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Nick Groff at 2016 San Diego Comic Con. Photgraphy Copyright S. Philips/CFM

 

Paranormal Reality Star Nick Groff attended the 2016 San Diego Comic Con this past weekend and he was a busy guy. Groff sat on a panel discussion with fellow Paranormal stars John Zaffis, Amy Bruni and Adam Berry to discuss their projects, participated in autograph signings in the famous San Diego Convention Center’s “sails” pavillion, and visited Camp Conival to discuss all things Paranormal.

The Conival, put on by Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist company and Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry, featured games, food and panels with some of the hottest celebs and shows at Comic Con.  Conival was totally free and open to anyone with or without a Comic Con badge.

 

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Groff talked about the fact that when people do investigations at the famous Washoe Club in Virginia City, they often get his name come through on their EVP’s (Electronic Voice Phenomenon). (I have personally experienced this during an investigation there!) He also spoke about skeptics who come on investigations with him and often leave as converts.

Groff has been very busy lately, with his shows “Paranormal Lockdown” which shows Groff and fellow investigator Katrina Weidman being locked down in a haunted location for 72 hours, and “Ghosts of Shephardstown” which has a team of Paranormal investigators checking out Paranormal claims in a small town in West Virginia.  Both shows can be found on the Destination America channel.

Article by Suzanne Philips

Photos copyright LCunningham Photography

"Ghost Adventures" star Zak Bagans

“Ghost Adventures” star Zak Bagans

 

The NSPCA held its Rods & Monsters, Easy Riders and Cool Cats Show at the Antiques Mall of America in Las Vegas this past weekend.  The event gave out awards such as Best Paint, Creepiest, Best of Show and more to attendees who all brought out their amazing cars on a chilly and windy Vegas afternoon.

 

Lance Burton and Zak Bagans were two of the Celebrity Judges for the Car Show.

Lance Burton and Zak Bagans were two of the Celebrity Judges for the Car Show.

Celebrity judges included Zak Bagans of “Ghost Adventures”, Lance Burton, magician Murray Sawchuck, and pin up star Lisa Marie, among others.

Admission was a donation to the NSPCA and there were many cute dogs on hand which could all be adopted by attendees.

The show was hosted by Esquires Car Club, Fright Dome, Retrofitz LV/Outhouse Cruisers CC, and Von Deeter Designs.

 

“Ghost Adventures” Star Zak Bagans and Jennifer Harman at NSPCA Celebrity Poker Tournament

 

Zak Bagans

 

 

Article by Suzanne Philips, photos copyright Larry Cunningham

November 15, 2014

Las Vegas, NV

 

The Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas played host to the Jennifer Harman Celebrity Poker Tournament last night in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Julie Benz of ‘Dexter”

 

Charisma Carpenter of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”

 

Fans could play alongside their favorite celebs in the tournament, which was a benefit for the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  A huge silent auction with items donated from shows such as “Raiding the Rock Vault” and “Jersey Boys” also helped to raise much-needed funds to help the NSPCA continue to work to rescue, rehab and find homes for displaced animals in the Las Vegas area.

Cast members of “Evil Dead: The Musical” at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino

 

Lance Burton

 

For more info on the NSPCA and all of their events and programs, visit www.nspca.org.

 

Washoe Club photo by Suzanne Philips

Washoe Club
photo by Suzanne Philips

The 4th Annual St. Mary’s Paracon was held this past weekend in Virginia City, NV, bringing Paranormal enthusiasts from all over to town to experience the best of what this haunted city has to offer.

Event organizer Doug Carnahan

Event organizer Doug Carnahan

Event organizer and host Doug Carnahan planned 2 days full of events for attendees of this annual conference.  Friday night the world-famous Washoe club held a meet-and-greet for attendees to introduce themselves and mingle while having a drink and listening to a great horror/paranormal show put on by DJ Kos.

DJ Kos

DJ Kos

 

 

Members of Northern and Southern Nevada Ghost Hunters

Members of Northern and Southern Nevada Ghost Hunters

After the meet-and-greet a limited number of attendees stayed at the Washoe club and investigated the upstairs floors.  This notoriously haunted location was made famous by the Travel Channel show “Ghost Adventures” when they caught video of an apparition during an investigation.  The investigation for the St. Mary’s Paracon was a great success with visitors conducting evp sessions, taking photos and communicating with the spirits that reside within.

