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Lisa Morton

Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, award-winning prose writer, and Halloween expert. Her work was described by the American Library Associations Readers Advisory Guide to Horror as consistently dark, unsettling, and frightening, and Famous Monsters called her one of the best writers in dark fiction today. She began her career in Hollywood, co-writing the cult favorite Meet the Hollow heads (on which she also served as Associate Producer), but soon made a successful transition into writing short works of horror. After appearing in dozens of anthologies and magazines, including The Mammoth Book of Dracula, Dark Delicacies, The Museum of Horrors, and Cemetery Dance, in 2010 her first novel, The Castle of Los Angeles, was published to critical acclaim, appearing on numerous Best of the Year lists. Her book The Halloween Encyclopedia (now in an expanded second edition) was described by Reference & Research Book News as the most complete reference to the holiday available, and Lisa has been interviewed on The History Channel, the Discovery Channels series Perfecting History, and in The Wall Street Journal as a Halloween authority. She is a six-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award®, a recipient of the Black Quill Award, and winner of the 2012 Grand Prize from the Halloween Book Festival, and her most recent releases are the novellas Smog (Double Down #2) and Summers End (both from Journal Stone Publishing). A lifelong Californian, she lives in North Hollywood.

Awards: Stoker (2010)  see all

Genres: Horror, Science Fiction
New and upcoming books
April 2024

Spine Tinglers
June 2024

   The Castle of Los Angeles (2010)
   Malediction (2013)
   Netherworld (2014)
   The Shadow Collection (2014) (with Mark Atkinson and Scott Young)
   Haunted Holidays (2014) (with Laura Benedict and Carolyn Haines)
   The Samhanach and Other Halloween Treats (2017)
   Holiday Spirits (2017)
   Night Terrors & Other Tales (2021)
   Spine Tinglers (2024)
Novellas and Short Stories
   The Lucid Dreaming (2009)
   The Samhanach (2010)
   Monsters of L.A. (2011)
   Hell Manor (2012)
   The Legend of Halloween Jack (2012)
   Summer's End (2013)
   The Lower Animals (2013)
   The Devil's Birthday (2014)
   By Insanity of Reason (2014) (with John R Little)
   Placerita (2024) (with John Palisano)
Anthologies edited
   Midnight Walk (2009)
   Halloween Spirits (2011)
   Haunted Nights (2017) (with Ellen Datlow)
   Ghost Stories (2019) (with Leslie S Klinger)
   Weird Women (2020) (with Leslie S Klinger)
   Haunted Tales (2022) (with Leslie S Klinger)
Non fiction show
Lisa Morton recommends
Red Unicorn (2022)
Weston Ochse
"Weston Ochse is one of my favorite warrior-philosophers, and I'm a longtime fan of his work. Red Unicorn is classic Ochse: this tale of a six-fingered adventurer encountering the supernatural in 1982 Argentina is by turns exciting, thoughtful, tense, mystical, horrific, and poignant."
Dance Among the Flames (2022)
Tori Eldridge
"Tori Eldridge's DANCE AMONG THE FLAMES is a mesmerizing blend of ancient dark magic and horrors both mystical and man-made. It was compelling, disturbing, beautifully other words, I loved it!"
Good Southern Witches (2021)
J D Horn
"Who knew there was so much old magic buried in the red dirt of America's South? If you like spellbinding tales of powerful women and dark witchery, then this brew's for you."

More recommendations 

Books containing stories by Lisa Morton
Playlist of the Damned (2024)
edited by
Willow Becker and Jess Landry
Dead Detectives Society #1 (2024)
(Dead Detectives Society, book 1)
Red Stars and Shattered Shields (2024)
A charity sci-fi anthology
edited by
Maxwell I Gold and Henry Herz

More books 

2010 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel : The Castle of Los Angeles
2009 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction : The Lucid Dreaming
2006 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction : Tested

Award nominations
2013 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Novel (nominee) : Malediction
2011 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection (nominee) : Monsters of L.A.
2010 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction (nominee) : The Samhanach

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