Lisa Morton

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



    • “Robert Chambers Reads The King in Yellow“, to be announced *
    • “The Gulch”, to be announced *
    • “A Seance in Liverpool”, In League with Sherlock Holmes, Pegasus Crime *
    • “Night Terrors”, Night Terrors and Other Stories, Omnium Gatherum *
    • “The Deals We Make”, Tales of the Lost Vol. 2 *
    • “The Garden of Dr. Moreau”, It Came from the ’80s, Plaid Dragon Press *
    • The Screw Turns Again”, Gaslight Ghouls, Cycatrix Press *
    • “Antonia and the Stranger Who Came to Rancho Los Feliz”, Spec L.A., Akashic Books *
    • The Sextant of the Madagascar“, The Dagon Collection, PS Publishing *
    • “The End of the World Man”, Shocklines, Cemetery Dance *
    • Etain and the Unholy Ghosts“, Sisterhood, Chaosium *
    • “Pickled Punks and the Summer of Love”, Midnight Under the Big Top, Cemetery Dance
    • “Summer of the Horned Man”, Great British Horror Volume 5, Black Shuck Books
    • “Family”, Final Cuts, Anchor Books/Blumhouse
    • “Imperfect Clay”, Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities, and Other Horrors, Written Backwards
    • “The Best Cookie Dough Ever”, Christmas Horror Vol. 3, Dark Regions Press
    • “The Outsider and Others”, The Lovecraft Squad: Rising, Pegasus Books
    • “Unity Endangered”, Tales of the Lost Vol. 1: We All Lose Something!
    • “The Tapestried Room” (with Sir Walter Scott), Strange Tales of the Macabre: Ghosts, 5×5 Publishing
    • “The Chemistry of Ghosts”, Terrifying Tales to Tell at Night, Skyhorse Publishing
    • A Housekeeper’s Revenge”, Weird Tales
    • “Holding Back”, A Secret Guide to Fighting Elder Gods, Zeolite Publishing
    • Whatever Happened to Lorna Winters?, Odd Partners, Ballantine Books, reprinted in Best American Mystery Stories 2020
    • “Dr. Morbismo’s InsaniTERRORium Horror Show”, Pop the Clutch: Thrilling Tales of Rockabilly, Monsters, and Hot Rod Horror, Dark Moon Books
    • The Joys of Christmas“, Collected Christmas Horror Shorts 2, Kevin Kennedy
    • The Dreams in the White Houseand Cool Air, The Lovecraft Squad: Dreaming, Pegasus/W. W. Norton 
    • Job No. 34264, 18 Wheels of Science Fiction, Big Time Books
    • The Ultimate Halloween Party App“, The Mammoth Book of Halloween Stories, Skyhorse Publishing
    • Summer of Sharks”, Scream and Scream Again, HarperCollins
    • The Dead Thing“, 100 Word Horrors, Kevin Kennedy
    • The Wash”, The Beauty of Death 2: Death by Water, Independent Legions
    • “Eyes of the Beholders”, Adam’s Ladder, Written Backwards
    • “Ofrenda”, Unspeakable Horror 2: Abominations of Desire, Evil Jester Press
    • “Black Jack Lonegan and the City of Dreams“, CEA Greatest Anthology Written, Celenic Earth Publications
    • “La Hacienda de los Muertos”, Halloween Carnival Volume One, Random House
    • “Silver Nitrate Blues”, Ghosts for Christmas, self-published e-book
    • “The Rich are Different”, Dark Screams 6, Random House
    • “The Perfect House”, Dead Ends: Stories from the Gothic South, Two Tales Press
    • Larue’s Dime Museum“, Behold!: Oddities, Curiosities, and Undefinable Wonders, Crystal Lake Publishing
    • “High Desert”, The Forsaken, 23 House Publishing
    • “The Fool on the Hill”, Dread State, Thunderdome Press
    • “Down But Not Out at the End of the World, Silent Screams, Josh Strnad, reprinted in Strange Tales of the Macabre: Post-Apocalyptic, 5×5 Publishing
    • Trigger Fate”, The Third Spectral Book of Horror, Tickety Boo Press
    • “The Enchanted Forest”, Dark Hallows II, Scarlet Galleon Publications, reprinted in The Samhanach and Other Halloween Treats
    • “Ant Farm”, Drive-In Creature Feature, Evil Jester Press
    • “Father of Ab”, Curse of the Blue Nile, Onyx Path
    • “In the Garden”, The Beauty of Death, Independent Legions
    • “One Night With the King of Lizards”, Scales and Tails, Western Legends
    • “St. Thomas of El Paso”, Tales From the Lake Vol. 2, Crystal Lake Publishing
    • Erasure”, Cemetery Riots, Awol from Elysium Press
    • “Cognition”, Madhouse, Dark Regions Press
    • Woolen Shirts and Gum Boots”, Blurring the Line, Cohesion Press
    • “The Maze”, Dark Hallow, Scarlet Galleon Publications, reprinted in the October 2016 issue of The Horror Zine and The Samhanach and Other Halloween Treats
    • “Finding Ulalume, nEvermore, Edge Publishing
    • “The New War”, Dark Screams 4, Random House
    • “Union Day”, Occupied Earth, Polis Books
    • “Sexy Pirate Girl”, October Dreams 2, Cemetery Dance, reprinted in The Samhanach and Other Halloween Treats
    • A Girl’s Life”, Innsmouth Nightmares, PS Publishing
    • The Ogre, Shadows Over Main Street, Hazardous Press
    • “Daddy’s Girl, Shrieks and Shivers from The Horror Zine, Imajin Publishing
    • Bitter Shadows, Madness on the Orient Express, Chaosium
    • “The Christmas Spirit”, Haunted Holidays, Gallowstree Press; reprinted in Winter Horror Days and Holiday Spirits
    • “Tamlane”, Out of Tune, JournalStone, reprinted in The Samhanach and Other Halloween Treats and in Strange Tales of the Macabre: Gothic, 5×5 Publishing
    • “Kevin Needs to Talk About Us”, Zombie Apocalypse!: Endgame, Constable and Robinson
