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

The High Priest of Heavy Metal

First he found God. Then he found death metal. But Father Robert Culat believes there’s no reason the two can’t co-exist.


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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.