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Scott Gruenwald

Scott Gruenwald

Saturday started early with a full day of speakers on everything Paranormal.  Fan favorites like Scott Gruenwald who has been seen on shows such as “Paranormal Paparazzi” and “Paranormal Challenge” kept the audience entertained with his unique brand of humor and his funny take on the paranormal.  Other guests included commedienne and Paranormal investigator Karen Rontowski who brought some of her stand up comedy as well as a fun Paranormal trivia game which allowed the attendees to participate.

Janice's husband Bill, Robert George Allen, Janice Oberding and Terri Hall-Peltier at the Washoe Club Meet and Greet

Janice’s husband Bill, Robert George Allen, Janice Oberding and Terri Hall-Peltier at the Washoe Club Meet and Greet

Other notable speakers were Janice Oberding, author of a number of books on haunted locations in Nevada and one of the first female Paranormal investigators in the area. Janice spoke about the Goldfield Hotel in Goldfield, Nevada and her friendship with Caretaker Virginia Ridgeway.

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Robert George Allen who runs the Goodsprings Ghost Hunt and Noel Sheckells who owns the Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings, Nevada spoke about their ghost tours and their Lockdown experience, where guests can spend the night locked down in the Pioneer Saloon and interact with their resident ghosts, such as Paul Coski, a gambler who was killed inside the saloon.

Maria Lagana-Sales.  Photo copyright Maria Lagana-Sales

Maria Lagana-Sales. Photo copyright Maria Lagana-Sales

Psychic Medium Maria Lagana-Sales gave a great talk about how she realized she was a psychic medium and all of the great work she has done helping different paranormal groups. Sales also gave some advice on how to hone your own psychic gifts.

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St. Mary's Art Center

St. Mary’s Art Center

After a short dinner break, guests returned to St. Mary’s Art Center (formerly St. Mary Louise Hospital) for an overnight investigation.  This haunted location, which was a former hospital run by the Sisters of Charity, boasts numerous reports of Paranormal occurences and it did not disappoint the group of attendees for this event.

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A huge turnout and a host of great activities made the 4th annual St. Mary’s Paracon a huge success.  Organizer Doug Carnahan is also putting on the Preston Castle Paracon in Ione, California in September.  More information about that event can be found at http://www.prestonparacon.com/.

 

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Norman Reedus photo copyright AMC

Norman Reedus photo copyright AMC

 

Norman Reedus, who plays fan favorite Daryl Dixon on the hit AMC show “The Walking Dead” will appear at the Wizard World Portland Comic Con on January 24-26th at the Oregon Convention Center.

Reedus will be joining fellow “The Walking Dead” cast members Laurie Holden, Michael Rooker and Jon Bernthal at the 3-day event.

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Sons of Anarchy photo copyright FX

Another big draw will be “Sons of Anarchy” stars Ron Perlman who played Clay on the popular XF show and Kim Coates who plays Tig. Wizard World is offering special VIP tickets which include early access, photo ops and autograph sessions for fans of the show.

“Spider Man” and “Avengers” creator Stan Lee will be a fave for attendees as he does meet and greets and photo opportunities on Friday and Saturday of the convention.

 

Aaron Goodwin copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Aaron Goodwin copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Paranormal fans will also be excited by the great line-up of Para-Celebs attending the event including “Ghost Adventures” star Aaron Goodwin, former “Ghost Hunters” star and TAPS co-founder Grant Wilson.

Other celebs on hand include “Evil Dead” and “Burn Notice” star Bruce Campbell, “Nightmare on Elm Street” star Robert Englund, “Star Trek”‘s William Shatner and Elvira.

Guests can purchase autograph tickets and photo ops with their favorite stars and there will be tons of vendors on-hand to pick up those special items from your favorite fandoms.

For all the information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-portland.html.  CFM will be at the Wizard World Portland Comic Con and will bring you all of the info as it happens!

 

 

 

 

Fright Dome actor.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Fright Dome actor. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

“Ghost Adventures” stars Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin, Vince Neil, Lance Burton, stars of “The Collector” and the cast of “Evil Dead: The Musical” turn out for black carpet event to open the 2013 season of Fright Dome.

 

"Ghost Adventures" star Zak Bagans.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

“Ghost Adventures” star Zak Bagans. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Josh Stewart of "Criminal Minds" and "The Collector".  Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Josh Stewart of “Criminal Minds” and “The Collector”. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

 

Fright Dome at Circus Circus has been scaring visitors for the past 11 years and has quickly become one of the country’s premiere Halloween attractions.  This year, they are increasing the number of haunted houses for the first time with a sixth stand-alone maze based on Fortress Features Horror film “The Collection”. The isolation-type maze, appropriately titled “Hotel Argento” will take only upgraded fast pass guests into the depths of the Collector’s lair. Separated from friends and forced to enter alone, guests will forge their way through traps and snares, the Collector’s demented assortment of barely coherent victims, museum-esque displays of lifeless prey and much more — all while being hunted themselves. Will they make it out… or will they become the next victim added to his meticulous collection?

