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Official Website of Author / Photographer
Horror Writers Association Member

Miriam Van Scott

Bandun Gate
Encyclopedia of Hell
Encyclopedia of Heaven
Song of Old
Boomer's Criss-Cross Christmas 
Shakespeare Goes Pop! Series

Amazon Bestseller Bandun Gate receives 2022 PenCraft Award

First Place in Horror Fiction! 

BANDUN GATE, the fact-inspired tale of murder, hauntings and paranormal battles along the mystic shores of Charleston, South Carolina has been named  TOP HORROR NOVEL OF 2022!

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What to find out what inspires my paranormal works?

Check out for my recommendations on the

5 Best Books on Heaven, Hell & The Afterlife. 

Watch my interview on MIAMI GHOST CHRONICLES!

We talk hauntings, paranormal activity, the inspiration behind  Bandun Gate and why writers should never throw anything out. 

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Check out my interview on Jim Harold's

Paranormal Podcast #725

We discuss the differences between ghosts & demons, the nature of Hell, warnings from a practicing exorcist, and the real life people and events that inspired my novel BANDUN GATE


Click on the graphic to listen or read the transcript

Want a peek at the unsettling horrors that lurk in the haunted wilds beyond Bandun Gate? Check out the book's video trailers on YouTube --- search under "Bandun Gate" for the latest clips or click the link below. 


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Bandun Gate

Boomer's Criss-Cross Christmas

Encyclopedia of Hell

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Song of Old

An Advent Calendar for the Spirit

Shakespeare Goes Pop!

Hollywood Edition

Shakespeare Goes Pop!

Sports Edition

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"With entries ranging from Dante's Inferno to the 1994 film noir Dark Angel: The Ascent, Van Scott's hellacious handbook entertains as it guides readers through a cultural history of Hell."

Publisher's Weekly 

"Encyclopedia of Heaven's careful research shows in the clear portrayal of ancient mythologies, organized religions, and secular works of art and literature through the ages. A helpful, accessible, entertaining addition to all public library reference collections; highly recommended for all libraries.”

Leroy Hommerding,
The Library Journal

“We are excited to let you know your story The

Bon Jovi Challenge which appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Yes will be featured on the CSS podcast. Thanks for being part of the CSS family. You know how much we love your stories.”

D'ette Corona, VP, Associate Producer,
Chicken Soup
for the Soul 

"(Bandun Gate is) a modern-day Charleston ghost story that will haunt you

well after you finish it."

Christian Senger,
Holy City Sinner

“Thank you so much (for appearing on The Suze Orman Show.) I got your books and they're great! The piece is terrific.”

Suzanne Semilof
The Suze Orman Show

"With lush, colorful illustrations and funny details, this story (Boomer's Criss-Cross Christmas) teaches as well as it entertains. A must for storytelling around the holidays."

Lisa RojanyBuccieri, Writing Children's Books for Dummies


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Thanks for checking out my webpage!


I was born in Washington, DC and raised in Northern Virginia. I attended George Washington University and George Mason, earning a B.A. in Journalism. These days I call Charleston, SC home and am working on my Masters degree at The Citadel.

I started my career working in Public Relations for private corporations and government agencies before becoming a photojournalist for the Fairfax Journal and the Manassas Journal Messenger. My first national byline was a feature on the working homeless published in Good Housekeeping magazine.

Some of my favorite early gigs included running site PR for the first Lollapalooza Tour in 1991, and interviewing Watergate mastermind G. Gordon Liddy. 

After the publication of my first book Encyclopedia of Hell in 1998, I became a full-time freelance writer. My articles and photos have appeared in over 50 publications ranging from Gannett news syndicate  to the Chicken Soup for the Soul book franchise. I've also worked on media projects for The History Channel, Sy-Fy, The Learning Channel,  ABC News,  Paramount Entertainment Group, Media General and many others. 


My debut novel BANDUN GATE, is a fact-inspired horror story about murder, hauntings and paranormal battles along Charleston's cursed shores. Bandun Gate is an Amazon Bestseller, a 5 Star Readers' Favorite and won PenCraft Book's top prize in Horror Fiction. Holy City Sinner calls the novel "a modern day Charleston ghost story that will haunt you well after you finish it."

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