April Garner

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Oak Ridge, Tennessee
North Carolina School Of The Arts
Film, Weird History, Genre Literature
  • April has written extensively about weird history and weirder pop culture for outlets such as Rue Morgue Magazine, Mental Floss, Fangoria, MovieMaker, Famous Monsters of Filmland, and CrimeReads.
  • Her work has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, and the Toronto International Film Festival.
  • She has written about topics ranging from the cultural biography of the Ouija board and the morbid history of Victorian anatomical models to the moral panic over midcentury crime comics and the life and legacy of Shirley Jackson.


April has been writing and editing professionally since 2009. She has published hundreds of pieces in magazines, newspapers, and digital outlets across North America, given lectures on how history has shaped the evolution of horror, moderated panels at pop culture conventions, and served as a juror on film festival and literary award panels. Her notable achievements include being named Writer of the Year in the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards and being so short it looks like she's photobombing celebrities when she poses for pics with them. Her first nonfiction book, "Ghoulish: The Art of Gary Pullin," is out now from 1984 Publishing, and her second book about the making of a cult ’80s horror film is slated for release in late 2022. April lives in Tennessee with her wife, their daughter, two recalcitrant cats, an ancient dog, and a 7-foot animatronic werewolf named C. Thomas Howl.


April studied filmmaking at the North Carolina School of the Arts.