Elie on David Bowie
David Bowie, a name synonymous with greatness. Originally David Jones, he decided to change it so as not to be confused with another star who also tragically passed a few years ago, Davy Jones of The Monkees. His career would soon capitulate into stardom.
I didn't discover Bowie until my late teens, thanks to my mum who was a fan. I have many memories of playing his hit song, "Sorrow" while cleaning the house with my mum as well as "Under Pressure" with another fallen great, Freddie Mercury.
Bowie first came to stardom with his album hit "Space Oddity" with many more hits to follow. As well as a talented singer/songwriter, Bowie was also a natural actor, perhaps best remembered for his lead role in "The Labyrinth", a favourite of many generations of fans.
Bowie will be remembered for his innovation, rejection of traditional image and gender, amazing character personalities, and of course, his music.
David will always be a hero, not for a day, but until the end of time, joining all the other legendary musicians 2016 has taken away from us...
Tina on Prince
Prince (prince Rogers Nelson), was a great man and inspiration to many. Being a singer,a songwriter,a record producer and a multi instrument player he touched most people's hearts in all walks of life. I vividly remember growing up with my older sister playing prince songs (on records) in the lounge room and her bedroom singing along with every word. The movie purple rain was an influential movie to me. It showed me that not every thing in life will be perfect, not everything is forever.
His music was the sound track to a generations life and the ripple effect of his stage presence set a precedent for what a performer should strive to reach at Evey Concert they perform. With over 1oo million albums sold world wide and winning an uncountable amount of awards including being introduced into the rock and roll hall of fame in 2O04 why wouldn't you as a performer want to reach this level of respect and admiration.
He taught me that different isn't bad,different doesn't mean that you should hide,be loud and be proud of who you are. Be eccentric and stand out,make a difference. His support in female artists was next to none in the music industry and was encouraging for a then very young me a positive roll model for a male wanting to include and recognize females and their talents. In a world of red roses be the purple Lilly. Prince left this world at the age of 54 years young (too young) and I have no doubt that his musical mark will be a permanent reminder that just because someone said no doesn't mean you can't do it. It simply means you have to show them why you need to do it.
Party like its 1999 prince, ride in that little red corvette, wearing your iconic purple leather jacket and I'll remember each year to blow you a kiss when doves cry and I see purple rain.💜
Peet on Alan Rickman
Although I'm sure this wasn't the start of his career, my first memory of Alan Rickman was those immortal lines "I'm going to cut your heart out with a spoon". He made the very best Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves. I always remembered him after that. Every time I'd see him in a movie, I'd think "That was the dude from Robin Hood."
Then, of course, came Harry Potter. I am a mad Harry Potter fanatic. I am Hufflepuff all the way, and the books are like my bible. So when Mr Rickman first appeared as the devious Severus Snape, I was entranced. Snape is not meant to be loved, and the fact that he has such a huge following is testament to Alan Rickman's acting skills.
When I found out, in that final book that everything Snape ever did... like, EVER did, was for love - my heart just broke. And when I heard that Alan Rickman had died on 14 January 2016 - my heart broke all over again.
"After all this time?"
Danni on Alan Rickman
I think for me Alan Rickman's death had hit me hardest. I fell in love with the character Professor Snape from the Harry Potter book series first, then when Rickman made his Harry Potter film debut appearance as Professor Snape in 2001 it was done; sold; finalised! I was in love. That voice, his talent, the way he perfectly captured what I envisaged as a teenager, Snape to be. Snape to me was a misunderstood character; a young, different and unusual boy who grew into a begrudging and harsh teacher at Hogwarts. A man who felt the sting of unrequited love and built walls to protect himself.
