Speakers & Presenters
Troy Taylor is the author of nearly 130 books on ghosts, hauntings, true crime, the unexplained, and the supernatural in America. He is also the founder of American Hauntings Ink, which offers books, ghost tours, events, and weekend excursions. He was born and raised in the Midwest and currently divides his time between Illinois and the far-flung reaches of America.
Amelia Cotter is an author, poet, and storyteller with a special interest in the supernatural, history, and folklore. Her books include Where the Party Never Ended: Ghosts of the Old Baraboo Inn, This House: The True Story of a Girl and a Ghost, Maryland Ghosts: Paranormal Encounters in the Free State, the children's book Breakfast with Bigfoot, and the forthcoming poetry collection apparitions. Amelia has appeared on various radio and television programs, including Travel Channel's Hometown Horror, and in the documentaries Scary Stories and Tinker's Shadow: The Hidden History of Tinker Swiss Cottage. She also appeared as a regular cast member on Really Channel’s The R.I.P. Files. Amelia lives and writes in Chicago but is originally from Maryland, where she earned a degree in German and History from Hood College. She regularly presents at conferences and events, and is a member of the Society of Midland Authors.
Allison Jornlin has been investigating strange phenomena for more than 20 years. She developed Milwaukee’s first haunted history tour in 2008. Since then Allison has led numerous tours and presented talks on a variety of Fortean topics — poltergeists, fairies, UFOs, cryptids, demonic possession, etc. Allison currently works as a professional weirdo, writing articles for a variety of publications, developing haunted history tours for AmericanGhostWalks.com, and awaiting the birth of her first book. Allison currently lives in Milwaukee, WI.
Scott has been actively involved in researching the paranormal for more than half of his life. He is a published author, having written a historical/paranormal book about Chicago called “Voices from the Chicago Grave.” His work in both production and the paranormal includes two documentaries on the unexplained, running the website WhatsYourGhostStory.com, co-hosting and producing the paranormal radio show “The Mothership Connection” out of WLIP AM-1050 Kenosha and being interviewed multiple times for Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Monument,” in addition to other local press. Markus has been working in various aspects of film and television production since 1997. His work has taken him across America while working on set for “Lost,” “The Dark Knight,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshal,” “Stranger Than Fiction” and many more. He is a regular public speaker and paranormal convention guest across the US, including Hawaii.
CORY J. RITTERBUSCH:
Cory is a restoration ecologist, historian and writer. He also teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, is the Executive Director of Advance Shullsburg, Inc., sits on the Board of Directors of the Galena Historical Society and is President of the Friends of Berry Tavern. He is a popular public presenter and presents on numerous subjects ranging from baseball history to music.
Jim Winter has been involved in the paranormal for 4.5 years, but has been a fan of the unknown and mysterious for most of his life, starting with a childhood fascination with Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and the Bermuda Triangle. Jim is the digital content director for WATT Global Media, a business-to-business media company out of Rockford, Ill., and the founder and co-director of Transcendent Paranormal Society of Dubuque, Iowa. In his spare time Jim dedicates time to his passions: his daughter, paranormal investigation, managing a semi-pro baseball team, metal detecting, photography, reading and exploring new places.
Chris McBrien is a documented psychic medium was raised in a documented Scots Irish family tradition of shamanism carried with his ancestors from Antrim, Ireland to the US in 1809. He had additional witchcraft teachers Dolores Youngquist, George Shadwick and Selena Fox. He then spent nine years in training as a Sufi in the Dayemi Tariqat under the direct tutelage of it's Master, Sheikh Din Muhammed Abdullah al-Dayemi. His abilities from his Sufi training include Sufi meditation techniques, energy work/Dhikr as well as the skill of exorcism. His psychic/medium abilities were enhanced as the result of a near-death experience in 2011. Besides the experience inherent in his work, he also travels to research and document the paranormal both in the US and Europe. He provides services through but not limited to his office in Galena, IL.
Mike Huberty was always interested in ghost stories, UFO sightings, and other weird tales. In 2010, he founded a tourism company called Madison Ghost Walks dedicated to preserving the Wisconsin capitol city’s history and folklore, as well as showing people a great time around the city. In addition to hunting ghosts, he co-hosts a weekly podcast on the paranormal and pop culture called See You OnThe Other Side. Madison Ghost Walks has now expanded to American Ghost Walks, preserving and boosting haunted history in more Midwestern (and beyond) cities including Minneapolis, St. Paul, Lake Geneva, and Wisconsin Dells, as well as joining forces with his sister’s ghost tour, Milwaukee Ghosts.
WENDY LYNN MARCUS:
Musician for the paranormally-inspired rock band Sunspot and Co-Host of the podcast "See You On The Other Side", Wendy's curiosity for the unknown is balanced by a healthy skepticism established through years working as an engineer. As an American Ghost Walks haunted history tour guide for the city of Waukesha, she presents fantastic stories of ghosts and mysticism while remaining dedicated to the historical accuracy of Wisconsin's riveting past.
Sunspot will be performing for the Haunted Galena Conference's Welcome Party. From investigating haunted concert halls to performing at abandoned hospitals to hitting the stage at a UFO convention, Sunspot doesn’t just sing about adventures, they live them. Writing Dilithium-powered Rock anthems inspired by high strangeness from Arthurian legends to Shadow People, Time Lords to Transylvanians, Sunspot is pure energy rock that sounds like Muse meets Cheap Trick with Douglas Adams writing the lyrics. Based out of Weird Wisconsin, Sunspot is a multiple award winner, including a 4-time winner for Best Rock Album from the Madison Area Music Awards and Wisconsin Area Music Industry’s Artist of the Year, an honor shared with Garbage, Violent Femmes, and Bon Iver. Recent music placements include Expedition Unknown, Hellier 2, and the releases of The Fate of the Furious and Dead Again in Tombstone starring Danny Trejo. They have shared the stage with Saving Abel, Smash Mouth, Black Stone Cherry, Third Eye Blind, AWOL Nation, and Tantric. Get a free CD at the conference by signing up for the email list at their table or visiting www.sunspotuniverse.com
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Bryan Dorn is an ex-pro wrestler, writer, and cemetery explorer who has been a paranormal investigator and presenter for over 23 years. He is the lead investigator for a paranormal company out of Minnesota called Shadow Hunters Minnesota, also the author of the book "Paranormal Pursuits", and is presenting True Tragic Hollywood History, which illustrates some of the darker side of Hollywood history with stories, documentation, and relics from some very well known celebrity deaths.