Thursday, September 30, 2010

GL TV Review: Ghost Hunters Lemp Mansion "Psychic vs. Paranormal"

I'm not going to write a review about the "whole" investigation. Just the portion to do with Jason doing a little "experiment".
Both Jason and Grant were in different adjoining rooms. Jason had a recorder in which he said (to the spirit), go to Grant and say in his ear, "Atlantis". About a couple of minutes later you see Grant flicking his ear. Went over to Jason in the other room and said that something just whispered in his ear saying, "Atlantis?" Jason was intrigued that this worked. So he did a "second" recording saying this time tell Grant, "Comet". This took a little longer. Grant went over, again, to Jason and said he heard, "Comic? etc".
When all the evidence was being reviewed. This particular EVP's. Neither words told to Grant was picked up by the recorders. Amy responded by saying, Was this Psychic or Paranormal?
For me, I believe this was psychic. That was my first impression when I first saw this. So, is Grant psychic? It seems to point in that direction. And there's nothing wrong with that. But there are too many people out there that are true skeptics. I know they really didn't want to go further into that subject.
I wish they did. It would make the show more interesting. At least for me!
What do you think? I'm putting a little poll on the side bar. Just for a short time only!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ghost Adventures To Investigate the "Witch House" Salem, MA

Ghost Adventures won permission to conduct a first time ever paranormal investigation of the "Witch House".
They will start filming the first week of October.
 The Witch House is:
 The only structure in Salem with direct
ties to the Witchcraft Trials of 1692...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Beware Of Where You Eat! Two Haunted Restaurants To Visit At Your Own Risk!

New Lucky Restaurant, Ahmadabad, India
About 60 years ago New Lucky started as a small Tea Stall next to a graveyard. As the business grew.  The owner knock down the wall to the cemetery.  Which is where he expanded his business.
People sit, drink and eat in-between the green coffins seen on the "floor".  It hasn't hurts business at all. A matter of fact. Business is better then ever!

The Haunted House Restaurant, Oklahoma City, OK
It used to be a home to a retired businessman.  He was found murdered in 1963 with a rifle shot in the head.  When his ex-wife died is when his step-daughter committed suicide.  She was the one thought to have murdered her step-dad.
A paranormal group have investigated the place. And caught an EVP saying "Bad!".

Monday, September 27, 2010

How To "Dress" Your Own Candles

I will say this now. I not a witch or involved in the black arts. However, I do believe in spells. Mainly spells that have been "put" on YOU. In order to stop the spell. The bad news have to fight fire with fire. This is the only way to stop it. You can protect yourself before it gets worse. This happens to be something I was brought up believing. So for you guys that notice something "odd" is happening to you? You can do something about it. Prayer works too!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

GL NEWS: Pennhurst Haunted House Controversy

Here's information on what was happening to the opening of the Haunted House at Pennhurst Insane Asylum. Very interesting indeed!

ABC News Philadelphia Article (Must Read!)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Autumn Haunted Day Trips: Logan Inn, New Hope, PA

This is the prefect time of year to visit New Hope aka The Most Haunted Town in America. If you love anything Americana quaint.  This town is for you.
The Inn was built in 1727 by John Wells.
In Room 6 has a mirror that the reflection of a man is seen. A Revolutionary War solider is seen hiding in several places around the Inn including the basement. It's believed that bodies of soldiers were stored in the basement until cremated. One solder was still alive when he was cremated by mistake. Emily is a mother of a one time former owner of the Logan. There are people who say they can smell lavender when they pass her portrait.
The most strangest ghost is the one of a little girl who drowned is seen and heard at the Inn's parking lot. As the story goes there was a street festival in 1946.  A palm reader named Parker Dehn set up tent for the couple of days of the annual carnival in the parking lot. He and his customers heard uncontrollable screaming of a child. It happened again and again. That many people would gather together and all heard the screams. Until he packed up and left.
TV Movie "America's Most Haunted Town"

Logan Inn
Things to do in New Hope, PA

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Creepy Halloween Contact Lenses And Teeth To Complete Your Costume!

These are just a couple of websites that caught my attention. There's tons out there. You can use these as for a gag too!

Contact Lenses:

Weird Teeth:

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Is "Less" Equipment Being Used During Investigations?

