Joel A. Sutherland

Author, Ghost Hunter, Barbarian Librarian


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"What could be scarier than moving next-door to a haunted house? How about a ghost horse? How about a ghastly murder or two? This book is CHILLING. Loved it!"

     -R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps, on Haunted: The Nightmare Next Door

Joel A. Sutherland is the Silver Birch Award-winning author of Haunted Canada (now with more than 500,000 copies in print), the new series Haunted, and Red Maple Award Honour Book Summer's End

"Canada's answer to R.L. Stine."

      -Quill & Quire 

COMING SOON! House of Ash and Bone

The Haunted meets House of Salt and Sorrows in this young adult debut horror by acclaimed Canadian master of the macabre Joel A. Sutherland.

Seventeen-year-old Josephine Jagger is a talented writer with special abilities she doesn’t fully understand. Over the years she has developed methods to cope with the voices she hears in her head, but the old house her family has inherited in Vermont makes Josephine question what’s real and what’s not more than anything she’s ever encountered before. It’s filled with shadows, and whispers, and the unshakable feeling of being watched. Josephine then catches her first glimpse of a shadowy woman with long hair, pale skin, an impossibly wide smile and hollow pits for eyes. Her name is Dorcas, the ghost of a witch who died three hundred years ago. She has summoned the family to Vermont to ensnare them — then consume them — in order to rise from the grave and live again . . .

Available September 4, 2023, from Tundra Books (Penguin Random House)!

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Latest Releases:

Haunted Canada: The Third Terrifying Collection

The third collection in the bestselling series of hauntingly true Canadian stories ― more chilling than ever! What could be better than a book of spooky stories? A collection of three books of spooky stories!

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Haunted Canada 11: More Scary True Stories

In this terrifying collection of haunted stories, author Joel A. Sutherland has put together even more chilling ghost stories from all across our spooky land.

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New middle-grade horror from the award-winning author of the Haunted Canada series!

When the hit television show Screamers announces a contest for young fans to appear on an upcoming episode, it’s all kids can talk about. So when Sai, Jason, and Aaliyah, strangers from different parts of the country, are selected from the thousands of applicants, they can't believe their luck. They pack their bags and travel to Winnipeg, excited to work with Zoë Winter, the show’s biggest star!

Zoë is famous, respected, and making more money than she ever thought she would . . . and she’s not even in high school yet! But money doesn’t buy happiness, and Zoë longs for a normal life with normal friends, which is why she’s just as excited about the contest as the three lucky winners. But little does she know that her life is about to imitate her art while filming the latest episode on location.

The creepy set, an abandoned amusement park called Pennyland, is haunted by a real ghost straight out of their worst nightmares: the park’s original mascot, Beauregard, an old clown with smeared makeup and threadbare clothes. Beauregard isn’t willing to accept that Pennyland closed years ago, and he’s determined to stage one final show for his captive young audience . . .

Zoë’s talent for screaming is going to be put to good use. Sai, Jason and Aaliyah are going to prove themselves quick studies. And their visit to Pennyland is going to be anything but amusing.

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Also available in French under the title Hurleurs:

"Sutherland flexes some literary muscle."

     -Fear Zone

Summer's End Trailer

"A great premise, a cool twist, and an exciting climax..."
     -Allan Stratton, author of The Dogs, on Summer's End

Paranormal Activity in the Olde Angel Inn

As research for Haunted Canada 4, Joel voluntarily checked in to the Olde Angel Inn in Niagara-on-the-Lake in the hopes of determining if the rumours of ghost appearances had any basis in truth. Watch a video of his ordeal to see how he fared:

"A talent to watch."

     -Dark Scribe Magazine

Wipeout Canada

Joel was selected as a contestant on the first season of Wipeout Canada. Look for him as The Barbarian Librarian on the special 'Beauties vs. Geeks' episode!