CREATORS TRACK

 

Thank you for your interest in being part of Spooky Empire's Creator's Track. Our roster is full for the 2017 year,  but feel free to contact A.D. Sams next year for the 2018 year.

When it comes to horror, you can't forget about the wonderful writers that help shape this genre. Our Creators Track focuses on these creative writers and their books.
At Spooky Empire you can meet popular authors and many new, up and coming writers. Don't miss out on scheduled signings and even some informative, fun, and interactive panels and seminars. If you're interested in taking part in our Creators Track, please contact Alisha Sams at authors@spookyempire.com. Spots are limited, so please be sure to contact us early!


Featured Creators

CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) The Map of Moments. He has also written books for teens and young adults, including Poison Ink, Soulless, and the thriller series Body of Evidence, honored by the New York Public Library and chosen as one of YALSA’s Best Books for Young Readers. Upcoming teen novels include a new series of hardcover YA fantasy novels co-authored with Tim Lebbon and entitled The Secret Journeys of Jack London. The author is also known for his many media tie-in works, including novels, comics, and video games, in the worlds of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy, Angel, and X-Men, among others.

Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family. His original novels have been published in fourteen languages in countries around the world. Please visit him at www.christophergolden.com

 

Edward Lee is an American novelist specializing in the field of horror, and has authored 40 books, more than half of which have been published by mass-market New York paperback companies such as Leisure/Dorchester, Berkley, and Zebra/Kensington. He is a Bram Stoker award nominee for his story "Mr. Torso," and his short stories have appeared in over a dozen mass-market anthologies, including THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES OF 2000, Pocket's HOT BLOOD series, and the award-wining 999.

Of note, the author cites as his strongest influence horror legend H. P. Lovecraft; in 2007, Lee embarked on what he calls his "Lovecraft kick" and wrote a spate of novels and novellas which tribute Lovecraft and his famous Cthulhu Mythos. Among these projects are THE INNSWICH HORROR, "Trolley No. 1852," HAUNTER OF THE THRESHOLD, GOING MONSTERING, "Pages Torn from a Travel Journal," and "You Are My Everything." Lee promises more Lovecraftian work on the horizon. You can visit his official site at: edwardleeonline.com

 
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JAMES A. MOORE is the author of over forty novels, including the critically acclaimed Fireworks, Under The Overtree, Blood Red, Blood Harvest, the Serenity Falls trilogy (featuring his recurring anti-hero, Jonathan Crowley) Cherry Hill, Alien: Sea of Sorrows and the Seven Forges series of novels. He has twice been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award and spent three years as an officer in the Horror Writers Association, first as Secretary and later as Vice President.

Never one to stay in one genre for too long, James has recently written epic fantasy novels in the series SEVEN FORGES (Seven Forges, the Blasted Lands, City of Wonders and The Silent Army). He is working on a new series called The TIDES OF WAR. The first book in the series The Last Sacrifice, came out this last January and the sequel, Fallen Gods, is due out in late December. Pending novels also include A Hell Within (a Griffin & Price Novel) co-written with Charles R. Rutledge and an apocalyptic Sci-Fi novel tentatively called Spores. Why be normal?

 

Zachary Beckler is an award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter. His films have screened at festivals around the world, including Fantastic Fest, Shriekfest, NYC Horror Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Imagine: Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival and Dead By Dawn Scotland International Film Festival. His credits include the short films Séance, Where Is Alice?, and his feature debut, Interior. Zachary currently teaches film in the School of Visual Arts & Design at UCF.


Creative Track Organizer - A.D. Sams has worked with the Author/Creative Track at Spooky Empire for six years running and organized the track for five. She is definitely a writer of southern fiction, probably a writer of dark, twisty things, and maybe a writer who hasn't quite decided where to hide the bodies. All of that is, of course, speculation. Or is it? Alisha currently lives in Atlanta, GA and is forever working on the elusive “end of the project”.

 
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Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he's not sleeping. He's happily married to a woman who helps his career and is supportive, which is all he ever wanted in life. He's written over 150 stories that are currently available, including horror, zombies, contemporary fiction, thrillers and more. His goal is to write a good story and not worry about genre labels. He not only runs two successful podcasts (Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast - interviewing fellow authors as well as filmmakers, musicians, etc. The Mando Method Podcast with co-host Chuck Buda - talking about writing and publishing) but he owns the network they're on, too! Project Entertainment Network. You can find him at http://armandrosamilia.com for not only his latest releases but interviews and guest posts with other authors he likes! 

