David Emery

  • Freelance writer
  • Noted chronicler of folklore and urban legends since 1997


David Emery is a former writer for ThoughtCo, creating content for 19 years. He has more than two decades of 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 television sitcom, freelance journalist, and contributing editor of a satirical newspaper. David Emery first won recognition in the online universe as an arch commentator on the outer limits of internet culture with Iron Skillet Magazine. He continues to write on urban legends at Snopes.com.


David Emery holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.

Awards and Publications

David Emery's work at ThoughtCo received honors by Tech Republic in "Top 10 Site to Debunk Urban Legends," and is lauded by Brandon Toropov in "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Legends" and Jan Harold Brunvand in "Encyclopedia of Urban Legends, Updated and Expanded Edition."

His peers at ThoughtCo awarded him "Best Writing" in 2006 and "Best Original Content" in 1999.

David Emery

ThoughtCo and Dotdash

ThoughtCo is a premier reference site focusing on expert-created education content. We are one of the top-10 information sites in the world as rated by comScore, a leading Internet measurement company. Every month, more than 13 million readers seek answers to their questions on ThoughtCo.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population monthly. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone, and recently Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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