The Mad Atlas of Virginia King – Including Virginia's Own Photographs

The Mad Atlas of Virginia King
282 Pages
ISBN 978-1512094664

Virginia King wrote an 8,448 page book about her hometown of Jacksonville, Florida, with a title nearly as long. She said her brother was dead. He said he'd never heard of her. She called the wealthiest people in the city "my little friends." THE MAD ATLAS OF VIRGINIA KING, which explores the life and psychology of this strange writer, is illustrated by her own photography, with meaningful musings by Hurley Winkler, and hand-drawn maps by Kiley Secrest.

Tim Gilmore

About Tim Gilmore (Jacksonville, Florida Author)

Tim Gilmore

Tim Gilmore writes about the haunted South. He’s the creator of and sole writer at, a project that explores places and catalogs the Southern Gothic at more than 420 locations in and around Jacksonville, Florida.

Gilmore is the author of 16 books, including the historical novel about the founder of Jacksonville, The Book of Isaiah: A Vision of the Founder of a City, illustrated by his colleague Shep Shepard, and creative nonfiction such as The Devil in the Baptist Church: Bob Gray’s Unholy Trinity, In Search of Eartha White: Storehouse for the People, The Mad Atlas of Virginia King, and Stalking Ottis Toole: A Southern Gothic. Gilmore adapted Stalking Ottis Toole as a play, which FSCJ (Florida State College at Jacksonville) Dramaworks’ Ken McCullough directed at the school’s Wilson Center in Spring 2017.

Gilmore teaches Literature and Writing at Florida State College at Jacksonville, where he was awarded a 2018 Distinguished Faculty Award. The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville named Gilmore the 2018 “Literary Artist of the Year.” Also in 2018, Gilmore served on the Jacksonville City Council’s Civil Rights History Task Force. Gilmore is the founder of JaxbyJax, a literary arts festival built on the theme of “Jacksonville Writers Writing Jacksonville.” He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida.