Taylor is an crime writer, supernatural historian and
the author of 104 books
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, 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
Haunted Decatur Tour
-- and eventually led to the founding of his Illinois
Hauntings Tours (with current tours in
Alton, Chicago, Decatur & Lebanon) 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. After a number of years in Alton, Illinois,
the conference has returned to its original site at the
Lincoln Theater in Decatur. The Haunted America
Conference remains the most imitated conference in the
country (although the imitations never equal the
original) and in 2014, will hold its 18th annual event in