Has the Paranormal Bubble Finally Burst?


By Tony Harrington

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Photo by Fabian Oefner

When “Ghost Hunters” premiered in October of 2004 on the SyFy channel (Then still called SciFI), there was nothing quite like it on the U.S. airwaves. The program introduced the world to Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, two plumbers who in their free time headed up “The Atlantic Paranormal Society” (TAPS) out of the New England colony of Rhode Island.

The program became an instant hit, drawing record numbers and putting the network on the map.
The show spawned several spinoffs including “Ghost Hunters International”, “UFO Hunters”, and “Ghost Hunters Academy”.

Additionally, the immense popularity of Ghost Hunters caused an insurgence of similar thematic programming on other networks. Paranormal State, Ghost Adventures, Most Haunted, and more found their way into the homes and the collection consciousness of American audiences.

Encountering a haunting went from something private and embarrassing to vogue at breakneck speed and suddenly groups of amateur paranormal investigation teams began cropping up across the US to meet the ever-increasing demand of people wanting to have their homes or businesses deemed “haunted”, or to have their home cleansed of unwanted spirits.

At the time, a lot of the organizations that came to fruition on the coattails of TAPS subscribed to the New England company’s model of investigation, taking a lot of what was presented on the show as fact and incorporating it into their investigations.

Many agencies sought out TAPS accreditation, to become a sister company of the famous organization.

While it seems logical for an organization wanting to be connected with the most popular of paranormal teams, it could very well have been the beginning of the end for the paranormal bubble.

As of today, the number of cases organizations are getting has dwindled considerably, often weeks or months separate inquiries and actually landing an investigation has become burdensome. So what caused the sudden decline in paranormal popularity?

A lot of it has to do with trends. At the height of its popularity, Ghost Hunters was probably responsible for the resurgence of paranormal investigations. Conversely, as the show’s viewership began to wane over the decade, so too did the interest in the paranormal. Contributing greatly to the decline was rumors of TAPS faking certain findings to keep viewers hooked. When the team responsible for making the paranormal cool was questioned, that began to signal the beginning of the end.

TAPS can’t take the full brunt of the blame. In addition to the interest in the pop-culture phenomenon declining, there were some high-profile cases of groups doing some rather unethical things such as when a Texas paranormal team burned down a historic building out of anger because they couldn’t capture any EVPs or proof of paranormal activity.

The biggest problem with paranormal investigations is that anyone could start a group. All they needed was some friends, some equipment, and the desire to spend long nights camped out at an allegedly haunted location in the hopes of catching proof that ghosts do indeed exist.

Another issue with the “paranormal bubble” is that there was no unifying body or organization in charge of setting standards of practice for how investigations were to be conducted. Every group could conduct investigations in any manner they saw fit. There was no education being conducted for the most part, any information about the world of the paranormal was obtained from the Ghost Hunters television program, but who were they to set the standard? They are nobodies to be honest. They were simply a group of people doing what other groups of people do all over the world. They just happened to get a television deal. It does not make them subject matter experts. It makes them quasi-celebrities with opinions on certain things.

Market saturation became a problem and it ultimately led to animosity or rivalries between competing local groups. When every group out there is belittling every other group, it undermines the entire industry.

Perhaps the worst aspect of the entire paranormal bubble is that most agencies sprung up simply to cash in. They became more obsessed with becoming celebrities than actually caring about the cases they took on. Radio show appearances, book deals, television appearances, etc…derailed the true focus of the organizations. It could be said that we created our own demise by losing focus on why we chose to become paranormal investigators in the first place.

As with all things, interest in the paranormal is cyclical. Ghost Hunters is still on the air, The Conjuring and Insidious franchises are still strong and rake in some big bucks at the box office, and paranormal themed scripted shows are being produced regularly. In time there will be another resurgence and there will be a great demand for established groups.

The best the remaining long-standing groups can do is use this downtime to educate themselves and revamp their teams in preparation for the next inevitable boom. Let go of people not willing to stick it out. Part ways with team members who don’t contribute to the betterment of the team but are only interested in when the next investigation is. Stay in the public eye by keeping your websites current and conduct networking workshops within your community. Take on social causes such as volunteering to clean up parks, or work adopt a road and maintain it. Doing community services can bolster awareness for your organization and presents your team as upstanding members of society and community. People won’t know how to reach you if you allow your team to slip into obscurity.

Has your organization seen a decline in cases or interest in the paranormal overall?

What, in your opinion, aside from what was mentioned above, do you feel caused the bubble to burst?

