Facebook Changes… and more

After some thought, I’ve deleted my personal Facebook account. I’ve barely used it since around 2014. Maybe earlier.

(One of my publishers runs the Fiona Broome Facebook fan page. That will remain, and I will post there, occasionally.)

Here’s the short version…

The world has changed. The pace of daily life has changed, and so has the nature of the Internet.

As of 2017 (and perhaps earlier), social media and websites might not be my best way to share theories and research.

So, I’m reducing the time I spend, online. That means deleting some accounts, consolidating websites, and so on.

Leaving Facebook was just one of several changes ahead.

Here’s the full story…

Things changed over a year ago, when my Mandela Effect theories (and website) went viral. Suddenly, I was in the spotlight.

That made me uncomfortable.

For me, the work has always been about the research. I’ve never wanted to be famous.

Oh, I want my work to be well-known. (I think every researcher feels that way.)  And, I want people to know my part in developing useful theories.

But fame…? No, thanks. I like my privacy. It’s why I’ve turned down offers from one TV producer after another, for over a decade.

I’m not sure when I finally said, “This isn’t as much fun as I had in mind.”

Facebook was involved. As the ghost hunting audience shrunk in size, bickering started among friends for whom fame was important.

(I’m sympathetic. Those who depended on TV success needed to maintain their popularity. It was about supporting their families, as much as anything. Some were successful. Some weren’t.)

Add the online political frenzy of 2016 & 2017, and I found all kinds of excuses not to visit Facebook.

But it wasn’t just Facebook. My Mandela Effect site was part of the problem.

The decline of fun

First, there were odd messages, suggesting that I should close comments, at least for a while. (I didn’t need much urging. The comments had reached deluge level, and I needed a break, anyway.)

A bigger turning point was when the Mandela Effect concept came under attack. (I don’t mean the DDoS attacks. They were merely annoying.)

After that, I’m not sure if people misinterpreted what I said, or if that was deliberate. (Meaning: trolls.) Either way, it was frustrating for my readers — and for me — to bear the brunt of scathing criticism and ridicule.

It’s why I never joined the Mandela Effect discussions at Reddit.

Early in 2017, those attacks became personal. I’ve been accused of all kinds of bizarre things, across a variety of media.

(They’d be laughable to people who know me in real life. Especially the idea that I’m racist. Or that I’m creating “fake news” for political reasons. Or… well, the list goes on & on. None of it makes much sense, so I shrug it off. But then I ask myself, “Why subject yourself to this nonsense?”)

So, I’m bowing out of Facebook. That’s not because of the insults.

It’s about the spotlight.

(Really, if I was interested in fame, I’d have taken it — with a nice paycheck — when I was offered my own TV series in 2004, and again in 2005, and in 2006, and so on.)

Merging websites

I’m also merging some of my websites. I’d created them — and then spun-off several others — between 1999 and 2014.

Back then, navigating a single, 600+ article website seemed too daunting. I had to split up sites like Hollow Hill.

Today, WordPress comes with shiny new navigational tools. So, running a bazillion little websites isn’t necessary. I can merge several of them.

(I’ll keep the domain names, and redirect them to the respective sections of larger websites.)

Meanwhile, I was going to expand my Mandela Effect theories into a new site, bordering on sci-fi, for fun. Right now, that’s “on hold,” for obvious reasons.

Book news

I am planning to write more books.  At least one will describe what I’ve observed from behind the scenes at MandelaEffect.com. It’s been fascinating.

(Note: I’ll write more books after major overhauls of my existing ones. Trying to juggle books + the Mandela Effect site + lots & lots of emails… I haven’t been happy with the quality of my recent books. They’re due for some serious editing. That’s one of my big projects for the rest of 2017.)

Now, for someone like me, books make more sense than websites.

Where websites fail

In 1999, when I left GeoCities and launched HollowHill.com (my first paranormal website), people would spend hours reading one article after another. Usually, they seemed to read them in sequence, or at least figure out where the conversations started.

Their comments and questions made sense. Often, they prompted me to write new articles on those topics. It was fun.

Today, people are more likely to land on an article that’s in the middle of a series. They’re looking for specific information.

