Charlie Carl Carlson, Jr., born December 31, 1943 in Sanford, Florida and died August 30, 2015.
He was an American author, novelist, actor, and film producer. Known as “Florida’s Man in Black”, or “Master of the Weird”, Carlson specializes in the paranormal, strange events and places, and many historical books.
Carlson has also produced and acted in radio shows and movie productions related to his genre.
Charlie Carlson joined the US Army and spent two tours in Vietnam with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse) and after twenty-five years retired as a Command Sergeant Major.
He earned several decorations including the United States Legion of Merit.
After retirement, Carlson went on to become a showman of outdoor attractions, including owning a circus sideshow.
He began his writing career as author of several Florida history books and the Civil War.
In 1997 he began writing about Florida folklore and published the successful book, Strange Florida and, in 1999, portrayed Professor Charles Morehouse on the then-named Sci-Fi Channel’s Curse of the Blair Witch.
He has produced and appeared in several television documentaries related to Florida history and unexplained phenomena.
He is a frequent guest on Florida talk radio and is the author of the 2005 best selling book, Weird Florida and in 2006 published his first fiction novel by Luthers Publishing, Ashley’s Shadow.
He is a contributing writer to Weird Hauntings and Weird Encounters, both by Sterling Publishing. Mr. Carlson currently lives on the east coast of Florida, and is one of the founding members of the Grand Order of Weird Writers.
In 2008 he was producing an independent film entitled Henry Blackhart Is Dead, by Blue Heron International Pictures about a legendary haunting set on the east coast of Florida during the Great Depression, and was acting in The Cleansing, about a real-life cleansing ceremony in a haunted building.
He also produced and was featured among the cast for Hunt For the Devil, a ghost hunting DVD.
In 2010 he became the host of his own PBS television show, Weird Florida: Roads Less Traveled which aired nationally.
In 2012 PBS released his new television show, Weird Florida: On the Road Again.
American novelist, actor and film producer Charlie Carlson died on August 30, 2015 at age 71.