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Did you know that a novel published in late 1940 rocked the movers and shakers of Cowtown? The Inheritors by Philip Atlee (a pseudonym) was a thinly-veiled work of fiction that included salacious details of Fort Worth high society. Join us for E.R. Bills’s presentation on the book, its author, the contemporary reaction, and the rediscovery of the book decades later.


E. R. Bills is an award-winning, bestselling author and freelance journalist. His works include Texas Obscurities: Stories of the Peculiar, Exceptional and Nefarious (2013), The 1910 Slocum Massacre: An Act of Genocide in East Texas (2014), Black Holocaust: The Paris Horror and a Legacy of Texas Terror (2015), Texas Far and Wide: The Tornado with Eyes, Gettysburg’s Last Casualty, the Celestial Skipping Stone and Other Tales (History Press 2017), The San Marcos 10: An Anti-War Protest in Texas (2019), Texas Oblivion: Mysterious Disappearances, Escapes and Cover-Ups (2021),100 Things to Do in Texas Before You Die (2022), and Tell-Tale Texas: Investigations into Infamous History (2023). Bills has also written for Fort Worth Magazine, the Austin American-Statesman, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Co-Op Power magazine and Fort Worth Weekly. He currently lives in the Fort Worth area with his wife, Stacie.

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