Earl Merkel

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Earl Merkel
Born1955 (age 67–68)
EducationUniversity of Illinois (BA)
TitleAuthor, Journalist, Talk sho host

Earl Merkel (born 1955) is an American novelist, journalist and freelance writer, and radio talk show host for Money & More (2003–12).[1] In 2013, he began producing and hosting his talk-radio program "The Book, With Earl Merkel." [2][3] His works have appeared in a variety of general-circulation, speciality and corporate publications.[1][4]

Merkel also writes for a number of publications. He authored the "Chicken Little" article, a satire that was rumored to have gotten him banned from the op-pages of a major newspaper publisher.[1][5]

Merkel obtained his B.A. in journalism from the University of Illinois. While a student at the university, he wrote articles for The Daily Illini, the student-run newspaper. He was there when nationwide protests erupted at Kent State and other universities, during the Vietnam War. His story about unrest on the campus of the University of Illinois, "300 of Guard Used in Campus Disturbances," was published on March 4, 1970, on page one of the Illini, when three hundred National Guard members appeared on campus, with gas masks, tear gas and bayonets attached to their unloaded rifles, to enforce curfews on the grounds of the university.[6]

Merkel worked for more than ten years as a journalist, columnist, and commentator but is now a full-time novelist. He resides in Chicago, Illinois.[1]

Selected works[edit]

He is the author of fictional novels, as listed below.

  • Fallout, Diversion Books, 2015.[7]
  • The Law Of Unintended Consequences, Elmtree Press, 2015.[8]
  • Fire Of The Prophet, Diversion Books, 2013.[9]
  • Virgins and Martyrs, Five Star, 2008.[10]
  • Dirty Fire, Signet, 2003.[11]
  • Final Epidemic, Signet, 2002.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d "About Earl Merkel". Earl Merkel. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Earl Merkel's Page – CrimeSpace". crimespace.ning.com. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
  3. ^ "Vince Flynn & Neil Gaiman: Featured On "The Book, With Earl Merkel" *** Listen HERE – CrimeSpace". crimespace.ning.com. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
  4. ^ "Mark David Gerson and Earl Merkel for 2 hours". BlogTalkRadio. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
  5. ^ "Chicken Little". 2006-09-04. Archived from the original on 2006-09-04. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
  6. ^ Metz, Michael V. (2020-03-25). "University of Illinois Alumni". University of Illinois Alumni. Archived from the original on 2020-09-24. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
  7. ^ "Fallout (Beck Casey #3)". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
  8. ^ "The Law Of Unintended Consequences (Faulk Carpenter #1)". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
  9. ^ "Fire Of The Prophet (Beck Casey #2)". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
  10. ^ "Virgins and Martyrs". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
  11. ^ "Dirty Fire". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
  12. ^ "Final Epidemic (Beck Casey #1)". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2020-11-13.

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