Troy Taylor is a supernatural historian, crime buff and
author of more than 100 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. At this year's event,
Troy will be speaking about the Rise of the Dead in
Nineteenth Century America, as well as a presentation
with co-author Rene Kruse on their new book, FEAR THE
Troy Taylor Presents: The
3rd Annual "American Monsters"
Panel -- From Bigfoot to Mothman, Phantom Panthers &
Other Mysterious Creatures -- Because America Isn't Just
Haunted by Ghosts!
April Slaughter is the author of Ghost Hunting Texas
and Reaching Beyond the Veil. She has been a
long-time paranormal journalist, publishing articles on all
types of paranormal subjects including Demonology, Psychic
Phenomena, UFOs/Skinwalkers, Faeries, Hauntings, among many
others and is a leading
researcher of EVP-ITC phenomena.
April is a returning favorite to the conference this year.
In her presentation DISCONNECTED FROM DEATH,
April will be discussing the evolution of funerary practices,
mourning traditions, the significance of post-mortem photography
in early American history, and how dealing with death in today's
world has become more a business of disconnection, and less
about processing and accepting loss.
ROSEMARY ELLEN GUILEY
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
Portals to the Spirit World
Since ancient times, mirrors have been one of the most powerful
tools for opening the door to the spirit realm. They draw
people into mysterious depths, reveal the past and future, and
enable the dead, spirits and beings from other dimensions to
manifest, from angels to demons to the dead to ETs and
more. Rosemary covers the ancient art of mirror gazing for
knowledge, revelation and otherworldly contact.
Rene Kruse is the author of three books on ghosts,
crime and American disasters with her co-author Troy Taylor. She
holds a PhD from Texas A&M University and teaches Applied
Engineering and Technology at California University in
Pennsylvania. She has been fascinated by ghosts and all things
haunted throughout her entire life and has been actively
investigating the supernatural for over 30 years. She has also
appeared on several national TV shows about ghosts and
hauntings. She has lived all over the country but has been in
Southwest Pennsylvania for more than 20 years.
At this year's event, Rene will be presenting with co-author
Troy Taylor on their new book, FEAR THE REAPER, a bloody history
of rural murders -- and the ghost stories left in their wake --
in American history.
From ax murders in the night to wholesale slaughters of entire families
and the ghostly events that followed, it's another dark
presentation from these two authors.
Dave Goodwin is a St. Louis police officer, a Major in
the Army National Guard and the author of two books on military
ghosts. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Law Enforcement and has
worked in law enforcement for 20 years. Dave deployed to Iraq in
2004-2005 and 2007-2008 in support of Iraqi Freedom and is
currently stationed at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri.
| He has actively investigated
haunted locations for two decades and currently lives in north
St. Louis County.
At this year's conference, Dave will be presenting on his newest
book SOLDIERS & THE SUPERNATURAL, focusing on some of the most
haunted forts, battlefields and military sites in America.
Nick Redfern is the author of 30 books on UFOs,
Bigfoot, lake-monsters, the Abominable Snowman, and Hollywood
scandal, including Monster Files, Monster Diary, Memoirs of a
Monster Hunter;Celebrity Secrets; There’s something in the
Woods; Contactees; Final Events; The Real Men in Black; The NASA
Conspiracies; Science Fiction Secrets; On the Trail of the
Saucer Spies; Strange Secrets; and – with fellow Texas-based
researcher and author, Ken Gerhard – Monsters of Texas. Nick has
written for numerous magazines and has appeared on more than 70
TV shows. He currently lives on the fringes of Dallas, Texas.
The Sinister Side of Cryptozoology...
Within the field of Cryptozoology, there are far more than a few reports
on file of Bigfoot vanishing in the blink of an eye, of cameras
jamming when people try and photograph lake monsters, and of an
absolute multiplicity of cryptids seen in the same location, and
sometimes even during the same precise time frame as UFOs,
aliens, Men in Black, spooks and specters, and other strange and
unearthly phenomena. If the strange creatures of our world are
simply flesh-and-blood, why should they be associated with so
much high-strangeness? The answer may be that they are not just
unknown animals. They may be something far stranger...
Derek, former US Marine, founded
the Cape And Islands Paranormal Research Society (CAIPRS) in
August 2001. Based in Hyannis,
Massachusetts, Derek is also the owner of the Cape Cod
Haunted History Tours, the original ghost tour of the region. In
addition to offering tours during the Summer and Halloween
season, they also offered ghost hunts at the oldest wooden jail
in America. Derek has spoken at a number of past
conferences and returns in 2014 with a new presentation.
The Dead Presidents
Join Derek for a look at the macabre mysteries and
myths of our Nation's leaders. Discover the dark side of
American history, from the strange secrets of the White House to
the weird tales of our presidents. From hauntings of our
nation's capital to just which ghosts haunt the White House,
it's a strange look at sprits, specters, parallel lives, eerie
tales and more!
Returning to this year's is author
Luke Naliborski, American
Hauntings guide and Rep in Illinois. Luke is also a
public speaker and has investigated haunted places all
over St. Louis and Southern Illinois. Luke will be
presenting Friday night's "Strange Stuff," with help from John
Winterbauer. "Strange Stuff" was created by John Brill during
the early days of the Haunted America Conference as a way to
open the event with weird stories and personal interactions from
the audience. Luke has assisted
with Strange Stuff many times in the
past and will be taking it over, starting in 2014. He
will also be working with John during the Monster Panel,
handling YOUR questions ands comments from the audience
during both sessions.
John is a long-time guide with America Hauntings, notably in
Decatur. He has had a lifetime interest in the strange and the
unusual and is a familiar face during past conferences.
John Winterbauer with Troy
John will be assisting Luke with "Strange Stuff" and
the American Monster Panel