As an award winning author, screenwriter and producer, Lisa has played an integral role in the horror community. In addition to her accomplishments and accolades, Lisa is also well-known for being a champion of women writers in the horror genre. Her most recent work is the graphic novel Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times with Rocky Wood and Greg Chapman, published by McFarland.
We are excited and honored to include Lisa in our vision for Deep Cuts in paying tribute to great horror stories by women writers.
A rare Southern California native, Lisa Morton’s career as a professional writer began in 1988 with the horror-fantasy feature film Meet the Hollowheads (aka Life on the Edge), on which she also served as Associate Producer. For the Disney Channel’s 1992 Adventures in Dinosaur City, she served as screenwriter, Associate Producer, Songwriter, and Miniatures Coordinator.
Lisa has also written numerous episodes of the animated television series Sky Dancers, Dragon Flyz and Van-Pires. For stage she has written and co-produced the acclaimed horror one-acts Spirits of the Season, Sane Reaction and The Territorial Imperative, and has adapted and directed Philip K. Dick’s Radio Free Albemuth and Theodore Sturgeon’s The Graveyard Reader; her full-length science fiction comedy Trashers was an L.A. Weekly “Recommended” pick.
Her short fiction has appeared in dozens of books and magazines, including Dark Delicacies: Original Tales of Terror and the Macabre, Mondo Zombie, Dark Passions: Hot Blood XIII, The Mammoth Book of Zombie Apocalypse!, and the forthcoming Blood Lite 3. Her first book, The Cinema of Tsui Hark, about the legendary Hong Kong director/producer of such classics as Peking Opera Blues and A Chinese Ghost Story, was published by McFarland, who also published The Halloween Encyclopedia in 2003 and A Hallowe’en Anthology: Literary and Historical Writings Over the Centuries in 2008.
Her television movie Tornado Warning was chosen by the Pax cable station to launch their 2002 fall season, and 2005 saw the release of three horror films, the vampire thriller Blood Angels, the mutant shark story Blue Demon, and The Glass Trap, about genetically altered fire ants.
Lisa was awarded the 2006 Bram Stoker Award for Short Fiction for her story “Tested” (which first appeared in Cemetery Dance magazine), and the 2008 Bram Stoker Award for Non-fiction for A Hallowe’en Anthology. For the first anthology she edited, 2009’s Midnight Walk, Lisa received a Black Quill Award for Best Dark Genre Anthology, and she won the 2009 Bram Stoker Award for Long Fiction for her novella The Lucid Dreaming.
In 2010, she received her fourth Stoker Award, this time in the First Novel category for The Castle of Los Angeles. Her first collection, Monsters of L.A., was published by Bad Moon Books in 2011, and garnered Lisa her seventh Bram Stoker Award nomination. Her most recent book is Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times (co-written with Rocky Wood and illustrated by Greg Chapman), and forthcoming from Reaktion Books is Trick or Treat?: A History of Halloween.
Lisa is currently Vice President of the Horror Writers Association, and she lives in North Hollywood, California.