During the start of the new season on several "ghost" shows on TV.  It's very noticeable how little of the equipment is being used. Yes, there are a couple of new toys being used. But...we all seen them before last season. Here and there.
The thermal imager is used (hardly)...but there are different ones (which I just realized myself). It's not explained to the viewer what we are suppose to be looking for (is an outline of a human figure, yellow? red? blue)?  It's very confusing? 
My question is: Why the change? Equipment was always the main "proof" of a haunting. It seems they are changing that having an "experience" is more important. I agree with that. In the past when I used to be involved in discussions on several forums this was "my" main stand. It was a very heated topic. Mainly for skeptics.
Question for you guys: How many pieces of equipment do you see "now" compared to past seasons? You can almost count them almost on one hand.
Where does ghost hunting, or for that matter the paranormal shows are headed?
Do we really need equipment when visiting a haunted location? If it's for yourself. I don't think you need a thing.
I think it comes down to: You believe or you don't!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New Book From The Weird New Jersey Guys: Weird Encounters: True Tales of Haunted Places

I love the Weird NJ guys! Got that off my chest. I have several of their books. This book is the follow-up to "Weird Hauntings" by Joanne M. Austin. Great Book!
The new book is all based on US hauntings. Here's some information on what it's about from Amazon:
"Scarier and stranger than any multiplex horror movie, Weird Encounters features more than 75 supernatural stories contributed by writers from across the country. Compiled by Joanne M. Austin, editor of the hugely successful Weird Hauntings, this chilling anthology tells of “Historic Haunts,” and “Hostel Environments” and conjures up a host of phantasms, paranormal pranksters, and devilishly destructive spirits-like the deceased owner of an Illinois inn whose ghost gets fresh with his female patrons and the bridge in Mississippi that's haunted by a serial murderer and his victims"
What I like about the last book it's written with a sense of humor. Just like Anthony Bourdain's books (Love his books too!).  It makes the reading much more enjoyable. Weird NJ has books out on many US states and Europe.
For those who want to know "who they are"?  They have a "special" on their website for a free magazine (you just have to pay shipping).
"If you've never read an issue of Weird NJ and are curious as to what it's all about, we have a special offer. We will send you one FREE copy of our magazine for you to review and keep. You just pay the $2.50 postage to have your issue delivered to you. More info here… Or, If you prefer to order by mail, you can send a check for $2.50 payable to Weird NJ, to Weird NJ, PO Box 1346 Bloomfield, NJ, 07003. Be sure you include a note that says, "I want my free issue of Weird NJ."
Can't wait to start reading this book!

*Plus Ryan Buell and Joanne Austin will be both at the Paranormal Books and Curiosities on Sept. 25th (this coming Saturday) in Asbury Park, NJ from 3-6PM for Book Signings.


 Weird NJ:

Monday, September 20, 2010

"White Ghost" By Yoshitomo Nara On Park Avenue, NYC

I always loved the art exhibits installments on Park Avenue. It will usually be one artist and several of their art placed on each cross street (about 1 to 7). This one is at 70th Street the other on 67th Street.

His exhibit at the Asia Society Museum, "Nobody's Fool!":

Friday, September 17, 2010

A Ghost Hunter To Investigate Castle Warden, St. Augustine, FL

On September 24th Dustin Pari of GH will lead an investigation at Castle Warden. Home to "Ripley's Believe It Or Not".
I've personally have been there myself (Way before the Ghost Tours). It's a very imposing place. Heck! All of St. Augustine is just plain creepy!
Here's a little info from wiki about the Castle:
" Ripley's oldest Odditorium, located in the Castle Warden, was purchased shortly after his death in 1949 and opened in 1950. Prior to becoming home to Ripley's vast collections from his many travels, "The Castle" as it is known, was once a hotel which played host to many famous guests, including Ripley himself and author/owner Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. "The Castle" was originally a Moorish Revival style mansion, built in 1887 by millionaire William Warden as a winter home. The popularity and success of this museum led Ripley's associates to open new establishments throughout the United States and the world. But "The Castle" remains the permanent home of Ripley's personal collections and is the flagship of the Odditoriums. Perhaps not surprisingly, it is also rumored to be haunted. Segments of the most recent Ripley's TV series were filmed here, including the opening credits. Among the attractions here are a mummified cat, a 1/12 scale model of the original Ferris wheel made out of Erector sets, life and death masks of famous celebrities (including Abe Lincoln), and shamanistic apparati from cultures around the world. This Odditorium has always been famous for its extremely popular one armed magician, Douglas Schnittker."
It seems during the 1940's there was a fire at the Castle that killed two women. Some claim to smell smoke. Others feel the uneasy feeling of dread.  Lately people have called the police because they claim to see a woman at the third floor window, screaming! The eerie thing about this is. The windows have been boarded up since the '50s.
This upcoming investigation is not being filmed for the Ghost Hunters series. It's a private investigation for fans. You can check if there's still tickets at the TAPS website.

