Written by Alex Cayas
Beth Luscombe is the mastermind behind the monster machine Access Paranormal. Beth's passion for research, learning and the Australian Paranormal Community is by far the most blazing I've seen. Access Paranormal is constantly evolving as our community does and Beth is positioned as one of our strongest voices and leaders. Ghosts of Oz has a long friendship with Access Paranormal as Beth was one of our very first interviews in our very first broadcast and it was a thrill to be able to catch up with Beth formally these some years on.
What is your process of finding content for the Podcast?
I travel a lot and its often for investigating other locations and meeting other investigators, so I often look at my calander and think of who I can approach to interview.
I often record the sounds of the area as well, particularly if I'm interviewing people about a paranormal investigation. Just sometimes hearing the crickets on a balmy night in Lousiana can really set the scene.
Once the location and people are chosen, I then research the location of where the interview will take place and also about the people if I can - this helps with the line of questioning.
I also keep my “ear to the ground” about other topics paranormal investigators are interested in or ask about and try to at least have one segment which helps answers questions or sheds light on certain topics.
What do you think your great achievement with Access Paranormal has been?
Greatest achievement with Access Paranormal? Mmm… I don’t think I could say just one. There has been a multitude of achievements for different reasons over the years. Being the “go to” website for paranormal investigators would have to be the main one. That there is a neutral place for information and now more recently somewhere where people can learn more about investigating. It’s providing that “batman” signal in the sky to investigators everywhere saying “hey! There’s a place for you to find relevant info!”.
Individual achievements would be bringing the Klinge Brothers over with the Australian Paranormal Society as well as speaking at Las Vegas Paracon, being on a panel discussion at Scarefest and co-hosting “In Tenebris” by Moonlark Media with Andrea Kaldy. And most recently being chosen as the narrator for the Klinge Brothers new show GL Revolution.
But achievements or contributions to me can also mean having 20 people jump in on a live Facebook session, or having 50 people sign up for a webinar. It’s getting the message out and letting investigators know that learning more doesn’t mean you have to be a part of some exclusive club. Learning is for everyone.
Your advice to others in field is never stop learning and you yourself have a healthy thirst for it. Whose work, words or perspective has influenced you the most and how?
Firstly I would have to say Attila and Andrea Kaldy from Validate Paranormal/Moonlark Media.
Since meeting them and their family, their intelligence, level headed approach and passion for investigating really rubbed off on me. I’m continually exposed to another way of investigating whenever I spend time with them, where it’s beyond just using an EMF detector. It’s the logic, it’s interviewing people, it’s the decades of knowledge Attila and Andrea have that has really opened my eyes. They are such a wealth of information and I have and continue to be grateful for it.
Close second would be Dr Ciaran O’Keefe. Again, I love his approach and logic mixed in with his academic background. I love his way of guiding you to think of situations differently without trying to tell you “it should be this way”. He’s one of the most approachable people I know and his balanced view of investigating while holding true to parapsychology is a dance not many can do.
If you could get 3 Paranormal people (Death or Alive) for a podcast panel who would they be and why?
Oh man! Mmmm, I’d say Houdini, Harry Price and Arthur Conan Doyle. Why? Having them in the same room alone would be a “sit back with the popcorn” session. The conflicting views and history between them all would be fascinating to listen to considering today’s age of social media and reporting.
What do you think Australia's biggest claim to Paranormal fame is?
The Yowie! Every time I go overseas and I’m at a paranormal convention, when it comes to asking about the paranormal in Australia the Yowie almost always gets a mention.
I love letting people know that our Yowie is apparently more aggressive than the Sasquatch or Bigfoot in the USA.
Aliens have landed and asked to be taken to our leader....paranormal or not....who would you take them too and why?
Moulder and Scully from the X-Files.
Why? I would explain, “this is what the paranormal field is like… there is the dude that is gun hoe about the paranormal and will do and risk anything to get there regardless of rational thought, and then there is the logical, patient science orientated person who wants evidence before concluding everything…. Good with negotiations pal!”.