Written by Amanda Moloney
As the title suggests "Living Life in Full Spectrum" is a personal blog all about living, playing and working in the Aussie Paranormal Community. Sarah's voice is honest and curious as explores paranormal trends, the latest news, new ideas, interviews and reviews. Amanda took this opportunity to not only dive into getting ton know the women behind the blog but also to celebrate Paranormal X Files, the team Sarah co-founded, and chat about their recent success and happenings.
You are the co-founder of Paranormal X-Files, tell us a bit about your group
Paranormal X Files started as a bit of fun. I would investigate with my brother Glenn on a weekly basis and I met my best friends Martin and Rie at a paranormal investigation. We became instant lifelong friends and the 4 of us would investigate together every weekend. During the week we would spend our nights on skype chatting, researching, swapping theories and evidence. One day in the middle of an investigation, Martin asked me if I would like to run a facebook page with him as a place that we could put up some evidence for people to try to debunk and they could submit their evidence as well. We wanted to create a friendly environment where people could get an honest opinion on their evidence and what natural explanation could be given. Explaining the unexplained as we called it. Somewhere along the line, we started to gain a massive online following and people wanted more so we decided to branch out and become a proper paranormal group. Myself, Martin, Glenn and Rie would do investigations and put up our evidence for everyone to see. We somehow ended up in Woman’s Day magazine with them inviting us to investigate a house for them, Martin started public speaking at paranormal events on paranormal photography and fast-forward to earlier this year, we founded Black Rock House Paranormal Tours. We noticed a big gap in the paranormal community here in Victoria in that there is nowhere in the South Eastern Suburbs to investigate, so we went and found a place we saw potential in and convinced them to open it up to the public. We now run monthly investigations there and offer people the kind of paranormal investigation we ourselves would love to attend. What also makes us different as we volunteer 100% of our time to the investigation tours. Every single dollar from the tickets goes straight to the Friends of Black Rock House which goes towards the maintenance and the restoration of the house. I can’t tell you how satisfying that feels when you walk in and see new improvements they have been able to make. I just love the team to bits (even my brother I guess). We speak every day and night and we really are a little family. We think alike and we are always on the same page and I think our closeness and energy is one of the things people love about our group.
Does your group only cover the spirits or are you happy to investigate all aspects like cryptids and UFO’s etc?
We generally focus on the spirits. We are very much open minded to all other aspects of the paranormal and we always talk about that we love to do a sky watch one day, but our passion really does lie with the spirit world as that is the side we have all had the most personal experiences with. I guess we stick to what we know!
Who is someone that inspires you in the paranormal scene worldwide?
I would have to say Brad Klinge. I met him a couple of years ago when he came out for the Klinge Brothers tour of Australia. I attended their all day seminar and investigation at night. I follow Brad closely on social media and all of his projects (No I am not a stalker lol). I love how genuine he is and his passion for the cause. He does what he wants to do the way he wants to do it and the way he believes it should be done. He will make time for anyone and answer your questions. He is very scientifically minded and some of his theories are really well thought out but also have a lot of merit. Our group uses a lot of his theories and experiments and I must say we do get a lot of results. He is a very smart man but also a really nice human being. What probably meant the most to me was that when I first launched my blog, I had written an article about his seminar that I attended. He is a friend on facebook and I had not advertised this article or told him I had written about him, I merely posted a link on my profile to my blog. He had taken the time not knowing he would be in it to check it out and have a read. I woke up the next morning to a lovely message from him thanking me for writing such kind words and he then proceeded to share my blog to his followers all over the world. While this may seem like a little thing to him, it meant the world to me. I will never forget that.
Whats been the best piece of evidence or experience you’ve had while investigating?
Luckily for me both the best evidence and experience I have had happened at the same time. We were doing an investigation at Milanos Tavern in Brighton where there were reports that it was haunted by a spirit called Tilly. The legend was that she murdered in the 1920’s by a landlord and dragged through the mysterious underground tunnels and left at sea. The staff said she was quite aggressive and they didn’t like being on the third floor and were often told to leave or growled at. There were 5 of us there are the time 2 girls 3 boys. The boys went to the other end of the building so it was just myself and another female investigator as the claims were Tilly was nice to females but mean to the males. We were on the staircase on the third floor looking toward the attic doing an EVP session. I asked Tilly if she was upset that we had allowed 3 men into the building. I suddenly heard the words whispered very loudly in my right ear ‘GET OUTTTT’ by an angry male voice. It was so loud and close it was like I felt the breath and the vibration of the voice in my ear. It took me a couple of seconds to comprehend what had happened because the boys were at the other end of the building and the other investigator was at the bottom of the stairs. I did what any respectable investigator would do and I got the hell out of there and hightailed it down the stairs screaming OMG no no no! I was really embarrassed I reacted that way and I do wish I could replay that moment in time and react differently. What made it worse is that it was all caught on film and everyone could see how I reacted. When I gathered myself we realised having it on video and audio was not the worst thing it could potentially be the best thing ever IF the voice was captured on tape. We eagerly went back to hub to review the video and the audio. The voice was captured on both the audio and the video. Needless to say I don’t think that was Tilly! I did go back up there to face my fear but people never get to see that part. I will forever be known as the girl who ran out of an investigation but I don’t care. To this day no experience has compared to that moment and I don’t think anything ever will.
Tell us the inspiration behind creating a blog of your adventures?
I was honestly sitting at home one day and all in the same day I had quite a few people ask me how my investigation went on the weekend. I thought to myself ‘gee people are actually interested in what I do, maybe I should start a blog!’. I had wanted to do a blog for years but didn’t have a topic I was passionate about. I literally rang my husband who is a web developer, came up with a name, bought the domain and 2 weeks later the site was live. I am very impulsive like that and when I set my mind to something there is no stopping me I have to do it.
What do you hope that people will get out of it?
In the early days it was really to keep people informed on what was going on in the my world and the paranormal world and also to touch on social subjects within the community that other investigators could relate to. I wanted people to have a bit of a laugh and also show everyone what it was really like to be an investigator. We all have personal lives we juggle and it is not like it is on tv and that is the side I wanted to show. It has sort of evolved now and while I still want it to resonate with fellow investigators and make them fist pump the air and say yes I agree, I also want to inspire the new investigators to come out of their shell and put themselves out there. 3 years ago I would attend events and seminars and see people running the show or acting as guides on tours and I wanted to be them. I managed to achieve stuff I never thought I would be doing through my journey. It is not something that just happened, I and Paranormal X Files made it happen. I feel amazing when I have people contact me telling me how much they enjoyed an article and that I have inspired them to go do their first investigation or to take a leap and do something a bit different. I want to inspire them to become the best investigators the can be and achieve great things because ultimately we as a community will benefit.