Ripleys St. Augustine, FL

TAPS website:

Thursday, September 16, 2010

More New Movies Coming Out Soon!

Remember in a previous post I said there's hardly any "new" spooky movies coming out? I take that back now. It seems there coming out "ever so slowly" with new trailers. Which to me is a little odd
First one is a Wes Craven movie: "My Soul To Take"

Second is...believe it or not...a Clint Eastwood picture about psychics: "Hereafter"

The third is a pretty creepy picture about a little girl vampire:"Let me in!"

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New Book By Ryan Buell Of Paranormal State: "Paranormal State: My Journey into the Unknown"

I usually don't announce books that I haven't read yet. But I think this one is going to be interesting for some. It will be out in stores Sept. 21, 2010.
Here is the Amazon review:
"Follow Ryan Buell on his extraordinary journey as he seeks out the truth behind terrifying demonic disturbances, hauntings, and paranormal phenomena to solve unexplained mysteries that have been plaguing frightened families who have nowhere else to turn.
In Paranormal State, Buell gives readers a chilling, in-depth look at some of the most disturbing cases—including some that have never been aired—revealing startling new facts and incredible new discoveries. Buell relives the origins of the Paranormal Research Society—discussed here for the first time—and the strange path his life has taken since the show's beginning. With unparalleled candor, Ryan discusses the intriguing mysteries, the difficult decisions, and the struggles with questions of faith, sanity, and the very concept of reality"
When you see the line "...difficult decisions, and the struggles with questions of faith..." now I understand what that means.
In a recent Exclusive it states that Ryan is coming out as a bisexual. This is a big thing due to the fact that he's Roman Catholic. So I could understand why he wrote this book. It's a smart choice that this information should come out in his "own words". Then in some creepy tabloid newspaper.
“I’ve decided to share my sexuality and struggle over faith in hopes that others will no longer feel as though they are alone or that they can’t be religious.”

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Can A Baseball Team Really Be Cursed?

I'm not a sports fan. I do watch from time to time being the only female in the house. I was raised right next door to both Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium. But when people are trying to blame "ghosts" or a "curse" is the cause of their beloved team losing...I don't know what to think?
It seems some believe that the Nationals Baseball Team is cursed (Maybe? Who knows). The National Park Stadium was built at the Washington DC Navy Yard by the Anacostia River. John Wilkes Booth autopsy was preformed on the USS Montauk dock there. On the other side of the yard is Fort McNair is where four of the Booth's co-conspirators were hung. Booth was buried there for a time until his remains were moved.
So where does this "curse" fit in? Lincoln loved Baseball or Town Ball as it was originally called. It was a known fact that the Union Army played baseball during the Civil War. Union General Abner Doubleday some believe to be the Inventor of Baseball. So what better way to "get back" at the Union then to haunted the new baseball team and it's stadium. Curse them to never win!
I don't know? Until I see some "real" ghosts, or hauntings going on in the stadium.  I believe it's just poor management or just "not to hot" players is the real cause. Or just plain old fashion "bad luck". Which usually don't last "forever".

Monday, September 13, 2010

David Boreanaz Of The TV Show "Bones" Believes He Lives In A Haunted House

David Boreanaz who plays Special Agent Seeley Booth of the TV show "Bones" believes his house is haunted!
In a recent interview with "Regis and Kelly" he started right away talking about his house in LA that he recently purchased with his wife Jamie Bergman.
"Were not too sure? We woke up in the middle of the night and we heard this big bang!  It felt like the bed literally fell off underneath us.  My first instinct is we're having an earthquake...turns out, it wasn't an earthquake.  Cut to two week later, same thing happens.  It's like something picked our bed up... so Jaime and I think ghosts are here!"