 

Arylias Nova is a Texas born SciFi/Fantasy and Horror writer currently living in Charleston, SC. Growing up geek in Charleston, she quickly found her calling in life as a writer and has since produced the first two installments of her Stories of Ghardar SciFi series, Spark and Ignition, and is working quickly on the third, Combustion. Loving the horror genre herself, she put together a series of horror shorts in her A Peek Inside collection and her dark-humored novella series Parenting During the Apocalypse. She plans to premier her horror novel, Asmodeus late 2017.

Nova has quickly become a rising star in the author world, being the number one selling author during the Barnes and Noble BFest in Mount Pleasant, SC, and a major fan favorite. She takes time to connect with her readers and working through the You-Niversal NERD foundation to speak with schools to uplift others about their own creative outlets.

 
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Christopher Helton is a game designer and co-publisher of the ENnies Award winning tabletop role-playing company Battlefield Press. For over thirteen years he has written about gaming, comics, music and more at the Dorkland! blog. He has written for the Bleeding Cool, EN World and Outland Entertainment websites, combining cultural criticism with the historical background of gaming and comics. He has podcasted and recorded actual play videos for his YouTube channel. He is a near lifelong fan of the pulps, horror and dark fantasy fiction, and wishes that he had much more time for reading. He resides in St. Petersburg, Ll and has speaking in the third person is a hobby.

 

Cynthia Lott is a Writer and professional researcher. She loves hearing life stories over a glass of good wine, preferably a nice Shiraz or Cabernet. A member of both Sisters in Crime, Inc. and International Thriller Writers, Inc., she also holds an MLS from UW-Madison and a B.A. in Creative Writing from LSU. She is the author of two novels in The Southern Spectral Series: The Feathers (Book 1) and The Irises (Book 2). She is currently at work on book three in the series.

 
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Dean Ray has been in the horror industry for many years, in many ways. He was a national touring Horrorcore artist for 12 years opening for some of the biggest names inside the genre and out. He made an impact with his heavily horror themed songs and music videos. Six years ago he started work on his horror comic/film multiverse, "Autumndale." He has had 2 full graphic novels and is currently filming the first installment of many in the Autumndale series. MUCH more can be said on his history in horror but we will leave it at that.

 
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Douglas Ford writes short fiction, the weird, dark kind that your mother warned you not to read. His short stories have appeared in Dark Moon Digest, Infernal Ink, DarkFuse Magazine, The Horror Zine, as well as other small press publications. Other work may be found in recent anthologies like Mrs. Rochester’s Attic and Beyond the Nightlight. Upcoming publications include next year’s Best Hardcore Horror, published by Comet Press.  He lives off of an exit made famous by a Jack Ketchum short story with a wife who gives him loving support and four cats who merely tolerate him. You can find him on Amazon.

 

Erich Gamache is the author of How to Sell Your Soul, Monsters Are Waiting and the newly released, The Tattoo. He is a huge fan of the horror genre and when he is not writing about nightmarish creatures, he can be seen playing some alongside the likes of Kane Hodder and Lloyd Kaufman in Chainsaw Maidens from Hell. Be on the lookout for him in Fred Vogel's upcoming film The Interview and his new choose your own adventure book, A Death Curse in Hell's Forest, where you are in control of the kills.

 
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Eric O'Dierno has one foot cemented on the skeptical side and the other foot firmly planted on the side of the believer. His focus is to help people find answers if they are even experiencing paranormal activity. Eric and his team  been lead paranormal investigations throughout Florida. 

 

Frank Cavallo's latest novel, the Cthulhu-Mythos dark fantasy "Rites of Azathoth" was released earlier this year. He is also the author of "Eye of the Storm," "The Lucifer Messiah," "The Hand of Osiris" and the Gotrek & Felix novella "Into the Valley of Death." His work has appeared in magazines such as Another Realm, Ray Gun Revival, Every Day Fiction, Lost Souls and the Warhammer e-zine Hammer and Bolter. He was born and raised in New Jersey and now resides in Northeast Ohio.