Fright Dome actors. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Fright Dome actors. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

 

Owner and creator of the Fright Dome, Jason Egan, spoke about the new collaboration. “We’ve always had one of the top haunted attractions in the nation and I have been able to team up with amazing movie partners for incredible themes over the years. I couldn’t think of a better fit for our isolation-style haunted house, or for any haunted house for that matter, than the story behind THE COLLECTOR. The overall premise behind the movie is every horror fan’s worst nightmare- being singled out and hunted by a devious villain. I’m thrilled that our fans have embraced this event every year allowing us to grow and make this year truly the most ominous yet.”

 

Fright Dome Creator Jason Egan and wife with their adopted dog.  Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Fright Dome Creator Jason Egan and wife with their adopted dog. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

 

The 2013 season of Fright Dome kicked off last night with a star-studded black carpet event.  This year Fright Dome’s official charity will be the NSPCA.  $1 of each ticket sold every Sunday will be donated to the charity and the NSPCA was on-hand for the opening showcasing some of the great dogs they have up for adoption.  Fright Dome’s Jason Egan and his wife adopted a great dog during the black carpet event last night.

 

Vince Neil.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Vince Neil. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

Excitement was evident as attendees waited in line to get a glimpse of the celebs walking the black carpet and the official 7pm start of Fright Dome to get their first look at this year’s haunted houses.

 

The cast of "Evil Dead: the Musical" . Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

The cast of “Evil Dead: the Musical” . Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

Local celebrities turned out to support both the Fright Dome and the NSPCA.  “Evil Dead: The Musical” was one of the local productions to support the event.  The shows producer/director Sirc Michaels said “The Nevada SPCA has done a lot for animals in this community, and when they asked us to walk the black carpet at the Fright Dome for them, it seemed like the perfect fit for us. Just about everyone involved in the show has pets, and we understand the need to show support for a charity like NSPCA. We encourage everyone to do what they can to support no-kill shelters in the community.”Performers from other local shows “Vegas: The Show”, “Jabbawockeez”, “Pin-up”, “Jersey Boys” and comedian Murray Sawchuck also came out to show their support.

 

"Evil Dead: The Musical"'s Producer/Director Sirc Michaels. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

“Evil Dead: The Musical”‘s Producer/Director Sirc Michaels. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

"Ghost Adventures" star Aaron Goodwin.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

“Ghost Adventures” star Aaron Goodwin. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

“Ghost Adventures” stars Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin, both locals and big supporters of the NSPCA, turned up to lend their support and check out the changes in this year’s Fright Dome.

 

Zak Bagans. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Zak Bagans. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

Musicians also turned out to lend a hand, including Vince Neil of Motley Crue, Paul Shortino, DJ Ashba of Guns N Roses and Michael Goddard.

 

Paul Shortino.  Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Paul Shortino. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

DJ Ashba of Guns N Roses.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

DJ Ashba of Guns N Roses. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

Michael Goddard.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Michael Goddard. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

This year’s Fright Dome  is open from 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 3-31 on designated nights. General admission tickets start at $32.95 on select nights and fast pass tickets are available for an additional $15 – $20 which allows express line entry for all six haunted houses. This event is not appropriate for children under 12. For more information, visit frightdome.com, become a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/frightdome or follow on Twitter @FrightDome.

 

Horror Icon Sid Haig. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Horror Icon Sid Haig. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

Murray Sawchuck.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Murray Sawchuck. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

Clair Sinclair of "Pin-up".  Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Clair Sinclair of “Pin-up”. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

 

Kolton Rostron, Ben Stobber and Greg Korin from "Evil Dead: the Musical".  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM.

Kolton Rostron, Ben Stobber and Greg Korin from “Evil Dead: the Musical”. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM.

 

Aaron Goodwin. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Aaron Goodwin. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

 

 

 

 

Zak Bagans of "Ghost Adventures". Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Zak Bagans of “Ghost Adventures”. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

The 2013 Scarefest  held in Lexington Kentucky started on Friday the Thirteenth and there could not have been a more fitting day for the Region’s biggest Horror and Paranormal convention to begin!