Share your thoughts and ideas in our comments section below.

Hello From the Other Side: The Ouija Board Explained


by Sandyi Offermann

ouijaboard Ouija Boards, also known as “spirit boards” or “talking boards” are a flat panel of glossed wood, cardboard, or other smooth surface adorned with the letters of the alphabet, numbers ranging from zero to nine, the words “Yes” and “No” and typically “Goodbye”.

Along with the board there is a “planchette” which is typically a piece of plastic, wood, or glass with a circle cut out through which to view a letter on the board the alleged spirit wishes to communicate to you.

The Ouija is designed to be used with two people. Ideally the board is placed on a flat surface between the individuals, or balanced on their laps. Each person places their hands lightly on the planchette, their fingertips barely putting pressure on it.

One person will act as the communicator to the spirit world and will ask questions out loud, allowing time for the spirits to answer. If there are spirits present who wish to communicate, the planchette will slowly begin to move across the board, allegedly on its own without either party pushing or pulling the planchette.

The planchette will slide across the board, stopping over each letter, ultimately spelling out responses to the posed questions.

Due to the laborious process, for best results, ask yes or no questions or simple questions that are best answered with one or two words, nothing that would require a sentence as an answer.

The actual word “Ouija” is a made up word and is derived from “Oui” and “Ja”, the French and German words (respectively) for “Yes”. Ouija Board literally means the “Yes Yes Board”.

The “Mystical Talking Board” made its US debut in the early 1880s having carried over from London which had produced the boards since the mid 1880s with the earliest patent for a precursor to the board having been filed by a professor of music, Adolphus T Wagner in January of 1854. Wagner’s version of the talking board was called a “Psychograph” or “Apparatus for Indicating Person’s Thoughts by the Agency of Nervous Electricity”. It was his hope that his device would allow for spirits to communicate at a broader level that the knocking and rapping heard in parlor seances that were taking the country by storm.

It was during the 1800’s that Europeans became infatuated with communicating with the dead. They began making their own “talking boards” using flat planks of wood with etched markings for letters and a glass or tool that could easily slide across the board.

The paranormal boom of the 1800s in the United States saw an uptick in the number of talking boars per household. They were broken out at dinner parties where consenting adults used them to communicate with the world beyond. Slowly though, the world of the paranormal began to be equated with satanic worship and the Ouija board quickly fell out of favor and was frowned upon.

It wasn’t until the 1980’s, almost a hundred years after their introduction to America, that the movie “Witchboard” thrust the device back into the pop culture zeitgeist. The highly successful horror film spawned two sequels and soon the talking boards were being sold on the shelves of toy stores everywhere. The Ouija was officially back and has remained accessible ever since, with boards continuously in manufacture.

The boards are fascinating, this can’t be denied. The idea that we are able to possibly communicate with those who have crossed over is an intriguing concept, but is it real?

The legitimacy of the Ouija Board has long been contested with science making some strong assertions that it is not ghosts or spirits moving the planchette at all, but subconscious muscle movements of the participants. These minuscule muscle movements produce what is called the ideomotor response or “IMR”. It is a complex process by which the brain forces the muscles of the body into reacting a certain way, subconsciously. In this case, the brain, in trying to formulate a response to stimuli (the asking of a question”, will cause minuscule movements to spell out responses. Simply put, we are moving the planchette and answering our own questions.

There are believers that when we use a board, we are indeed communicating with those who have left the world of the living. There are forums where people share their experiences using the Ouija board and many are convinced of its validity.

Should you decide to use the Ouija board to communicate with the dead, be advised, there are long-held rules by which to abide:

1) Do no use it alone. The board allegedly requires the energy of two or more people that a spirit can channel to move the planchette. According to lore created for the “Witchboard” films, solo use of the board can lead to possession of the individual using the board.

2) Do not provoke the spirit should you be lucky enough to come into contact with one. Be respectful. Ask simple questions, and do not force the spirit to answer any questions it wishes to ignore.

3) Always close out a session by saying good-bye and waiting for the spirit to respond in kind. Some paranormal investigators feel that activity in a haunting can be traced back to an unclosed Ouija board session wherein the board will become a portal through which the spirit world can physically pass.

4) Do not let kids use it. Ouija, though marketed as a game, can become a source of consuming obsession. The concepts of death and spirits/ghosts are best left to mature adults who can process the weighty themes. Children who use the board can become preoccupied with the idea of death resulting in panic, fear, and the belief that there are ghosts, monsters and demons in the home.

