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The Hidden Whisper By: JJ Lumsden

Tonight is Halloween. You may have opted to stay home to watch a scary movie or Ghost Hunters Live investigation. Or you may have chosen book instead. If so, I have a suggestion for you. The Hidden Whisper is a mixture of fiction and nonfiction, all about the paranormal.

It centers on parapsychologist Luke Jackson. He planned to go to a conference in Hawaii, stopping in Arizona for a family visit. Unfortunately, life had other plans. His grandfather died, changing his plans. While comforting his grieving grandmother, his help is enlisted by residents who believed their house is haunted by a poltergeist. After a bit of investigation, Luke concluded the cause was more natural than supernatural.

If this book offers anything, it gives you a better look in to what parapsychologists do. Since it is part nonfiction, it is a bit heavy on facts. If you’re looking for just a ghost story, this book isn’t for you. It’s centered around a fictional story with actual facts to explain certain aspects.…

Share Your Experience

Tonight, TAPS unveiled their findings of the USS Hornet. Yesterday, the Sci-Fi Channel unveiled their newest site. They have developed a social networking community that encourages users to share their paranormal stories and have named it Join the Hunt. They have made this site an extension of one of their most popular shows, Ghost Hunters.

This site allows users to contribute ghostly images and stories, as well as view photographs and vote on whether the structures pictured are haunted. Tutorials on how tracking equipment such as electromagnetic field detectors and electronic voice phenomena recorders work are also being offered. Another offer featured on Join the Hunt is the ability to ask experts, like Grant and Jason, questions.

If you are a fan of Ghost Hunters and/or its spin-off Ghost Hunters International, you may be interested in Sci-Fi’s latest installment in this franchise. They recently announced yet another spin-off of this popular show entitled Ghost Hunters: College Edit…

GS Question of the Week

What are your Halloween plans?

USS Hornet

TAPS and Colin Ferguson from Sci-Fi show Eureka will be investigating the USS Hornet on Wednesday.

It seems we will be getting a double dose of Ghost Hunters next week as their Halloween special is next Friday, October 31st beginning at 6pm Central. They will be joined by Rob, Dustin and Donna from Ghost Hunters International and Amanda Tapping from Sanctuary. Josh Gates will return as host and will be accompanied by Steve Valentine from Estate of Panic.

Haunted Attractions

If you're looking for some spooky fun, Haunted House Association has picked 13 haunted houses from around the country:

7 Floors of Hell, Cleveland, OH - In this haunted house you will experience Scarecrow's Revenge, Camp Nightmare, House of Nightmares, The Cemetery, The Crypt, CarnEvil in 3D, and The Butcher Shop. Check website for days, times, and ticket prices.

13th Gate Haunted House, Baton Rouge, LA - You will venture through 13 frightening themed indoor and outdoor areas from a Crematory oven to a rickety old bridge full of snakes. Admission is $20

Nightmare on 13th, Salt Lake City, Utah - Admissions to the main haunted house including the Nightmare Theater are $15 a piece. If you want to experience the extreme version which includes new rooms The Electrocution Maze, The Terror Tunnel ,The Phantom Hall and The Mega Blaster Experience as well as a few old popular ones, you will have to produce $20. Open September 12th to November 2nd.

Nightmare on the Bayou, Houston, TX - This…

GS Question of the Week

Who do you think performed the better investigations of The Goldfield Hotel and The Old Washoe Club: TAPS or Ghost Adventures?

Theodores' and Smith Billiards

Next on Ghost Hunters: Theodores' and Smith Billiards in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Resident Steve Gonsalves use to play at Theodores' with his former band Po' Boy and the Red Hats. He heard many stories about this place and approached Jason and Grant about investigating it. TAPS members and crew spent two nights proving and/or disproving what makes this tavern tick.

Co-owners Keith P. Makarowski and Keith E. Weppler, Theodores' Tavern is located in a century-old five story building on Worthington street since 1999. It has come to be known as the place for Blues music, voted #1 Blues club in the country by the Blues Foundation in 2004, and BBQ but also has another reputation. Some claim to hear balls rolling on the fourth and fifth floor which use to be the home of a bowling alley 80 yrs ago (now vacant), chills in the basement, apparition of a little boy on a pool table, ghostly footsteps and whispers when the room is virtually empty.

Are the stories true? Is it hau…

Ghost Adventures: The Series

The moment you have been waiting for has arrived. Ghost Adventures: The Series premieres tonight at 9pm Central/10pm Eastern on the Travel Channel. They will be investigating Bobby Mackey's Music World. If that's not enough to fulfill your GA needs, they will be hosting a LIVE webcam chat after the premiere on TravelChannel.com at 11pm Eastern and they launched their new website at www.ghostadventurescrew.com complete with bios, forums, merchandise, etc.

Zak Bagans and Nick Groff gained increased popularity when their documentary aired on the Sci-Fi channel. If you haven't seen it yet, don't worry. Travel Channel has acquired it and it will be airing sometime in the future. I had the pleasure of watching the film when it first premiered.

Edit: After watching the premiere tonight, I'm starting to rethink how I feel about their investigation style.During paranormal investigators have different investigating styles. Groups like TAPS focus more on science and debunk than…

Underwater Pumpkin Carving

Anyone can carve a pumpkin. Some like Hugh McMahon have turned it into art, charging $1500 a piece for his creations. Amoray Dive Resort in Key Largo, Florida has taken this Halloween tradition and given it a new twist.