"Ghost Adventures" Star Aaron Goodwin. Photo Copyright Suzanne Philips

“Ghost Adventures” Star Aaron Goodwin. Photo Copyright Suzanne Philips

"True Blood" Star Jessica Clark.  Photo Copyright Suzanne Philips

“True Blood” Star Jessica Clark. Photo Copyright Suzanne Philips

Stars from classic horror films like “Halloween” and “Friday the 13th” joined Paranormal celebrities like Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin of “Ghost Adventures”,  Grant Wilson, Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango from “Ghost Hunters” and Josh Gates from “Destination Truth” to walk the “black carpet” to officially kick off the 3-day event.

"Destination Truth" Star Josh Gates.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

“Destination Truth” Star Josh Gates. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Vendors with everything from creepy contact lenses to classic film posters and original artwork were set up to make sure attendees left with one-of-a kind items.

Grant Wilson and Adam Berry from "Ghost Hunters". Photo Copyright Suzanne Philips

Grant Wilson and Adam Berry from “Ghost Hunters”. Photo Copyright Suzanne Philips

The Scarefest was even bigger this year with more space and bigger guests.  Check out our other reports on the weekends festivities to delve deeper into Scarefest 6!

"Haunted Collector" Star John Zaffis. Photo Copyright Suzanne Philips

“Haunted Collector” Star John Zaffis. Photo Copyright Suzanne Philips

 

"Ghost Adventures"'s Billy Tolley and Aaron Goodwin. Photo Copyright Suzanne Philips

“Ghost Adventures”‘s Billy Tolley and Aaron Goodwin. Photo Copyright Suzanne Philips

 

 

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Scarefest 2013 continues to add special guests and events to their lineup for the September 13-15th show at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, K Y.

Rutina Wesley from "True Blood" Copyright Portrait Face Studios

Rutina Wesley from “True Blood” Copyright Portrait Face Studios

Adding to the lineup of “True Blood” stars at the 2013 event are Rutina Wesley who plays Tara on the hit show and Jim Parrack who played Hoyt.  They will be joining Sam Trammell who plays Sam Merlotte and Janina Gavankar who played Luna.

Jim Parrack from "True Blood"

Jim Parrack from “True Blood”

 

Also added to the event for this year will be Sam Witwer who plays Aidan on the Syfy show “Being Human”.

Sam Witwer from Syfy's "Being Human"

Sam Witwer from Syfy’s “Being Human”

 

They will join celebs such as “The Walking Dead”‘s Chandler Riggs, Josh Gates from “Destination Truth” and Paranormal stars such as Aaron Goodwin from “Ghost Adventures”, Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango and Grant Wilson from “Ghost Hunters” and John Zaffis from “Haunted Collector”.

For more information on the 2013 Scarefest or to purchase tickets, visit http://scarefestcon.com.

Legendary Comedian Sammy Shore assembles event featuring Celebrities, Comedians and Performers to raise much-needed funds for NSPCA Animal Rescue.

Zak Bagans of "Ghost Adventures" attends NSPCA "Funny Bones" Fundraiser.  Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Zak Bagans of “Ghost Adventures” attends NSPCA “Funny Bones” Fundraiser. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

The Orleans Showroom at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada was the site of a fantastic charity event on Sunday to raise money for the Nevada SPCA.  “Funny Bones” is the brainchild of Comedian Sammy Shore and featured performances by Tony Orlando, Rich Little, Zowie Bowie, “Shades of Sinatra” and many others who donated their time to this very worthy cause.

Host Sammy Shore.  Photo Copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Host Sammy Shore. Photo Copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Celebrities including “Ghost Adventures” star Zak Bagans and Strip Performer Marc Savard were on-hand to walk the Red Carpet with some of the NSPCA’s adoptable “stars”. Producer Sirc Michaels and Lorie Palkow of “Evil Dead: The Musical” were also there to lend their support for this great event.

Marc Savard of Planet Hollywood's V Theatre.  Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Marc Savard of Planet Hollywood’s V Theatre. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Comedian Billy Gardell. Photo Copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Comedian Billy Gardell. Photo Copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Raffles for donated items helped to raise additional funds for the charity and the audience was treated to a show like no other with music, comedy, dancing and more.  An anonymous donor was so moved by the event that they doubled all ticket and raffle sales to support the advanced medical care of the rescued animals!