Rickman was from a humble working class background and made his way into theatre pretty much the same way I did. Reading, influence, the magic of the stage and wonders of creative writing fueled his passion. So I followed his footsteps; dreamt of the day I trod the boards of a theatre and wrote for the stage. His ability to so artfully demonstrate comedy and tragedy was what I wanted to do with my theatre. Have the ability to make others laugh and cry all the while experimenting with all things art and theatre. From the Sheriff of Nottingham in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" right through to the absurdism of Samuel Beckett's "Play", I enjoyed every bit of Rickman's theatrical choices in life. Rickman once said in an interview, "I never said no", and I try to this day to follow that advice when chasing the dream. This was how he influenced my life. Below is a taste of Alan's absurdism. The theatre/film world lost a legend to cancer January 14, 2016 and it feels like yesterday I shed a little tear for this loss.
Jonathan on Zaha Hadid
For me, 2016 was the year the world lost one of its most innovative and groundbreaking architects, Zaha Hadid.
For those who may not have heard of Zaha, some of her well-known works include the London Olympic Aquatic Centre and the Riverside Museum in Glasgow. The British designer, passed away aged 65, after suffering a heart attack while in hospital in Miami in March where she was being treated for bronchitis.
Zaha’s buildings have been built all over the world and she paved the way for women looking to do something amazing in a male dominated profession.
Zaha was the first architect to really have a lasting impression on me. Unlike most designers, her work blossomed from inconceivable creativity, which was beautifully manifested graphically in her art, and finally born into stunning reality as her projects got built. She was an individual of great courage, conviction and tenacity.
Zaha once said, “You have to really believe not only in yourself; you have to believe that the world is actually worth your sacrifices.”
I was privileged to be able to visit a few of her buildings in the UK this year – a wonderful and befitting way to say ‘Goodbye and Thank you’ for inspiring me to be who I am.
Alex on Leonard Cohen
I did my best, it wasn't much // I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch // I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you // And even though it all went wrong // I'll stand before the Lord of Song // With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah
Leonard Cohen (Canadian singer, songwriter, musician and, poet) died the 7th of November 2016. He was 82.
Leonard Cohan was very much on my mind when he passed as new cover of Hallelujah by an American A Cappella Pentatonix has just been released and just Bob Dylan just in October has been award the Nobel Prize for Literature "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition". Leonard and Bob's work and contribution to music were often compared and there isn't a cover of Hallelujah I don't love so Leonard and his dark voice and words were very much on my mind.
What I have always loved about Leonard's songs and lyrics is how they appeared defeatist, I know that sounds incredibly sad but he always seemed to embrace the worst so very well and leave us not necessary with chin up look on the bright side but instead a reminder that from the bottom this is really only one way to go and that is up. This was very evident in how he explored political, justice and war themes. I could also relate to how torn and changeable he was on these themes, sometimes he was ready for the gritty fight and other times he was a sweet hippy speaking of love and peace time. To me, he always seemed very in tune with what was going on and how he was feeling and in that way a true artist using art to reflect back to world what he is seeing.
Like a bird on the wire, // Like a drunk in a midnight choir // I have tried in my way to be free.
Peet on Gene Wilder
When the news broke on 29 August that Gene Wilder had died, a piece of my childhood went with him.
I know Gene was most well known for his portrayal of Willy Wonka, but my main memory of him really just relates to him. It's of being a kid, and seeing my mum laughing so hard she had tears streaming down her face. We were watching a show called "Hanky Panky" - not one of his most well known, but definitely one of the funniest. To see my mum that happy imprinted on my brain and it's something I will never forget, so thank you Mr Wilder.
Another honourable mention that also made an impression on me was "Hear No Evil, See No Evil" where he played a deaf man and teamed up with Richard Pryor, who played a blind man... hilarity ensued! This was one of four movies they made together, their comedy genius bouncing off each other.
Gene was born on 11 June 1933 and named Jerome Silberman. Back in the days when real names weren't chic enough, he changed his name to be more appealing and received an Oscar nomination for his first major role in Mel Brooks' "The Producers".
When Gene died, he left the world with a true legacy in the form of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles - amongst many others.
"A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men."
- Willy Wonka
Amanda on Carrie Fisher
When a celebrity dies many people say 'why are you sad, you didn't know them' but whilst we may not have known them personally, these people touched our lives and gave meaning to certain times in our life.
