Sonya Thompson is an award winning actress who has portrayed multiple iconic walkers in season one and two of the Walking Dead TV series. She was also a promotional walker for the show, making her one of the most seen for worldwide for promotion. With that promotion, you can see her image featured on magazine covers, posters, tee shirts, bill boards, DVD/Blu Ray covers, trading cards and has also featured in the Walking Dead Comic book issue #75, along side the main cast. Even though she has played many other roles, playing dead has served her well in the industry. She was a featured zombie in the hit movie Zombieland and was an integral part of the training process for the zombie actors in that movie, by being part of the Zombieland training video. Part of that training video is featured in the behind the scenes footage on the DVD, along with a gruesome photo of Sonya. She played a zombie in the independent film, Night of the Jackals; a factory zombie in the Cartoon Network movie Ben 10:Alien Swarm, and A dead nurse in Rob Zombie's Halloween 2.
One of her most loved roles was on the webseries 'Lumber Baron of Jasper county' in which she played the role of a tomboy named Sam. Other roles include, Catherine in the movie 'LWA:All Saints' Eve; Alice in the movie 'The Lost Day' starring William Baldwin and Danny Trejo; Victoria Stubaker in the film 'Prosper'; Maude in the movie "Bigfoot", Flo in the film 'This Old Machine' starring Kevin Sorbo and Lance Henriksen; Detective Chelsea in 'Ebony Knight'; The Under the bed Patient in 'Sick People' starring C Thomas Howell and Jasmine Guy; Mrs Wilkes in 'The Runner'; Victoria the librarian in All Hallows Evil: Lord of the Harvest; Jasmine in the film 'Sprout'; The receptionist in the movie 'The System', A cancer Patient in the TV show Sid Roth's Its Supernatural, and a detective in the film 'Encuéntrate'. She has appeared Van Wilder Freshman year as a professor, and many more.
Sonya wrote a zombie guide called "I am zombie, hear me Snarl"; Co director and producer on the web pilot: 'Akkadia'; Segment Director on the Movie Cry For Revenge; Producer for the documentary: "Storm"; She also appears in the documentary: 'The Write Of Passage' as her self. And did a voice over for a My little pony fan film, as 'AppleJack'
Larry Mainland, character actor, father and family man born in Charleston, SC and currently lives in Duluth, Georgia with his wife and teenage son. He also has another son and daughter in their 30’s and 7 grandchildren.
Larry is best known as a Featured & Promotional Zombie from “The Walking Dead”. His image was the first to be released from the set before the show aired and has been used extensively for advertising in more than 140 countries. He has been on the cover of numerous magazines, such as “Entertainment Weekly” in the US and “SFX”, the #1 Sci-Fi magazine in the United Kingdom, twice and countless articles worldwide. He can be seen on t-shirts, mugs, buttons and virtually anything you can put an image on, including board games and even on “Xbox Live”. As a Ghoul in the movie, “Goosebumps”, Larry can be seen on board games, in many books, and on various merchandize. Recently, Larry was fortunate to appear as an Obnoxious Zombie on TBS, in the TV game show, “Separation Anxiety”. He has also appeared on TruTV’s “The Carbonaro Effect”, as Sir James Oglethorpe. Other Film and TV credits include such notables as:
“The Three Stooges”, “Contagion”, “Sick People”, “Level Up”, the movie “Remnant” and “Home” …just to name a few. He’s also been photo featured by “I Am Me Magazine” and interviewed countless times by such notables as “Entertainment Weekly”, “Stiff Magazine”, “Zombie Nation Magazine” and more recently on the new, web-based talk show, “Two Irish Girls Unfiltered”.
Best-selling author, journalist, and former filmmaker, Stephen J. Semones began writing at an early age to satisfy his compulsion to tell stories. Since then, he has gone on to develop some of the most ambitious projects in the worlds of independent film, podcasting, and literature.
Having retired from filmmaking and podcasting full time, Stephen concentrated everything on writing fiction and received high praise upon release of his own original superhero novel series, GLOOM. He received critical acclaim with his frightening novella, THE SACRIFICE OF CANDACE BLAKE, and his horror novel, UNHINGED. Stephen recently developed a new style of writing, which connects the reader directly to his writing process by allowing them to read the story, SMALL TOWN DEAD END, as he writes it a chapter at a time.
Stephen Semones was also the focus of an independent documentary, WRITE OF PASSAGE: AN AUTHOR’S JOURNEY, which showcased not only his talents, but also featured many industry professionals discussing the path one takes to releasing their art upon the world.
Stephen currently resides in Tennessee with his beautiful wife and their four children.
Pat O’Keefe’s fascination with the preternatural is a family tradition, as is her gift as a psychic medium. Her mother and grandmother were instrumental in raising her in a household where it was taught that the universe and its possibilities were infinite. They created an environment in which she developed a fascination for all things paranormal and was able to freely improve her psychic gifts.