Most visitors read the article they landed on, and maybe half of another one.

Then they ask me questions — in comments or email — that were answered in other articles at the same website.

It’s not that my visitors are stupid. They’re not.

Mostly, they’re busy.

Today, sequential website articles aren’t the best way to share my research, adventures, and discoveries. They’re too easily taken out-of-context.

Note: This isn’t my own realization. It’s eloquently explained in a Kindle book called, Kill Your Blog. (Yes, that’s a harsh title, and the author’s pen name is regrettable. But, his logic and advice are sound.)

So, I’m changing how I manage my time, and how much I’m online.

Leaving Facebook is the first of several steps in this process. It wasn’t as easy choice, because I love my friends, fans, and fellow researchers.

But, it’s like knowing when to leave Disney World for the day, when my kids were little. I’d try to leave while everyone was still happy, and would look back on the day with happy memories.

This is the right time for me to leave Facebook. And, it’s the right time to make other changes.

Stay tuned for updates. I’ll share them here.

Please, Ignore the Trolls

a very tired woman at her deskI’m posting this in multiple places, because it’s just too ridiculous. And, I’m dealing with a deluge of concerned emails that are so very sad.

Oh, I’m tremendously grateful to have so many friends, fans, and supporters.

But… trolls are creating controversy where there shouldn’t be any. Worse, they’re taking up your time and mine. Trolls deserve neither.

Here’s what I posted at Facebook (at my fan page), and I’ll probably post it — or a variation of it — at the Mandela Effect website, as well:

This is getting silly. The Mandela Effect is science, opinions, and (perhaps fanciful) speculation. It was intended to be a fun topic of discussion.
It’s not magic, nothing spiritual, and my site was never intended as a disinformation site.
It’s okay to call it “sci-fi.” If you don’t share any of the memories at that site, it’s fine to think we’re making it up. (Generally, I don’t think we are, but I’m willing to be wrong.)
My initial plan was to see if anyone else recalled Nelson Mandela’s funeral in the very late 1980s (or so). I’d met a few others who remembered it (or thought they did), and it seemed like an interesting & quirky topic for a book. Or at least some fascinating conversations.
I had no other agenda, then or now. From the very beginning, the site was mostly a hobby for me. But, it may yet become a book.
I’m still thinking about it, but have too many other projects to focus on, at the moment. Like redesigning Hollow Hill. Editing & updating my ghost hunting books. Reading lots & lots of emails. And so on.
At MandelaEffect.com, might people have left fake comments…?
Yes, but I have no idea how likely that is. Since MandelaEffect.com started in 2011, and didn’t attract much attention for years, I trust the earliest reports & comments.
Later ones, especially after the Berenstain/Berenstein Bears issue attracted a tidal wave of attention…? Not so much. I’m pretty sure some comments were left to see how gullible I might be.
Bad news for them: I’m skeptical of almost everything. The more I research “haunted” sites and find very normal explanations, the more I raise an eyebrow at anything too “out there.”
In general, I default to science, but I also listen to the context of what people tell me.
I believe people’s paranormal experiences are real. I don’t think they’re “just making it up.”
I’m less certain of how we label and categorize those experiences. That’s where context comes in. And history. And science.
I study everything for normal explanations and easy-to-mistake glitches. I always want to rule them out, first, especially when people are frightened.
But, I DO recall the 20th century funeral of Nelson Mandela. Several of my real-life (and very credible) friends still insist they saw Billy Graham’s 20th century funeral, as well. And then there’s the Berenstein Bears issue, which speaks for itself.
My own, very personal answers tend to focus on quantum studies and parallel realities influencing (or intersecting with) our own.
Trying to portray my research as anything other than curiosity (albeit quirky) is laughable.
I appreciate the emails about how I’m being portrayed, but please, ignore the trolls who want to stir up controversy. They’re playing silly games. If you don’t play along by choosing a “side” in their arguments, they’ll find something else to do.
And, I’ll have fewer emails to read, and more time for interesting projects. Like finally updating the “alternate memories” list at the Mandela Effect site.