Once such person for me was Carrie Fisher. With her portrayal of Princess Leia I was shown, as a young girl, that a woman can be a formidable person, a kick ass, bad ass leader of the rebellion who stood up for what was right and took no shit, and Carrie herself was no different!
Her advocacy for mental illness and drug addiction showed everyone that these topics needed to be talked about, discussed and brought into the public eye. Many parts of her life were put on display in her autobiography Postcards from the Edge.
Carrie will always be Princess Leia to me even though she has a vast movie history and to sum up my feelings..
"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened. "
One of my favourite quotes from Carrie is “I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.” something we should all remember and live by I think! I will forever be sad that we won't get to see her grace our screens again after Episode 8 or hear her views on the world.
Let it be reported that Carrie drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra.
Vale Carrie Fisher 21.10.1956 - 27.12.2016
Written by Alex Cayas
This New Years Eve we will all be staying up to Midnight just to see 2016 die!
Why did 2016 suck so much? What are the lessons? Will 2017 be more of the same or are headed into a lighter, brighter year?
Kerrie Wearing is a Medium and Country Music Fan while Karen Rontowski is a Tarot Card Reader and Comedienne. We asked both to help us understand why 2016 sucked and what 2017 might look like and how to survive it.
Why did 2016 suck?
Kerrie Wearing: Facing your shit is always hard. 2016 is a year that globally shifted the collective consciousness quite significantly. As we slowly move more to growing and embracing love, we will also see the resistance to that grow until such time we reach a pinnacle and love prevails. Probably not in our lifetime but one day.
Karen Rontowski: Because my country let me down and voted in an orange ape as president. then the good celebrities died but David Hasselhoff continues to haunt us! Also I'm tired.
What should we have learnt?
Kerrie: 2016 was the opportunity to let go of where you were living life that was not aligned with your authentic self. Be it jobs, relationships, your sexuality and just about any aspect of you, many people were guided spiritually to look in the mirror over the last couple of years and be honest about who they are and how they truly want to live their life. 2016 was the culmination of that and the more you resisted the truth within the harder it was.
This looking in the mirror is what the US is doing right now collectively with the new President Elect.
Karen: It was the year of purification. Numerological a 9, that means we were supposed to get rid of all the things, people and jobs we don't need. I don't like change or purification. I prefer sludgy apathy.
What is install for us for 2017?
Kerrie: Well that depends on the choices you made in 2016. Did you honour what you saw in the mirror and face the tough stuff or did you go about business as usual. Biz as usual peeps will see you begin round 2, it'll be lighter and a little easier to flow through as it will be for us all though you have set the tone for life for 2017 and beyond.
If you made it out of 2017 alive after going the your tough mudder course then you have a big cause for celebration. You will now be experiencing a new you and 2017 is all about seeing that flow in your life and the differences that will bring. These are not just small subtle differences, life will be moving towards a difference as significant as night is to day. There'll be more freedom to be YOU, more abundance and plenty of new beginnings for those who honoured their heart. I expect you'll have plenty of JOYgasms throughout 2017.
Karen: Next year is the year of truth.that means that I have to face the fact that tI am not that perfect and I honestly don't think my fans can take that. I do like that in the year of truth we have the mose lames fucked pathological liar in charge and we might see him get hi come-up-ins. those are not muffins if you don't use that phrase there.
What's your best tip for survival?
Kerrie: My best tip for survival in 2017 is to hang on to your hat, as 2017 is going to be a wild ride created by the flow of living from your heart. Otherwise, no matter the year always work towards deepening your connection to your Soul. Its your compass baby and when you also align it with the Divine's essence of Love and JOY there is only LOVE, even in the darkness.
Written by Dan McMath
2 years with GOO!!! Well, not full time.....casual......very, very casual. When you dip your corn chips into many bowls, you start to find it hard to recognize the diffference bettween sour cream and salsa! And I'm not really one to be a skilled juggler. From promotios and bar work at my local club, presenting The Haunting Hours every week on Triple U FM, trying to do something with paranormal themed clothing, investigating occurences of the paranormal, getting sick, getting laid,getting ripped off, underpaid (....sorry. AC/DC just popped into my head). But there is one thing that always takes the number 1 spot, and that's family.