    • “She Devil-a-Go Go”, Hell Comes to Hollywood 2, Big Time Books
    • The Rivet Gang”, Rocketeer: Jet Powered Adventures, IDW Publishing, reprinted in serial form in The Rocketeer at War comic book series
    • “Zolamin and the Mad God”, Deepest, Darkest Eden, Miskatonic River Press
    • “Hollywood Hannah”, Psycho-Mania, Constable and Robinson
    • “Feel the Noise”, Shivers VII, Cemetery Dance, reprinted in The Five Senses of Horror, Dark Moon Books
    • “Golden State”, Dark Fusion: Where Monsters Lurk, PS Publishing
    • “Coming to Day”, The Haunted Mansion Project #2, Damnation Books
    • “The Willowstown Women’s Cut and Dye Club”, Barbers & Beauties, Hummingbird House Press
    • “Red Ink”, Shadow Masters, Imajin Publishing
    • “The Resurrection Policy”, After Death, Dark Moon Books
    • “Angel Killer”, Nightscapes: Volume I, Nightscape Press
    • “The True Worth of Orthography”, Blood Rites, Blood Bound Books
    • “The Legend of Halloween Jack”, Cemetery Dance E-Book
    • “Day of the Dead”, Zombie Apocalypse!: Fightback, Running Press/Robinson
    • “The Secret Engravings”, Danse Macabre, Edge Publishing, reprinted in Fantastic Tales of Terror: History’s Darkest Secrets, Crystal Lake Publishing
    • “World Without End”, I Will Rise, Delirium
    • “Old Macdonald had an Animal Farm”, Blood Lite 3, Pocket Books
    • “When Harry Killed Sally”, Attic Toys, Evil Jester Press
    • “The Rush”, Slices of Flesh, Dark Moon Books
    • “Blood for the American People”, Horror for Good, Cutting Block Press
    • “Chillers”, Rage Against the Night, Brimstone Press, reprinted in Strange Tales of the Macabre: Stormy Weather, 5×5 Publishing
    • “New Monster”, The Mothman Files, Woodland Press
    • “Face Out”, Help! Wanted: Tales of On-the-Job Terror, Evil Jester Press
    • “GirlWorld”, Zombiality, Library of the Living Dead
    • “They’re Coming to Get You”, The Mammoth Book of Zombie Apocalypse!, Running Press/Robinson
    • “The Leap”, Legends of the Mountain State 4, Woodland Press
    • “Journal of the Dreaming”, available only in the lettered hardback edition of The Lucid Dreaming, Bad Moon Books
    • “Silk City”, The Bleeding Edge, Cycatrix Press, reprinted in Graveside Manner, Cemetery Dance
    • “Joe and Abel in the Field of Rest”, The Dead That Walk, Ulysses Press, reprinted in Cemetery Dance Select: Lisa Morton
    • “The End”, Cinema Spec: Tales of Hollywood and Fantasy, Raven Electrick Ink; reprinted in Spec-Tacular: Fantasy Favorites from Raven Electrick Ink
    • “Diana and the Goong-si”, Midnight Walk, Darkhouse Books
    • “Double Walker”, Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet, Dark Scribe Press
    • “Golden Eyes”, Horror Library Volume 3, Cutting Block Press, reprinted in Arkana magazine #1 (Italian translation)
    • “The Last Resort”, Dark Passions: Hot Blood XIII, Kensington; reprinted in Brimstone Dreams, edited by Joseph Nassise
    • “Forces of Evil, Starring Robert Fields” (with Richard Grove), Midnight Premiere, Cemetery Dance
    • “The Maenads”, The Vault of Punk Horror, Vault of Punk Horror
    • “Cold Duty”, Rolling Darkness Revue 2006, Earthling Publications
    • “Sparks Fly Upward”, Mondo Zombie, Cemetery Dance; reprinted in The Living Dead, Night Shade; and Zombies, Black Dog and Levinthal
    • “Black Mill Cove”, Dark Delicacies: Original Tales of Terror and the Macabre, Carroll and Graf; reprinted in The Predatory Kind, edited by Joe McKinney and in Cemetery Dance Select: Lisa Morton
    • “Home Intrusion”, Hell Hath No Fury, CyberPulp
    • “Growing Man”, Framed: A Gallery of Dark Delicacies, Dark Delicacies
    • “The Death of Splatter”, Dark Terrors 6, Gollancz; reprinted in Left Hanging, edited by Maria Alexander
    • “Blind-Stamped”, Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores, Dream Haven; reprinted in Dust and Shadow, edited by Kealan Patrick Burke
    • “The Call of Cthulhu: The Motion Picture”, Dead But Dreaming, Dark Tales Publications; reprinted by Miskatonic River Press
    • “Pound Rots in Fragrant Harbour”, The Museum of Horrors, Leisure/Dorchester; reprinted in Cemetery Dance Select: Lisa Morton and in Strange Tales of the Macabre: Haunted Journeys, 5×5 Publishing
    • “El Cazador”, After Shocks, fREAk pRESs; reprinted in American Horror, edited by Scott Nicholson
    • “A New Force of Nature”, White of the Moon, Pumpkin Books; reprinted in Possessed, edited by Nate Kenyon
    • “Nikola, Moonstruck”, Horrors! 365 Scary Stories, Barnes & Noble
    • “The Fear of Eight Legs”, Horrors! 365 Scary Stories
    • “The Proof in the Picture”, Horrors! 365 Scary Stories
    • “Ghost Writer”, Horrors! 365 Scary Stories
    • Children of the Long Night, The Mammoth Book of Dracula, Carroll & Graf
    • Love Eats”, Dark Terrors, Gollancz; reprinted in Dead Lines #1
    • Poppi’s Monster”, The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein, Carroll & Graf; reprinted in Nightmare Magazine December 2017
    • “Sane Reaction”, Dark Voices 6, Pan Books; reprinted in Borderline magazine #6 (French translation); reprinted and available in audio format at Wily Writers; reprinted in Night-Mantled: The Best of Wily Writers Volume 1


