Showing posts from October, 2011

GS Question of the Week

What is the most haunted city in the world?

Boyington Oak

Charles Boyington was a printer who moved from Connecticut to Mobile, Alabama in 1833. He obtained residence in a local boarding house and soon became friends with a man named Nathaniel Frost. Frost was also a printer who suffered from tuberculosis and bouts of melancholy. The two men would walk to the nearby Church Street cemetery to sit, talk and read poems.

Boyington received an invitation to a ball to be held at the Alabama Hotel. He spent most of his savings on clothes to be worn that night. After arriving, he became infatuated with a young woman named Rose. She was well liked by the gentlemen but Boyington managed to obtain a dance with her. They fell in love. He attended mass each morning at the Catholic Church she attended. A staff member who worked for her father named Lydia would pass notes between them during the service.

While Rose was very much in love with Boyington, her father did not see him as husband material for his daughter. He believed Boyington did not have the m…

Reader Submission - The Ghosts of Palo Duro Canyon

The following story was sent in from Scottish Medieval Romance & Urban Fantasy author Terry Spear:

When I was young, I devoured every ghost story I could, but I’d never come across any real ones. They were strictly fantasy.

Have you ever encountered a ghost in your wanderings? I have...but the first one wasn't the usual human type spirit though.

Here I was, sleeping on a cold night with our Army ROTC cadets on the rocky ground in Palo Duro Canyon. But not sleeping exactly. Everyone else was, but I'm born of the Princess and the Pea blood...which means, anything can bruise me.

So the lumpy, rocky ground kept me awake, the cold, the sounds in the night, the breeze stirring over the cliffs, the thought rattlesnakes, or tarantulas, or scorpions would seek heat would find their way into my sleeping bag, kept me awake. I stared at the sky that stretched forever. The Texas sky does, you know. In other places, mountains and trees and buildings might break up the sky, but not out t…

Sneak Peek Tuesday: Ghost Hunters/Fact or Faked/Zombie Apocalypse

This week in an all-new Ghost Hunters, Jason and Grant are investigating with guest star Meredith Vieira (Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?) and they decide they should go down a flight of stairs to get an area where a child was kept. While Jason and Grant’s main concern is connecting with any potential ghosts, Meredith is concerned with the fact that with them being in the basement, someone could lock them in from the upper level. While she is concerned with making sure they have a way out, she also expresses a desire to see the matron that evidently chained her child in the basement. Be sure to watch the clip and tune in at 9/8c on Wednesday to see if Jason and Grant’s mission alongside Meredith provides an encounter.

In Fact or Faked, the team is putting together another project right outside of Area 51 and are discussing sling-loads, where military aircraft use a sling below the craft to transport various resources. They’re trying to see if they can create a sling-load to look similar…

Sneak Peek Tuesday - Ghost Hunters/Fact or Faked/Urban Legends

This week in an all-new Ghost Hunters, the team is looking for the actress that killed herself back stage. They continue to explore the Niagra Falls Theater and hear voices all over. They decide it was a male voice and it almost sounded like a conversation. Be sure to watch the clip and tune in at 9/8c to see if they can have their own conversation with the spirits.

In Fact or Faked, the team has designed a UFO made of aluminum discs. The disc is supposed to follow down a zipline and then release toward an explosion. Be sure to tune in on Wednesday at 10/9c on Syfy to see just how elaborate of a set up this took to pull off and it all ends with some fireworks!

In Urban Legends, a lottery official is pretty lucky and gets to give away millions of dollars each day. There is however one draw where they picked a winner that she will never forget. They had over 100 winners and it looked like fraud, and the winners could potentially get away with it. There are 30 times more winners than usual…

Sneak Peek Tuesday - Ghost Hunters Live

Ghost Hunters Live – This Halloween

Ghost Hunters Live – Tunnel Whispers - Pennhurst

Ghost Hunters Live – Chasing Noises – Pennhurst

The Sun Inn

Construction began on this 18th century Moravian architecture in 1758. The first guests were welcomed two years later. It was built by the Moravian community for non-Moravian merchants who had business with the community. The Sun Inn was known throughout the American colonies for its gracious service, fine food and wines, and its comfortable rooms.

This Bethlehem, Pennsylvania inn had many notable guests. During the American Revolutionary War, General George and Martha Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, John Hancock among others were guests. In 1777, leading fourteen members of the Continental Congress met at the Sun Inn, signed the order of Protection and stayed the night. Many people fleeing Philadelphia after General Washington’s defeat at the Battle of Brandywine stayed at the inn. During the Fries's Rebellion in 1799, seventeen of Fries's followers were held at the inn and then freed by Fries.

Sun Inn began as a 66ft by 40ft two-story stone structu…

The Lynch House

This story begins with a woman and her husband. During the Civil War, he left his wife, Liza Thompson, to fight in the war. On his way out of town, he left the deed to their house and other important documents with a banker friend. He never came home again.

