Remember that time Brian J Cano toured across three Australian states and took part in eleven events? Ghosts of Oz caught up with Brian to chat about his Aussie adventures and his Paranormal life!
Stand out location andexperience?
All the locations were unique and held intrinsic as well as historical value but two stood out to me as being very different from places I've done before: the National Railway Museum and Old Tailem Town (way to go, South Australia! lol) The first because, well, who doesn't love trains? The communication we got there was pretty interesting and the variety of well-kept and restored train cars was impressive. Old Tailem Town, however, took the cake as far as vastness goes - it was huge and every building had it's purpose spelled out exactly in a way that allows for a literal trip back in time. I could investigate there for a month solid and only scratch the surface!
As far as experiences go - I'd have to say the two times we got the Psychic Projection Experiment to work were pretty rewarding!
Best non Paranormal things you saw/experienced/ate?
Three weeks in three states offered me up a wonderful selection of the best Australia has to offer and I believe I sampled most of it. It's hard for me to pick one, or even a couple, since I enjoyed it all. But, I will say that as opposed to last year when I returned home with tales of STD carrying marsupials, this year I have been regaling people with reports of how good the alleyways of Melbourne smelled! Great food joints in every nook and cranny!
The comedy film that will parallel our adventures will go in to casting as soon as the script is finalized - with music by Lionel Richie!.
What do you see as the biggest difference between Aussie Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters in the US?
How do I say this without disparaging my US brethren…? I find the Aussie investigators to be more…mature. And by that I mean, they seem to be a few steps further down the road than we are, much like the way an older brother is to his younger sibling. And I'm talking about an age difference of only a year or two. I'm not sure of the schooling structure there, but here it would be like the older brother is a freshman in high school and the younger in middle school. It doesn't mean they are smarter or more capable - perhaps it's because they have not been distracted by as many of the shows as we have. I find that much of what I do is getting people to break out of the practice of imitation and I find the TV shows to be at the center of much of what puts people on the wrong path - albeit temporarily.
In each location you told Investigators that you have been running the same experiment for 10 years and until Australia had results 9 times, you know have number 10 and 11. Can you give us a snap shot of the experiment and what you find most interesting about the results so far.
I call it the "Psychic Projection Experiment" and the details of that can be found here: www.neverstopsearching.com/pexperiment2
I find that the more I do it, the more I'm getting positive results. Could it be that I am becoming more adept at focusing it? Are we experiencing a worldwide awakening? I don't know, but I intend on continuing the experiment and collecting more data.
If you could travel back in time what would you love to be able to tell Brian J Cano of 15 years ago when you first started out in all this?
"Say hi to the princesses for us!" ha ha (a bit of Bill & Ted humor)…I would tell him to be patient. I would tell him that we will need to have a conversation about a great many things, but that he is not yet ready. I would tell him that faith is not a weakness or a crutch, but that one can have it as well as an analytical mind. I'd also warn him of the event organizers to stay away from…lol
2017 has been an amazing adventure for you... Australia aside what has been a stand out?
2017 has been an amazing year, the crown jewel of my fifteen year journey. Much of this year has been spent traveling the world, meeting investigators in different countries and spreading my thoughts as well as the tenets of Paralosophy to the masses. I think I'm still processing it all. What a rush it has been - I hope I've been able to educate and inspire as much as I've been inspired by the places I've visited. England, Ireland, Australia, Mexico, Belize, and all over the United States - culminating last week with the World's Largest Ghost Hunt, where I was at the command center guiding the globe through my Bridge Experiment. I have been blessed and am thankful for this life I am allowed to lead.
In all your Paranormal adventures and spooky life so far, who has had the most influence or inspired you the most?
More and more I'm arriving at the conclusion of I Am We Are. We are all one and that being said, I am inspired by every single person I meet, for different reasons. Much like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, the aspects of her traveling companions mirror her own needs and areas for growth. I've been to Oz and back and I am certainly better for it.
What is next for Brian?
Therein lies the biggest question mark…I've produced an independent documentary series - SCARED!; been on a popular TV show - Haunted Collector; been published in both print magazines and featured and referenced in books; been interviewed on TV morning shows, podcasts and radio shows; created a paranormal card game and five expansions - The Three Pillars; gotten my mug in the back ground of motion pictures old and new - Big and Ghostbusters '16 to name a couple; acted on the small stage, lectured at universities, led public hunts; all the while not having a plan…I think the Universe just works through me - I think I plan on letting it guide me to the next adventure…who knows where that will lead? Never stop searching!
Written by Alex Cayas
The Q-Station is one of my favourite locations in Sydney, It was the first Ghost Tour I went on as a teenager. Dropped off by my Dad, a young Alex got his first taste of Paranormal Phenomena and Ghost Stories. Flash forward to today and the Q-Station still fascinates me. It is a unique location that holds so much of Australia’s History. Early interactions from settlement, our class divide, our history around race and racism, war time Australia, post war Australia… the list goes on. All these stories nestled into maintained and well-loved historical buildings. A visit to Q-Station is an experience and if you want to Investigate it Anne and Roman of Oz Para Tech are the right team to have.
