I’m happy to work with professionals in media-related fields, including authors, journalists, and producers.
In general, I rarely investigate private homes or businesses. (I may make an exception for extraordinary haunted properties.)
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Authors and journalists
If you’re a journalist, I’ll do my best to respond in a timely manner. Generally, it’s fine to quote anything I’ve said at any of my websites, as long as it’s in context. (If you’re not sure if I’m being sarcastic, ask me; my humor can be very dry. Sometimes, that doesn’t convey well in text.)
If you’re an editor or publisher, tell me what you’re looking for, when it’s due, and so on. I rarely write for others, but sometimes a project or topic intrigues me. If I can make time for it, I will.
If you have a podcast or radio show, I usually say no. The problem is simple: Where we live right now, there are no landlines, which most radio shows insist on. Our mobile phone service isn’t reliable, and our Internet connection drops regularly, albeit briefly. (My neighbors place their calls from their balconies or sidewalks. So, I know far more about their private lives than I’d ever wanted to.)
If you’re an author and want a cover blurb or a book introduction, ask if I have time for this. I’m always interested in helping others who share their insights with readers. And, even if I’m busy, I’ll almost always make time for real-life friends. But, during hectic seasons – such as around Halloween – I may have to decline. (Also, I’ll need a PDF of your book to read, first.)
If you’re an author and want me to review your book, this is important: My reviews are blunt and honest. If I like something, I say so. If I disagree, I say so. Also, I tend to write reviews every few months, in batches. So, if this is urgent, let me know; I’ll ask you to send me a PDF.
Owners of haunted hotels, stately homes, and historic sites
I love to research wonderful old haunted sites, and try to make time for them, even when I’m busy. If you need documentation – including historical information to support your hauntings – I’ll do my best to make time to work with you. (A lot depends on how convenient the location is, and how many other clients I’m working with.)
However, if your site turns out not to be haunted, I’ll be frank about that, as well. When you hire me, you get my very best work… and my honest insights. And, I guarantee confidentiality, unless you give me permission to tell others about my investigation and my conclusions.
Producers, cast & crew
If you’re a TV or movie producer, here’s what to expect:
- I can act as a location scout, on- or off-site. I use a variety of methods for this, based on history, geography, individual reports… and what I call the “secret sauce” of my research. Sometimes, I can do this remotely; I don’t always have to be on-location, though – in many cases – that helps.
- I can tell you if a location seems genuinely haunted or if it’s over-hyped and more urban legend/trope than fact. That’s based on history, geography, etc., as well as what I find online and what you tell me. In most cases, I can do this remotely.
- On-site, I can cruise through a site and tell you the areas most likely to have film-worthy activity.Again, that’s related to history & geography, plus my instincts. In some cases, I can tell you the “hot spots” within a few feet (or less) of where you’ll detect paranormal activity.
- Will your scenes impress viewers? I can tell you what is – and isn’t – likely to seem real, authentic, and legitimate to viewers. (Though I have no doubt that ghostly things happen at truly haunted sites, I’m also a bit of a skeptic, so I’ve studied this… a lot. Let me help your production maintain its reputation and integrity.)
- I can teach cast and crew the basics of ghost hunting. This is best done in-person. It doesn’t have to be at an actual, haunted site. Many of my methods are based on traditional, low-tech research techniques that work. (They can be verified with ghost hunting equipment for added authenticity/effect.)
- I’m also familiar with people’s reactions to paranormal encounters… what to expect, what to believe, what to be concerned about, and what’s probably just “jumping at shadows.” This is useful for actors as well as shows’ investigative teams and directors. Many viewers can spot what they think is a fake or exaggerated reaction. In some cases – but not all of them – the viewers’ opinions are right. Let me help you avoid blunders that can discredit your production.
- But, while I’m delighted to work as a consultant, I’m not eager to appear on-camera. I’ve never wanted to be a star. It’s a privacy thing.