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Mystery writer to deliver Emmett Lecture

September 19, 2011 12:00AM

Janice Law Trecker, a mystery writer, painter and lecturer at the University of Connecticut will deliver Pittsburg State University's 18th annual Victor J. Emmett Memorial Lecture at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, in 409 Russ Hall. Trecker's lecture topic will be "How Mad Scientists Created Monsters and Saved the Soul," and will deal with the popular novels "Frankenstein," "Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde," "Dracula," and others.

Trecker is a prolific writer who has published 18 books and scores of short stories. With the exception of two historical novels and two history books, Trecker's works are primarily mystery novels published under the name Janice Law.

Trecker's most recent books include "The Night Bus," "The Lost Diaries of Iris Weed," and "Voices from Forge." Trecker describes these works as contemporary novels with strong mystery elements.

Trecker's short stories have been published regularly in both Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock mystery magazines. Several of her short stories have appeared in anthologies, including "The Best American Mystery Stories," "The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories," "Alfred Hitchcock's Fifty Years of Crime and Suspense," "Riptide," "Still Waters," and the "New Fabulist" anthology, "Paraspheres."

The Emmett Memorial Lecture is named in memory of the late Dr. Victor J. Emmett, Jr., who from 1967 to 1990 was a professor of English at Pittsburg State University. During that time, he also served as interim dean of graduate studies, editor-in-chief of "The Midwest Quarterly," and chairman of the English Department. The Emmett Lecture is sponsored by the Emmett family, the PSU English Department, and "The Midwest Quarterly." For additional information, please contact Dr. Stephen Meats, professor of English, 620-235-4935, or

A brief award ceremony and reception will follow the lecture. Both the lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

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