Category: Folklore

Lady Oiwa: Japan’s Most Terrifying Onryō

Being both in theatre and the paranormal, I find myself searching for theatrical ghost stories. When I ran into a kabuki play called, “Yotsuya Kaidan” by Tsuruya Nanboku IV, I felt like I struck gold. At the time, I was looking for something to adapt to the stage as a modern tale in the horror genre. I…


My Family Went on Vacation & All I Got Was This Ghost Story

People go on vacation for a variety of reasons:  adventure, bonding with family friends, to use up their hours from work and most commonly, to decompress, relax and get away from it all. According to Linda Durnell from the Huffington Post, studies show that experiencing something traumatic during vacation can be even more distressful than…


Non-Christian Paranormal Practices: Evil or Misunderstood?

Non-Christian Paranormal Practices: Evil or Misunderstood? I will start this off by saying I was born into the Lutheran church, and now am a practicing Methodist.  So, I come at this question from a Christian perspective. That being said, I am also a Paranormal Investigator who has an open mind, heart and belief system.  …


The Legend of Gray Man

Much of the APS Team lives in North Carolina, and you’ve probably guessed by now that we are all carefully watching the path of Hurricane Florence. As I write this, she has taken a slight turn south, and we here in the center of the state may be spared the full onslaught we had feared….


What is the True Story of Valak the Demon?

If you have seen any of the movies from “The Conjuring” franchise, then you’re quite familiar with Valak the Demon, who takes on the form of a nun. To the series’ credit, this is probably one of the scarier demons in a work of fiction, in my opinion. As we all gear up to see “The…


Selkies: The Other Kind of Mermaid

Researching lore of different cultures is another area of research that I feel is important if we were to understand why hauntings and myths exist. From sightings of Nessie to understanding why paranormal activity is occurring in a certain area. Often, this ends up with me going down some sort of rabbit hole where I…


Layers of a Haunting: Why Limit Ourselves?

This week, I want to put something out there for discussion: When we go out on a paranormal investigation, we seem pretty confident that we know who (and what) we’re trying to communicate with. Well, maybe we’re confident 50% of the time. It’s likely that the statistic is smaller than that. However, we try to…


Disney’s The Haunted Mansion aka “Spiritualism: The Ride”

I’m a huge Disney fan. Specifically: Disneyland. I’ve only graced Disneyland Paris and Disney World once (so far). So my little write-up will be solely dedicated to Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. One of the biggest differences I noticed was the exterior of both rides. Since DL’s Haunted Mansion is set in New Orleans Square, the exterior…


Is the Paranormal Field Changing History?

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with a historian and talk history. What else would we talk about, right? Besides friendly banter, I am always up to talk to an expert in their field. Sure, we do a decent job with the historical research and keeping up with the facts….


Stones & Their Uses in the Paranormal

Many of us are drawn to the beauty of natural stones. Their physical qualities are strongly desired and can embellish any outfit, piece of jewelry or mood. But did you know that crystals hold powers that are far beyond the physical realm? For thousands of years stones have been used in everything from Occult rituals…