James P. Devereaux is a writer, archaeologist and adventurer who has spent his life in search of good stories to tell. With his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Devereaux first moved to Alaska in 2005 to work as an archaeologist for the U.S. military. Since then, his trail through the north has led to him working as a mountain and river guide, a National Park Service archaeologist, a log cabin carpenter, and a news reporter for a local radio station. His last five years in the Last Frontier were spent in Skagway, where he fell in love with the scenery and stories of Southeast Alaska.
As an avid historian whose job it is to study the lives of the dead, it was only a matter of time before he put his interests and talents together to write about the history of some of the most well-known ghost stories. His first book “Spirits of Southeast Alaska: The History & Hauntings of Alaska’s Panhandle,” was released in October 2016.
Devereaux moved from Alaska in 2014 with all of his possessions, wife and dog packed into his Ford Ranger, and now lives in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, where he works for Effigy Mounds National Monument. When he’s not working to preserve history, he enjoys casting fishing lures into tree branches on the Mississippi River, drinking good craft beers at bonfires and adventuring in the Driftless Area with his wife, Katie, and dog, Scarlette.