rulers

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Blood Red Blonde

short story (2002)

“Blood Red Blonde” remains accessible at The Harrow webzine.

as a web page

as a pdf

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The Rare Anthology

“The Nieces,” short story in Rare (Disc-Us Books, May 2001)

The Rare Anthology, edited by Brian Knight, features 16 pulp horror tales.

“The Nieces” is an early version of the story that would appear as “Midnight Creep” in Barely Bound. An excerpt appears on the eFMPress ‘blog.

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