Lisa Morton

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Lisa Morton (born December 11, 1958) is an American horror author and screenwriter.


Morton was born in Pasadena, California, and entered the film industry in 1979 as a modelmaker on Star Trek: The Motion Picture. In 1988 she co-wrote (with make-up effects expert Tom Burman) Life On the Edge, which was later re-titled Meet the Hollowheads; she also served as an Associate Producer on the film, and received an acting credit as "the Edge Slut" (in a scene that was cut from the film). The film went on to win the Grand Prix Award at the London Odeon Film Festival, and was one of 12 films selected to appear in the Avoriaz Film Festival.

Morton also co-wrote the films Adventures in Dinosaur City, Tornado Warning, and Blood Angels; as an animation writer, she wrote for the series Sky Dancers and Dragon Flyz. Morton has worked with several small theater companies in the Southern California area, serving as writer, director and producer.

In the 1990s Morton began publishing short horror fiction. In 2006 her short story "Tested" (from Cemetery Dance magazine) won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Short Fiction. In 2009 she edited the anthology Midnight Walk, and her first novella, The Lucid Dreaming, was published by Bad Moon Books and went on to win the Bram Stoker Award for Best Long Fiction. Her first novel, The Castle of Los Angeles, was published in 2010 by Gray Friar Press.

She has also authored four non-fiction books, Savage Detours: The Life and Work of Ann Savage, The Cinema of Tsui Hark, The Halloween Encyclopedia and A Hallowe'en Anthology: Literary and Historical Writings Over the Centuries, which was nominated for the Black Quill Award and won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Non-Fiction. A California native, she currently resides in Los Angeles, California.




  • The Castle of Los Angeles, Gray Friar Press 2010
  • The Monsters of L.A., Bad Moon Books 2011



  • The Lucid Dreaming, Bad Moon Books 2009
  • Diana and the Goong-si (2009) Midnight Walk

Anthologies Edited[edit]

  • Midnight Walk, Darkhouse Publishing 2009

Short stories[edit]

Dates by original magazine or anthology publication.

  • Sane Reaction (1994) Dark Voices 6
  • Virus Verses (1995) Dream Forge May 1995 issue
  • Sensitive (1995) After Hours Winter 1995 issue
  • The Free Way (1995) chapbook
  • Poppi's Monster (1995) The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein
  • Love Eats (1996) Dark Terrors
  • Children of the Long Night (1997) The Mammoth Book of Dracula
  • Nikola, Moonstruck (1998) Horrors! 365 Scary Stories
  • Ghost Writer (1998) Horrors! 365 Scary Stories
  • The Fear of Eight Legs (1998) Horrors! 365 Scary Stories
  • The Proof in the Picture (1998) Horrors! 365 Scary Stories
  • A New Force of Nature (1999) White of the Moon
  • El Cazador (2000) After Shocks
  • Pound Rots in Fragrant Harbour (2003) The Museum of Horrors
  • The Call of Cthulhu: The Motion Picture (2003) Dead But Dreaming
  • Growing Man (2003) Framed: A Gallery of Dark Delicacies
  • The Death of Splatter (2004) Dark Terrors 6
  • Blind-Stamped (2005) Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores
  • Home Intrusion (2005) Hell Hath No Fury
  • Black Mill Cove (2005) Dark Delicacies: Original Tales of Terror and the Macabre
  • Sparks Fly Upward (2006) Mondo Zombie
  • Cold Duty (2006) At the Sign of the Snowman: Rolling Darkness Revue 2006
  • Tested (2006) Cemetery Dance issue #55
  • Forces of Evil, Starring Robert Fields (written with Richard Grove) (2007) Midnight Premiere
  • The Maenads (2008) The Vault of Punk Horror
  • The Last Resort (2008) Dark Passions: Hot Blood XIII
  • Golden Eyes (2008) Horror Library Volume 3
  • Double Walker (2008) Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet
  • Unlucky (2008) Crimewave issue #10
  • Giallo (2009) Horror World March 2009
  • The Devil Came to Mamie's on Hallowe'en (2009) Cemetery Dance #60
  • The End (2009) Cinema Spec: Tales of Hollywood and Fantasy
  • Black Friday (2009) Horror Drive-In August 2009
  • Joe and Abel in the Field of Rest (2009) The Dead That Walk
  • Silk City (2010) The Bleeding Edge
  • Blood for the American People (2012) Horror For Good: A Charitable Anthology (Volume 1)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Morton, Lisa (15 October 2015). Ghosts: A Haunted History. Reaktion Books. ISBN 978-1780235172. Retrieved 1 January 2018.

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