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 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


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:

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”.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 or at


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.


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.

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.