haunted america 2018 speakers & workshop presenters

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TROY TAYLOR : Conference host Troy Taylor is a supernatural historian, crime buff and author of more than 120 books on ghosts, hauntings, crime and the unexplained in America. He is also the founder and owner of the American Hauntings Tours and events. Along with writing and creating and sponsoring ghost tours and ghost hunts, Troy has spoken for scores of events and conferences and has appeared in numerous TV shows, documentaries and even a feature film about the supernatural. He is widely regarded as one of the most prolific and knowledgeable people in the paranormal field.

LISA TAYLOR HORTON: Conference organizer Lisa Taylor Horton is the company manager of American Hauntings and partners with Troy in various parts of the business, including their Taylor Mercantile Store in Jacksonville, Illinois. She is a graduate of Illinois College, with a Masters Degree in Education, an elementary school teacher, author, and a long-time investigator of the paranormal.

SARAH CHAVEZ Sarah Chavez is the executive director of the home of the Death Positive movement – The Order of the Good Death, co-founder of the feminist death site Death & the Maiden, and Nourishing Death, which examines the relationship between food and death in rituals, culture, religion and society. In addition to working as a museum curator, she writes and speaks about a variety of subjects including Mexican death practices and decolonizing death, and witchcraft and death folklore. She writes both the Pop Goes the Reaper! and Great Women in Death History series. Prior to this Sarah was fortunate enough to be the historian at a cultural and historical landmark that has been referred to by many as “one of the most haunted places in the world.” She studied parapsychology at the legendary Rhine Research Center at Duke University, and was mentored by Loyd Auerbach.  Click Here to see Her Website!

SARAH CHAVEZ
Sarah Chavez is the executive director of the home of the Death Positive movement – The Order of the Good Death, co-founder of the feminist death site Death & the Maiden, and Nourishing Death, which examines the relationship between food and death in rituals, culture, religion and society. In addition to working as a museum curator, she writes and speaks about a variety of subjects including Mexican death practices and decolonizing death, and witchcraft and death folklore. She writes both the Pop Goes the Reaper! and Great Women in Death History series. Prior to this Sarah was fortunate enough to be the historian at a cultural and historical landmark that has been referred to by many as “one of the most haunted places in the world.” She studied parapsychology at the legendary Rhine Research Center at Duke University, and was mentored by Loyd Auerbach.  Click Here to see Her Website!

COLIN DICKEY Colin Dickey -- author of GHOSTLAND --  grew up in San Jose, California, a few miles from the Winchester Mystery House, the most haunted house in America. As a writer, speaker, and academic, he has made a career out of collecting unusual objects and hidden histories all over the country. He’s a regular contributor to the LA Review of Books and Lapham’s Quarterly, and is the co-editor (with Joanna Ebenstein) of The Morbid Anatomy Anthology. He is also a member of the Order of the Good Death, a collective of artists, writers, and death industry professionals interested in improving the Western world’s relationship with mortality. With a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Southern California, he is an associate professor of creative writing at National University.

COLIN DICKEY
Colin Dickey -- author of GHOSTLAND --  grew up in San Jose, California, a few miles from the Winchester Mystery House, the most haunted house in America. As a writer, speaker, and academic, he has made a career out of collecting unusual objects and hidden histories all over the country. He’s a regular contributor to the LA Review of Books and Lapham’s Quarterly, and is the co-editor (with Joanna Ebenstein) of The Morbid Anatomy Anthology. He is also a member of the Order of the Good Death, a collective of artists, writers, and death industry professionals interested in improving the Western world’s relationship with mortality. With a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Southern California, he is an associate professor of creative writing at National University.

ROBERT DAMON SCHNECK Robert Damon Schneck -- widely known as the "Historian of the Strange" -- is specializes in writing about anomalous phenomena and historical oddities. A resident of New Jersey, Schneck is the author of The President's Vampire and regular contributor to Fortean Times and Fate Magazine. He is director of the White Crow Society, a group that aims to educate and help those that have witnessed or experienced paranormal or other strange phenomena. He is also the author of Mrs. Wakeman vs. The Antichrist, a collection of unusual tales from American history. One of the tales he penned for The President's Vampire was adapted into the screenplay for the horror film, The Bye Bye Man.

ROBERT DAMON SCHNECK
Robert Damon Schneck -- widely known as the "Historian of the Strange" -- is specializes in writing about anomalous phenomena and historical oddities. A resident of New Jersey, Schneck is the author of The President's Vampire and regular contributor to Fortean Times and Fate Magazine. He is director of the White Crow Society, a group that aims to educate and help those that have witnessed or experienced paranormal or other strange phenomena. He is also the author of Mrs. Wakeman vs. The Antichrist, a collection of unusual tales from American history. One of the tales he penned for The President's Vampire was adapted into the screenplay for the horror film, The Bye Bye Man.

SHERRI BRAKE Sherri Brake is a paranormal researcher, author, and the owner of the Haunted Heartland Tours. For sixteen years she has been organizing and leading paranormal adventures and overnight ghosts in locations in some of America's most haunted locations. She has also presented classes on the paranormal, as well as offered presentations to libraries, organizations, museum groups, clubs, and historical societies and led thousands of tours and events. She is also a member of many cemetery organizations, genealogical societies, historical groups and is a Civil War re-enactor. In addition to radio and television appearances, as well as presentations and events, she is also the author of a number of books, including the Haunted History of the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Ghost Hunters Guide to the West Virginia Penitentiary, The Haunted History of the Ohio State Reformatory and more. 

