Hollywood and the Paranormal

May 30, 2013 on 12:48 pm | In Article | No Comments

Dr. Caligari

What was the last paranormal movie you watched? Was it a documentary or for pleasure? For those of you that visit my blog often you know I work in a supposedly haunted library.  I see from time to time shadows, I hear voices, felt a touch, and recently heard my name spoken by someone when I was alone.  I have a little different view on what is portrayed as paranormal the Hollywood movies.

For me, it seems so much is played up to sell tickets.  I am not a big believer in many of the stories told by Hollywood even if they are touted as true. My bet is the stories used in Paranormal Witness are based on truth but have been enhanced greatly to become a strong draw for ticket sales. Too bad, I always find the real truth so much more interesting.

I like a good story just like the next person, but if I had a nickel for every time someone comes to the library asking if we see things like in “Paranormal Witness”.  For me the paranormal is fact.  I have encountered it myself and know it exists.  For the Sweetwater County Library, our stand is to tell the truth.  We try hard to debunk and weed out the embellishments.  Bottom line is, just tell it as it was reported and   leave out anything questionable.

In our culture today we so often enjoy a good scare.  Sometimes I wonder why.  Do we need a good jolt to our hearts and nerves to keep us feeling alive?  Do we have a need for the thrill?  Watching the public attend a Ghost Walk here at the library is interesting.  We see them come in overly excited at fist and all jazzed for the unknown.  Some just plain scare themselves.  Nothing has to happen to do this.  They are so sure something will jump out at them they seem to be on high-alert.

My point is simply this, please dismiss most of what Hollywood and the movies tell you about the paranormal.  If you have questions or need information contact the professionals or if you have trouble connecting with them please let me know.  I have several professional ghost hunting groups that I stay in touch with and I would be happy to help you contact them.

In the march/April 2013 TAPS Magazine, page 8, there is a few great quotes from Jason Hawes, Grant Wilson and Steve Gonsalves that seem to fit my thoughts well.

Jason Hawes “Whether it’s fear, sadness, or some other emotion, it’s the objective of most films to find those emotions within each viewer and push them to their maximum”

Grant Wilson “Hollywood seldom gets the paranormal right.  In fact, it almost never gets it right.  The demons are too over the top; the ghosts are too scary and angry; the activity is always too conveniently meaningful.  In reality, paranormal phenomenon is mostly sparse, confusing, and hard to track down. “

Steve Gonsalves “ The reality is that not all of them are true to life in terms of what paranormal investigators do, but they are fun none the less.”

Remember movies are entertainment.  When visiting the Sweetwater County Library Ghost Walks there will be no enhancements of any kind to the paranormal evidence you may encounter.

We are the real deal.

The Stanley Is Calling

May 15, 2013 on 4:40 pm | In Article | 2 Comments


In April of 2012 I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Beyond Reality Stanley Hotel event in Estes Park, Colorado with Ellie Davis.  If you are a regular reader you are aware I work for the Sweetwater County Library which is reportedly haunted.  From time to time those of us that are hosts/tour guides for the Ghost Walks we hold are allowed to attend such events as a training tool.

Training tool? Yes, a training tool.  For those of us that are the tour guides for the local Ghost Walks, experts like those booked at the Stanley events can help us to better serve the public.  We take these opportunities to educate ourselves on the equipment and general knowledge of the paranormal.  Chip Coffee is one example.  By speaking with Chip I was able to better understand the psychic take on all things unexplained. With this information we are able to help with questions.  Many feel stuck and need help to try to understand what they are experiencing. Libraries are a great source for books and other materials that can help you with this.

After last year’s event several members of my family asked if I would be willing to revisit the Stanley Hotel event with them.  The trip was a lot of fun. I forgot how “interesting” adult males can be.  We all laughed and laughed.  I loved that they didn’t mind hanging out with their old mom or aunt.  Overall the long weekend was great.  The event was very interesting.

The celebrities that were presenting at the event were the following: From TAPS/Ghost Hunters Amy Bruni, Adam Berry, Britt Griffiths, Eric Lange from the television series LOST, Mike Brody Comedian,  Adam Blai Demonologist, John E. L. Tenney from Realm of the Weird, Chip Coffey Psychic Medium and is known for the television show Psychic Kids, Ben Hansen from Fact or Faked, and Bill Murphy from TAPS Magazine.

I have to say the presenters were all interesting but our favorite was John Tenney.  Wow, who knew!  He is one of the best public speakers I have ever listened to.  He was interesting and funny.  I wish I would have had more time to talk to him.  After his program I had the chance for a short visit but of course many others wanted a turn as well.  John Tenney is best known for his work in the paranormal and Realm of the Weird.  Check out his blog at http://realmoftheweird.com/.  I hope you find his work as interesting as I do.

Estes Park, Colorado is a beautiful destination.  If you ever have the chance be sure to visit.  Not only is it the home of the Stanley Hotel is a quaint town with many “mom and pop” shops to choose from, Christmas shops are a special find.  We all need time out from our ghost hunting to shop.  J  The town provided wildlife such as elk, mountain goats and big horned sheep.  Yes right in town.  We did not see bears but they are in the area.  You will find many eateries of all types. For me Estes Park is a place I would love to spend more time in and I am sure I will.

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