The Torture of Author Photos

My publisher asked for a new author photo. At 61, it’s hard to get a decent shot anymore. Here’s what I sent them, but god knows. They suggested something with a slight angle and not so head on, and maybe with books in the background. Of course I prefer the head on shot. I looked better in all the shots with my glasses on except this one. (I don’t like my full on smile anymore in photographs. Something about all my dental work makes it look funny.)

Update: I tried to get another at an angle and got one that doesn’t suck.

This is the first “at an angle” one I sent them, but I like the new one better!

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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5 thoughts on “The Torture of Author Photos

  1. I like the new one too! I agree it’s very hard to get a good photo as we age. You could also try wearing a white shirt to accent your great looking hair and set off your profile against the books in the background.

  2. You look lovely! I like the first shot personally, but any of them would be great. I no longer know how to smile with my teeth showing. I don’t know what happened, but as I aged, it just went away!

  3. Hello Ms. Horn,
    I just read your book: Unbelievable. It was a very interesting read. In the book, Duke’s parapsychology lab had amassed many letters from people claiming paranormal activities amongst other odd occurrences. The most valid letters were singled out. Do you know if anyone ever wrote a book on the more sincere letters the Rhine team received ? Thanks in advance,
    Elaine Finn S.C.

  4. I know that J. B. Rhine’s daughter Sally Rhine Feather is working on one. You might contact her and ask her how it’s going and if she knows of any others. There’s a contact form on the Rhine Research Center website here:

    I loved reading the letters. I must have read a thousand of them, and there are many thousands and thousands more. It was like an overview of everything strange and unexplainable that happened in America during that time period.

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