“Lost Soul” is the story of a young man who wakes up in a strange house not knowing how or why he got there. As he looks around the house for whatever he can find to shed light on his situation, he finds a ghost-like figure pursuing him. Unable to leave the building, he looks for clues to find some way of escaping before the ghost is able to gain enough strength and corner him.


Arkham SanitariumJulian Grant to be a panelist at the 2015 Chicago Horror Film Festival.

Here is what filmmaker Juilan Grant has to say about himself…

“Born in London, England, I was an early cinema fan with “King Kong” and American comics being instrumental in my passion for telling stories with pictures.  Emigrating to Canada in the 1970’s I worked diligently as a skateboard enthusiast, fantasy novel devotee (discovering Tolkein, Howard and the art work of Frazetta) and began creating worlds of pictures and stories.  I graduated from York University in 1985 with a BFA in FIlm Production and immediately began working in ‘Hollywood North’.  Through the late 80’s and early 90’s I dedicated myself to independent production, learning the ropes of distribution (with both New World and Disney as employers!) and made my first feature film, “Bust A Move” before I was 30!  This was the picture that started it all as I was introduced to Lionsgate and began making kickboxing and erotic thrillers for them.  HBO came calling and I moved every further up the production ladder creating three World Premiere cinema showcases for them and was able to begin the Millenium as the Producer/ Director of the acclaimed mini-series, “Robocop: Prime Directives.

As reality television and production shortfalls continued in Canada, I turned to producing US Cable-driven feature films and beginning my academic career. Successful tenures at The Canadian Film Center, Sheridan College and a host of other educational facilities allowed me to transition to the USA and join the full-time faculty at Columbia College Chicago. I am now a tenured professor within the Cinema Art + Science department.

Today, I am an active working artist and professional educator passing on my ‘no-holds-barred’ production philosophies and continuing to live the dream.  I make cinema for myself now and am an evangelist for DIY and self-distribution in this new digital age.

You will find me passionate, articulate and committed to the cause of creating stories with pictures and developing talents worldwide.

You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Julian Grant”

We look forward to having him as a part of the discussion.  Make sure to watch his amazing horror contribution, “Arkham Sanitarium” on Sunday at 6:15 p.m.


Gary Sobek Jr. paces through the days reading, writing and sketching his life away. He also starts fires during rainstorms, hitchhikes between continents and has been quoted as making proclamations about dead legs for the amusement of others. He’s neck deep in a sequel/prequel to his first book of short stories and a slew of comic book work.

His noted work with the Michigan Comics Collective for their horror anthology will be available in the fall, and his book of short stories, Welcome To Brown Pines Vol.1: Tales From Lost Lake is available now.


Sean Seal is an illustrator and painter from Bay City, Michigan. He is the artist behind upcoming horror title “The Rot” and the Source Point Press title, “Norah.” Sean is also active in the indy art scene, acting as Art Director for the Michigan Comics Collective and publishing several works through 5th Dimension Comics. See more of Sean’s work at www.seanseal.com.


Travis McIntire to be a guest and panelist at the 2015 Chicago Horror Film Festival.

Travis McIntire is a writer, editor, project manager, and publisher who is very active in the Michigan independent comics scene. As a co-founder of the Michigan Comics Collective (a non profit publisher) and Editor-In-Chief of Source Point Press, he is constantly on the look out for new talent to work with and publish. Travis has several books of his own gbs4ios floating around out there, most recently “Bayani and The Nine Daughters of The Moon,” an all ages adventure book based on Filipino folklore published by Caliber Comics.


test5Jason R. Davis to be a guest and panelist at the 2015 Chicago Horror Film Festival.

Jason R. Davis has been a writer, director, festival organizer and overall creative mad man.  He is the author behind the Alletto series of books and the zombie apocalypse series, “Invisible Spiders.” He also manages Festivals of Frights and is a host on the Breaking Fate radio network.

His career started before finishing college when in 2003 he founded the Chicago Horror Film Festival.  With very few outlets that supported the horror genre at the time, it gave him a venue to not only show his own films, but for other great horror films from around the world.  In 2005, the festival grew to a point where he created its sister festival, the Indy Horror Film Festival.

He has worked on various films projects, most notably the film, “El Perido” that while being very beloved by the cast and crew, the film just could never find a way to being finished. Always plagued with various delays, until in 2008, Davis decided to walk away from the project after spending five years of its development.

In 2009, he wrote and finished his first novel, “Inside the Mirrors,” which is the first book with his main character Rob Alletto. Alletto then returns for Davis’ first book in the zombie apocalypse series, “Invisible Spiders.”

In 2010 he stepped back from organizing all film festivals, and decided to focus on his writing career and his family.

2014 was all that it took for him to need to be back working on an event. He took over the reigns of the dying film festival, “The Living Dead Film Festival” and rebranded it in an attempt to have it rise out of its own grave. He has also started other festivals, all becoming a part of the Festivals of Fright series in the midwest. He continues to work on his writing, and spend his free time working on podcasts to help and promote other independent artists, filmmakers, and writers.