Over the past 7 years, my involvement with the world of the paranormal increased every year. Residential cases became quite regular. Add to that habitual travel to check out famous haunted sites and attend paranormal events, the search for answers started to take it's toll. Wandering around work sleep deprived and trying to motivate myself around the house started to become commonplace. Not that my family were concerned, it was more a "moment of clarity" thing that happened to me on an investigation a couple of months ago.
It was around 1 in the morning. I was sitting in the corner of a small bedroom in a house located in Eden on the far south coast. The occupier of the home had contacted me only a week prior to investigate strange noises being heard coming through the walls. The main sound being that of a crying baby. I know right!!!! Probably the creepiest sound you can hear in the dead of night in your own house is the cry of a baby.....especially when you don't have kids! Apparantly these sounds had gone on for around 2 weeks and the occupants were understandably shaken. Anyway, the couple had decided that they would travel up the coast for the weekend to attend a local race meet, so that meant I had the house completely to myself. Gotta love country hospitality. "Help yourself to anything in the fridge and cupboards." Yup. I obliged. Now, back to sitting in that corner.
As I mentioned, It was 1am and I had positioned myself in a room doing random evp sessions and waiting to hear the cry of a baby. Then. As clear as a bell. I heard it! Shivers ran up my spine as I said out loud to myself "Bullshit???" This can't be happening. It was way too clear and way too cliche. I jumped up waiting to hear it again. And I DID! Louder this time. This phanton baby's cries had become more frantic and pronounced. Like a baby screaming for a bottle. Wait a minute. FUCK!!!! For fucks sake Dan. It's a crying baby next door. My heart slowly returned to it's normal rythm as I slunk down onto the floor in a steaming pile of relief and disappontment. Was this what has been going on for the last 2 weeks next door? Do the occupiers know that next door has (by the sounds of it) a new born baby? I threw the digital recorder i was clutching across the room and proceeded to go outside for a smoke. 10 mins and 3 smokes later, I was back in the house packing up my gear, loading up the car and heading back 5 hours north. What a fucking waste of time and energy. It wasn't the first time I have been asked to investigate a house only to find a perfectly logical explanation. In fact, 37 out of 41 cases turned up nothing but mice, rats, refridgeration condensors, faulty televisons etc. But it was the first time I had stopped and thought to myself "Nothing new here". Exactly. No different data collected to any other 'evidence' I had logged over the years. And more poignantly, no closer to answers for myself. It was there and then I decided that if I were to make any headway to questions I had about the paranormal, It was in the data I had already attained. I needed to take a break from active investigating and review what I had already experienced over the last years.
So no more investigating, paranormal events, paranormal streetwear or GOO...well, no more for 12 months. I need to take a year off to not only concentrate part time on my paranormal research, but most importantly get back to what's important. Time with my family and fixing up the house we bought 18 months ago ( I think I can only keep saying "next week dear" so often).
Am I going to miss GOO and everything that came along with it? Of course! As I said earlier, I wasn't exactly a massive contributor. But it's surrounding myself with GOOd people that makes it all worth while. Alex, Danni, Ellie, Peet, Megan and Amanda. A crazy mix of peeps that wouldn't hesitate reaching out to you if you needed a helping hand. "Shirt off their backs" kinda stuff. And this is basis of the Aussie paranormal community. Good people. Good friends. Don't take the word 'good' for granted! When I say good, I mean amazing! Since discovering that a paranormal community actually existed out there (throuh the magic that is social media), I can only say good things (There's that word again). Now, words like para-unity have been bandied about over the years and subsequently quashed by nay sayers. I hear all the time about paranormal teams and how they don't get along, and that information should be shared, and this guy's a twat and that chick's up herself, and that team doesn't know the difference between ectoplasm and cheesecloth. So what! None of the above affects what I do. And from what I hear, it hasn't directly affected anyone I know in the field. Pointing fingers and hurling words isn't really constructive. I'll admit, I've been guilty of it. Hell, I awarded Gary Mannion a "Paranormal Knob Jockey of the year" award on The Haunting Hours just 2 nights ago! But there is a difference between fun, and being negative.