On October 27th, contestants in this unusual competition, must put on their diving gear and carve a pumpkin 30 ft below the oceans surface. Divers must compete against theirs and the pumpkins buoyancy as well as each other to get top prize, last year being a free dive trip. I wonder how they keep the candle lit...

Hands Free Email

Who needs vocal cords or typing skills when you can create email or voicemail by only thought. Yes, I'm being serious. Mike D'Zmura from the University of California is the lead scientist on a new project to create a helmet to convey messages telepathically. Surprise...surprise. The army is paying for it.

Not exactly a new idea but a twist on an old one. Of course, if he succeeds the army will get first dibs and maybe...just maybe it will become available to us civilians in the future.

For more details on this new project: http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2008/10/13/thought-helmet.html

GS Question of the Week

The Federation of Lights has predicted a large UFO will appear in Alabama tomorrow on October 14th. Do you think this prediction will come true?

Oak Alley Plantation

When you first look upon Oak Alley Plantation, it's a home out of the movies. In this case, that statement is more true than anything. Oak Alley has appeared in films such as Primary Colors, Interview with the Vampire and more recently Stay Alive. But is such a beauty haunted?

Oak trees line the walk and frame the house, adding to its exterior appeal. Planted 300 years ago, they may have brought the same to another home owned by a French traveler. Jacques Telesphore Roman met and married Celina Pilie in 1834. They purchased the house in 1836 and Celina's father Joseph Pilie, an architect, possibly provided the design. The house took approximately two years to complete. In the end, Celina Roman named their beautiful home "Bon Sejour" but travelers dubbed it Oak Alley for the avenue of mighty oaks.

Jacques died in 1848 from tuberculosis, leaving Celina to manage the business affairs. She was inexperienced and her incessant spending helped begin the downslide for the Ro…

Emma Crawford

What would you do to remember a beloved member of the community? I bet coffin racing didn't come to mind. Since 1994, Manitou Springs Colorado partake in this annual tradition in honor of Emma Crawford. Of all things they could do, why coffin racing?

Emma came to Manitou Springs for their miracle mineral springs in the late 1800s. She was diagnosed with tuberculosis which back then was a death sentence. Unfortunately, she lost her battle at the age of 19. Her dying wish was to be buried on top of Red Mountain. Her fiancee Mr. Hildebrand and eleven other men carried her body up the 7200ft. In 1929, after years of stormy weather, her remains washed down the side of the mountain. Emma was reburied in Manitou Springs Cemetery in an unmarked grave. Some say she haunts Red Mountain.

Now, the townspeople honor her every late October with The Emma Crawford Festival. The 14th Annual Coffin Race and Parade takes place on October 25th, 2008 from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

GS Question of the Week

Thripz By: Robert Farley

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We live in a time of constant fear. Terrorist hit us hard with the 9/11 attacks and now, fear has become an everyday thing. Everything is looked upon as a possible terror attack: food contamination, West Nile Virus, etc. A book, fiction or not, becomes more compelling when it parallels with a current fear. Robert Farley developed an idea from the days he use to work on a farm in Hawaii. Working indoors not out didn't stop him from using his surroundings. In the end, he created an evil biogeneticists with one mission in life: seeking revenge. Two feuding farms in paradise gives him that opportunity. With every villain there is a hero. This techno-thriller produces a reporter to save the day.

Nathan Brewster, a reporter for the Waikiki Times, left the fast-pace of city life for the mundane stories to entertain mostly tourists. While at the Honolulu Police Station gathering police reports for his column, he came across a weird story of a man attacked by insects and reported missing. W…

Reminder Sunday

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TV Schedule

Not really a show I recommend but if you're looking for a good laugh, Most Haunted Live airs on October 10th at 8pm - 3am ET/PT on the Travel Channel. They are "investigating" Gettysburg.

Unsolved Mysteries is back. It airs on October 13th at 5 & 6 pm ET on Spike TV. I'm curious to see if it's as good as the old version.

Ghost Adventures: The Series premieres on October 17th at 9pm ET on the Travel Channel. If it's anything like their documentary, I don't plan on being a fan, but we will see.

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Seven Sisters Inn

The Seven Sisters Inn are two beautiful Queen Anne-style Victorian houses in Ocala, Florida. They offer candlelit dinners, gourmet breakfasts, accommodate weddings and even have murder mystery events. A perfect bed & breakfast to get away. One snag though. The inn has permanent guests who will keep you on your toes.

Seven Sisters International House (purple) was built in 1892. It contains 13 bedrooms each with its own themes, representing the many locations owners Bonnie Morehardt and Ken Oden have traveled to. It is believed the house was built on the very spot of a triage nearby Fort King. Her sister, The Scott House (pink) may or may not be on the site of a battle between soldiers and Seminole Indians. The original house was built in 1888 but burned down.

Most of the experiences described are that of playfulness. TAPS discovered this first hand. During a K2 session, something was making it light up in a childish manner. At one point in the evening, Jason and Grant attempted to …

Switching Back

It seems visitors are more interested in clicking the header image than anything else. So, I changed the template back and plan on keeping it.

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