‘… knows what [she’s] talking about’ -Steven Novella MD

I am a paranormal researcher who doesn’t believe in the paranormal and instead attempts to find rational causes for the weird things people claim to experience. I live in Wiltshire in the South West of England. and I investigate reports of paranormal activity using scientific scepticism and rational inquiry. This includes all sorts of strange phenomena but mainly ghosts, monsters and (more recently) fairy experiences.

Hayley Stevens and Joe Nickell, Windermere investigation Photo: Andrew Stevens

Hayley with Joe Nickell & eye-witness, Windemere Lake monster investigation Photo: Andrew Stevens

This all started in 2005 when I was a teenager and a believer in all sorts of paranormal ideas but I started working and blogging as a non-believer in 2007. I work with other researchers on an adhoc basis and balance all of this around my full time job.

‘one of the most open and vitally observant voices to emerge from the skeptical sub-culture.’ -Reality Sandwich

My writing has appeared in many publications over the years including Skeptical Inquirer, Paranormal Magazine, Skeptic Magazine and more and I have appeared on numerous radio shows and podcasts (too many to list.) I also act as a media adviser for international & regional news outlets, television producers, radio stations, podcasts, blogs and magazines – offering advice on odd stories and topics, or offering insightful opinions on topical features.

I’ve spoken internationally about my approach to paranormal research and audiences have included DenkfestQEDconCentre For InquiryBritish Humanist Association, Skeptics in the PubEuropean Skeptics Congress and more. Videos of some of my public talks can be found on Youtube (which I’ve collected on the Videos page on my blog for those who are interested.) I cannot accept every invitation to speak at events as everything I do has to fit around my full time job. However should you wish to invite me to speak you can do so via my Contact page (where you’ll also find a list of FAQs.)

‘Fiercely intelligent’ -CJ Romer

me and award

Ockham’s Award photo: Charlie Stevens

The ‘Hayley is a Ghost’ blog won ‘Best Skeptic Blog’ at The Skeptic magazine’s Occham’s Award in 2015 (as seen above). The blog had been shortlisted for the same category in 2013 & 2014. I used to co-host the Righteous Indignation Podcast (2009 – 2012) and, until recently, the Be Reasonable Podcast.

 ‘More skeptics like Hayley, please’ -Greg Newkirk, Planet Weird

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