After Hours!


Alton, Illinois!

Conference host 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.

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 America!

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 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 Side.

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 event.

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 location.

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.


After Hours!


Alton, Illinois!