Queer Ghost Researchers Are Scary

During the first half of the 1900’s the Spiritualist movement that came to define paranormal research and ghost hunting of the modern world was often considered a feminine thing. Male mediums, for example, were in the minority and were often described as “sissyish” or unmasculine (Hazelgrove, 2000).

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Here’s The Deal With Paranormal Tourism

Earlier this year I visited Woodchester Mansion for a midnight tour of the building and two things happened: I had a strange experience, and I realised I had pro-paranormal tourism leanings. This was a revelation that shocked a number of people and I promised that I would write about it in more details, so here I am. Continue reading

A Humanist Ghost Buster

I stopped believing in ghosts in 2007 and for the first few months I decided that the best use of my time was to explain to others how the things they thought were true were wrong. It bordered on me being almost offended that people could believe such silly things until I realised that I had believed in those things too and it had been really easy. Continue reading

The Anti-Science Bias Of Ghost Hunters

I wrote previously about a research team at Clarkson University headed up by Professor Shane Rogers that seek to establish whether there is a link between air quality and strange experiences people often associate with a haunting or with ghosts. Rogers said “experiences reported in many hauntings are similar to mental or neurological symptoms reported by individuals exposed to toxic moulds. Psychoactive effects of some fungi are well-known, whereas the effects of others such as indoor moulds are less researched.”

I have seen a frankly bizarre and at times bitter reaction from large swathes of ghost hunting communities to this news such as… Continue reading