Have you personally used a talking board to communicate with the other side? Have you made contact and if so do you feel it was real or was it simple old-fashioned parlor tricks? Did you fear that you consorted with a demonic force?

Share your stories with us in the comments section below.

About the Author:

Sandyi Offermann  has been involved with the Paranormal & Supernatural  for over 3 decades. She has studied Occultism and is a Professional Medium, Reiki teacher , Holistic Therapist  .and has worked with various paranormal groups over the years . She teaches various tools and divination to others to help them move through this life with as much balance as possible .  Sandyi has studied and practiced Transpersonal Psychology (The psychology of spirituality and of those  areas of the human mind which search for higher meanings in life , and which move beyond the limited boundaries of ego .) 

“I keep an opened mind to all that is and all that could be . The Universe is vast and filled with knowledge . I am a seeker of the truth ! I believe that wisdom makes us stronger and compassionate to all . I am Student of the Universe .” -Sandyi Offermann

The Voice Within-The Spirit Guide Phenomenon


by Sandyi Offermann

spiritguide Throughout our life’s journey there may come times when we are on a path that has not been laid out for us. Somehow, we diverge and end up on the road not taken. It is then that we are in spiritual uncharted waters. It is during this time that we may get that nagging voice in the back of our minds that whisper to us that we are not where we are supposed to be. That voice guides our actions, rights our wrongs, and puts us back onto the straight and narrow so that we are once again in synchronous harmony with the life that we are destined to live.

That is not to say that our lives are fully mapped out for us, but we as creatures capable of higher thought and self-preservation sometimes need a nudge in the right direction. Should you take that new job? Should you go on that date? Should you take that shortcut through the dark alley on your way home from the club? (The answer to that last one will always be ‘no’!)

Most people make decisions and deal with the ramifications of those decisions by “listening to their gut”. It is instinct, something we all have, though some are more inclined to listen to it.

But just what is instinct really? What is that voice in the back of your mind that drives you?

For some believers, that voice belongs to a spirit guide.

It is believed that our spirit guide is assigned to us at birth and could be the spirit of a departed family member, a guardian angel, or a friend or loved one from a previous life who has been delegated to watch over us in our current form.

Some people believe that these spirit guides  help us through life, to guide us through our choices, or to put obstacles up when the choices that we make are veering us off the path  toward our destiny. Spirit guides  are not here to give you the exact answer but to simply act as a spiritual Sherpa as we traverse our existence.

According to believers in the existence of Spirit Guides, these entities are steering us clear of obstacles, and even other people, that can prevent us from reaching our enlightenment and earning our reward in the hereafter.

But is that voice we here in the back of our mind, and that feeling we get in the pit of our stomach, truly a spiritual guide or simply a manifestation of our own subconscious? We as humans do possess the ability to differentiate between right and wrong and know positive decisions from negative ones. Is the concept of a spirit guide or guardian angel an archaic and antiquated concept or do you feel that there is validity to the idea that such a being exists?

Have you personally encountered a decision that, had you avoided the voice in the back of your head, could have ended catastrophically?

Do you believe in the existence of Spirit Guides? 

Share your story by commenting on this article and let us know your experiences, belief, or lack thereof.
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About the Author:

Sandyi Offermann  has been involved with the Paranormal & Supernatural  for over 3 decades. She has studied Occultism and is a Professional Medium, Reiki teacher , Holistic Therapist  .and has worked with various paranormal groups over the years . She teaches various tools and divination to others to help them move through this life with as much balance as possible .  Sandyi has studied and practiced Transpersonal Psychology (The psychology of spirituality and of those  areas of the human mind which search for higher meanings in life , and which move beyond the limited boundaries of ego .) 

“I keep an opened mind to all that is and all that could be . The Universe is vast and filled with knowledge . I am a seeker of the truth ! I believe that wisdom makes us stronger and compassionate to all . I am Student of the Universe .” -Sandyi Offermann
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Heavy Meta Horror–Review of Paul Tremblay’s “A Head Full of Ghosts”


head-full-of-ghostsIn Paul Tremblay’s “A Head Full of Ghosts”, a psychological horror love letter to William Peter Blatty’s “The Exorcist” and other exorcism-centric books and movies, we can see flashes of utter brilliance. There is enough shiver-inducing horror and enough biting social commentary contained within to fill volumes of books, all delivered with a knowing wink and nudge.

