John Robert Colombo has been called "Canada’s Mr. Mystery". A respected and prolific writer, editor, TV host, and anthologist, he is the author of numerous books on the supernatural and the paranormal, including Haunted Toronto, Ghost Stories of Ontario, and The Big Book of Canadian Ghost Stories. Colombo is the recipient of the Harbourfront International Literary Award and holds an honorary doctorate from York University. He has been quoted as saying: "I do not believe in ghosts and spirits. I do not disbelieve in ghosts and spirits. I am interested in ghosts and spirits." He lives in Toronto.