Rich Little. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Rich Little. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Tony Orlando.  Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Tony Orlando. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

"Shades of Sinatra". Photo  copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

“Shades of Sinatra”. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Zowie Bowie perform at "Funny Bones" Fundraiser.  Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Zowie Bowie perform at “Funny Bones” Fundraiser. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

For more information on the NSPCA and how to adopt your own rescue animal or make a donation to help with the great work they do, check out http://www.nevadaspca.org/

Sammy Shore with NSPCA staff members who made "Funny Bones" a reality.  Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Sammy Shore with NSPCA staff members who made “Funny Bones” a reality. Photo copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Las Vegas Paranormal group Elite Vegas Paranormal Society investigates legendary haunted hospital in Los Angeles.

Article and Photos by Suzanne Philips

Linda Vista Hospital

In the Paranormal community, several locations are legendary for their reported activity: the Washoe Club in Virginia City, Nevada; Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Kentucky; Eastern State Penitentiary in Pennsylvania and more.  Linda Vista Hospital in Los Angeles certainly fits into this category.

The hospital, which opened in 1904, was originally called the Santa Fe Railroad Hospital and was built to treat employees of the railroad and their families.  The original building was razed and rebuilt in 1924 in a Mission Revival Style and in 1937 was renamed Linda Vista Hospital.  The railroad sold the hospital to a managed care company in 1980, when the area around the hospital was becoming less affluent and seeing a huge increase in the number of gunshot woods and stabbings.  The hospital ER was forced to close in 1989 as they were treating a huge number of uninsured and under insured patients and after a decline in the quality of care after a number of doctors moved to other hospitals, the hospital closed in 1991.

“Chapel” used to film “True Blood”

Since it has closed, the hospital has been used as a filming location for TV shows such as “E.R.”, “True Blood” and “Dexter” and films like “To Live and Die in L.A.” and “Outbreak”.  Reports of Paranormal activity have plagued the property for years.  Many people have claimed to see shadows, hear disembodied voices, see apparitions and have strange items move on their own.  Travel Channel’s hugely popular show “Ghost Adventures” filmed 2 investigations on the property, and led to one of their investigators, Nick Groff, coming face to face with the apparition of a lady that affects him to this day.

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The hospital is currently being renovated to be used as senior housing, but Las Vegas Paranormal group Elite Vegas Paranormal Society was fortunate enough to be one of the last groups allowed into the hospital to investigate before it is demolished.

Elite Vegas Paranormal Society (EVPS)  is one of Las Vegas’ more well-known Paranormal groups and is very active in the community.  They put on the Las Vegas Paracon each year (http://elitevegasparanormalsociety.com/The_Las_Vegas_Paracon.html) and recently conducted public ghost hunts in October at Historic Bonnie Springs Ranch.

The Famous “Yellow Room” at Linda Vista Hospital

For the Linda Vista Hospital investigation, EVPS took 12 investigators and special guest investigator, actress Amanda Lynn Hills, to the Boyle Heights location for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The team set up a facebook and twitter feed for the evening where they invited fans and friends to watch videos from the event that were posted during the night and comment on photos taken at each part of the location.  They were also asked to tell the team where they would like to see them investigate, thus making it an interactive experience for those who couldn’t be there.

The EVPS team split up into groups as they investigated locations such as the surgical suites, the boiler room and patient floors.  At one point during the evening, the team all came together to try a very progressive experiment.  As several of the EVPS team members are in the medical field, they decided to try a “mock code” to try to bring out spirits and activity.  All of the team members dressed as medial professionals ran a “code” on a team member playing a patient and simulated trying to save her life.  Outside the trauma suite, they placed a REM pod and had cameras running.  They tried the experiment two separate times and each time, the REM pod started to alarm when no one was near it in the hallway outside the trauma suite.  Clearly, someone or something was reacting to the commotion going on in the trauma suite!

EVPS team members spent over 9 hours at the location and collected a ton of audio and video recordings that they are currently reviewing to see what evidence was caught.  The team will produce a video which will be posted on their website at a later date.

Room where “Nightstalker” Richard Ramirez was said to be held

 

For more information on Elite Vegas Paranormal Society or to get information on their upcoming 2013 Paracon, check out www.elitevegasparanormalsociety.com

 

 

 

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Star of hit Travel Channel Show “Ghost Adventures” performs songs from his album “The Other Side” at the 2012 Scarefest Convention.

