April Snellings

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Oak Ridge, Tennessee
North Carolina School Of The Arts
Weird History, Genre Film & Literature, Feminist & LGBTQ+ History
  • April has written in-depth features 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.
  • Her work has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists and the Toronto International Film Festival, and she was named 'Writer of the Year' in the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards.
  • April's second book, about the surprising history of a cult '80s horror film, is slated for release in 2024.


April has been writing and editing professionally since 2009. She has covered weird history and weirder pop culture for outlets such as Rue Morgue Magazine, Mental Floss, Fangoria, and CrimeReads; given lectures on how historical events have shaped the horror genre; moderated celebrity panels at pop culture conventions; and served as a juror on film festival and literary award panels across the country. As an editor, April has worked on novels, nonfiction books, comic books, graphic novels, and scripts. She has scripted critically acclaimed radio dramas that have topped audiobook charts and been performed live to sold-out audiences in two countries. April lives in Tennessee with her wife, their daughter, two recalcitrant cats, an exhaustingly enthusiastic dog, and a 7-foot animatronic werewolf named C. Thomas Howl.


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