Biography

At the Benson-Hammond House in Linthicum Heights, Maryland.
Photo by Jonathan Montgomery Pollock.
Amelia Cotter is an author, poet, researcher, and storyteller with a special interest in the supernatural, history, and folklore. Her books include Where the Party Never Ended: Ghosts of the Old Baraboo InnThis House: The True Story of a Girl and a GhostMaryland Ghosts: Paranormal Encounters in the Free State, t
he children’s book Breakfast with Bigfoot, and the poetry collection apparitions.

Amelia’s award-winning poetry and short fiction explore themes of anxiety, isolation, and trauma, often incorporating supernatural elements. Her work has appeared in journals like Barren MagazineFrogpondModern HaikuThe Heron’s Nest, tinywords, and many others. Amelia is also a frequent research contributor to Haunted Magazine, The Feminine Macabre, and Troy Taylor’s The Morbid Curious.

Amelia has appeared on various radio and television programs, including Travel Channel’s Hometown Horror, and in the documentaries Scary Stories and Tinker’s Shadow: The Hidden History of Tinker Swiss Cottage. She appeared as a regular cast member on Really Channel’s The R.I.P. FilesAmelia has also been a consultant for the Discovery+ show Fright Club and Travel Channel’s Haunted Hospitals and Paranormal 911.

Amelia lives and writes in Chicago but is originally from Maryland, where she earned a degree in German and History from Hood College. She has written on the history of Chicago and Maryland, with a focus on Chicagos hidden history, Marylands Civil War history, and, most notably, Marylands German World War II POW camps. Amelia has been a Chicago tour guide for more than a decade and has given haunted history tours with Chicago Hauntings ghost tours as well as private tours around the city. She regularly presents at conferences and events and is a member of The Society of Midland Authors. 

In 2020, the 10th anniversary edition of This House: The True Story of a Girl and a Ghost received the Higgypop Paranormal Entertainment Awards Gold Winner award for Best Paranormal Book. In 2023, apparitions was shortlisted for The Haiku Foundation 2022 Touchstone Awards for Distinguished Books as well as nominated for the Eric Hoffer Book Award.

Exploring historic, abandoned, and haunted places with her partner
in life and crime, Jonathan (Whispers Estate in Mitchell, Indiana).
All this, and Amelia has a day job, too. She has almost two decades of museum and nonprofit management experience and has volunteered for several animal welfare and wildlife conservation organizations and projects. Amelia
 loves animals and has a dog named Oskar and four adopted pet snakes. She also loves traveling and has lived abroad in Germany. Amelias weird hobbies include playing the banjo and pole dancing, although not usually at the same time.

Amelia is a cancer survivor (Stage IV Hodgkin lymphoma) who appreciates every minute of her supernatural career. She enjoys her adventures with her husband and best friend, recording engineer and photographer Jonathan Montgomery PollockTogether, they also own Amelias DragonGoddess Boutique, a small online store offering handmade incense blends and other magickal items.

You can find Amelia on FacebookGoodreadsInstagramLinkedIn and YouTube, as well as at IMDbPoetry FoundationPoets & WritersThe Haiku Foundation, and The Society of Midland Authors. Write to her any time at ameliamcotter@gmail.com.