The story is told from the point of view of Merry (Merideth) Barrett. The sole survivor of a horrific event that divided a community, riveted viewers of a reality show, and left the American public with a laundry list of unanswered questions.

Merry was just a kid when her older sister, fourteen year old Marjorie, began exhibiting signs of mental illness. Slowly, Marjorie transforms from the older and protective sister into a manipulative and terrifying entity capable of profane outbursts, self-mutilation, and acts of sexual depravity.

The family patriarch, John, begins to suspect that there are evil forces at work and eschews the psychiatric help that Marjorie so deeply needs in favor of church intervention. This new deep dive into faith-based healing drives a wedge between the parental units and soon the toxic effects of blame ripple throughout the family.

Out of work and out of money, John agrees to allow a camera crew to film the journey of Marjorie, from possessed young teenager through to an exorcism that will be played out as a reality show called “The Possession”.

With the arrival of the camera crews, things seem to escalate, and we become unsure if what we, the reader, is witnessing is fact or if we are being manipulated by an unreliable witness who may or may not have an agenda of her own.

Merry herself, as the adult narrator, is telling her story to a reporter who wants to write a tell-all account of what transpired during the filming of The Possession. We know that as a child, Merry was manipulative, a storyteller, and made up huge chunks of what she encountered during the possession of her older sister. How can we rely on her as an adult who has so much to gain from sharing her tale, a tale she has had years to fine-tune and with the knowledge that there is no one left who can fact-check her.

Tremblay’s characters are divisive and untrustworthy, each one vying for their own place in the spotlight. No one seems to care for Marjorie other than her mother who is made out to be an uncompromising villain as her sanity too begins to crumble under the enormous weight of balancing right and wrong with obligations to provide for her family.
“A Head Full of Ghosts” maintains a serpentine sense of dread that weaves through the narrative. The evil presence is palpable within the pages of this book and the sense of corruption and malevolence branches out from the pages like an evil specter entering our reality. It is effective horror that truly delivers some scares.

The novel jumps back and forth, from present to past in a dizzying fashion as grown Merry validates and obliterates what you were just lead to believe you witnessed. Nothing is as it seems.

Tremblay is smart enough of a writer to know that in writing a possession novel, you will inevitably draw comparison to The Exorcist or other possession-based books and film that came before it. The well is only so deep and Tremblay offsets our observations by beating us to the punch. He acknowledges that a lot of what you are reading seems like a poor man’s version of media that has presented his familiar scenes sometimes to greater effect. He literally slaps his own hand so we don’t have to. It works and adds a Meta layer to a book that otherwise would have come off as just another possession horror novel.

As with The Exorcist, there are a lot of questions surrounding the possessed Marjorie. Is she faking it? Is there an evil force gunning for her soul? Is she simply seeking attention? Are the people who are supposedly helping her doing more harm than good?

From the opening pages that set the tone of the novel, to the perfectly executed twist that makes you second-guess everything you thought you knew about what transpired, “A Head Full of Ghosts” demands your attention and manipulates you until the unsettling final page.

Selling Spirits-The Paranormal Marketplace


by Tony Harrington

forsaleThe Halloween season is fast approaching. It is the time of year that people everywhere embrace the paranormal and set about decorating their homes with ghastly items in an effort to replicate the stereotypical haunted house. All over the United States we see “Spirit of Halloween” stores open up with the sole purpose of catering to the desires of the average homeowner to bedeck their home with the ghoulish and garish.

As soon as the season passes, these stores close up shop and disappear until September of the following year when once again our desire to put up cobwebs, statues, and other relics of the paranormal begins to manifest.

However, you don’t have to wait until September to procure items guaranteed to raise your hackles and scare the living hell out of you.

The web is a veritable smorgasbord for anyone willing to part with a few dollars in an effort to own a small slice of scary. The difference between what the web has to offer and what is available mass market, is that the items for sale on the web just might come equipped with their own ghost.

Are you the type of person with the fortitude to bring a potentially haunted item into your home for the sole purpose of encountering authentic paranormal activity? If so, you are in luck. As it turns out, the internet is full of people who are looking to unload such items.

For some reason, any item that is allegedly haunted will set you back about 20 to 40 dollars. It seems to be the going rate for a ghost these days. Of course there are rare items whose owners are so confident in their claims of having a spirit attached that they are willing to part with it for 800 bucks instead of dropping it into the dumpster.

