W.M. Akers

W.M. Akers, a features editor at Narratively, is a playwright, the creator of the bestselling game Deadball: Baseball With Dice, and the author of Strange Times , a free weekly newsletter about the newspapers of Prohibtion-era New York.

Stories By W.M. Akers


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Death of a Sidewinder

He was one of the greatest trumpeters of all time, but Lee Morgan’s young life was stopped short by a toxic romance with a woman who saved him, then shot him dead.

Murder at the Tuxedo

On Easter morning, 1913, the nation's most notorious red-light district was awakened by an epic gun battle, and a shadowy killer named Gyp the Blood.

The Man With The Killer Pitch

In 1918, Tom "Shotgun" Rogers earned himself a piece of baseball immortality—by killing a former teammate with a fastball.

A Lollipop and Two Dozen Roses

A man carrying a boat over a mountain and a blizzard almost ruined my attempt at surprising my girlfriend. In the end I got saved by a condom.

A Cold Winter in Coney

Along a legendary boardwalk, a keeper of the freak-show flame races to reopen by summer.

Showtime on the Spectrum

For audiences with autism, Broadway's grandest theaters stage musicals to last a lifetime.

Seersucker & Salmon on the Dumbest Morning of My Life

The road to California is paved with hangovers, wrong airports and magical phone persons. At least mine was.