EMF, Tinnitus, and Doors

If you’ve followed my ghost hunting theories, you know that I’ve annoyed a lot of people by insisting that some (or even all) EMF surges aren’t actually ghosts.

Oh, I still believe in ghosts. I have no doubt that something odd is going on at haunted places, and — at many of those sites — the answer really is ghosts.

However, I think those EMF surges are actually electromagnetic leaking into our world, or otherwise signalling when the “veil between the worlds” (whatever you want to call it) is opening.

Remember the old TV series, Quantum Leap? Do you recall the door (or really big window) that appeared when Al was about to make an entrance or departure?

I think it’s something like that, but we can’t actually see it. We can measure it with EMF devices, and maybe with tinnitus. (Maybe. The latter needs far more testing.)

I’ve been describing my EMF/haunted places theory for years. Almost every time I do, I’m met with stony silence. If people hadn’t been so polite, I’m pretty sure they’d have declared, “Heresy!”

(Yes, I’m joking. However, my EMF theories — which may include orbs, as well — were not well received.)

Fast-forward to late November 2015…

Heading into 2016, I’m about to expand that concept, big time. It’s an evolution based on one of my conversations with Mike H. at the Mandela Effect site.

And, I think this is very cool.

As I see it, one of my most “out there” theories might have far wider implications than I’d realized.

This is going to be very, very fun.

Sidereal Time and Paranormal Research

old-fashioned clockLately, I’ve talked a lot about sidereal time, and the edge it can give us in paranormal research.

A few people have paused and raised an eyebrow. They wanted to know what I was talking about.

Since those were real-life conversations and I didn’t have the key information at hand, I promised to post it online… so, here it is.

Basically, a quirky (but impressive) study has shown that sidereal time may affect anomalous cognitions — aka: the accuracy of psychics and mediums.

The abstract and summary at Association Trans Communication explains:

“The essence of the article we are referring to is that scientists have found a direct correlation between the sidereal time of day and success in psychic ability experiments.”

David Wilcock has talked about this, and published his own paper at Scribd, in which he “shows you how to find your local sideral time, so you can meditate at 13:30 LST to increase your psychic abilities by 400%.” [sic]

Can’t access Scribd? You’ll find nearly identical information at this Project Avalon link.

In one of Wilcock’s audio blogs, he explained:

Sidereal time is the time that it takes the Earth to orbit once, relative to the center of the galaxy, rather than to the Sun.

Basically, the peak time is 1:30 PM, Local Sidereal Time. That’s not necessarily 1:30 PM, where you are, and it’s not a time you can calculate in your head, based on GMT or anything like that.

To make the most of peak psychic sensitivity, today, use LST software to calculate the exact time for today. (Tomorrow, it’ll be about four minutes earlier, and it’ll be earlier again the next day, and so on.)

For accuracy, you’ll probably use the longitude of the nearest city that’s in your time zone.

Here are some links that will tell you the Local Sidereal Time where you are:

The actual window — with ~400% better psychic accuracy — about 15 minutes before 1:30 PM, Local Sidereal Time, and continues until about 15 minutes after that time.

So, how do we use this in ghost hunting and paranormal research? We schedule our psychic investigations for times that will include the 30-or-so minutes when psychic receptivity may be highest… around 13:30 LST.

Of course, most of us investigate haunts all year ’round. But, as an example, let’s look ahead to Halloween 2016.

For Halloween/Samhain (31 Oct 2016), if you’re in the same time zone as New York City, you’ll want to start your investigation no later than 10:15 AM, since 13:30 LST will be at 10:44 AM. In fact, to give everyone time to be where they’re supposed to be, with equipment set up and in a receptive frame of mind, you should probably arrive no later than 9:30 or 10 AM.

(In England, 13:30 LST will be at about 7:50 AM, so you’ll need to arrive at 7 AM or so, to be ready.)

I haven’t tested this enough to say it definitely helps with ghost research. Nevertheless, the supporting evidence is convincing enough to recommend trying this with your research team.

If you do, I hope you’ll share your results in comments at this site.