If you are in the market for a shoe box covered in wax that may or may not have items inside, then you are in luck. You can purchase your very own “Dybbuk” box, made popular by the film “The Possession”. But this is of course the “shoestring” budget version. The seller of these items seems to have an unlimited supply of mysterious boxes they found behind the wall of a home during an estate sale.

dibbukThe ad insists that you do not open the box lest you run the risk of demonic possession. It is also for serious investigators and “professionals” only. So, if you run a paranormal investigation team, or you are a CEO of a multi-million dollar company, then this is a treat!

If an old box containing a malevolent spirit gunning for your soul is not your cup of tea, perhaps you are looking for a haunted doll to give to your daughter whom you never really liked because you were hoping for a son. If that’s the case, eBay has a wide assortment of options.

lulaLula is a “Spirit Possessed” doll that was found at…oh, get this…an estate sale. Imagine that! The doll is allegedly old, dating back a whopping fifty years! The current owner is a psychic medium and claims the doll reached out to her and said that her name is Lula, who in life was a happy little girl, probably up until the point she died prematurely of a tragic illness, as opposed to a non-tragic illness that claims the lives of children.

You know the seller is legit because of their psychic abilities and of course the disclaimer that this doll is ONLY for psychic mediums and experienced paranormal investigators.

Perhaps shoe boxes and dolls just don’t hold the allure and luxe you desire in your haunted items. Perhaps your tastes extend beyond simple cat and child playthings. Perhaps what you are really desiring is a haunted wine goblet. If you want spirits to go along with your spirits then turn your eye to this beauty!

That’s right, this is a goblet of ire that the owner simply MUST get rid of for the low low price of $9.99

gobletofireFor under ten dollars you can own this glass that once belonged to a violent drunkard known for smacking up his wife and kicking around his child .The glass was found at…waaaaaaaaait for it…A MOTHERFLIPPING ESTATE SALE!  The spirit that is attached to this glass is mischievous and his haunts seem to be centered on the drink. He will knock the glass over, cause shot glasses to shatter and causes bottle of alcohol that you did not purchase to manifest inside your home. Wait…what? Are you telling me that this boozy ghost will actually keep my liquor cabinet full? Take all my money now!

I obviously make light of “haunted” objects for sale on the internet, but that is not to say that there are not legitimate items from estate sales that have spirits attached.

Do you currently have any items in your house that you have purchased that came with an unwanted attachment? Feel free to share your stories with us about your experiences with haunted items.

That Haunting Sound


by Tony Harrington

infrasoundBeing a skeptical paranormal investigator is a burden. In every larger organization there is bound to be a large subset of individuals who want to believe so deeply in the fact that the place they are investigating is haunted that they will overlook logical explanations in favor of accepting any noise or other anomaly as a definitive sign of a haunting.

Prime example, on a recent investigation to an abandoned hospital, a member of my party spent a large amount of time chasing orbs, convinced that the erratically moving balls of light captured on her video camera were indeed disembodied spirits. What they disregarded was the fact that they were filming on their cell phone with the flash enabled. Any small flying insect or speck of dust would have lit up like Christmas. No one could convince this investigator otherwise, to them, it was proof of the paranormal.

Getting to the root of a haunting though is not always as simple as using common sense though. Sometimes that weird moving light that you see could simply an illusion with no discernible source. That moving black shadow you see could simply be a bubble in the vitreous humor of your eye moving past your retina. There are things like this that you simply can’t recreate and if you can’t recreate it then it must be paranormal.

I am not saying that there is no such thing as ghosts, I am saying that I don’t know what they are or how to document their existence when there are so many natural explanations that can explain away supernatural happenings.

One of the first things we as investigators typically do upon entering a site is to get baseline electromagnetic readings. We know that high levels of EMF can cause certain physiological responses in the human body. So if there is a high level of EMF in a home or in a business, we have to take that into consideration as a possible explanation for what the home/business owner is feeling leading them to believe their location is haunted.

Many of the Spirit Seekers investigations have ended with the realization that there is some outside factor contributing to the alleged haunting. We have had a gentleman complain that a presence in his home was making him dizzy, disoriented, and nauseas. It turns out that his oven was leaking natural gas. Not enough to kill him, but enough to make him sick.

Another investigation we were on revealed that the business owner was slowly being poisoned by sewer gas that was leaking up through dry drains in floors and sinks/toilets. He flushed the pipes with water and wouldn’t you know it, he reported that the instances of dread, panic, nausea, and other flight or fight responses had subsided.

An old woman whose home was allegedly haunted turned out to be bombarded by high levels of EMF from an old security camera monitor by which she sat every day and night resulting in the sensation that she was not alone.

