After Hours!


Alton, Illinois!

Conference host Troy Taylor is a supernatural historian, crime buff and author of nearly 120 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.

For the 20th Anniversary conference, Troy will be speaking with his favorite co-speaker and author, RENE KRUSE. After speaking together many times in the past on everything from murders to disasters that left hauntings behind, Troy and Rene have put together a special "most haunted" presentation that will include not only their favorite stories of murder, mayhem, disaster and sinister spirits, but other stories that are guaranteed to be just as heart-breaking, gut-wrenching, and chilling. If you have enjoyed their presentations in the past -- you don't want to miss this one!

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 for the 20th Anniversary event, Rosemary will be updating us on her ongoing research into the paranormal activities of the DJINNS, SHADOW PEOPLE, ET's and BLACK-EYED FIGURES. Rosemary will reveal her latest findings on the Djinns' involvement in ET abduction and contact experiences, Shadow People visits, negative hauntings, and Black-Eyed People encounters. You may not sleep well after this one!

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!

Sarah, known widely as "Paranormal Sarah" to fans of her radio show, newsletter, and numerous articles and the book she has written, is appearing at the Haunted America Conference for the first time. Sarah is a forensic psychologist who studies neurolinguistic programming, profiling and also specializes in psychopathy. She has also spent the last 17 years of her life investigating strange phenomenon and extreme hauntings after growing up in a haunted home with a psychic mother.  A member of the Parapsychological Association, author of "Haunted by the Abyss" and host of "Mysteries of the Mind", Sarah brings a unique perspective to what goes 'bump in the night'.

At the 20th Anniversary Conference, Sarah will be presenting the PSYCHOLOGY OF THE PARANORMAL. The psychological need for the unknown and the history of how ghosts and 'paranormal' phenomenon have always been a part of society and culture. How is 'the ghost' represented in this modern day first-world culture and what would happen if we ever did find accepted PROOF of the afterlife?

By popular demand, Scotty Roberts returns to the Haunted America Conference for our 20th Anniversary event! Scotty is the founder and publisher of Intrepid Magazine and is the co-founder (with Michah Hanks and John Ward) of the Paradigm Symposiums. His Intrepid Radio Programs, with John Ward, has spawned the IPBN Alternative Talk Radio Network, which offers topics that range from politics to the paranormal. An accomplished illustrator and designer, Scotty has spent the bulk of the last three decades in advertising and publishing. He is also a historian, theologian, researcher, student of Egyptology and "stand-up philosopher." He has created trading cards, books for young readers and is the author of The Rise and Fall of the Nephilim, The Secret History of the Reptilians, and his co-authored work with John Ward, The Exodus Reality. Scotty’s new book, History Trippers: The Ten Most Adventurous Places in Egypt, co-authored with John Ward, will release in 2016. He has also appeared in a number of episodes of Ancient Aliens for the History Channel. Scotty lives with his wife and children, just across the Minnesota border in Wisconsin.

Even though he could make his grocery list sound fascinating, Scotty will be speaking this year about his PARANORML ADVENTURES IN EGYPT, including his own personal experiences in a place long linked to mystery.

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 for the 20th Anniversary event, she will present ASYLUM HORRORS: THE TRANS ALLEGHENY LUNATIC ASYLUM. Ice pick lobotomies, bathtubs full of ice and straight jackets -- Welcome to the 19th century asylum. Join paranormal researcher and investigator Sherri Brake as she shares with you the secrets of the largest stone cut building in America, the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. From the history and unbelievable early treatments, to escapes, murders, and the latest in ghost sightings.

Returning to the conference in our 20th Anniversary year, Dr. Alan Brown has been a professor of English at the University of West Alabama since 1986. For the past few years, his interest in southern folklore has manifested itself in scores of books on the ghosts, hauntings and spectral tales of the American South, including A Face in the Window, Shadows and Cypress, Stories from the Haunted South, Haunted Georgia, Haunted Texas, Haunted Tennessee, Haunted Kentucky, Haunted Vicksburg, Haunted Natchez, Big Book of Texas Ghost Stories, Ghosts Along Florida's Gulf Coast, and many others. He has also investigated a number of other sites, as well as traveling widely in search of restless spirits.

At this year's conference, Alan will be presenting SLEEPING WITH GHOSTS: THE SOUTH'S HAUNTED BED AND BREAKFASTS. For the past twenty years, Alan and his wife have been traveling across the American South in search of ghostly takes, legends and folklore. Along the way, they became part of the story -- whether they wanted to or not -- after checking into inns and bed and breakfasts with their own resident ghosts. Alan's personal encounters are always both humorous and chilling and he's sure to have you checking under the bed the next time you stay in a small hotel along the road!

Returning to the 20th Anniversary Conference 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.

Be ready to share your own stories and anecdotes about personal encounters with the unknown!

In addition to her interactive séance during Saturday night's After Hours Events, April will also be taking part in the guest panel on Friday, and will have a booth in the vendor area where you can autographed copies of her books, see more about her "Slaughter Skulls," and more!

KEITH AGE: The founder of the Louisville Ghost Hunter's Society, and long-time guest at the Haunted America Conference, will also be returning for the 20th Anniversary event. Keith will be taking part in the guest panel on Friday night and will have a booth in the vendor area.


After Hours!


Alton, Illinois!