is a researcher of history, crime, and the supernatural
and the author of
on ghosts, hauntings,
history, crime and the unexplained in America. He is
also the founder and owner of
Tours and Events.
shares a birthday with one of his favorite authors, F.
Scott Fitzgerald, but instead of living in New York,
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.
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
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
In addition to the tour companies and
Haunted America Conference, Taylor is
also the founder of
a publishing company for books about the
supernatural that he started in 1993.