Category: Books

The Legend of the Leprechaun

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Several of our members here at Association of Paranormal Study are very interested in Irish folklore, so we thought we’d discuss the legend of the Leprechaun today! According to Irish fables, the Leprechaun is a tiny entity that normally takes the form of a miniature version of an old man wearing…


Grýla, Jólakötturinn, & the Yule Lads

The holiday season is upon us. Everywhere you turn there are Christmas movie marathons, holiday baking shows and a general sense of seasonal cheeriness. It’s no secret that the holidays are rich in folklore and it just takes a quick glance through the web to find stories of Old Saint Nick and numerous other origin…


Is One Coast More Haunted Than The Other?

We’re going to take a break from research and academic-y posts and I would like to share something with you that’s been on my mind. Since moving here to Raleigh, NC from San Diego, CA in June of 2013, I’ve been noticing that I experience much more paranormal activity on the east coast. My team…


Anna the Prophetess

Today is Christmas! And Christians around the world will be celebrating it as the birth of Jesus Christ.  Yes, while we know Jesus was most likely not born on December 25th, it is the day designated for the celebration.  Growing up Christian, what fascinated me the most wasn’t the birth of Christ (I know, very…


Charles Dickens: Making Ghosts Festive For the Holidays

  There was probably no one else who loved Christmas ghost stories more than Charles Dickens.  In fact, majority of the Victorian Era brought forth a new fascination of ghosts, spirits, apparitions, and all things weird.  The rise of Spiritualism was also during this same time.  So it is to no surprise that the holiday…


Krampus: The Holiday Devil

A Note To Parents:  APS doesn’t condone using Krampus as a method of keeping your child’s behavior in check, but if the “Elf On the Shelf” isn’t cutting it, there’s other options. You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout….not because Santa Claus will put you on the naughty list, but…


The Paranormalist

Written by Shannon Arrant Dubbed the United States’ first ‘paranormalist’, Charles Hoy Fort was more a collector of extraordinary stories and artifacts than what we would consider a paranormal investigator by today’s standards. Even to this day, over 80 years after his death, Mr. Fort’s life still has an effect on the paranormal community. Born in…


The Paranormal Has Always Been Normal

Written by APS Founder & Mid Atlantic Director: Alex Matsuo   Today, the mainstream media has seemed to make the paranormal “normal” so to speak.  Many people credit television shows and documentary style of presenting the paranormal in such a way where it’s no longer a novelty or cliché, but a legitimate experience that many…


Interviews Start Monday: The Beginnings of a Dream

Interviews are under way for our quest to have new members join APS.  To bring back the nostalgia, the first time I (Alex) met with my dear friends, Tyler and Grace, and we decided to form a paranormal group.  We met at Lestat’s Coffee Shop on Adams Avenue and that’s where I’m having interviews on…