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

Toowoomba Ghost Chasers: Turning Your Shitty Ghosts Into Clickbait

If you don’t carefully manage the paranormal-themed pages you ‘like’ on Facebook you could end up with a constant stream of rubbish ghost photos in your feed that anyone with an ounce of sense would recognise to be faked, photographic artefacts, camera faults, or misidentified objects within the photo causing illusions. Just five minutes spent on the Toowoomba Ghost Chasers Facebook page will provide you with enough of these to last you a lifetime. Continue reading

Weakly Ghost Bulletin #15

Is this the world’s most haunted town?

Toowoomba by name too-woo by nature, am I right? 

According to various news sites Toowoomba, Australia is the world’s Most Haunted Town. Evidence has been flooding into a Facebook page called Toowoomba Ghost Chasers set up by Kylie Samuels and Katie Harvey. Shame then that the evidence provided to back up this claim is mediocre, at best. The latest batch of evidence includes a ghost in a red dress floating through an old train station, a gray ghost sitting on a tombstone and a “blue mist” wafting through a cemetery but a quick look through the Facebook page reveals psuedo-scientific ghost hunters getting excited about any little oddity that turns up in a photo submitted to their page. Continue reading

Weakly Ghost Bulletin #11

imageI am proud to bring you the Weakly Ghost Bulletin #11 on the award winning Hayley Is  a Ghost blog after being awarded the Best Skeptic Blog award at the Ockham’s Awards by The Skeptic Mag at QEDcon this weekend. Thank you to everyone who nominated me, who reads my blog and shares whats i write. Thank you to those who comment on my blog and those who might not agree with what I write but engage anyway.

Thank you also to the judges from The Skeptic for making the decision. I have been blogging since 2007 and on this blog since 2010 and it means a lot that so many people seem to enjoy what I write. Continue reading

How Ghost Evidence Is Rated And How People Get It Wrong

The plural of anecdote is not data. 

It’s a rule that anyone involved in paranormal research, even casually, is familiar with. The things that we experience are open to our personal biases and the biases of those around us – not to mention the flawed memory that we have to contend with when trying to accurately recall something that we experienced (and yes, that does include those that people refer to as “expert witnesses” due to their occupation.) Continue reading

The 5 Worst Ghosts of 2014

Since 2010 I have been writing an end-of-year summary of the five ghost stories that made me grumpy or angry because of their rubbish nature and 2014 is in no way different. Technically there are still eleven days left in the year at the time of writing this but I think (read ‘hope‘) it’s safe to assume that Christmas and New Year will keep rubbish ghosts out of the news until 2015. So, without further ado, let me introduce you to… Continue reading