Troy Taylor is a researcher of history, crime, and the supernatural and the author of  120 books on ghosts, hauntings, history, crime and the unexplained in America. He is also the founder and owner of American Hauntings Tours and Events.

Taylor shares a birthday with one of his favorite authors, F. Scott Fitzgerald, but instead of living in New York, Hollywood and Paris like Fitzgerald, Taylor grew up in Illinois. Raised on the prairies of the state, he developed an interest in "things that go bump in the night" at an early age and as a young man, began developing ghost tours and writing about haunts in Chicago and Central Illinois.  He began his first book in 1989, which delved into the history and hauntings of Decatur, Illinois, and in 1994, it spawned the Haunted Decatur Tour -- and eventually, it led to the founding of American Hauntings (with current tours in Alton, Chicago, Decatur, Jacksonville, Lebanon & Carlinville, Illinois and the American Hauntings Tours, which travel all over the country in search of haunted places.

In 1997, Taylor launched the Haunted America Conference, regarded as "America's Original Ghost  Conference" in Decatur, Illinois. The conference is normally held in the Midwest (Decatur, Alton, Jacksonville) but off-shoots of the event have also taken place in San Diego and Cape Cod. The Haunted America Conference remains the most imitated conference in the country (although the imitations never equal the original) and in 2017, will hold its 21st annual event in Alton, Illinois. In addition to the tour companies and Haunted America Conference, Taylor is also the founder of Whitechapel Press, a publishing company for books about the supernatural that he started in 1993.

Along with writing about the unusual and hosting tours, Taylor is also a public speaker on the subject of ghosts and hauntings. has appeared in scores of newspaper and magazine articles about the subject and in hundreds of radio and television broadcasts about the supernatural. Troy has appeared in documentary productions for TLC, The History Channel, A & E, Discovery Channel, PBS, CMT, Travel Channel, Investigation Discovery and in various network programs and syndicated news shows. These programs have included America's Ghost Hunters, Ghost Waters, Night Visitors, Beyond Human Senses, Scariest Places on Earth, Children of the Grave, The Possessed, America's Most Terrifying Places, Unexplained Files, Evil Kin and others. He has also appeared in one feature film about the paranormal and several of his books have been optioned for television and film productions. Troy currently resides in Illinois.
 

 

DEAD MEN DO TELL TALES SERIES
Dead Men Do Tell Tales
(2008)
Bloody Chicago (2006)
Bloody Illinois (2008)
Bloody Hollywood (2008)
Without a Trace (2009)
Blood, Guns & Valentines (2010)
Murdered in Their Beds (2012)
Fallen Angel (2013)
Murder by Gaslight (2013)
Fear the Reaper (with Rene Kruse) (2014)
One August Morning (2015)
One Night at the Biograph (2016)

HAUNTED FIELD GUIDE BOOKS
The Ghost Hunter's Guidebook
(1997/ 1999 / 2001/ 2004 / 2010)
Ghost Hunter's Guidebook: 10th
Anniversary Edition
(2007)
Confessions of a Ghost Hunter (2002 / 2007)
Field Guide to Haunted Graveyards (2003)
Ghosts on Film (2005)
So, There I Was... (With Len Adams) (2006)
Talking with the Dead (with Rob & Anne Wlodarski) (2009)

HISTORY & HAUNTINGS SERIES
The Haunting of America (2000 / 2010)
Into the Shadows (2002 / 2012)
Down in the Darkness (2003)
Out Past the Campfire Light (2004)
Ghosts by Gaslight (2007)

OTHER GHOSTLY TITLES
Spirits of the Civil War (1999)
Season of the Witch (1999/ 2002 / 2013)
Haunted New Orleans (2000)
Beyond the Grave (2001)
No Rest for the Wicked (2001)
Haunted St. Louis (2002)
The Devil Came to St. Louis (2006 / 2014)
Sex & The Supernatural (2009)
Houdini: Among the Spirits (2009)
And Hell Followed With It (with Rene Kruse) (2010)
Suicide & Spirits (2011)
A Pale Horse was Death (with Rene Kruse) (2012)
The Devil & All His Works (2013)
Soldiers & the Supernatural (with David Goodwin) (2013)

CABINET OF CURIOSITY SERIES
Cabinet of Curiosities (2014)
Cabinet of Curiosities 2 (2014)
Cabinet of Curiosities 3 (2015)

WEIRD HIGHWAY (ROUTE 66 SERIES):
Weird Highway: Illinois
(2015)
Weird Highway: Missouri (2016)

HAUNTED ILLINOIS BOOKS
Haunted Illinois (1999 / 2001 / 2004)
Haunted Decatur (1995 /2006 / 2009)
More Haunted Decatur (1996)
Ghosts of Millikin (1996 / 2001)
Where the Dead Walk (1997 / 2002)
Dark Harvest (1997)
Ghosts of Springfield (1997)
Haunted Decatur Revisited (2000)
Flickering Images (2001 /2011)
Haunted Alton (2000 / 2003 / 2008/ 2014)
Haunted Chicago (2003)
The Haunted President (2005 / 2009)
Mysterious Illinois (2006)
Resurrection Mary (2007)
The Possessed (2007)
Weird Chicago (2008)
Illinois Hauntings (2011)
Over My Dead Body (2013)
Haunted Jacksonville (with Lisa Taylor Horton) (2014)
Ghosts of the Prairie (2016)

HELL HATH NO FURY E-BOOK SERIES
1. Legacy of Evil (2012)
2. The Murderous Medium (2012)
3. The Lost Girls (2012)
4. Mercy Brown (2012)
5. "Come Prepared to Stay Forever" (2013)
6. "I Want to Come Home Tonight" (2013)
7. Lady of the Lake (2014)
8. Girl by the Side of the Road (2014)

GHOSTS BY GASLIGHT E-BOOK SERIES
1. And the Dead Knocked (2013)
2. Rise of the American Original (2013)
3. Behind the Curtain (2013)

STACKPOLE BOOKS
Haunted Illinois
(2008)
True Crime Illinois (2009)
Big Book of Illinois Ghost Stories (2009)
Monsters of Illinois (2011)
Haunted Missouri (2012)
Big Book of Missouri Ghost Stories (2013)

BARNES & NOBLE PRESS TITLES
Haunting of America (2006)
Into the Shadows (2007)
Spirits of the Civil War (2007)

HISTORY PRESS
Wicked Washington (2007)

Murder & Mayhem in Chicago's Downtown (2009)
Murder & Mayhem on Chicago's West Side (2009)
Murder & Mayhem on Chicago's North Side (2009)
Murder & Mayhem on Chicago's South Side (2009)
Murder & Mayhem in Chicago's Vice Districts (2009)
Wicked New Orleans (2010)
Haunted New Orleans (2010)
Wicked Northern Illinois (2010)
Wicked Decatur (2011)

STERLING PUBLICATIONS TITLES:
Weird U.S. (co-Author) (2004)
Weird Illinois (2005)
Weird Virginia (co-author) (2007)
Weird Indiana (co-author) (2008)


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