Hello, and thank you for visiting my website.
If you’re looking for someone with unique insights about paranormal research and haunted sites… that’s me.
As an author, I write how-to books about ghost hunting. (My writing career began as a journalist for Fate magazine.) As of 2020, I’m updating my older books to reflect new discoveries in science and paranormal research. I’m also developing a line of shorter, topic-focused books for modern audiences.
As a researcher, I assemble small, selectively chosen teams to investigate intriguing sites that may be haunted. Usually, we explore locations with obscure ghost stories… places that the public rarely hear about. Sometimes I write about them at HollowHill.com, but sometimes I don’t. When I mention a haunted site, it soon becomes popular.
As a consultant, I work with TV producers and stars. I use history, genealogy, and geography to confirm (or debunk) site owners’ concerns, and find unexplored haunts in the U.K. and U.S.A.
When I research well-known haunted places, I go far beyond the popular legends. For me, it’s a personal challenge to discover the truth. So, in addition to online research, I enjoy exploring records in dusty old libraries and church archives.
Often, I focus on haunted sites that most people don’t know about, yet. For some producers, I’ve identified “hot spots” where they’re likely to find multiple haunts for several shows.
I enjoy travel, but I prefer not to be in front of the camera. I like my privacy.
If you’re a producer and would like me to work with you, leave a comment at this page; it’s the fastest way to reach me.
As a child, I stumbled onto ghost hunting, almost literally.
My mother was a bohemian artist. Father was a photographer, calligrapher, and political activist. So, our dinner guests regularly included artists, museum curators, diplomats, professors, and inventors.
My childhood was set in a Town & Country world of travel, parties, and museums. Skiing in the winter. Seaside cottages and luxury hotels in the summer.
Then and now, what drives me is the pursuit of wonder. Discovering amazing, delightful things.
So, I’m not interested in anything lurid or deeply tragic, though – in ghost investigations – tragedy may be part of the ghosts’ history.
My first ghostly encounter was at one of those grand old hotels, Wentworth-by-the-Sea (New Castle, NH). That’s where my brother and I once followed a woman in an old-fashioned maid’s uniform. As a joke, we tiptoed behind her up to a dusty upper floor… where she vanished into thin air. (I described that experience in the book, Weird Encounters.)
After that, my interest in fantastic topics took another leap forward when I read A Wrinkle in Time. It was probably my favorite childhood book, along with The Borrowers series and anything by Edward Eager.
As an adult, time spent in the U.K. and Ireland increased my fascination with eerie and haunted sites. I started writing articles for magazines such as Fate, and – in the late 1990s – my first ghost-related website, HollowHill.com.
In that era, mine was one of the few free ghost hunting websites sharing useful how-to insights. So, I received many invitations to investigate haunted sites.
Over the decades that followed, my websites expanded to include more paranormal topics.
As of 2020, I’m revising and updating several of my ghost-related books. I’m also working on a series of short, light, fun books about topics related to paranormal research.
And, from time to time, I help TV producers understand fans’ shifting interests, and find fresh, haunted locations. And, of course, I continue my scientific and historical research.
Fiona Broome is an author, researcher, location scout, and media consultant. She specializes in paranormal research in the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, and Canada.
She’s the founder of one of the Internet’s original ghost-related websites, HollowHill.com. Also, she’s written more than 1,000 ghost-related articles for magazines and websites.
Fiona has been a speaker and panelist at international events including the New England Ghost Conference, GhoStock, Central Texas Paranormal Conference, and Canada’s annual G.H.O.S.T.S. conferences. From 2006 through 2010, she was a celebrity Guest and panelist at Dragon Con.
Fiona’s unique research
- Ley line patterns in ghost research. Using geographical lines (ley lines) and patterns, Fiona was the first to publicly identify sites with unreported (and under-reported) paranormal activity. She’s predicted anomalies from New Orleans’ French Quarter to Salem, Massachusetts, and from Atlanta, Georgia, to Maritime Canada.
