Chris Kullstroem is a life-long Halloween, horror and monster buff. Always on the lookout for books that focus on fun Halloween activities, monstrous games and other adventures that risk one's immortal soul, she decided to fill the void and write some of her own.
Chris started out writing articles for holiday websites and Connecticut newspapers, the first of which was entitled “Making a Season of Halloween.” The article provided ways readers could make Halloween last for an entire season with outdoor displays, going to Halloween events throughout their state, throwing themed parties and more. She incorporated the celebrations into a book, Making a Monstrous Halloween, released in the summer of 2009. Chris dedicated Section 2 to keeping "the spirit of Halloween" alive throughout the year with additional gatherings, trips and bringing dark-themed events to the community.
After Making a Monstrous Halloween, Chris expanded on its Party Nights! chapter with her second book. She chose fifteen of the best horror, science fiction and dark comedies, including the classic Wolf Man, House on Haunted Hill and Ghostbusters, and designed games that allowed readers to step into the character roles. The result was Monster Parties and Games: a collection of murder mysteries, haunted house games, card and board games that readers can create themselves.
Deadly Roles: Interactive Games of Murder & Mystery was later released in 2011. This book of dark-themed games allowed readers to take their passion for deadly characters one step further: they could enjoy seven murder mystery stories as ghastly reads, as well as construct them into elaborate party games. Whichever they choose, readers learn dark history that spans across the globe, including the Black Death, witchcraft superstitions, trials in alchemy, Underworld legends and western death rituals.
Chris graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2004 with a Bachelor's degree in English and Philosophy. In 2013 she completed her Master's degree in Sources of the Social Self through the University of Illinois at Springfield, focusing on roles of society and identity often reflected in horror and dark tourism. She lives in Norwich, Connecticut and holds seminars on haunt industries and dark tourism around the globe, and what both can teach us about ourselves and the world around us.