    • “The End of the Season“, Every Day is Halloween: Lisa Morton’s Official Newsletter #12
    • “Hallowe’en in Blue and Gray”, The Horror Zine October 2017
    • The Gorgon, Every Day is Halloween: Lisa Morton’s Official Newsletter #6; reprinted in Shivers VIII, Cemetery Dance
    • “The Rich are Different”, Cemetery Dance #74/#75
    • “The Halloween Collector”, Halloween Forevermore, reprinted in The Samhanach and Other Halloween Treats
    • “Alive-Oh”, The Horror Zine, reprinted in The Samhanach and Other Halloween Treats
    • “Pontianak”, Dark Discoveries #21
    • “Pumpkin Rex”, Literary Mayhem, reprinted in The Samhanach and Other Halloween Treats
    • “With a Whimper”, Fraternity of Flash
    • “San Diablo”, Inhuman #5
    • “True Crime”, Dark Discoveries Newsletter
    • “Black Friday”, Horror Drive-In August ’09
    • “The Devil Came to Mamie’s on Hallowe’en”, Cemetery Dance #60; reprinted in Halloween Spirits and The Samhanach and Other Halloween Treats
    • “Giallo”, Horror World March ’09
    • “Unlucky”, Crimewave #10
    • “Tested”, Cemetery Dance #55; reprinted in Aberrations, edited by Jeremy Shipp, and in Cemetery Dance Select: Lisa Morton
    • “Horrors!”, L.A. Times special Halloween supplement 1998
    • “Sensitive”, After Hours Winter ’95
    • Virus Verses”, Dreamforge May ’95