- Historical patterns in general paranormal research. For Fiona, this started with her discovery of the connection between Abner Cook, Shoal Creek, and Austin, Texas’ many haunted buildings. Since then, Fiona has been a leading researcher in historical and geographical patterns. Those might explain why some sites are haunted and others aren’t.
- Genealogy as a paranormal research tool. Fiona has pioneered paragenealogy, to document (and sometimes discredit) popular ghost stories, from the Lalaurie Mansion in New Orleans, to the enduring “curses” that followed the Salem Witch Trials. (She’s descended from Oliver Cromwell’s first cousin, Thomas Cromwell. He fled the religious controversy of Oliver’s “Godly Reformation,” and sought a simpler, Christian community. Salem was not a wise choice.)
- The Mandela Effect is a phrase Fiona developed in 2009 to describe quirky, synchronous historical memories that differ from what’s widely accepted. Is it sci-fi? Is it real? There may be multiple explanations. This is not a conspiracy theory.
- “Sparkles,” a specific camera effect. In the late 1990s, Fiona coined the term “sparkles” to describe camera phenomena that can indicate the likelihood of photo anomalies. The term has since been adopted throughout the field, and used as a predictor in paranormal investigations.
Fiona’s research, and her contributions to over 15 books, are always based in documented facts, history and science.
Online, she’s respected as the founder of Hollow Hill, one of the earliest, largest, and most-trusted websites about ghosts and haunted places.
Also, Fiona Broome was the inspiration for the “Fiona” character in Trickery Treat, the final novel in the first Charmed TV series books.
Conferences, Conventions, and Symposia
- In 2003, Fiona was the opening speaker for the New England Ghost Conference.
- During 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010, Fiona was an invited Guest and speaker at Dragon Con, talking about paranormal, sci-fi, and speculative topics.
- She was also one of the speakers, panelists and investigators at GhoStock 7 (2009).
- In October 2008 and 2009, Fiona was a celebrity Guest of Honor at Salem, Massachusetts’ premiere social event, the Official Salem Witches’ Halloween Ball. (Fiona’s spirituality is personal and eclectic, though she respects those who identify as witches.)
- Fiona was a guest speaker and panelist in Ontario, Canada at the 1st and 2nd Annual G.H.O.S.T.S. Conference.
- In October 2011, Fiona was among the guest speakers and panelists at the Central Texas Paranormal Conference, in Austin, Texas.
TV and Radio
Fiona has been a consultant for producers, cast, and crew of TV shows on SyFy, Travel Channel, History Channel, etc.
She’s also appeared on a few shows.
- TV: Hollywood New England, Chronicle (various throughout New England), and the History Channel (History II).
- Radio: Coast to Coast AM with George Noory (June 2018), Para-X Radio shows (several) , Blog Talk Radio (several, including Haunted 911), Darkness Radio with Dave Schrader, Psychic Sundays with Gavin Cromwell, The Spiritual View with Dr. Kevin Ross Emery, and Just Energy Radio with Dr. Rita Louise.
Magazines and Newspapers
Fiona has been quoted in dozens of magazines and newspapers, including:
- Haunted Times magazine: Fear the Darkness of Falstaff’s Experience (Fall 2008).
- Phylllis Hoffman Celebrate Magazine, Haunted Happenings in Salem (Halloween 2010).
- NH Magazine: Nine Bone-Chilling Questions with a Granite State Ghost Hunter (Oct 2002), Unearthly Encounters (Oct 2010), Haunted Cemeteries (Oct 2012).
- Boston Globe newspaper, Boston, MA: Inside the T’s Tunnel of Doom (Halloween “City View,” Oct 2002).
- Nashua Telegraph newspaper, Nashua, NH. Encore cover story, Do you believe in GHOSTS? (27 Oct 2000), The Haunting of Tyng Mansion (31 Oct 2002), NH Ghost Hunter Reports Ghoulish Prank (12 May 2003), Spirits & Hauntings & Pukwudgies, Oh My (10 Oct 2010).