 
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Jackie Sonnenberg makes a living in the Horror industry as an author and an actor. Originally from Chicago, Jackie and haunt friends came to Orlando and opened the interactive haunted experience Zombie Outbreak, where Jackie works as both a "scareactor" and the writer providing the backstory one chapter at a time. She also plays at the Winter Haven haunted house Shallow Grave for Halloween...and even Christmas! Jackie is the author of five books, and recently published short stories in three volumes of the horror anthology "13." She is currently working on a novel collection taking nursery rhymes and retelling them as horror stories, her first in the collection MY SOUL TO KEEP based on the Lord's prayer.

 
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Jaiden Frost is a director, screenwriter and novelist from North Carolina. He broke the ice in the horror community by producing the very first every horror series on Instagram, "Take Care Of Me" in 2014. Since he's went on to release multiple shorts and even being nominated for "best screenplay" at the iHorror Awards in 2016 for his screenplay "The Curse of Charlotte". He is now in production of three nano-budget feature films to be released in 2018.

 
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"Like stepping into a living dream, Jaimie Engle writes dark young adult fiction where magic turns ordinary into extraordinary. She loves weaving lore into her books such as Dreadlands: Wolf Moon a mashup of Vikings, Norse mythology, and shifting wolves. Engle is a cosplayer, podcaster, entrepreneur, and speaker at schools, conferences, and colleges across Florida. She has published 7 books and currently works with Saritza Hernadez of the Corvisiero Literacy Agency on her upcoming projects. Stop by to experience her story-scented candle line Wick Books™ and follow her at www.theWRITEengle.com. Stalking is allowed on social media @theWRITEengle. But be warned…she will stalk back."

 
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Jamie Pearce is the founder of Historic Haunts Investigations. She has been professionally involved in the paranormal for over 20 years, and is a Paranormal Investigator, and has a certificate in Parapsychology which she received under Loyd Auerbach. She is a genealogist and her research ability comes in handy on investigations. Pearce studied business, history, and writing at the University of Virginia. Pearce has worked with many of the top names in the paranormal field and has also been featured on My Ghost Story and Most Terrifying Places in America. She is a former feature columnist in The Florida Times Union Shorelines edition with my column entitled, Ghostly Shores. It featured stories across Florida's northeast Atlantic coast that are haunted. Pearce is also an author of the Paranormal. Historic Haunts Florida, which came out in 2011 and her 2nd book, Historic Haunts of the South was released in 2013, Historic Haunts Florida 2, Historic Haunts of the South 2 in 2014, and Historic Haunts of the South 3 in 2015.  

 
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Jason Vail is an American actor who has garnered many roles in film and television for nearly three decades in his career. All due part to his diverse range of character playing. Jason's acting career began in the early 1990's and since then he has amassed over 60 films and numerous television appearances in nearly every genre and film and television.  He most recently acted in features; "An Actor Prepares" Tyler Perry's "She's Living My Life" , "Acrimony", "Boo, A Madea Halloween",  "Tammy" also, "Million Dollar Arm", and on TV; Nat Geo's - "Killing Reagan", History Channel's "Six", OWN'S "The Have and Have Nots", Sony's "Powers", "Being Mary Jane" on B.E.T. as well as FOX's "Sleepy Hollow", CW's "The Originals" AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire", "Drop Dead Diva", Investigation Discover's "Your Worst Nightmare." Past shows include "Guiding Light", "One Life To Life", "All My Children", "Celebrity Ghost Stories", "Unsolved Mysteries" and more to come in 2018!

 

Jenny Ashford is a horror and paranormal writer, graphic designer, and podcaster. Her latest books are The Unseen Hand: A New Exploration of Poltergeist Phenomena, and The Faceless Villain: A Collection of the Eeriest Unsolved Murders of the 20th Century (Volume One). She has also written several horror novels and short story collections. She co-hosts a podcast with Tom Ross called 13 O'Clock, on which they discuss various weird topics and unexplained mysteries. Find her online at www.jennyashford.com or at goddessofhellfire.com.