    • “We Live Through This”, HWA Poetry Showcase Volume 7 *
    • “Meeting the Elemental”, HWA Poetry Showcase Volume 6
    • “The Straw Man”, HWA Poetry Showcase Volume 3
    • “Bodega Bay, 2004”, A Sea of Alone: Poems for Alfred Hitchcock

    “Tested” won the Bram Stoker Award® for Short Fiction

    Titles in yellow received “Honorable Mention” in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror/The Year’s Best Horror

    Behold!: Oddities, Curiosities, and Undefinable Wonders was nominated for the 2017 Bram Stoker Award® for Anthology and the This is Horror Award.

  • The Beauty of Death 2: Death By Water was nominated for the 2017 Bram Stoker Award® for Anthology and the This is Horror Award.
    The Beauty of Death was nominated for the 2016 Bram Stoker Award® for Anthology.

  • nEvermore! was nominated for the 2015 Bram Stoker Award® for Anthology.

  • After Death won the 2013 Bram Stoker Award® for Anthology.
    Barbers & Beauties was nominated for the 2013 Bram Stoker Award® for Anthology.

  • Horror for Good was nominated for the 2012 Bram Stoker Award® for Anthology.

  • Slices of Flesh was nominated for the 2012 Bram Stoker Award® for Anthology.

  • The Living Dead was nominated for the 2008 World Fantasy Award.
    Midnight Walk won the Black Quill Award for Best Anthology and was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award® for Anthology.

  • Unspeakable Horror won the 2008 Bram Stoker Award® for Anthology.

  • Horror Library Volume 3 was nominated for the 2008 Bram Stoker Award® for Anthology.

  • Midnight Premiere was nominated for the 2007 Bram Stoker Award® for Anthology.

  • Mondo Zombie won the 2006 Bram Stoker Award® for Anthology.

  • Dark Delicacies won the 2005 Bram Stoker Award® for Anthology.

  • Dark Terrors 6 won the 2003 International Horror Guild Award for Best Anthology, and was nominated for the British Fantasy Award for Anthology.

  • The Museum of Horrors won the 2002 World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology.

  • Horrors! 365 Scary Stories won the 1998 Bram Stoker Award® for Anthology.

  • White of the Moon was nominated for the 1999 International Horror Guild Award for Best Anthology, and for the 1999 British Fantasy Award for Best Anthology.

  • Dark Terrors was nominated for the 1996 World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology, and for the 1995 British Fantasy Award for Best Anthology.