IMG_0667Hailey Suits to be a guest and panelist at the 2015 Chicago Horror Film Festival.

Hailey Suits is an indie author and illustrator from San Diego, CA. She now resides in Indiana and is the author behind the Hailey Balam series.

For her art she has gradually evolved from an entirely traditional artist into a digital painter and illustrator. She specializes in using Manga Studio 5 and also enjoy incorporating her work in illustrator and after effects projects.

She enjoys bringing life to stories with vivid details. Through her art and her writing, she brings worlds to life. She is a gifted writer who creates her own cover artwork for her own novels.

The Hailey Balam series follows her, a mixed-breed Tsialo with unknown power who finally decided to settle down in her birth region for the first time in centuries. She didn’t expect things to go smoothly, but had no idea how much it would turn her life upside down. Humans haven’t been know to be so welcoming to her kind in the past…


F7B62221-A841-475E-9529-99B2F6829D4C25A51ED8-BDF2-4962-8381-648827C99E75David C. Hayes to be a guest and panelist at the 2015 Chicago Horror Film Festival.

David C. Hayes is an author, performer and filmmaker. His films, like Bloody, Bloody Bible Camp, A Man Called Nereus, Dark Places and The Frankenstein Syndrome (and approximately 70 more) can be seen worldwide. He is the author of several novels, collections and graphic novels including Great American Slasher, Cherub, Cannibal Fat Camp, The Midnight Creature Feature Picture Show, American Guignol, Scorn and Muddled Mind: The Complete Works of Ed Wood, Jr. As a playwright, David’s full-length and one-act plays have been produced from coast to coast with a run Off-Broadway for the comedy Swamp Ho and sell-out performances in Phoenix for Dial P for Peanuts (winning a 2011 Ethingtony for Best Show). He is a voting member of The Horror Writers Association, The Dramatist’s Guild and the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers.


AA48A6E9-A6B1-446F-B315-5780E5D039563A53E1BB-D1B7-478F-ADF9-D674D334ADF1John Everson to be a guest and panelist at the 2015 Chicago Horror Film Festival.
 John Everson is the author of more than 100 published short stories and several novels of horror and dark fantasy. His first novel, Covenant, won the Bram Stoker Award for a First Novel in 2005. His sixth novel, NightWhere, was a Bram Stoker Finalist in 2013.


Over the past decade he has published eight novels: Covenant (2004), Sacrifice (2007), The 13th, (2009), Siren (2010), The Pumpkin Man (2011), NightWhere (2012), Violet Eyes (2013) and The Family Tree (2014). His first five novels were issued in mass market and trade paperback by Dorchester/Leisure Books. Limited hardcover editions were also issued from Delirium Books, Necro Publications and Bad Moon Books. In 2011, Amazon.com‘s 47North imprint licensed his Leisure catalogue and his most recent showbox novels have been released through Samhain Publishing. Covenant, Sacrifice, Sirenand NightWhere have been translated or are in the process of being translated and released in Poland, Turkey, France and Germany.


Over the past 20 years, John’s short fiction has appeared in more than 50 magazines, including Space & Time, Dark Discoveries and Grue, as well as in a couple dozen anthologies, most recently in Necro Files: Two Decades of Extreme Horror, The Green Hornet Casebook, Kolchak: The Night Stalker Casebook, Best New Werewolf Tales (Vol. 1), Best New Vampire Tales (Vol. 1), Best New Zombie Tales (Vol. 2) and Fell Beasts.  His short stories have also been translated and published into Italian, Polish and French. A wide selection of his short fiction has been taking ambien sleeping pills http://www.genericambien.net/ – Deadly Nightlusts(Blasphemous Books, 2010), Creeptych (Delirium Books 2010), Needles & Sins (Necro Books, 2007), Vigilantes of Love (Twilight Tales, 2003) and Cage of Bones & Other Deadly Obsessions (Delirium Books, 2000).


“Letting Go,” one of the short stories from Needles & Sins was nominated for a 2007 Bram Stoker Award and three other short stories from the collection have been included in the Honorable Mention List of the annual Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror anthology co-edited by Ellen Datlow.


John is also the editor or co-editor of the anthologies Swallowed by the Cracks (Dark Arts Books, 2011), Sins of the Sirens (Dark Arts Books, 2008), In Delirium II (Delirium Books, 2007) and Spooks! (Twilight Tales, 2004). In 2006, he founded Dark Arts Books (www.darkartsbooks.com) to produce trade paperback collections spotlighting the cutting edge work of some of the best authors working in short dark fantasy fiction today (the press has since produced seven anthologies). He is also a digital artist and musician – some of his dark techno songs serve as the soundtrack to the horror fiction CD-ROM anthologies Bloodtype and Carnival/Circus, and in 2003 he scored Martin Mundt’s comedic serial killer stage play “The Jackie Sexknife Show” in Chicago.

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