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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sylvia Shults  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Horror Mystery Non-Fiction Romance

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1968 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Sylvia Shults on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Shults has lived in Illinois all her life. Born in Chicago and raised in LaGrange, she went to college in Monmouth then moved to Normal for grad school. She lived in Bloomington for a while, and worked at the Bloomington Public Library. When she met her future husband, she moved to Pekin, and has been there ever since. They got married New Year's Eve 1999. She has worked at the Fondulac District Library in East Peoria since 1997.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sylvia Shults has worked as a librarian, Bookmobile driver, flower seller, dancer, and art model. She holds a Bachelor's degrees in Classics (Monmouth 1990), and a Master's in ancient Roman History (ISU 1992). Her hobbies include wild food foraging, baking, making wines and cordials, and gardening. She is hopelessly addicted to classical music and reading. Also a paranormal investigator, she writes both horror and romance, and is the first to admit that the line separating the two can be very fine indeed. She firmly believes that there is no such thing as too many projects, and is currently at work on her next novel. She lives in Illinois, practically right on the Illinois River, with her husband, two furry German shepherd daughters, two rotten cats, and far too many books.

Published Works

  • Golden Hours, Xlibris Corporation, 2000
  • Voices in an Empty Room: A Collection of Stories , iUniverse, 2001
  • Games of Venus, Xlibris Corporation, 2001
  • Dreamwatcher, Publishing , 2007
  • Trilogy No. 110: Timeless Embrace, Linden Bay Romance, 2007
  • Borrowed Flesh, Publishing , 2009
  • Ghosts of the Illinois River, Quixote Press , 2010
  • Price of Admission, Dark Continents , 2011
  • The Taming of the Werewolf, Dark Continents, 2011
  • The Dark at the Heart of the Diamond, Crossroad Press, 2012
  • Double Double Love and Trouble, Crossroad Press, 2013
  • Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital, Crossroad Press, 2013
  • Hunting Demons, Whitechapel Productions, 2015
  • 44 Years in Darkness: A True Story of Madness, Tragedy, and Shattered Love, CreateSpace, 2016

Selected Titles At Your Library

Golden Horus :
ISBN: 0738839647. OCLC Number:

Xlibris Corp.,. [Place of publication not identified] :. ©2000.

Voices in an empty room :
ISBN: 0595210384. OCLC Number:

Writers Club Press,. Lincoln, NE :. 2001.

Games of Venus :
ISBN: 073884070X. OCLC Number:

Xlibris Corp.,. [Place of publication not identified] :. ©2000.

The dreamwatcher /
ISBN: 160076035X. OCLC Number:

StoneGardent.Net Publishing,. Danville, CA :. ©2007.

Timeless embrace /
ISBN: 1602020736. OCLC Number:

Linden Bay Romance,. [Place of publication not identified] :. ©2007.

Borrowed flesh /
ISBN: 1600761496. OCLC Number:

StoneGarden.Net Publishing,. Danville, CA :. ©2009.

Ghosts of the Illinois River :
ISBN: 1571665978. OCLC Number:

Quixote Press,. Wever, Iowa :. ©2010.

Price of admission /
ISBN: 0983160325. OCLC Number:

Dark Continents Pub.,. [Illinois?] :. ©2011.

The taming of the werewolf /
ISBN: 0983160376. OCLC Number:

Dark Continents Pub.,. [Illinois?] :. ©2011.

Double double love and trouble /
ISBN: 098489313X. OCLC Number:

Dark Continents Pub.,. [Illinois?] :. ©2013.

Fractured spirits :
ISBN: 0984893113. OCLC Number:

Dark Continents Pub.,. [Illinois?] :. ©2012.

Hunting demons :
ISBN: 1892523965. OCLC Number:

Whitechapel Press,. Jacksonville, Illinois :. ©2015.

For more than 150 years, seekers of the unknown have been trying to communicate with the other side, seeking out the lost souls who have died and yet still in habit the earth. But what if some of the spirits being sought were never really human at all? What if what they were hunting was also hunting them?


Timeless Embrace

  • USA Book News Finalist - Best Romance Novel
  • The Dreamwatcher

  • USA Book News Finalist - Best Horror Novel

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    The author prefers to stay in central Illinois, but will consider going farther afield.