If you want to read the full, original study, it’s titled “Apparent Association Between Effect Size In Free Response Anomalous Cognition Experiments And Local Sidereal Time.” The author is S. James P. Spottiswoode. [PDF]

Interested in Ghost Hunting Books?

Isolated boats on a dark and stormy night.In paranormal fields, authors seem to work in greater isolation than other fiction and nonfiction authors do.

I’d like to help change that with projects involving readers and fellow authors.

Beta readers

I’m looking for a few people who’d be interested in reading my ghost-related books before I publish them. At the moment, I’m looking for intermediate or professional ghost hunters, for some of my more advanced books.

If you’re selected, you’d agree to a few things:

1. Read the book (in PDF format or digital format) and give me an honest evaluation, including what works and what needs better explanations.  And, do this within a week or so of receiving the file.

2. Not share the file with anyone.

In return, you’ll be acknowledged in the book, and receive a free digital copy of the finished book.

You’re not making a commitment, right now. However, I’d like to know what your interests are and why you might be a good beta reader.

When I’m ready for beta readers, I’ll contact you first. Upcoming books include my revised ley lines research book and my paragenealogy book.

Fellow authors

In addition to the usual exchange of cover blurbs, I have a few ideas for collaborative projects.

If you’re writing ghost-related books, or you’d like to: Let me know.

How to contact me

Use the Contact Form at my FionaBroome.com website.



Ghost Hunting in Haunted Cemeteries

(Above: One of Fiona’s 2016 books about haunted cemeteries.)

The 2015 edition of Ghost Hunting in Haunted Cemeteries: A How-To Guide by Fiona Broome, is out of print.

She’s writing a new, related book series. Learn more at her article, How to Find Haunted Cemeteries.

Or, if you’re a beginner, learn more in the October 2016 book, A Beginner’s Guide to Ghost Hunting in Haunted Cemeteries.

Here’s the original book description, from 2015:

Ghost Hunting in Haunted Cemeteries is the kind of book that belongs on every ghost hunter’s bookshelf. It’s a how-to manual and an important reference book.

Ghost Hunting in Haunted Cemeteries, by Fiona BroomeBeginners will learn how to find local haunted cemeteries that are free (and legal) to visit. New ghost hunters will discover the tips & tricks that professionals use to find the most haunted cemeteries — and the ghosts in them — quickly and easily.

In a way, this book is a quick (but thorough) course in ghost hunting at haunted cemeteries, taking readers from absolute beginner to confident researcher in a short amount of time.

Professionals will discover Fiona’s best-kept secrets to identifying the most active, haunted cemeteries and the “hot spots” in them. Ms. Broome shares tips to locate “sinners’” graves at church and community cemeteries. She also explains two fast & easy ways to find some of the most active graves as soon as you walk through the cemetery gates. Whether you’re conducting your own research, training a team, or conducting a ghost-related event, you’ll find useful tips and tricks in this book.

Used copies may be available
at Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk — and other Amazon booksellers.

More information: Since the first edition came out in 2009, this has been the go-to book for anyone interested in haunted cemeteries. Fiona Broome has been investigating haunted places for more than 20 years. She knows what she’s talking about.

However, most ghost hunters focus on haunted houses, hotels, battlefields, and eerie abandoned sites. They’re overlooking important haunted sites in most communities: haunted cemeteries.

Fiona’s book is vital reading, whether you’re interested in a ghostly encounter for a “good scare,” for paranormal research, or as a spiritual calling to help trapped souls “cross over.”

Remember, Ghost Hunting in Haunted Cemeteries is a how-to guide, not a set of stories. Though Fiona describes some of her eerie experiences at haunted cemeteries, most of this book focuses on the nuts-and-bolts of successfully investigating haunted cemeteries in your community.

First, you’ll learn about the different kinds of cemeteries. Fiona explains which are most popular among ghost hunters and people sensitive to ghostly energy.

Do you know the difference between a graveyard and a cemetery? Today, most ghost hunters use these words interchangeably.

Traditionally, a “graveyard” was connected with a church, but a “cemetery” has always been a public place of burial. If you’re a researcher, that kind of trivia can help you understand which cemeteries — and their ghosts — may produce the best results.