The Australian Paranormal Community ( or The APC, because we just love anagrams ) is predominately filled with good people. Nay. The best people! And I just wanted to say to each and every one of you.....thank you. You are a credit not just to all things spooky, but to humanity in general. Kind, positive, big hearted and friendly people who are not afraid to stand up for what is right, which is exactly what the world needs at the moment.
So, until 2018 ( or if I see you at Paracon 2017 ), I bid the all farewell. Thank you to Alex and crew once again, a big welcome to Tina and Johnathon and thank you to everyone for being who you are. Stay positive, stay safe and most importantly......stay spooky! Happy New Year!
Written by Alex Cayas
The Haunting Hours bid farewell last night with not only the final show for 2016 but the final show for 12 months as host Dan McMath is taking a 12-month sabbatical from the Paranormal in 2017. This leave not only includes the radio program but also Investigations as well as Dan’s involvement here at Ghosts of Oz as a contributor.
The show rocked as usual and Dan made many thank you shout outs to those who supported and tuned in over the past year as well as reminiscing about his 2016 and his time in the Paranormal so far.
However, deciding to go out with a bang, Dan teased an award he would be giving out during his final show, The Paranormal Knob Jockey of 2016.
Three nominations were presented. In runner up places US TV personalities Nick Groff (Ghost Adventures and Paranormal Lockdown) and Ryan D. Buell (Paranormal State) were named with finally the winner of the 2016 Paranormal Knob Jockey Award going to Gary Mannion, the UK Physical Medium.
Earlier this year footage was released from a séance featuring Gary Mannion.
A physical mediumship séance usually entails the following; A medium is tied to a chair within a cabinet or tent. Sometimes sitters are invited to check the cables and frisk the medium. No metal or technically equipment is allowed. The room is completely darkened with all light blocked out and sitters sit in a circle usually holding hands. The idea behind a séance like this is that the sitters will raise the energy and the medium will bring spirit forward and spirit will interact with the sitters sometimes touching them, moving objects, moving chairs, performing healings and occasionally speaking and performing readings or bringing through loved ones.
The footage captured at retreat in the UK showed Gary Mannion leaving the cabinet untied and interacting with the sitters himself. You can check out the footage here
Gary claims after the footage was released that spirit was in control the entire time and he has no memory of what took place. He maintains his spirit team knew what they were doing and has since stopped holding séances, instead holding trace demonstrations.
The footage and the response by Gary Mannion was enough to have many doubt Gary’s ability and left many with the opinion that the séances were faked.
Ghosts of Oz reached out to Gary Mannion shortly after the footage was released in July this year for an interview regarding the situation. In September, Ghosts of Oz received an email back from Gary that said for an interview to go ahead he would have to charge Ghosts of Oz for his time as the interview would not benefit him at all.
Needless to say, Ghosts of Oz didn’t go ahead with an interview as in our opinion no media outlet would pay for an interview unless the content was somehow exclusive and either was a definitive proof of abilities or spirit contact or some kind of sober confession of wrong doing.
To date Ghosts of Oz hasn’t heard back from Gary Mannion since.
Congratulations to Dan McMath for an excellent year on air hosting The Haunting Hours and another Congratulations to Gary Mannion, winner of the prestigious Paranormal Knob Jockey Award 2016.
Written by Jonathan Zhao
“Inside every sane person there's a madman struggling to get out," ― Terry Pratchett
OzGhost Club is back again in 2017! This time they come to turn your inner insanity into a reality by hosting one hell of a weekend at the infamous Aradale Lunatic Asylum in Victoria! Like a riddle wrapped up in an enigma, the Aradale Lunatic Asylum is no doubt, one of the spookiest places in Australia!
Shrouded in lore and mystery, the Aradale Lunatic Asylum boasts tales of strange histories, inhumane medical practices, tragedy, and accounts of the ghosts of former patients who still make an appearance now and then.