Article and photos copyright Suzanne Philips

 

Day 2 of the 2012 Scarefest had a packed crowd flowing into the Lexington Convention Center trying to get a glimpse of their favorite Horror and Paranormal Celebs.  Four ballrooms hosted a multitude of panels on topics ranging from Exorcism to Nightmares.  Psychic Chip Coffey held a gallery reading for attendees lucky enough to get a ticket and those in attendance were amazed with his accuracy and humor.  “Destination Truth” star Josh Gates held a question and answer panel and delighted attendees with his stories of transportation woes and local cultures while filming the show. The expo hall was teaming with fans trying to get an autograph or photo with their faves or check out one of the Paranormal attractions present. All of the days events led up to the First ever Scarefest concert, which was help on Saturday night.

 

“Ghost Adventures” Star Nick Groff opened the show with his amazing band playing songs from his album “The Other Side”.  Joining Groff onstage were Danny Bedrosian, who also produced the album, DJ Kos and Mike Anderson.  With a packed house waiting for Groff’s appearance, the musicians took to the stage dressed in hooded robes.  Groff and Anderson made their way through the crowd, also decked out in robes, and began the show from the audience. And once the show started, it never paused.  The intensity continued through out the set.

Mike Anderson

A heavy use of video pumping through the screens went hand-in-hand with the mood of the songs playing out onstage. A mixture of Hip-Hop, Rock and Electronica, the show was a big hit with the standing-room-only crowd.  The musicians were obviously having a great time and the audience certainly were right there with them. The  entire set was high-energy and Groff even debuted a new song off his upcoming December album.

DJ Kos and Nick Groff

After Groff’s set, a host of local Lexington bands played until well after Midnight.  The First Scarefest concert was a great addition to the annual event and a big hit with all of the convention attendees.

 

For more information on Nick Groff’s Album or to purchase “The Other Side”, go to http://www.dannybedrosian.com/theotherside.html.

Article by Suzanne Philips

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Host Aaron Sagers and the reporters of “Paranormal Paparazzi”

It seems that every change of the channel can now put you in the middle of a Paranormal show, and with good reason.  A recent Gallup poll found that 3 in 4 Americans believe in the Paranormal. So it stands to reason that most networks have jumped on the bandwagon and are putting out shows on the subject.  Some of these shows are great and some….not so much.  Travel Channel and Producer Zak Bagans of “Ghost Adventures” fame are bringing out a show which premieres this Friday that takes a different look at the Paranormal.

“Paranormal Paparazzi” features a team of reporters that investigate the world of the unexplained, from reports of Bigfoot encounters to UFO abduction stories.  CFM spoke with “Paranormal Paparazzi” host Aaron Sagers to find out more about what we can expect from this new show.

The idea for the show came about very naturally.  “Zak Bagans and I have known each other for a couple years now, and when he was looking to put together a new project, he thought of me” said Sagers.  “He knows the TV business, and obviously knows about paranormal investigations, and I know about journalism and pop culture – and have spent a few years now specifically focusing on the “entertainment of the unexplained” at paranormalpopculture.com. So this project is really a natural fit for both of us.”

Realizing that there are numerous paranormal shows that a viewer can choose to watch, what makes “Paranormal Paparazzi” different? Sagers answers, “Ghost Adventures is great at what it does, and I don’t think Zak would ever want us to try and be like GA. Meanwhile, there are also a lot of other very cool paranormal shows out there – along with hit paranormal pop culture entries like “Walking Dead,” “True Blood,” the “Paranormal Activity” franchise.

I’m a fan of all of it, and will watch the movies, tune into the show and eat it all up. I love that I can watch Zak, Nick and Aaron Goodwin on TV investigating, then tune in to check out John Zaffis a few nights later – or that I can see an alien apocalypse with “Falling Skies” one night, and hit the theater to watch something like “Sinister” the next. We celebrate and cover all of it. So what Paranormal Paparazzi does is explore the culture of this unexplained world, from the believers to the skeptics to the celebrities who actually help create those movies and shows.”

Sagers goes on to say “We’re unique because we aren’t trying to convince people about the authenticity of the paranormal or not. We’re focused on the stories and the people involved. We are also not so much paranormal investigators as we are investigative journalists. And we also attempt to be the voice of the audience and say, “I don’t buy it” or “that’s friggin’ weird.” We are additionally different because we cover all components of the paranormal – ghosts, cryptozoology, ufology, zombies, apocalyptic cultures, you name it. We explore the entire environment of the unexplained. We shine a light on what goes bump in the night!”

With all of the talent and knowledge behind “Paranormal Paparazzi”, it looks like the Travel Channel will have another Paranormal hit on their hands!  Check out “Paranormal Paparazzi” when it premieres on the Travel Channel this Friday at 7pm.