In addition to her talents as a Spirit-led medium and psychic, she is able to read past lives, and has a gift for dream interpretation. It was this interest in past lives and their profound effect on us that led her to become a Certified Consulting Hypnotist through the National Guild of Hypnotists. In addition to using hypnosis to connect her clients to their past lives to recover memories, she is a Reiki III practitioner (she will be a Reiki Master by April 2020). After placing clients into hypnosis, which makes them much more open to healing suggestions, she uses the power of Reiki for the healing of mind, body, and Spirit.
Pat is also a photographer, author, columnist, and paranormal investigator. She journeys regularly into the otherworlds to bring back images and stories of the strange and macabre for inclusion online, and in books and magazines around the globe.
Capturing the essence of these locations is the ultimate goal of her writing and photography. She has authored numerous featured columns on non-fiction paranormal topics for “The Literary Hatchet,” “Haunted After Dark,” “Ghost Voices Magazine,” “Haunted Times Magazine,” “Phenomena,” and “Paranormal Magazine,” amongst others. She has also had several stories and photographs featured on George Noory’s “Coast to Coast AM.” Pat is the author of several books including, Boneyard Voice, Thirty True Tales of the Weird, Unusual and Macabre and The Ghosts of St. Albans Sanatorium. She has also published an audiobook, Unlock Your Psychic Potential.
Pat is currently working on her fifth book, which is a graphic novel and will begin work on her first documentary early summer 2020.
In addition, her gothic-inspired photography has graced the covers of such magazines as “Haunted: After Dark,” “Midnight Screaming,” “The Pedestal,” and “Twisted Dreams Magazine,” among others. Her work has been on exhibit, most recently at the 606 State Street Gallery in Bristol, TN.
Pat has presented at many different paranormal-themed conventions including ScareFest, Paranormal Restore, and EnigmaCon, among many others. She is slated to speak at RavenCon, Williamsburg, Virginia during the weekend of April 24-26 and at will appear at HeXpo, the weekend of August 14 and 15, in Asheville, NC.
She earned a Master of Science degree from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA and has worked for several decades as a journalist, journalism professor, and public relations practitioner. She has also completed graduate studies in communication and higher education administration through Virginia Tech, Radford University, and George Mason University.
Jennifer Woodward Proffitt is a palmist, psychic and paranormal investigator.
Jennifer co-founded HAUNT in 2005 and DOA in 2016, both highly active paranormal investigation teams. As a paranormal investigator, her team’s work has been documented in magazine, books and TV appearances. These include “Haunted America” in “Ghost Voices Magazine,” “Weird World” in “The Loafer” and “Haunted Times Magazine.” As well as books, including Thirty True Tales of the Weird, Unusual and Macabre and The Ghosts of St. Albans Sanatorium.
She has been featured in local newspapers such as The Bristol Herald Courier, The Kingsport Times, The Johnson City Press, etc. She has also been on television talk shows on local TV stations WCYB, WVVA and WJHL, some live investigations on PTN and been a featured guest on several radio talk shows. Jennifer continues to works on cases dealing with possible paranormal activity.
With over 30 years of paranormal research and paranormal investigations Jennifer has captured many anomalies in photos, videos and audios while investigating haunted locations. Her goal as an experienced and accomplished paranormal investigator is to collect evidence to support the premise that life goes on even after death. As a palmist, her knowledge and skills has been used at many conventions and psychic fairs, as well as private parties and private readings. Her goal is to help people know if they are on the right path and strengthen their relationships.
Jennifer served as a speaker at this year’s Scarefest in Lexington, Kentucky.
She is an entrepreneur and works in both the restaurant and auto industries.
Josh Morris has been involved in paranormal research and investigations off and on for over 25 years. Born and raised just south of Detroit, MI and currently living with his wife and son in Bristol, Tennessee. He also has a daughter, 3 boys, and 3 grandchildren. Josh and his wife, Terrilynn, had a paranormal investigation team that covered northwest Florida, southern Alabama, Georgia, and even cases in central and east Florida. The team “Bumps In The Night” or “BITN” would invetigate unique locations, but started doing residential cases when the television show “Ghost Hunters” asked them to handle the preliminary cases in the panhandle of Florida around 2006-2007. The primary focus of the team was to help people cope with paranormal activity while capturing evidence to examine and research. Currently, Josh hosts a weeky Live paranormal show on YouTube called “The Everything Paranormal Show.” The show has also been converted to podcasts on Spotify, Apple iTunes, and more. In addition to being a show host, Josh has recently added the title of author when he published his first book in September of 2019. The book “My Paranormal: A Guide To The Spirit Realms” has sold copies world-wide and is available on paperback and ebook. A rising star in the paranormal community, Josh will be launching something new and exciting summertime 2020.
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