Opened in 1867, the Aradale Lunatic Asylum is Australia's largest abandoned lunatic asylum and during its operation housed tens of thousands of people who suffered from mental illnesses, psychopathic disorders, as well as the criminally insane.
The asylum is well known for seeing some of the most gruesome and controversial psychiatric treatments ever carried out in Australia. History recalls numbers estimating to about 13,000 deaths on the property in its 130 years as an active asylum. To think with all that pain and death, it’s no wonder that Aradale has built its reputation of being one of the most haunted locations in country!
In 2017, OzGhost Club will be geared up and ready to check in their patients…I mean, “guests” into the bowels of Aradale's buildings to explore one of Australia’s creepiest places.
Being held over the October long weekend in 2017, OzGhost Club invites you to come and step into the darkness with a full weekend of investigations and activities planned for your spooking pleasure.
Be sure to save the date, and register your interest with the OzGhost club for regular updates to the program and ticket prices! You’d be crazy to miss this opportunity!
Written by Alex Cayas
The book covers a range of topics such as FAQ's about ghosts, types of ghosts, Ghosts in world cultures, understanding ghost hunting equipment and heaps more.
The book can be purchased Hunter Valley Ghost Tours Webpage
Written by Alex Cayas
Bill adds that “Our overall hope for Parafest is to help build up the Australian and World Wide paranormal community, by making speakers and subjects available where they may not normally be so readily accessible and to bring people together to network and strengthen the paranormal community as a whole.”
For further information and updates check out the Australian Paranormal Society Facebook Page
Written by Tina Leverton
Awakening the human consciousness, quantum physics and soul regression. What do these have in common? It’s the third annual Australian afterlife explorers conference taking place in January 2017.
The attendees will be in for a spiritually moving and scientifically stimulating two days. Held on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th January 2017 at the Byron community centre in the picturesque Byron bay. All attending will be offered a variety of topics from the metaphysical to alternate realities/dimensions and everything in between. These topics will be presented by international guests such as Dr Robert Davis (who has been a professor of neuroscience at the state university of New York for the past thirty years) and Linda Backman (a Psychologist who specialises in soul regression hypnotherapy).
Not forgetting us Aussies we have speakers such as Michael Roads (a spiritual teacher and author whom in his 20 published books touches on how he is able to not only communicate with nature but it is also possible for him to go beyond linear time and space), also Mary Rodwell who is a world leader in “star seed” children and how they play a role in human consciousness and I can say from personal experience Mary is a fascinating woman to listen to. With so many more experts in these fields and so much more that I haven’t listed this conference is shaping up to be the most exciting and enlightening so far.
The third annual Afterlife Explorers Conference is 13th-14th January 2017 and is a great way to learn and meet new people in this field. Tickets are selling fast so you will need to get in quick as they are on their final releases.
In November Ghosts of Oz conducted interviews with range of Aussie Paranormal People who made up some of the Australian Paranormal Media Scene! The interviews took a peak behind the podcast, magazine, blog or camera to celebrate and get to know the people who create great content for us to enjoy and debate,
We asked each interviewee to submit one (or two) questions that would become a community interview of Alex Cayas, the man behind the GOO.
Big thanks to Dan McMath - The Haunting Hours, Beth Luscombe - Access Paranormal, Sharon Rowland - Oddities e-Club Magazine,
Richard Saunders - The Skeptic Zone Podcast, Jacqueline Vesey-Wells - The Ghost Writer Oz, Attila Kaldy - Moonlark Media and,
Sarah Chumacero - Living Life In Full Spectrum for taking part.
From Sarah Chumacero: How did you go from having an interest in the paranormal to running major paranormal events like paracon?
Like many of my stories it started with a cocktail. Ghosts of Oz was invited to be part of Paracon Australia as hosts of the opening night social event. Beth Luscombe and Kerrie Wearing were the directors at that time. Paths and Passions changed for Beth and Kerrie and Paracon Australia was handed over to Ghosts of Oz. I spent a year reimaging the event and its place and purpose and honestly was absolutely terrified to host the first one in 2014 at Maitland gaol. I’m here now and my interests in the Paranormal have widened. Let this be a lesson kids, you might take a conference out for one drink and end up married to the her. Shout your drinks mindfully.