    Many of the books listed above can be found at the Advanced Book Exchange


    For “Silk City” from The Bleeding Edge: “… other authors provide excellent, praiseworthy stories…Lisa Morton’s Silk City is a terrifying journey into the bowels of a dilapidated hotel, now inhabited by malevolent and venomous, giant spiders.”The Zone

    For “Diana and the Goong-si” from Midnight Walk: “‘Diana and the Goong-si’, my favorite of the book, (as everyone who knows me can tell you, vampires in all their guises are my favorite) is a tale of a woman traveling a great distance at great risk and peril to try and find her missing husband. She arrives in a strange world and finds herself engaged in a battle with a local legend, a vampiric creature that is intent on fulfilling its unholy thirst for blood, but not in the way you think. This is a great take on the vampire mythos that is fresh, scary and very well written.” – Famous Monsters of Filmland

    “I loved the strong female character in this story, as well as the location and time in which the story was set. The Goong-Si is also a very different type of vampire than the creatures from our Western world, making it an even more exciting read.” – Fatally Yours

    “Lisa Morton’s ‘Diana and the Goong-Si’ centers around a British woman who is trying to find her missing husband, and the rumored creature who may have killed him. Set in 19th century Britain and China, the tale weaves history with horror, and will leave you with a smile on your face by the time it’s all over. Also, the story leaves itself open to a sequel, one I’m hoping we’ll see sometime down the road (if it isn’t out there already).” – Horror Drive-In

    For “The Devil Came to Mamie’s on Hallowe’en” from Cemetery Dance #60: “Morton excels at creating a rich setting for her characters to take root. She carefully weaves superstitions and folktales into the narrative, all the while creating a new story from their ashes”.Dark Scribe Magazine

    For “Sparks Fly Upward” from Mondo Zombie, reprinted in The Living Dead: “Recently prolific anthologist Adams (Seeds of Change) delivers a superb reprint anthology that runs the gamut of zombie stories. There’s plenty of gore, highlighted by Stephen King’s “Home Delivery” and David Schow’s classic “Blossom.” Less traditional but equally satisfying are Lisa Morton’s “Sparks Fly Upward,” which analyzes abortion politics in a zombified world, and Douglas Winter’s literary pastiche “Less than Zombie.”Publisher’s Weekly

    For “Forces of Evil, Starring Robert Fields” from Midnight Premiere: “‘Forces of Evil, Starring Robert Fields’ is the name of the story written by Lisa Morton and Richard Grove. It’s one of the more provocative stories in the anthology. Most should know Morton as a veteran screenwriter and short story writer. She’s a Shocklines regular. Grove is a thespian that is best known for his memorable portrayal of Henry the Red, from Sam Raimi’s Army of Darkness. The story deals with some uncomfortable doings on the set of a movie that looks suspiciously like Army of Darkness. It also gives some insight into high school violence and the persecution of outsiders that love genre cinema.”Horror Drive-In

    For “Black Mill Cove” from Dark Delicacies: “Two standouts, Lisa Morton’s story of a solitary abalone forager stumbling across a mass murderer, and Playboy cartoonist Gahan Wilson’s about a macabre artist whose grim subjects may be all too real, sell the volume all on their own.” – Booklist

    “…Lisa Morton contributes ‘Black Mill Cove’, a tense tale of terror set in the wilderness with a load of poison in its tail.”Emerald City

    “The primary mission for Del and Jeff with their Horror anthology is make it genuinely horrifying. Several of the writers within push themselves to the task admirably. Lisa Morton goes all out with the harrowing tale, ‘Black Mill Cove’, which is one of the standouts for me.”

    “…a dark, gruesome turn…” – Fangoria

    “…a horrific story of “things” in the water.” – Library Journal

    From Shivers magazine #14’s review of The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein: “There are a few stories which affected me deeply. Lisa Morton’s ‘Poppi’s Monster’ brought a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye. The story follows the life of Stacey, daughter of Poppi, her drunken and violent father. The piece has great depth and beauty in its simplicity, and I felt for the child trapped in a world not of her making.

    From Publishers Weekly March 26, 2001 review of After Shocks: “Lisa Morton’s ‘El Cazador’… decode[s] dark truths encrypted in the tags of Los Angeles graffiti artists…all well written, the stories… suggest that their horror is more a universal idiom than a regional dialect.

    From, July 23, 2001 review of White of the Moon: “Lisa Morton’s ‘A New Force of Nature’ handles suicide, a topic which I find entirely terrifying on its own, in such a way as to inflate it from private holocaust to widespread infection. The whole anthology is excellent…” (Mehitobel Wilson)