Lisa Morton

Author, Screenwriter, Halloween Expert…what's next?


headshot1webLisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, award-winning prose writer, and Halloween expert. Her work was described by the American Library Association’s 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 Hollowheads (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 Channel’s 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.  She has been a guest at the LA Times Festival of Books, the Utah Humanities Book Festival, the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference, and various genre conventions. Her most recent releases are the novels Netherworld and Zombie Apocalypse!: Washington Deceased. She currently serves as President of the Horror Writers Association, and is also an Active member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime. A lifelong Californian, she lives in the San Fernando Valley, and can be found online at

Lisa is represented by Robert Fleck of The Fleck Agency.

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