From Beth Luscombe: Some people know you are not a Paranormal Investigator and yet you provide events and media for people who are. What is your answer to those who question your experience to be a voice in this field?
No community or field is made up on just one “job title” so my answer is that firstly, there is plenty of room for people with a wide range of experience to contribute to the field and community and secondly, no one person or one group gets to decide who can play and who can’t. If you are willing to participate, to be contribute, to be down in the arena then you are the decider of your own fate in this community.
My contribution is I build places (both physical and metaphorical) for people to meet and discuss ideas. History is littered with people just like me who didn’t play in the band but were there to turn the sound up.
From Dan McMath: What hair products do you use to keep your hair so soft 'n' shiny? The tears of cynical Skeptics everywhere.
From Richard Saunder: Skeptics are often called closed minded, but we are dedicated to accepting good evidence even if that contradicts our worldview. What then would it take for a believer in the paranormal to rethink their worldview? After all these years does the lack of hard evidence for the paranormal concern believers?
I rebuke, REBUKE I say, that many who claim to be true skeptics follow your mission statement but I’ll allow it as it is your question after all. I have witnessed many paranormal investigators and enthusiasts challenged and then rethink their ideas and understandings. I mean we all at some point believed orbs were something spookier. I do think that belief and rationality can live in the same building. You can have believe in the Paranormal and approach paranormal phenomena critically.
We MUST also move away from Skeptic being the opposite to “believer” or as implied in your question “Paranormal Investigator”.
The opposite to Skeptic should be gullible.
As for concern, I’m not worried one bit. To borrow from your own interview real critical thinking has only been around in the last few decades. Our own understanding of psychology and how the brain works and developments in technology are blooming. I think interesting times ahead.
From Attila Kaldy: What kind of paranormal content would get your undivided attention from beginning to end? What would you like to see in a series or documentary? Honestly, these days I am far more interested in the living then the dead. So something that captured a very human story would be most interesting to me. Whenever I visit old building or venues on tours I let my mind bring the place to life and imagine alive and what the day to day looked like. Who were the people who inspired the ghost stories? I got ideas Moonlark…come see me ;)
Also from Attila: Where would you draw the line in content? What do you consider as ‘going too far’?
That seems to be the million-dollar question. Not only in the Paranormal but in many forms of creative content.
I will riff on this question around an example. It is considered to be crossing the line to speak of recent deaths and particularly victims of violent crimes or accidents. I have wondered why is it unacceptable to feature these stories and okay to feature similar stories from decades or centuries ago. If you answer is you could offend or upset the family then you are basing your morals on if you’ll get caught. Why is the brutal murders of the victims of Jack the Ripper okay to discuss, make content out of or feature on a tour and not the victims of a modern serial killer.
It’s about intent and how you present it I think and being thoughtful with how you do it.
From Jacqueline Vesey-Wells: If you were a spirit, describe your haunting.
Infrequent and gassy
Also from Jacqueline: What do you think spirits (or what we're investigating) are?
Memories and fragments floating about looking for someone to dance with them. I think we (us human folk) leave a little bit of something everywhere we go, live, work, play and that is left there until someone comes along looking for it. I don’t think we are ever dancing with a whole people. Nastiness is felt and come across in prison because that is where people leave or are their most nasty. It could all be totally psychological of course and the nasty in us dances with what we imagine to be left behind which to me is equally fascinating. To sum it up, no fucking idea, I’m here for the stories and the banter and that’s what I got so far.
Written by Alex Cayas
American Horror Story Season 6 Roanoke just wrapped and I didn’t love it. While there were some elements and ideas that were pretty cool/interesting/terrifying overall it didn’t feel like an American Horror Story Season and as much as I support creative experimentation…this season kinda sucked.