 
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Justin Jordan is a Florida born and raised podcaster, radio personality and artist. In 2010 Justin Started his first podcast Not for Air podcast and since has had multiple shows including the popular Underground Horror Radio with his wife Nicole Vlachos. Underground Horror Radio is a Unique show that besides talking just about horror but playing horror music such as horror punk, and psychobilly. Promoting bands and music world wide while doing reviews on movies, games, books and various interviews.

 
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Kate Wars was once a reading teacher, but is now a novelist and journalist. When not writing, she can be found with her nose stuffed in a book or binge-watching “The Walking Dead.” Either way, she’ll have a cup of artisan coffee or tea in close proximity. She also keeps a pen and paper nearby, because sometimes, her dreams try to tell her haunting stories. Her family calls Central Florida home.

 
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Mark Muncy is the creator of Hellview Cemetery, a charity haunted house in central Florida that was so infamous it was banned by the City of St. Petersburg. An author of horror and science fiction, he has spent over three decades collecting ghostly tales and reports of legendary beasts. His first work for The History Press is "Eerie Florida" he is a frequent guest on Into The Fray radio and also featured on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory. Mark lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, on the remains of an ancient midden with his fiancée, Kari Schultz. Occasionally, he is visited by his daughters when they remember he is still there.

 

Owl Goingback is the author of numerous novels, children’s book, screenplays, and short stories. He is a Bram Stoker Award Winner, a Nebula Award Nominee, and a Storytelling World Awards Honor Recipient. His books include Crota, Darker Than Night, Evil Whispers, Breed, Shaman Moon, Eagle Feathers and The Gift. Owl’s short story collection TRIBAL SCREAMS was published in 2016. The Coffee Shop of Horrors created an Owl Goingback’s Tribal Screams roasted chestnut flavored coffee to tie-in with the collection. Owl is currently writing comics for DC Entertainment.

 
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Pedro Lopez is a musician,artist, photographer,videographer and co-owner of Propaganda Clothing Company...but this Orlando local has no reason to stop there! His music has metal roots with a Spanish feel and his visual style blurs the edges of beauty and rage. His newest adventure, Propaganda Clothing Company TV (PCCTV), is a Vlog that sticks to its guns on bold, live footage and interviews with your favorite bands,artists and a lot more!

 
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Rubella Von Hart is a SFX makeup artist and actress from North Carolina. She started her professional career working on the film "Omnipotence" in iHorror's compilation feature "Bye Felicia" in 2015. She has since worked on multiple projects, including her acting debut in the web series "Zombellas", where she was a leading role, head of makeup, as well as co-creator. Later this year, Rubella will be the head of SFX and have the leading role in her first feature, "The Devil's Tramping Ground".

 
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Scott Kenemore is the author of ten books, including the horror novels The Grand Hotel and the bestselling Zombie Ohio. His newest novel -- Zombie-in-Chief: Eater of the Free World -- was published by Skyhorse/Talos in August of 2017.

 
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An award winning producer and writer, Tim Anderson is currently the Programming Coordinator for the Enzian Theater and the Florida Film Festival. Anderson spent the previous 20+ years writing about film and television for Film Threat, Amazon.com, Fangoria, Severed Cinema, The Hacker's Source and for 8 years as the DVD Managing Editor of Bloody-Disgusting.com and as co-host of “News from the Crypt” the official Bloody-Disgusting Podcast.

 

Tom Ross is a podcaster, poltergeist focus, and personality. He co-authored The Mammoth Mountain Poltergeist with Jenny Ashford, about his own experiences with the paranormal, and he also co-hosts the 13 O'Clock podcast, providing hilarious commentary on the creepy topics and vaping away in the background. Listen to 13 O'Clock on the Project Entertainment Network, or on YouTube at 13OClockPodcast.

 
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Trent Duncan is an award winning independent filmmaker and producer most notably known for his Epic Horror Fan Films on YouTube. In addition to his horror movies, Trent has written and directed a variety of genres, which have entertained audiences around the world. More information at TrentDuncan.com.

 
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Tyra Burton is a social media strategist and co-author of Socially Engaged: The Author’s Guide to Social Media. An award-winning professor, Tyra teaches at Kennesaw State University and is a frequent workshop presenter and panelist on topics including social media, copyright, education, gaming, and gender and sexuality in pop culture.