SHERRI BRAKE
Sherri Brake is a paranormal researcher, author, and the owner of the Haunted Heartland Tours. For sixteen years she has been organizing and leading paranormal adventures and overnight ghosts in locations in some of America's most haunted locations. She has also presented classes on the paranormal, as well as offered presentations to libraries, organizations, museum groups, clubs, and historical societies and led thousands of tours and events. She is also a member of many cemetery organizations, genealogical societies, historical groups and is a Civil War re-enactor. In addition to radio and television appearances, as well as presentations and events, she is also the author of a number of books, including the Haunted History of the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Ghost Hunters Guide to the West Virginia Penitentiary, The Haunted History of the Ohio State Reformatory and more. 

JENNIFER JONES Jennifer Jones has had a lifelong fascination with the paranormal. In 2007, shortly after moving to Utah, she formed a paranormal team and began to investigate locations across the state, which eventually turned into her historical and paranormal project, THE DEAD HISTORY. She now spends her days -- and many nights -- exploring the history behind tragic events, urban legends, and haunted locations, proving more times than not that the truth is much more interesting than fiction. Her first book, Ghosts of Ogden, Brigham City and Logan was published in October 2017. Discover the Dead History!

JENNIFER JONES
Jennifer Jones has had a lifelong fascination with the paranormal. In 2007, shortly after moving to Utah, she formed a paranormal team and began to investigate locations across the state, which eventually turned into her historical and paranormal project, THE DEAD HISTORY. She now spends her days -- and many nights -- exploring the history behind tragic events, urban legends, and haunted locations, proving more times than not that the truth is much more interesting than fiction. Her first book, Ghosts of Ogden, Brigham City and Logan was published in October 2017. Discover the Dead History!

APRIL SLAUGHTER April Slaughter is a well-respected  researcher, author, and artist, with over twenty years experience in the paranormal research field. She is one of America's leading researchers of Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) and Instrumental Transcommunication (ITC.) April  is also one of few authentic spirit mediums practicing today, dedicated to educating the public on the stigmas, pros, cons and myths of spirit communication. Her current primary research focus is on the origin of the modern death care industry, and the evolution of funerary customs and traditions throughout American history.

APRIL SLAUGHTER
April Slaughter is a well-respected  researcher, author, and artist, with over twenty years experience in the paranormal research field. She is one of America's leading researchers of Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) and Instrumental Transcommunication (ITC.) April  is also one of few authentic spirit mediums practicing today, dedicated to educating the public on the stigmas, pros, cons and myths of spirit communication. Her current primary research focus is on the origin of the modern death care industry, and the evolution of funerary customs and traditions throughout American history.

ROSEMARY ELLEN GUILEY Rosemary Ellen Guiley is an author and paranormal investigator who has written more than 50 books on a wide range of paranormal and metaphysical subjects.  Her field research and investigations involve spirit communications, intensely active areas and portals, negative hauntings, and entity contact experiences of all kinds. Rosemary is a returning favorite and veteran of the Haunted America Conferences, in 2018, she will be offering two very different "Reunion with the Dead" workshops, including the very first "Dumb Supper" -- an event that will be unlike anything we have ever offered at the conference before!

ROSEMARY ELLEN GUILEY
Rosemary Ellen Guiley is an author and paranormal investigator who has written more than 50 books on a wide range of paranormal and metaphysical subjects.  Her field research and investigations involve spirit communications, intensely active areas and portals, negative hauntings, and entity contact experiences of all kinds. Rosemary is a returning favorite and veteran of the Haunted America Conferences, in 2018, she will be offering two very different "Reunion with the Dead" workshops, including the very first "Dumb Supper" -- an event that will be unlike anything we have ever offered at the conference before!

SARAH SODERLUND: Sarah, known widely as "Paranormal Sarah" to fans of her radio show, newsletter, and numerous articles and the book she has written,  returns to the Haunted America Conference. Sarah is a forensic psychologist who studies neurolinguistic programming, profiling and also specializes in psychopathy. She has also spent the last 18 years of her life investigating strange phenomenon and extreme hauntings after growing up in a haunted home with a psychic mother.  A member of the Parapsychological Association, author of Haunted by the Abyss and Quantum Parapsychology with David Jacobs, and host of "Mysteries of the Mind" podcast, Sarah brings a unique perspective to what goes "bump in the night."

SARAH SODERLUND:
Sarah, known widely as "Paranormal Sarah" to fans of her radio show, newsletter, and numerous articles and the book she has written,  returns to the Haunted America Conference. Sarah is a forensic psychologist who studies neurolinguistic programming, profiling and also specializes in psychopathy. She has also spent the last 18 years of her life investigating strange phenomenon and extreme hauntings after growing up in a haunted home with a psychic mother.  A member of the Parapsychological Association, author of Haunted by the Abyss and Quantum Parapsychology with David Jacobs, and host of "Mysteries of the Mind" podcast, Sarah brings a unique perspective to what goes "bump in the night."

LUKE NALIBORSKI AND LEN ADAMS: One of the longest-running parts of the Haunted America Conference has been our annual "Strange Stuff" kick-off event on Friday night. This year, the hosts of "Strange Stuff" will be teaming up with Cody Beck and Troy Taylor for a live recording of an episode of the American Hauntings podcast, featuring input from conference guests -- don't miss it!

LUKE NALIBORSKI AND LEN ADAMS:
One of the longest-running parts of the Haunted America Conference has been our annual "Strange Stuff" kick-off event on Friday night. This year, the hosts of "Strange Stuff" will be teaming up with Cody Beck and Troy Taylor for a live recording of an episode of the American Hauntings podcast, featuring input from conference guests -- don't miss it!