Our Authors

CATHERINE SCULLY

CatA fan of Nightmare Before Christmas since she was seven, Catherine has always held a fascination with the dark side of children’s stories. A product of too much James Bond, Lovecraft, Machen, Poe, and Guillermo Del Toro, Catherine’s work leans towards supernatural horror or dark fairy tales. When not writing, she illustrates for young adult, middle grade, magazines, and creates author book marks, trading cards, and other marketing material. She acts as the Young Adult Editor for the Horror Writers Association, where she helps facilitate Jonathan Maberry’s weekly Scary Out There: What is YA Horror? and is always looking for ways to talk about scary stories for children.

All art on the Scream Queens Bio page was illustrated and designed by Catherine Scully.

COURTNEY ALAMEDA

CourtneyCourtney Alameda’s career has been spent in and around books. She holds a B.A. in English Literature with an Emphasis in Creative Writing from Brigham Young University, spent seven non-consecutive years working for Barnes & Noble, and currently works as an Adult & Teen Services librarian at the Provo City Library. Her forthcoming novel, SHUTTER (Winter 2015, Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan), is a tale spawned in part by Bram Stoker’s DRACULA, in part by her experiences both paranormal and not-so-paranormal, and features a cast of monsters inspired by everything from Japanese folklore to survival horror video games.

Courtney is represented by John M. Cusick of Greenhouse Literary. SHUTTER is her first novel.

DAWN KURTAGICH

dawnDawn is a writer and bibliophile with a passion for psychological horror. Nothing can scare the cats out of her faster than a nagging thought…

By the time she was eighteen, she had been to fifteen schools across two continents and every single one was an adventure. Her formative years were spent in Africa, where she lived on a mission, in the bush, in the city, and in the desert. She’s been lucky enough to ride an elephant and to see an elephant stampede at close range. She also witnessed the stealing of her underwear by very large, very angry baboons (seriously, baboons are scary). She has some pretty interesting stories about the jumping African baboon spider, but she saves those for Halloween.

With a love of the horror genre and for darker stories in general, she writes fiction of a more speculative nature, delving into the mysterious sides of the universe and human nature. She wants to explore the extremes of experience and put them safely on paper.

At heart, she’s a bit of a dork . . .  She has a very cherished bowler hat called Watson.

HILLARY MONAHAN

hillaryAt night, when the lights are dim and the crawlies scuttle through the shadows, Hillary Monahan throws words at a computer. Sometimes they’re even good words. A denizen of Massachusetts and an avid gamer dork, she’s most often found locked in a dark room killing internet zombies with her three trusty basset hounds snoring by her side. Raised on a diet of Christopher Pike and Stephen King, she’s had a love of all things creepy from a wee young age when she made her high school friends sit through horror movie marathons. They didn’t hate her. Much.

MARY: The Summoning, her YA horror about four girls who summon Bloody Mary, will be published by Disney-Hyperion in Fall of 2014. She is represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.

JennJ.R. JOHANSSON

J.R. is a young adult thriller author published with Flux & FSG/Macmillan. Her debut, INSOMNIA was released in June 2013, with the sequel, PARANOIA, scheduled for summer of 2014. She has a B.S. degree in public relations and a background in marketing. Her minor in abnormal psychology inspired many of her characters. She’s always been fascinated by what scares people and why they seek out that particular thrill. When she’s not writing, she loves reading, playing board games, and sitting in her hot tub. Her dream is that someday she can do all three at the same time. She has two young sons and a wonderful husband. In fact, other than her cat, Cleo, she’s nearly drowning in testosterone.

LAUREN ROY

LaurenLauren Roy can’t resist a bookstore. Her to-read pile is taller than she is… and constantly growing. There’s probably a horror story somewhere in those first two sentences, but so far the scariest part is her bank account after a book-buying spree. She finds the Twilight Zone episode “Time Enough at Last” the most terrifying of them all.

She’s worked in the bookselling/publishing industry for more than half her life (don’t make her do the math for the exact number), and considers herself an indie bookseller at heart. Her first (terrible) attempts at this writing thing will remain forever buried in a drawer, though she can’t quite bring herself to light them on fire. She’s a much better writer now, or so she thinks. Her debut novel, NIGHT OWLS, will be in bookstores in early 2014. Lauren is represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

LINDSAY CURRIE

Lindsay lives in Chicago, Illinois with one incredibly patient hubby, three amazing kids and one adorable, but irreverent Bullmastiff named Sam. She’s been hooked on horror ever since she was a child, and books like THE DOLLHOUSE MURDERS and BEHIND THE ATTIC WALL found their way to her nightstand. As an adult, she boasts the theme song to Halloween as her ringtone, and spends evenings hunched over her laptop in the hopes of scaring teens senseless.

Lindsay’s debut psychological horror novel, CREED (co-authored), releases from FLUX in Fall of 2014 and she is represented by Kathleen Rushall, of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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SARAH JUDE

SarahJudeSarah Jude lives by the woods and has an owl that lands on her chimney every night. She grew up believing you had to hold your breath whenever you passed a graveyard or a bridge spanning water. Now she writes about cemeteries, murder, and backwoods folklore. Sarah, her husband, three children, and three dogs live in Missouri. She is represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

TRISHA LEAVER

Trisha lives on Cape Cod – the land of sandy beaches and perpetual tourists – with her husband, three children, and one rather excitable black lab. She spent all of her childhood living inside her own mind, creating characters and stories that only a child’s imagination could dream up. She now spends her days breathing life into those characters, writing realistic fiction and psychological horror young adults.

Her YA Psychological Horror, CREED (co-authored), is coming fall of 2014 from Flux. SISTERS SECRETS KEEP, her YA contemporary, is coming winter of 2015 from FSG/ Macmillan.

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