After suffering such a tragedy, Liza was faced with another problem. The banker who retained the documents for her house also left to fight the war. And, like her husband, was killed. In this tale, two wives grieved for their husbands but it was a house that brought on their own war.

After the banker’s death, his wife came across the deed and other documents to the Thompson home. She decided she wanted it for herself. This began a 13 year court battle between the two widows. In the end, Liza kept her home.

The family that lives in the house now, known as the Lynch House, says it is haunted. Witnesses have seen Liza Thompson dressed in white, standing at the foot of beds and walking the halls of the second floor. She is described as…

Sneak Peek Tuesday: Ghost Hunters/Paranormal Witness

This week in an all-new Ghost Hunters, Jason and Grant are kicking back to try and put themselves in position where there’s been reports of hearing heavy breathing, cold sensations, and having an arm grabbed. They’re trying to affirm the spirit or ghost that everyone still misses him, and that they still remember him. Suddenly they start to feel the cold drafts, and it’s clearly not coming from the vent. Be sure to watch the clip and tune in at 9/8c to see if they are able to speak or feel the ghost of Al.

In Paranormal Witness, the season finale takes us out with a bang, or I guess we should say spook. A man walks into the restroom to wash up for supper as a weird feeling starts to arise within him. He turns to dry his hands on a towel and all at once air starts to leave the room and it’s like he’s been sucked into a vacuum. Next, he starts to feel as if he’s being attacked, but can’t see the pursuer. He looks towards the window and sees an old man that creates chills up and dow…

Blood Cemetery

Pine Hill Cemetery in Hollis, New Hampshire has locals to thank for its nickname. “Blood Cemetery” doesn’t derive from bleeding trees or tombstones. It comes from one resident family buried there. Many believe its haunted by a man named Abel Blood. He was buried there in 1867. Several members of his family including his wife Betsy are there as well. But why does Abel Blood supposedly haunt the cemetery?

One rumor states he was connected to the occult. However, those who have researched his story has turned up nothing tying him to the occult. In fact, it relieved he led a very law-abiding, Christian life. Another rumor has his entire family being murdered. Again, research ruled that explanation out. No two members of the Blood family were murdered much less an entire group. They all died different times, places, of natural causes and otherwise. Many of those who have investigated the cemetery don’t even believe Abel Blood is the one who is haunting the area. So, why does his name keep…

The Shanley Hotel

Located in Napanoch, New York, Thomas Ritch first built the Shanley Hotel in 1845. Six years later, it became the Hungerford’s Hotel. Then, it burned down on March 18, 1895 after a nearby house caught on fire and spread to the hotel, burning it to the foundation. The construction of the new hotel began by September on the same foundation and it reopened in November. Over the years, the hotel switched hands more than 20 times. The one who really put the establishment on the map was James Louis Shanley. He was born on Halloween in 1874 in Ireland and later, moved his family to New York City. Shanley moved upstate for health reasons and purchased the hotel on October 1, 1906.

Shanley was well loved by the community. Upon returning from his honeymoon with his new bride Beatrice Rowley in 1910, the couple was greeted with a grand parade welcoming them back. The Shanleys welcomed everyone and used games, entertainment, parties and special events to attract new guests. In 1908, he added on…

Sneak Peek Tuesday - Ghost Hunters/Paranormal Witness

This week in an all-new Ghost Hunters, Jason along with daughter Haily, visit a house to investigate child ghosts who occasionally bounce balls and are heard walking back and forth on the third floor. Jason allows Haily to take the lead on her first investigation, as he believes that child ghosts are more apt to make contact with younger females. The group just might have thought correctly after Haily hears whispering voices. Be sure to watch the clip and tune in at 9/8c to see if they are able to connect with the young residents.

In Paranormal Witness, we have two sneak peeks for each story within the upcoming episode. In the first, a family talks about odd events that often happen in the upstairs bedroom and hallway at night. The parents experience odd tugging of bed sheets, hear whispers during the night and their closet door is constantly being opened and terrifies their baby boy even after its been tied shut.

Finally, in the second Paranormal Witness sneak peek, the Trumball County…

Teaser Tuesday - Fact or Faked/Being Human

Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files will be premiering it's new season in a couple of weeks, October 19th. In the meantime, here is a little teaser of what viewers can look forward to.

The UK version of Being Human, minus Aidan Turner, is set to premiere it's fourth series sometime next year. I'm assuming January or February since that's when the others started. Personally, I don't think it'll be the same without Mitchell but we'll see what some new and old characters will bring to the show.

The US version of Being Human will premiere it's second season in January 2012. Today, I have a couple of teasers to maybe hold you over until then.

Giving Into Your Inner Monster

Kept the Wolf in the Box

GS Question of the Week

Do you think the paranormal is the new normal?