Joel A. Sutherland

Author, Ghost Hunter, Barbarian Librarian


Joel A. Sutherland is the Silver Birch and Hackmatack Award-winning author of Be a Writing Superstar, numerous volumes of Haunted Canada (a series that now has more than 400,000 copies in print), and Summer's End (a Red Maple Award Honour Book). His new series, Haunted, including The House Next DoorKill Screen, Night of the Living Dolls and Field of Screams, has been praised by Goosebumps author R.L. Stine. Joel's short fiction has appeared in many anthologies and magazines, including Blood Lite II & III (Pocket Books) and Cemetery Dance Magazine, alongside the likes of Stephen King and Neil Gaiman.

He has served as a juror for the Bram Stoker Award, the John Spray Mystery Award, the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction & Fantasy, and the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award.

Joel appeared as "The Barbarian Librarian" on the Canadian edition of the hit television show Wipeout, making it all the way to the third round and proving that librarians can be just as tough and crazy as anyone else. He has a Masters of Information and Library Studies from Aberystwyth University in Wales and lives in southeastern Ontario with his family, where he is always on the lookout for ghosts.