Here's the rest of the interview on "Regis and Kelly"  for you ghost hunters out there!

FOX Broadcasting Company - Bones Pictures - Bones Pics - Bones Gallery: Can't call the show Bones unless you got a lotta bones.

Bones Website

Friday, September 10, 2010

New Movie "Case 39" To Come Out This October

"Case 39" was filmed in 2008. It has already been in theaters in the UK last year. I wonder why did they shelved this so long here in the US? Notice how it pops out near Halloween? It's also noticeable that there are very few scary movies coming out this time of the year. Not counting "The Last Exorcism" that has already been playing in theatres. The movie industry have been changing. It was funny this passed July there was really no action packed movies for the 4th of July. Maybe this is the new trend? People are not going to movie theaters anymore (The movie candy is too expensive. Which is bad enough.). It's very sad.

Case 39 Trailer 

Here's the Trailer for "The Last Exorcism" Don't know whether to see this or not. Due to all the mix reviews.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Halloween Kick-Off Season! Start Preparing!

Yes, it's that time of year again! This year I'm going to start writing here and there of different sources. Many of which are long distance to order from. Items may take 6 to 8 weeks, yikes! Some are really darn too expensive. It gives you sometime to save a little before hand. Last year I gave sources that are more gear for low-end parties (cheap!). Like for children and family. This year I like to go a little more extravagant. More to impress co-workers or bosses, etc.
Martha Stewart has her own "Halloween Central" on her website. Each year she comes with more and more brand new ideas. What I like is that some of her stuff you can buy at Michaels (arts and crafts store). So you can just pick it up. Early!
Dapper Cadaver is another website has that "crazy scientist" professional items for a Halloween party. Some $200 and up. But, here's the catch! If you like that Gothic or Steampunk Look in your home decor. Then what you do is buy only items that can stay in your home, permanently. This way it's not a waste of your money.
Martha Stewart's Halloween Central (you can order for items here)

She also has a Quiz to see how well you know "Haunted Sites"

You have to check out Dapper's website. It quite interesting! Don't miss it!

The first picture above website:

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Time Magazine Article About Regulating Psychics

Time Magazine on September 2nd had an article "In the Crystal Ball: More Regulation For Psychics".  It states that in Warren, Mich. this month fortune tellers must be fingerprinted and pay a yearly fee of $150. plus a $10 background check just to read fortunes.  The city says it's to weed out "unsavory characters".  Here's a little trivia I didn't know: "1 in 7 Americans consulted a psychic or fortune teller in 2009".  Wow! That's a lot of people!
In Annapolis, MD they issue what is called a Fortune-telling License. And in Salem, MA the town put a "cap" on the number of local fortune tellers are allowed to practice there trade there.
Very interesting article. Please read it. There's more to raise your eyebrows to.

 In the Crystal Ball: More Regulation for Psychics

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Edgar Allen Poe's House, Philadelphia, PA

I know, I know! Poe again! Funny thing happened this weekend. I landed up in the Spring Garden's area of Philly for an errand. I thought why don't we go to Poe's House? For me personally I lived near Poe's Cottage in the Bronx, NY as a child (many moon's ago) right off Fordham Road. It was sad to hear that his wife Virginia died in the tiny little cottage in the Bronx (original furniture is still there). So for me this is my second stop at a Poe residence (there's two more).
The house is located on 7th Street off Spring Gardens. The only thing that is missing is furniture. But it's a must see. The Park Department did a great job in installing the whole area with a museum-type quality. Only one thing you should do "go on a guide tour". It's the only way to really get the whole feel of what it was like when the Poe's were there. This is also where his wife first fell ill.
In the Parlor area of the house wallpaper was removed during renovation. On the wall the workers noticed a carving near the door frame saying "DEATH". They believe this could have been done by Poe himself while he sat at his desk writing. Someone asked the guild if the place was haunted? He said he didn't know. But a guest took a picture of the carved "DEATH" and saw a mist in the picture.
It's believed he wrote part of "The Raven" there before moving to NYC. But he did write "The Black Cat" and "The Tell-Tale Heart in Philly. During the tour you be able see where the two stories ideas came from. In Poe's mother-in-law's room is a loose removable floor board. Where it believe the idea for "The Tell-Tale Heart comes from. The Basement is where the idea for "The Black Cat" came from the broken wall near the door.

