Lynette Eklund (Johnson)

Lynette Eklund has been in the creature effect industry since she was 20. Her work comes in all sizes, from stop-motion miniatures to full-size dinosaurs. With over 50 IMDb television and film credits to her name, she has contributed to Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, Beetlejuice, Species I & II, the Emmy Award winning miniseries The Stand, and Oscar-nominated The Lost World: Jurassic Park, several of the Puppet Master films, and many others. While working for Stan Winston, Steve Johnson, the Chiodo Brothers, KNB and many other creature effects shops both large and small, she has worked with the likes of Ben Kingsley, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Jackson, Gore Verbinski, Stephen Spielberg, and Sid & Marty Krofft.

Beyond film and television, Lynette also worked on the original Teddy Ruxpin toy prototype and several other Worlds of Wonder creations; and on commercials for McDonalds, Duracell, and Budweiser, and more. She's made for costumes and puppets for Tokyo Disneyland, Epcot, Universal Studios and several other amusement parks around the world; she partners with long-time friend and Con suit designer Lance Ikegawa; and she paints limited-edition collectables for Disney sculptor Terri Hardin.

And in the "writerly" direction, she wrote her first comic horror story for The Haunted Tales of Bachelor's Grove, and she was a submissions editor for Allegory-Ezine for over two and half years.