After discovering how to find the best local haunted cemeteries, you’ll learn what to look for when you visit them. Fiona explains how to identify haunted graves. She also talks about something different: other areas in and near the cemetery where ghosts may linger. Fiona describes where to investigate to find “forgotten” graves and their displaced headstones.

You’ll uncover great tips about where to look — and what to look out for — if you want a memorable ghostly encounter.  Photos will show you exactly what the best locations look like.

Of course, not all ghost investigations are planned. Have you ever stumbled onto an unexpected cemetery and your “gut feeling” told you it was haunted? This book tells you what to do if you only have time for a brief visit, but you want to find the most active spirits and eeriest graves.

If you’re investigating ghosts, it helps to know why they remain in our world. With those insights, you have a far better chance of making contact. Throughout this book, Fiona explains the ingredients that make many cemeteries haunted, and the very personal reasons why some ghosts linger by their graves.

Walpurgis – the Other Halloween (Report & Checklist)

moon-trees-hauntedMany ghost hunters think Halloween is the only night when “the veil is thinner between the worlds.”

That’s not true.

The night of April 30th, sometimes called Walpurgis, is exactly six months from Halloween, and it can be just as good for ghost hunting.

In fact, since fewer “thrill seekers” are out on that night, the last night of April can be your best opportunity for eerie encounters at haunted places.

Read my report and checklist — which starts right after Halloween — so you’re prepared for another great night for paranormal research.

Click here to download

For more information about ghost hunting, visit EncounterGhosts.com.

Haunted Cemeteries Mindmap for Ghost Hunters

If you’re ghost hunting in haunted cemeteries, this mindmap may help you remember the key ingredients in a successful cemetery investigation.  I wrote it to accompany my original haunted cemeteries book, Ghost Hunting in Haunted Cemeteries.

That book —  now out of print — explained the ins and outs of evaluating and investigating cemeteries that might be haunted.

Ghost Hunting in Haunted Cemeteries, by Fiona Broome
The cover of the 2015 edition.

However, the mindmap can be useful on its own. Well… maybe.

You don’t have to read the book to use the mindmap, but it may help… a lot. (Experienced ghost hunters will get the most from this mindmap.)


To learn about ghost hunting in general (including haunted cemeteries), visit EncounterGhosts.com

For answers to ghost hunting questions, see Ghosts101.com.

Halloween Ghost Hunting Checklist

halloween-cat-pumpkinFor many ghost hunters, Halloween (aka Samhain – pronounced “SAHH-whenn”) is the most important night of the year.

To make the most of your Halloween ghost investigations, use this Halloween Ghost Hunting Checklist. Preparations start before Halloween.


Also, be sure to check some of my other free ghost hunting reports and checklists, including my pre-investigation tips for haunted cemeteries, for ideas.

Ghosts and Unintended Provoking – Free Report

z-GhostsSundaysProvokingFrankly, I have mixed feelings about this four-page report. It’s an idea I had — and successfully tested — in 2009, but it can be rude or even risky, depending on the setting and how you use it.

It all started when I unintentionally annoyed the ghost of a stern, early American minister. Though that ghost was usually silent, I irritated him enough that he spoke through a couple of trance mediums. He also sent messages through a few investigators who don’t usually “hear” voices at haunted sites.

Unfortunately, since the ghost was known for his energy and — until that investigation — hadn’t manifested with anything vocal, no one was prepared to record EVP.  It was an extraordinary opportunity, and we missed it because we didn’t bring enough equipment.

Nevertheless, that experience was an “ah-HA!” moment and sparked a series of articles about ghosts, their cultural contexts, and how to use (or deliberately overlook) manners and etiquette to evoke a response.

The problem is, this technique involves religion.  While I can see some situations where it’s not only appropriate but it may be helpful… in some settings it could be dangerous. I don’t mean simply scary, but actually risky for anyone present, especially those who aren’t shielded or prepared for malicious entities.

I’m not likely to use this approach in the future.  I think it’s unnecessary in all but the most urgent (but clearly non-malicious) settings.

So, with that warning, here’s the link to my four-page article featuring two ways to use this kind of technique.