All in all. It was a very good visit. I enjoyed it. Would be interesting to know if it really is haunted?

Friday, September 3, 2010

John Cusack To Star In A New Movie, "The Raven"

John Cusack will play a "fictionalized" Edgar Allen Poe in his last days.
As the story goes. Poe will be working with a detective to catch a serial killer. The catch is, the killer is not alone. The killer has the detective's fiancee in tow during the killings.

I know what your thinking.  Is this Poe's "The Raven"?  Nope, it isn't. The tie-in to The Raven is that the serial killer uses Poe's stories towards the killings. So he's is leaving behind obvious clues. That only Poe can figure out and evidently catch him before he strikes again.
To me this is too similar to the recent "Sherlock Holmes" movie with Robert Downey Jr. I would have rather seen a re-make of The Raven (I like Vincent Price on his re-make. So funny!). Or seen a movie based on the "real" last days of Poe's life.

* Have a "Happy & Safe" Labor Day! See you guys tomorrow!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

St. Benedict And St. Michael Medals. You Don't Have To Be Catholic To Carry One!

I'm Roman Catholic. When dealing with something that you don't quite understand what harm "it" can cause you. Protect yourself at all cost. It can can follow you home. Or worst, it can be a demon.
So for those who are not Catholic. Here are a few tips. As I said in a previous post. You should not have to pay for holy water. It's free. Go with a small bottle in tow to a local Catholic Church (Some don't have the huge "coffee urn" looking canister out all the time. Only when there is mass going on.) The "urn" is either in the back of the church or towards the front side. So look around and go to another church if you can't find it. One will have it out. Don't be shy.
As for medals. There is a protocol. You can buy them online or go to a religious store (They are located in some of the bigger Catholic Churches as a gift store). After you have purchased them you should have them blessed by a priest. Or a least "you" yourself can bless them with holy water and the proper prayer for the particular medal you purchased. If you want it bless by a priest. Go to the Rectory of you local church (Again, you don't have to be Catholic!) Ask if there is a priest available to "bless" your medal. You can even tell them the reason why. They will understand it for protection. There is no payment to do this. Remember one thing. The priest does blessings all the time.
As for the meaning of particular religious medals? Each and everyone is for a different purpose. The two main one's for protection are the St. Benedict and St. Michael medals.

St. Benedict for me is the best one against the Devil himself. Get the one with with the two sided emblems (one is an X on the back). They don't have to look exactly like below. Just the same markings.

St. Michael metal is for protection also. He is the protector of the Pope. His guardian angel.
There are many other religious items that you can take with you when investigating. Heck, anytime you go out the front door. A rosary, scapular - . Please have them blessed.

List of Saints and who they protect or help. (there is a medal and prayer for each one)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

"Planchette" Divinatory Paintings & Writings At Amberella Gallery, The Piazza At Schmidts, Philly

There are so many talented artists and writers out there that are interested in the supernatural. When I heard of Amberella Gallery in Northern Liberties showing of "Planchette" I checked into it. To my surprise, one of my favorite Esty jewerly makers "Bloodmilk" was involved.
What makes this art show interesting is how a simple planchette is used as a communication device between two best friends (more in an unconscious way). One of the friends, Danielle Vogel moved cross country to start on her PhD. As a writer her writing is very internal. Thoughts becoming to hard to come out as a voice. But much easier when written.  Which to cause the reader "to think" what each and every words means? Very intriguing!  Is the writer insane, or very much knows what she wants you to think by all the twist and turns. Maybe the confusion is really to lead you to her way of thinking. Very haunting indeed! Parts of her on going novel "The Memory of a Color" is on display as wall hangings of cloth and twigs.
As for J.L. Schnabel I love her paintings, very dark in it's meanings and beautiful at the same time. The jewelry is the most interesting of all. The use of making an altar to show her work is fascinating. Like a Voodoo or Santeria altar. Each item has it's own use and meaning. Together has a very strong presence. Very powerful!The symbol of the planchette to show the connection of these two friends is a great move. The exhibit will continue till September 8th.

The exhibit at Amberellagallery (very cute shop)

Danielle Vogel

J.L. Schnable