About the Author
“Journalist Tea Krulos has made a curious and enlightening career out of examining groups of people with odd beliefs.” — Skeptical Inquirer
Tea Krulos is a freelance journalist and author from Milwaukee, WI. Some of his favorite subjects to explore include subcultures, weird news, and strange personalities. He writes about local art and entertainment, lifestyle, and food/drink for publications like Milwaukee Magazine, Shepherd Express, and Milwaukee Record. Other publications he’s contributed to include Fortean Times, The Guardian, Boston Phoenix, Scandinavian Traveler, Doctor Who Magazine, and Pop Mythology. He writes a weekly column called “Tea’s Weird Week” on teakrulos.com.
Heroes in the Night: Inside the Real Life Superhero Movement (October 2013, Chicago Review Press). An investigation of the movement or subculture of people who call themselves “Real Life Super Heroes” and adopt their own costumed personas and hit the streets to fight injustice.
Monster Hunters: On the Trail With Ghost Hunters, Bigfooters, Ufologists, and Other Paranormal Investigators (June 2015, Chicago Review Press). A documentation of paranormal investigators, experiences from investigations, and social aspects of the field. It was a finalist in the Midwest Book Awards and made several reading lists ranging from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to Cult of Weird.
The Supernatural in Society, Culture, and History (edited by Marc Eaton and Dennis Waskul, Temple University Press, 2018). Krulos wrote chapter 10, “Cryptozoology: the Hunt for Hidden Animals and Monsters” for this sociology study.
Apocalypse Any Day Now: Deep Underground with America’s Doomsday Preppers (April 2019, Chicago Review Press). An exploration of American “apocalypse culture.”
Tea’s Weird Week: 2019 Review (e-book, December 2019, Tea Set Press). Collection of columns and other articles from 2019.
American Madness: The Story of the Phantom Patriot and How Conspiracy Theories Hijacked American Consciousness (August 25, 2020, Feral House) examines the life of conspiracy theorist Richard McCaslin and how conspiracy developed into the zeitgeist of our times.
Wisconsin Legends & Lore (Fall 2020, The History Press) explores Wisconsin folklore, ghost stories, and urban legends.
Krulos has also had his words of wisdom quoted (accurately, even!) in the following books:
–Live and Let Live: Diversity, Conflict, and Community in an Integrated Neighborhood by Evelyn M. Perry, University of North Carolina Press, 2017.
–The Slenderman Mysteries: An Internet Urban Legend Comes to Life by Nick Redfern, New Page Books, 2018.
“Journalist Tea Krulos accurately captures both the optimistic joy and the disappointments and heartbreak involving this fascinating movement.” –Aaron Dietz, author of Super (on Heroes in the Night)
“Tea Krulos has forged a fascinating collection of work by immersing himself in various sub-cultures that exist on the fringes of society.” —Cult of Weird
“For some reason, though some of his observations are alarming, whenever I read Tea’s work I feel better because of his level-headed reportage and humor.” –Lee Gutowski, editor, Riverwest Currents
“No one knows strange times better than Milwaukee author Tea Krulos.”–Milwaukee Record