David Emery

David Emery is a freelance writer and avid chronicler of folklore and popular culture, with a special interest in the quick-fire folklife of the digital age.


Dubbed About.com's "urban legend guru" by Salon magazine and cited in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, the BBC and USA Today, David Emery has more than 18 years' experience as an Internet folklore expert and debunker of urban legends, hoaxes, and popular misconceptions. Other professional credits include stints as a newsroom librarian, staff writer for a TV sitcom, freelance journalist, and contributing editor of a satirical newspaper. Mr. Emery first won recognition in the online universe as an arch commentator on the outer limits of Net culture with Iron Skillet Magazine, "a compendium of offbeat views run through the blender of the author's savage sense of humor ... [with] on-target skewerings of strange ideas" (Houston Chronicle, 1997).


  • “[Emery is] a strong writer with a bright, amusing style. This fun, informative, and concise site is extremely easy to navigate and a good first step for those new to the subject.” – Brandon Toropov, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Legends (Alpha Books, 2001)
  • “The best place to track urban legends is the About.com section run by guide David Emery. In addition to his usual smart debunking of various urban legends, he has been tracking rumors about the attacks since Sept. 11. “ – Sree Sreenivasan, “Keeping Track of Rumors and Hoaxes” (Poynter.org, 2002)
  • “This About.com subsite has been hosted for ten years by David Emery and frankly, he has done a great job. He is passionate about finding and debunking all those rumors, myths, pranks and odd stories. “ – Tim Malone, “Top 10 Sites to Debunk Urban Legends" (Tech Republic, 2008)
  • "David Emery's urban legend site at About.com has been a reliable source of information for years." – Jan Harold Brunvand, Encyclopedia of Urban Legends, Updated and Expanded Edition (ABC-CLIO, 2012)


Mr. Emery holds a BA in Philosophy.

David Emery

Please join me in what promises to be a constantly entertaining, ever-enlightening exploration into the urban legends and folklore of the digital age.

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