One unseen variable that we need to take into consideration when investigating is the presence of “infrasound”.

Infrasound is any low frequency sound that falls below the 20Hz per second threshold of human hearing. As frequencies decrease below the 20Hz range, so does our ability to hear them. The higher the intensity of the infrasound (intensity, not volume) the more likely it is that though we cannot hear the sound, we can feel it in other parts of our bodies.

Infrasound can cause vibrations in parts of our bodies and affect our heartbeat, equilibrium, and our vision amongst other things.

Infrasound is generated by many things ranging from underground water pipes, severe weather, subwoofers in home audio equipment, upper-atmospheric lightning, earthquakes, sonic booms, explosions, even the passing of air through HVAC systems.

Because we can’t hear sounds at this frequency we assume that any side-effect of being bombarded with infrasound is the result of a paranormal presence.

But just what kind of effects are we talking about?

In 2003 a group of researchers in the UK were able to expose a group of 700 people to music laced with ultra-low frequencies at 17Hz.  22% of people attending the rigged concert reported anxiety, deep sorrow, fear, revulsion, pressure on their chest, and chills down their spine.

Additionally, the presence of infrasound can cause the human eye to vibrate and spasm causing blurred or distorted vision that can indeed give off the impression of movement where there is none.

Detecting infrasound though is tricky. It can’t be done with regular audiometers as most meters simply gauge sound that can be detected within the capable limits of human hearing. There are scientific monitors that are used specifically to detect infrasound and can be found at sites used to monitor earthquakes, volcanoes, and controlled explosion sites but run well into the thousands of dollars price range, and they are cumbersome and not at all portable.

An experimental portable infrasound detector is available for right around 400 dollars, but that is a big price to pay for something listed as “Experimental”.

When it comes to investigating sites where the owner of the site reports feelings of dread, horror, panic, etc, you should look for sources of possible infrasound such as old/poor HVAC systems, bodies of water nearby, major highways, or powerful home audio equipment among other possible producers of infrasound.

Again, this is not to discount completely the idea that a place could be haunted and that the feelings of dread and panic that seize the owners of the property are not caused by the presence of paranormal activity. You should just use sound judgement and discount anything natural before attributing anything to the supernatural.

WHY NO UFO?


by Tony Harrington

noufoI got an email the other day from a reader of our blog who commented on the complete lack of UFO-related articles on our blog. They indicated that the UFO phenomenon falls squarely in the “Paranormal” realm, as it is above “para” the normal and by definition we owe it to the community to include articles and stories covering this particular facet of the para-community.

I couldn’t rightly argue or disagree with this reader, by definition, I suppose UFO and alien related phenomena do indeed occupy the same space as it relates to the paranormal.

It got me thinking as to why I have never written an article about UFO/Alien encounters. I suppose the simplest answer is that the topic simply does not interest me as much as the world of ghostly encounters. I find it funny that this UFO enthusiast had little to nothing to say about the complete lack of cryptozoological  entries, because that particular aspect of the unknown didn’t interest him.

So, I guess the main reason I don’t cover any topics other than ghosts is that it simply doesn’t interest me. That might be selfish, and it may seem like I am deliberately excluding an entire subset of our culture by not addressing phenomena outside of the spiritual aspect.

Another reason I don’t address the issues, aside from my personal preferences, is that this blog, though independently maintained and written almost exclusively by me, is branded with The Spirit Seekers moniker, the name of a paranormal investigation group of which I am a part. We do not investigate UFO claims, nor do we really conduct searches for Bigfoot and other cryptzoological creatures. Our area of expertise falls squarely in hauntings.

Lastly, when I started writing this blog I decided I was going to emulate one of the oldest paranormal sites out there: http://www.ghosts.org, which went by “ObiWan’s UFO-FREE Paranormal Page”. It was that page that ultimately lead me on my path to becoming a paranormal investigator and blogging about the supernatural world. When it came time to create my own blog, I decided that I too would stick with what interests me.

Besides, there are millions of UFO pages and blogs out there that completely exclude any reference to ghosts, so no one should take offence to the fact that we don’t feature UFO’s here on a mostly ghostly website.

If you crave a UFO fix, consider visiting the Mutual UFO Network at www.mufon.com

In the meantime, if there are any UFO or Cryptozoology enthusiasts who would like to approach me about the idea of UFOs or Bigfoot/other cryptids, feel free to reach out to me by replying to this post in the comments thread below. I am not opposed to someone else writing articles on these subjects, they just don’t personally interest me.