The location has hosted many Investigations and Investigators and Anne has hosted and assisted many International Paranormal Guests visiting and Investigating the site. The list includes Medium Chip Coffey, Brad and Barry Klinge (with Access Paranormal) and a long line of Paracon Australia guests including David Schrader, Bill Chappell, Paul Bradford, Shawn Porter and Brian Cano.
It is also a site that Aussies can’t get enough of. I asked our brave photographer for the night Renata Daniel which building creeps her out the most and why?
“There is a shed down near the wharf opposite the shower block. I remember the first time I did a tour at Q we were asked to go inside. The door was to be locked behind us. I just could not do it.
A cold sweat and angst overcame every part of me and I could not bring myself to go past the door.
Even today after having been there a few times and in daylight as well the area around the shower blocks is not pleasant. I think a lot of people lost the last piece of their dignity there. They became numbers there scrubbed and categorised according to their status and surviving another sentence before getting a sense of permission to stay in the new country.”
After all our photos were taken we headed to The Grave Diggers a cottage for some old-school table tipping mixed in with some gadgets Oz Para Tech stock.
“I am constantly drawn to the Gravediggers cottage and the stories associated.” Says Anne, “The activity in that building can be off the scale. I want to know exactly what happened there! Is it Samuel? Was it someone murdered there? Or is it just a cottage that has been historical preserved and has nothing to do with a grave digger? Either way, it’s one of my favourite buildings.”
After a little investigation by the group with some interesting table activity and KII spikes we decided it was time for cake (finally) and headed back to Hospital precinct where our base for the evening was.
What is a PI night with Oz Para Tech all about? I asked Anne while shovelling chocolate cake into my mouth.
“Paranormal Investigator is not your typical tour. Its hands on. Smaller numbers than a 'tour' and no ghost stories or scare tactics - just investigating! We give our guests the chance to use the equipment they see on the ghost hunting TV shows AND analyse the recordings to see if they caught any EVPS. We encourage people to think outside the box and try new things.” - Anne
It is Anne and Romans curiosity of Paranormal Phenomena mixed with their need to understand how it is occurring and their passion for exploring and learning that make them the perfect and balanced team. It is Anne’s love of Q-Station that really stands out. As long as I’ve known Anne once you get her started on Q-Station, its history, its stories and anything else Q related it is hard to stop her.
“I just feel so honoured to be able to investigate this place. Every time I drive on to the location, it's like take a big breath of fresh air and it revitalises the soul. The buildings are in such great condition, the history is kept alive and Quarantine Station embraces the paranormal!” says Anne.
Best birthday eve ever! You can join Anne and Roman and explore and investigate this slice of fascinating Australian history yourself by joining them on a Paranormal Investigation Night
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 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 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 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.
Written by Alex Cayas
There is the idea in the Paranormal and any good Ghost Story that dates can be significant trigging in Paranormal Phenomena. Birthdays, significate anniversaries, Christmas and other religious holidays and of course New Years Eve all have often been the stage for regular haunting activities.
If you ever have wanted to put this to the test and haven’t yet locked up your New Year’s Eve plans well you are in luck because APPI Ghost Hunts and Tours have a very special New Years Event planned.
APPI invite you to ring in 2017 Paranormal Investigating at Roughly House in Dural. The house its self has seen five generations of people making their own resolutions and leaving their mark. This event promises to be an hands on night of experimentation and investigation as well as celebrating 2017 with a glorious BBQ Dinner with fellow ghost hunters.
“This will be the first time I have ever investigated on a significant holiday and I am looking forward to seeing if there is any truth to the story that paranormal activity is more prominent on important dates.” says Peet Banks, APPI director
Tickets are $125 and includes BBQ Buffet Dinner, soft drink and over 4 hours of entertainment and fun.
Written by Alex Cayas
Just in time for the festive season shopping needs! The Annual Blessed Pathways Markets are taking place this Saturday the 3rd of December at Granville Town from 12NOON to 4PM with entry only $5.
The markets have a wide variety of stall holders featuring everything from candles and crystals to Paranormal equipment and tours as well as some great stalls with gifts for all your festive shopping lists.
Megan Stone, the owner of Blessed Pathways, is excited to bring the markets to life for the third year running now in the beautiful and historic Granville Town Hall. This year the markets also feature a Mediumship Demonstration with Medium Kerrie Wearing and a Think Yourself Positive Workshop with Jill Cowlishaw. Both of these are an extra cost but well worth the experience.
Also available on the day will be psychic readings, kids activities, a free meditation session and plenty of time and opportunity to meet like minded people.
Ghosts of Oz will have a stall at the markets too where we will be promoting Aussie events, selling some great products and ready for a chat. If you can't find us at our stall or anywhere in the hall just follow the smell of garlic sauce to El Jannah, We'll be there.