Are Ghost Orbs Really Still a Thing?

In 2012 I delivered a talk about ghost research at a CFI UK conference at Conway Hall. Unknown to me, a man towards the rear of the hall became visibly angered during my talk and during the Q&A session he stood up and accused me of mischaracterising ghost researchers. Why? Because a small portion of my speech touched upon orb phenomena which many ghost hunters class as the first stage of spirit manifestation. Ghosts, it is often said, then manifest in other forms before becoming an apparition. However, my critic was having none of it and to paraphrase him, “ghost hunters do not believe that. Only those on the very fringes present orbs as evidence.” Continue reading Are Ghost Orbs Really Still a Thing?

Photographing Ghost Investigations: A Beginner’s Guide

In the next episode of The Spooktator podcast, we talk about a certain ghost photo that has been in the media recently and how rather than having a paranormal origin, the oddity within is actually the result of poor photography skills. This is a common problem in ghost hunting. When you think about it, the chances of a ghost hunter being a professional photographer are pretty slim, but you don’t have to be a professional to take some basic steps to stop your photos being such poor quality that you start to see things in them that just weren’t there.  Continue reading Photographing Ghost Investigations: A Beginner’s Guide

Mark Mcilroy: When Ghost Hunting Goes Bad

Mark Mcilroy only considers the paranormal when logic doesn’t cut it. ‘We are sceptics first — we will do everything we can to prove that it’s not paranormal,’ he says while posing for a photo with a night-vision camcorder and what appears to be a MEL meter, (a ghost hunting favourite thanks to its use on ghost hunting television shows.) “In a new case we’ll get one of our mediums to do a remote reading, it gives us a bit of idea on what sort of home we’re walking into, whether it’s something dark or a past family member — like a spiritual heads-up.” Continue reading Mark Mcilroy: When Ghost Hunting Goes Bad