David A. Farris Author:

Since the early 1990s, Farris has collected tales of Oklahoma Outlaws and the state's spooky past. In September of 1995, he realized the dream of publishing his first book.

Farris is the author of Mysterious Oklahoma, More Mysterious Oklahoma and in 2005, published a second edition of his 1999 book, Oklahoma Outlaw Tales. His latest book as of August, 2011, is Oklahoma Outlaws, Spooky Stories and All Around Folklore.  Farris is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma earning a B.A. in Communication.

2009 President of Oklahoma City Writers, Inc.
David Farris is a native Oklahoman and graduate of Bishop McGuinness High School and the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in Communications.


David A. Farris was a featured speaker at such varied events from the Red Dirt Book Festival in Shawnee to the International UFO Museum at Roswell, New Mexico.
In addition to being a popular lecturer, Farris has been featured in many TV and radio interviews, and more than 30 articles. He has written for True west Magazine, Norman Living and Edmond Life and Leisure.
Other credits include:
Finalist, Jay Leno’s Comedy Challenge (televised)
Finalist, Search for the Funniest Person in Oklahoma (televised)

For signed copies, contact David A. Farris at:
David A. Farris
P. O. Box 5991
Edmond, Ok 73083
davidafarris09@yahoo.com



 

Author reveals Oklahoma's mysterious side in new book

STILLWATER, Okla. — The author of Oklahoma’s more mysterious state history will be presenting his newest work at the Stillwater Public Library.

Edmond native David Farris has released three books since September 1995. Referencing many sources, including newspapers, magazines, books, television programs and first-person accounts, Farris tells stories that deal with everything from Bigfoot sightings, aliens, ghosts and outlaws.

He will talk about his latest book, “Oklahoma Outlaws, Spooky Stories and All Around Folklore,” at the Stillwater Public Library on Aug. 4 at 7 p.m.

“It is a compilation book on chapters from (my first) three books and then there are two new chapters,” Farris said.

Farris covers topics in a variety of sections.

“In 1965, that’s one chapter about UFOs, America was having a lot of UFO sightings, and so was Oklahoma,” Farris said. “And this was during the summertime, and there’s one chapter about the ’60s Sooner Saucer Invasion. I had to break that down into four different sections because there was so much that was going on at the time.”

He dedicated his latest book to generations of Americans who grew up watching afternoon Westerns and late-night monster movies.

“I was a part of that,” Farris said. “I was born in 1962, and you’d come home and watch Bonanza and (The) Rifleman and all that. And then, of course, there were the late-night monster movies.”

As a kid, he said he remembers being fascinated while reading mystery books.

“And then, as I got older, I would collect stories from Oklahoma of this nature and I’d put them in a folder and, after a while, I had big thick folder and then that became several folders,” Farris said. “I’ve always wanted to write a book about these topics, and there was not one specifically for Oklahoma.”

Farris will speak about his books, which he will also sign and sell. In addition, his talk will be recorded for an episode of “Oklahoma Horizon.”

“About these books, it’s all about fun, mystery and adventure,” he said, “but it is Oklahoma history and it’s the lesser known Oklahoma history that I find fascinating.”


Book review: “Oklahoma Outlaws, Spooky Stories and All Around Folklore” by David A. Farris BY DENNIE HALL | Published: October 23, 2011 Oklahoman Numerous Oklahomans are publishing this fall, but one deserving more attention is David A. Farris, of Edmond, whose latest book is “Oklahoma Outlaws, Spooky Stories and All Around Folklore” (Little Bruce, $21.95). It includes chapters from his earlier writings plus some new stories. Two-dozen pages are devoted to Belle Starr, whose quiet Missouri upbringing ended when she began a hectic life in eastern Oklahoma after the Civil War. Her experiences with love, life and the law have been documented aplenty, but she did have a soft spot. Farris tells that she would offer nursing and comfort to the sick in her community, asking nothing in return. Accounts of outlaws and such can sometimes be difficult because secondary sources can distort, but Farris is to be commended for ferreting out facts and presenting stories in an engaging manner. Incidentally, a curious aspect of frontier justice is that keeping one's word often was exalted above other virtues. For example, a gent could leave a path of wounds, death and destruction in his steps. And yet, the boys down at the pool hall and other hangouts would be admirers if he were known for keeping promises. That may not be a stated premise in the book, but it can be seen clearly as well as between the lines. In the book's foreword, author Bob Burke writes, “These stories are an important part of Oklahoma history. I dare you to try to put the book down in the middle of one of David's riveting tales.” With that praise, I agree. Look for yourself. — Dennie Hall http://newsok.com/gallery/articleid/3615768/pictures/1541925