One of main things I love about previous seasons are the attention to characters and giving us big personalities we love or love to hate. Season 6 didn’t feature any characters that really made their mark and due to the shows concept of a show within a show it put a widened the distance between audience and actor. So meh
That ranting inspired this list of American Horror Story characters that left an impression. This list is a little mixed of characters I couldn’t get enough of or most interesting.
#6 James Patrick March (Hotel)
James Patrick March played by Evan Peters is the Hotel Cortez original owner/founder/serial killer. He of course in modern day is dead and still haunts the Hotel with other lost souls. Mr March is positioned as godfather figure to serial killers everywhere with his yearly “Devils Night Dinner” where he is joined by the likes of John Wayne Gacy, Aileen Wuornos and Jeffrey Dahmer to celebrate all thing murderous.
His morbidity was fascinating and his dedication to the art of the killing almost beautiful….almost.
#5 Sister Jude Martin (Asylum)
Sister Jude, I am certain is the character we all came to adore Jessica Lange by. Jessica Lange had a smaller role in the first season Murder House but was put right at the front in Asylum. This was probably my favourite season over all as it was very character driven and everyone had a story to tell. Sister Jude was no different, playing a nun in hiding from her past who now rules over an insane Asylum. She was a tough character and when played to win. As the season goes on we learn more about her past and watch her fall from power but it is her relationships and banter with the other characters that really stand out as she is right in the centre of all the madness this season soaked in.
#4 Dandy Mott (Freak Show)
Dandy Mott played by Finn Wittrock was the character we loved to hate. A spoiled brat bored with his life finds passion in murder and mayhem. The shows undertone was fear of outsides and freaks and made it very clear that it is actually the pretty boy next door you have to worry about the most. Dandy killed without remorse and played on the fact that people could be brought that matched with his kid like temper and his emotional unbalance only made him more horrifying. A son only a mother could love and she did right up until he shot her and turned her into a puppet.
#3 Lana Winters (Asylum)
Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson) of Asylum. I have already spoken about Asylum being the most character driven season and in my opinion having the best overall story arch. This is all fueled by the Lana Winters story. A journalist looking to for a story finds herself locked up in the Asylum because she got to close to discovering something Sister Jude didn't want her to find. Lana is the perfect example of a "normal" person being dropped into a whole range of supernatural and horror filled situations. As a viewer we were locked in the Asylum with Lana as she battled Sister Jude, Bloody Face the serial killer and all the other creepy shit such as Aliens and Possessed Nuns. She appeared briefly in the latest season as later in life Lana has become a crusading TV Journalist in pursuit of truth and lingering silences in TV interviews.
#2 Myrtle Snow (Coven)
I'd like to think there is a little Myrtle Snow dwelling in us all waiting to break out. I'm sure by now you know I love a good character and Myrtle by far has been the stand out character of series. She might appear to be caricature of a person, a weird idea put in the show for some over the top comic banter but I think there is more to Myrtle portrayed brilliantly Frances Conroy than meets the eye. I think to really adore Myrtle you need to watch the season and look out for the role she plays opposite the other leads and her diva wisdom she dishes out to rest of the cast. To sum it up Myrtle was wrongly fully judged and put to death by fire, brought back to life, ushered in the next Supreme Witch of the Coven and then insists she is burned at the stake again.
#1 Liz Taylor (Hotel)
You must be thinking I've mixed this up. I called Myrtle Snow the stand out character of the series but here we are at number 1 with Liz Taylor. Liz Taylor the sassy and fabulous Hotel All Rounder from Hotel is my pick for best character of the series. With Myrtle you learnt I love a good character, I also appreciate good story told well. I give you Liz Taylor. Liz is the only character and I think story line that has viewers or perhaps just me weeping at her final chapter. We learn that Liz was always an outsider in her own life and found her self transformed several times at the Hotel Cortez. Her friendship with Iris (Kathy Bates) and The Countess (Lady Gaga) is flawed and perfect. Again, like with Myrtle go back and re watch. Liz locked up her place at number one with her glorious exit from life to the song "A Ballad for Lucy Jordan", which was already on my funeral wish list.