 

Article and Photos by Suzanne Philips

Aaron Goodwin

The 2012 Scarefest starts this Friday in at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, Kentucky and a host of Paranormal Celebrities will be on hand. One of the biggest draws for the Con is “Ghost Adventures” Star Aaron Goodwin.

Goodwin will be hosting a booth at Scarefest with Artists Christian Gabriel and Adam Michaels where they will be selling their artwork and Aaron’s Big Steppin collection. The trio will also be hosting a panel on Saturday, September 29th at 6:15pm in the Heritage Ballroom entitled “Aaron’s Nightmares”.

 

Aaron Goodwin with fans at the 2012 Las Vegas Paracon

If you still haven’t gotten tickets for the Scarefest, head over to www.scarefestcon.com.

For more information on Aaron Goodwin and his Big Steppin Collection, visit www.agoodwincollections.com.

 

 

Article by Suzanne Philips

Artwork copyright Scarefest

This September, fans of both Horror and the Paranormal will flock to Lexington, Kentucky for the 2012 Scarefest. Every year this amazing con keeps getting bigger and upping the ante with bigger guests and more events, and 2012 is no exception.

The Con runs from September 28th – 30th at the Lexington Convention Center in downtown Lexington.  Horror aficionados will see guests like Fan Favorite Clive Barker and the Legendary Malcolm McDowell.

On the Paranormal side, fans will have a chance to see “Destination Truth” host Josh Gates, “Paranormal State” and “Psychic Kids” star Chip Coffey and Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley and Nick Groff from “Ghost Adventures”.  Groff will also be debuting his new book “Chasing Spirits” as well as playing a concert with his band during the con.

For ticket and hotel information, check out the Scarefest website at http://scarefestcon.com and check back with CFM as we feature articles on some of the guests and events coming to this years Scarefest.

Travel Channel announces hit show “Ghost Adventures” will be coming back for it’s sixth season on the network.  Network to air new shows in 2012.

Article and photo by Suzanne Philips. 

Nick Groff, Aaron Goodwin, Zak Bagans of "Ghost Adventures"

Travel Channel has greenlit a robust slate of programming for 2012 including eight original docu-series that will both entertain and inspire viewers who are passionate about discovering new places while enjoying the unexpected side of travel.  New series launching in 2012 include: “Baggage Battles,” features the “auction specialists” of the lost luggage world; “Hotel Impossible,” introduces hotel “fixer” Anthony Melchiorri; “Miami International Airport” (working title), provides a day-in-a-life at one of the countries busiest airports; “America Caught on Camera,” combines hilarious and irreverent video footage captured by visitors to some of America’s greatest cities; “Park Secrets,” uncovers must-visit spots not featured in the usual guidebooks; Trip Flip,” pairs host Bert Kreischer with unsuspecting vacationers; “Vegas Stripped,” allows a peek behind the curtain at a Vegas casino; and “Unpacked,” spotlights intriguing stories and characters that shed light on familiar and iconic locations. The announcement was made today by Andy Singer, SVP, Programming & Production, Travel Channel.

 In addition to the docu-series, Travel Channel is producing pilots for two new shows in development including: “Slice of Brooklyn,” which features Tony Muia, his neighborhood buddies, and their unique Brooklyn pizza tour operation; and “Vacation Hunters,” a twist on how to pick a perfect vacation where participants are given a one day “speed tour” of three different itineraries in their chosen destination, and at the end, they must make the ultimate decision of which path to take.

 “Our viewers are passionate about discovering new unique destinations and embrace the surprise of rediscovering the places found just around the corner – but from fresh angles,” said Singer.  “We are really excited about our new slate of programming that showcases the authentic characters and experts that not only entertain, but are guaranteed to inspire our viewers.”

 To anchor the new series premiering in 2012, Travel Channel has renewed new seasons of six popular series:

  • “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” (season eight): The Emmy-Award winning series continues with Anthony exploring off the grid and discovering the underlying stories behind a locale’s traditional cuisine
  • “Ghost Adventures” (season six): Paranormal investigators Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and equipment technician Aaron dive deeper into the culture and history of spooky locations before conducting  their overnight ghost investigation
  • “The Dead Files” (season two): Returns for a new season of dark investigations and unexpected discoveries
  •  “Truck Stop USA” (season two, formerly “Truck Stop Missouri”): Midway Truck Stop returns with more quirky characters and stories, as proprietor Joe Bechtold attempts to make his truck stop the next great American tourist destination
  • Off Limits” (season two): Host Don Wildman is back crisscrossing the country exploring everything from the inner workings of Denver Airport’s advanced luggage system to the repair of Abe Lincoln’s nose at Mt. Rushmore – he takes viewers to places the average visitor can’t go, but wish they could
  • “Mysteries at the Museum” (season three): From the Smithsonian’s cursed Hope Diamond to the Computer History Museum’s technology that outwitted a chess master, Don Wildman returns to search for the most fascinating stories in the country’s premiere institutions and off-the-beaten-path special interest museums
  • “Sand Masters” (season two): Features an incredible team of artists who travel across the globe to create unimaginable, massive structures made from sand

