Writing Credits


For more detailed descriptions of David Selby's books, including ordering information, please visit the Books section of the site.

Title Brief Description Year
A Casualty of Indifference Drugs shatter a loving family when Mary Ellen Heater’s grandfather discovers her body while searching for cans and bottles at the local garbage dump. A tale of murder, drugs, and dirty dealing expose the terrible opioid problem crushing American families everywhere. 2019
Light and Shadows A collection of original poems and song lyrics that have been influenced by not only David's Dark Shadows days but also his experiences and emotions in life away from show business. 2015
Promises of Love A deeply felt story of love, the novel examines the boundaries of a family, of its secrets, of the complex web family relationships can weave. 2015
The Blue Door Love and politics square off in one woman's inspirational fight to save the southern Appalachian Mountains 2010
My Shadowed Past David's reflections on Dark Shadows 2010
Lincoln's Better Angel The fictional story of a meeting between Abraham Lincoln and Vietnam veteran Charles Higgins 2007
A Better Place A tribute to West Virginia; part memoir and part social commentary 2005
Happenstance Collection of poems 2001
My Mother's Autumn Collection of poems written in tribute to his mother following her death; a compact disc of David reading the poems is also available 2000
In and Out of the Shadows Career photo retrospective with poems 1999


Title Notes
An Appalachia Tragedy Staged reading in Charleston, WV in 2010
Final Assault Performed in 2003 in Charleston, WV. Directed by his son, Jamison Selby. Staged reading at Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights in 2004
Lincoln and James David appeared in the role of Abraham Lincoln in performances in New York, NY, Charleston, WV, and Washington, D.C. in 1997-1999.
Where's Nova Scotia? Staged reading in 1998

Articles / Opinion Pieces

"Twilight at the White House." Rev. of Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, by Seth Grahame-Smith. America's Civil War Nov. 2010: 62-64.
"Obama Embodies Our Hope of Mending Fences." Editorial. Sunday  Gazette-Mail (Charleston, WV) 19 Oct. 2008.
"The Mythology of West Virginia." Traditions: A Journal of West Virginia Folk Culture and Education Awareness 8 (2003): 42+.