Troy Taylor is a supernatural historian, crime buff and
author of more than 110 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.
THE HAUNTED PRESIDENT
At this year's event -- just after the 150th anniversary
of Abraham Lincoln's Funeral Train -- Troy will be
speaking on the lasting effects of Lincoln's
assassination on death, funeral customs and the
supernatural in American history, as well as the
haunting life of the former president himself. He'll
also be opening the conference with a look at the Civil
War's lingering hauntings in Alton, Illinois, which is
regarded as one of the most haunted small towns in
April Slaughter is the author of Ghost Hunting Texas,
Reaching Beyond the Veil and Disconnected From Death
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, HAUNTED BY DEATH, April
will be discussing the rise of the Spiritualist movement in the
wake of the Civil War. After the loss of life during the
fighting, the American public turned to the supernatural for
comfort and Spiritualism truly came into its own. Discover the
most famous mediums of the era, the charlatans and the gifted,
the scandals and controversies and much more!
All of this year's speakers will
be appearing on a Friday night panel to take your questions on
ghosts, hauntings, monsters, the unexplained or just about
anything weird you can imagine!
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
all kinds. Rosemary is a returning favorite and veteran of the
Haunted America Conferences.
By popular demand, Rosemary will be offering her Necromanteum
sessions again as After Hours events at the conference. During
the general sessions, she'll be offering a presentation on
LIFE IN THE AFTERLIFE. What do the dead say
about the process of dying and the conditions of the afterlife?
Since the 18th century, mediumship, channeling, and instrumental
transcommunication have probed into what lies beyond death. The
19th-century boom in Spiritualism gave special emphasis to
mapping the afterlife, an interest that has continued to present
times. Rosemary examines the testimonies of the dead to find
some surprising answers to our questions about life on the Other
As the man who put Gettysburg on the map as one of the most
haunted places in America, Mark has an extensive background in
the field of ghosts and hauntings. After getting his start as a
National Park Service Ranger & Historian, he began an acclaimed
book series on the Ghosts of Gettysburg, which spawned 14 more
books and the "Ghosts of Gettysburg Tours" in 1994. Mark has
since expanded to Fredericksburg, Virginia and has appeared in
dozens of television and radio shows about the hauntings of the
region. He has also co-written two books on crime and hauntings
with Katherine Ramsland, who will also be on hand at this year's
Mark's lecture, CIVIL WAR GHOSTS: THE EVIDENCE,
will be exploring the haunted history of the American Civil War
and the numerous places where hauntings have been left behind
from the battles -- especially Gettysburg. This is your chance
to discover the many hauntings of the Civil War, presented by
the man who first brought such tales to the public eye!
Special Guest, Katherine Ramsland -- author of more than 50 books on crime and
unsolved mysteries and a guest in scores of television
documentaries and series will be a vendor at this year's event!
Author and paranormal investigator, Sherri Brake is also the
owner of the "Haunted Heartland Tours," has instructed classes
on the paranormal, appeared on paranormal television shows,
writes a monthly column and leads tours and ghost hunts at
numerous haunted spots. She is the author of seven books on
ghosts, hauntings and specifically on haunted prisons and
hospitals. She lives on what she calls a "slightly haunted" farm
in Central West Virginia.
In her presentation, AFTERLIFE WITH NO PAROLE,
she'll take attendees on a photo tour of the haunted history of
the West Virginia Penitentiary and the Ohio State Reformatory.
Both have ties to the Civil War and both have many documented
murders and suicides plaguing over a century of operation.
Explore the history and hauntings & view historical and
paranormal photos while listening to Sherri’s personal
experiences from over a decade of tours and research at each
As this year's "American Monsters" speaker, widely recognized
cryptozoologist and author Ken Gerhard more than fits the bill.
He has traveled around the world searching for evidence of
mysterious creatures including Bigfoot, The Loch Ness Monster,
the Chupacabra, Mothman and even Werewolves. Ken has authored
three books and his research has been featured on the History
Channel, National Geographic, Travel Channel, Syfy, A&E, tru TV,
Nat Geo Wild, Science Channel and Destination America. He is a
frequent guest on Coast to Coast AM.
At this year's event, Ken will be tying his presentation in to
the legend of Alton's own "Piasa Bird," a monstrous creature
that is said to have preyed on the Native American inhabitants
of the region. His lecture, THUNDERBIRDS, will
delve into modern accounts of these mysterious creatures, which
have been sighted over Illinois and elsewhere. Could these
animals represent living representatives of the legendary Piasa?
You'll want to find out!
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," our annual session to
kick off the conference. "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 became the full-time host in 2014. Luke will
also be moderating the speaker panel on Friday night,
handling YOUR questions ands comments from the audience
during both sessions.