EMMY LAYBOURNE is the internationally bestselling author of six young adult novels, including Monument 14, Sweet, and Berserker. Her books have been honored by the Junior Library Guild, American Library Association, and the Bank Street Children's Book Committee, among others, and translated into 9 languages. She studied writing as an undergrad at Vassar College and while getting an MFA at UCLA for screenwriting, she won the Eleanor Perry Award from Women in Film. Emmy is a former character actress, and is occasionally recognized from her role as Mary Katherine Gallagher's best friend in the movie "Superstar." She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two kids.
Steve Hockensmith writes a monthly column for Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and he is the author of Holmes on the Range, an Edgar Award finalist and the beginning of his highly successful Holmes on the Range mystery series.
Beth Fantaskey is the author of Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, Jessica Rules the Dark Side, Jekel Loves Hyde, and Buzz Kill. Shelives in rural Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters.
Carter Wilson is the USA Today and #1 Denver Post bestselling author of six critically acclaimed standalone psychological thrillers, as well as numerous short stories. An ITW Thriller Award finalist and a four-time winner of the Colorado Book Award, he has been honored by multiple starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal. He lives in Erie, Colorado, in a Victorian house that is spooky but isn't haunted... yet. For more information, visit CarterWilson.com.
Daniel Palmer is associate dean of research and innovation in the School of Art at RMIT University.
Tonya Hurley has credits spanning all platforms of teen entertainment including: creating, writing, and producing two hit television series; writing and directing several acclaimed independent films; developing a ground-breaking collection of video games and board games; and creating and providing content for award-winning websites. Ms. Hurley lives in New York with her family.
Stephen Ross is Professor of English at the University of Victoria, Canada. He is Past-President of the Modernist Studies Association (2015/16) and General Editor of The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism Online.
Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, anthologist, and the author of Calling the Spirits: A History of Seances and Ghosts: A Haunted History. She is a six-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, a recipient of the Black Quill Award, and winner of the Grand Prize from the Halloween Book Festival. A lifelong Californian, she lives in North Hills, California, and can be found online at www.lisamorton.com.
Wendy Corsi Staub is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than ninety novels, including in the genres of young-adult fiction, psychological suspense, and traditional mystery. A three-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, she's won a Rita Award, an RT Award for Career Achievement in Suspense, the 2007 RWA-NYC Golden Apple Award for Lifetime Achievement, and five Washington Irving Prizes for Fiction.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham has written more than a hundred novels. She's a winner of the RWA's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Thriller Writers' Silver Bullet. She is an active member of International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America. For more information, check out her websites: TheOriginalHeatherGraham.com, eHeatherGraham.com, and HeatherGraham.tv. You can also find Heather on Facebook.
Chris Grabenstein is a New York Times bestselling author and the winner of multiple awards for his Haunted Mystery series. He lives in New York City with his wife, J.J., and two cats.
R.L. Stine has more than 350 million English language books in print, plus international editions in 32 languages, making him one of the most popular children's authors in history. Besides Goosebumps, R.L. Stine has written other series, including Fear Street, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room, and Dangerous Girls. R.L. Stine lives in New York with his wife, Jane, and his Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Minnie. Visit him online at rlstine.com.
BRUCE HALE is the author of Snoring Beauty, illustrated by Howard Fine, as well as the fifteen Chet Gecko mysteries. A popular speaker, teacher, and storyteller for children and adults, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.