About

In addition to being an expert on the supernatural, Lisa Morton has also been a screenwriter, an author of cinema biographies, a novelist, and the writer of more than 150 short stories and novellas.

A lifelong resident of California, Lisa was lucky enough to grow up in a suburb during the golden age of trick or treat, and as a child she enjoyed making her own Halloween costumes (a particular favorite was a cavewoman’s pelt made entirely from actual deer hide, contributed by her hunting-mad father). While still in her teens, Lisa started working in the film industry, first as a modelmaker and special make-up effects sculptor, later as the screenwriter behind the cult favorite Meet the Hollowheads and the vampire thriller Blood Angels.

After penning horror fiction that appeared in dozens of award-winning books and magazines, including The Mammoth Book of FrankensteinDark Delicacies, and Cemetery Dance, Lisa first explored her nonfiction paranormal interests by writing The Halloween Encyclopedia – the first encyclopedic reference on the holiday – in 2003. Since then, her books have included Ghosts: A Haunted History, Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween, Weird Women: Classic Supernatural Fiction by Groundbreaking Female Writers, 1852-1923, Ghost Stories: Classic Tales of Horror and Suspense, and Calling the Spirits: A History of Seances. She has been interviewed on The History Channel’s The Real Story of Halloween, by Kat Orman for BBC, on The Military Channel’s America: Facts Vs. Fiction, in The Travel Channel’s Shock Docs: This is Halloween, and in the supplements for the Blu-ray edition of Trick ‘r Treat. She also served as the official consultant for the first United States Postal Halloween stamps (released in 2016), and returned in that job for the “Spooky Silhouettes” Halloween stamps released in 2019.

She enjoys participating in paranormal events, and has investigated the Stanley Hotel in Colorado, the Oman House in Beverly Hills, the Queen Mary in Long Beach, and Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Hollywood.

Lisa also contributes the weekly “Ghost Report” to the popular podcast Ghost Magnet with Bridget Marquardt. She lives in North Hills, California, in a house that she desperately wishes was haunted.

For more about Lisa’s fiction, please visit LisaMorton.com