 New Original Series:

“Baggage Battles” (six half-hour episodes) Produced by My Tupelo Entertainment with Travel Channel’s Daniel Schwartz as Executive Producer

This half hour series follows three teams of savvy “auction specialists,” who travel the world looking to snatch up unclaimed and lost personal property in an attempt to turn huge profits.  Follow these specialists as they travel to some of the most important and unknown auctions, where pickers and resale experts bid on everything from lost luggage to abandoned personal property to seized goods of unusual merchandise.

 “Hotel Impossible” (eight one-hour episodes) Produced by Atlas Media Corporation with Travel Channel’s Brian Leonard as Executive Producer

Competition is fierce in the hotel business. With the stroke of a key, one bad review on an online site like Trip Advisor can kill a business’ reputation. So what’s a struggling hotel operator to do? Hire Anthony Melchiorri, one of the most sought after hotel “fixers” in the country. His no-nonsense approach can turn any establishment around in weeks…and he plans to do just that in “Hotel Impossible.” Each episode features a hotel fighting for its life.

 “Miami International Airport” (working title) (six half-hour episodes) Produced by 2C Media with Travel Channel’s Bill Howard as Executive Producer

Go behind the scenes at one of the busiest airports in the country.  “Miami International Airport” features an unprecedented cross section of an exciting airport staff as they deal with the stresses of getting over 100,000 strangers through its airport safely, every day.

 “America Caught on Camera” (12 half-hour episodes) Produced by Brad Lachman Productions, Inc. with Travel Channel’s Julie McCully as Executive Producer

“America Caught on Camera” is an outrageous and unpredictable clip show that combines jaw-dropping video footage with an ironic and irreverent tone.  Videos from by-standers and surveillance cameras expose people at their wildest, while their inhibitions are more relaxed on vacation.

 “Park Secrets” (12 half-hour episodes) Produced by Lusid Media with Travel Channel’s Brian Leonard as Executive Producer

“Park Secrets” takes viewers around the back door of the nation’s most popular park destinations and uncovers the best foods, unique hotels, and secret adventures that happen off the beaten path.

 “Trip Flip” (13 half-hour episodes) Produced by High Noon Entertainment with Travel Channel’s Stone Roberts as Executive Producer

Host Bert Kreischer surprises unsuspecting American vacationers by throwing away the guidebook and taking them off-the-beaten-path.  It’s the vacation they never saw coming.

 “Vegas Stripped” (six half-hour episodes) Produced by Left Field Productions with Travel Channel’s Daniel Schwartz as Executive Producer

In “Vegas Stripped,” get an exclusive all access pass behind the scenes at a 39,000 square foot hotel resort casino. From the massive volume of foods to be ordered and prepared, to overseeing a security team equal to a mid-sized town’s police force, there is a lot of competition from the big boys on the strip.

 “Unpacked” (six half-hour episodes) Produced by Tremendous! Entertainment Inc. with Travel Channel’s Sean McKnight as Executive Producer

“Unpacked” digs deep to discover how some of our favorite places and attractions came to be and why they keep wowing visitors today. Viewers will come to expect the unexpected as they are surprised with fascinating revelations about popular destinations they thought they knew well.

 Series in Development:

 “Slice of Brooklyn”:  Production Company – Happy Owl Media

“Slice of Brooklyn” is a fun and informative glimpse into the lives of native Brooklynites Tony Muia, his cousin Paula and friends from the old neighborhood, who run a small but successful company, specializing in tours of the best pizza spots in Brooklyn, NY.

 “Vacation Hunters”:  Production Company – Leopard Films (“House Hunters International”)

When people plan a vacation, they generally have an idea of where they want to go and how much they can afford. The big question is, how will they spend that budget?  “Vacation Hunters” gives participants a one day “speed tour” of three different itineraries in their chosen vacation destination. At the end of their three “speed tours,” they must make the ultimate decision of which path to take.