2018 has arrived, and I think it’s going to be one of ghost hunting’s most interesting years so far.
Over the past few years, things changed radically in paranormal research. For example, TV shows took ghost hunting to extremes – sometimes truly ridiculous. (No, there is no evidence that “shadow people” kill anyone. Ever.)
The good news is: It looks like many (not all) popular media are more grounded, or at least moving their paranormal coverage in that direction.
In addition, a new generation of ghost hunters are entering the field. They have fresh ideas. New approaches. Interesting ways of looking at paranormal research. And some great questions.
But yes, they’re also a little jaded by how this field twisted and turned over the past decade or so.
Looking back, I think many of us feel that way, especially after seeing what greed can do. (The story of Ideal Event Management is so negative, I was on the fence about mentioning it. But now… well, it looks like a lot of friends & fans were impacted. So, I’ll address it here.)
I’d known Marc Tetlow from his earliest days in ghost hunting, back when he was a reporter in Nashua, NH, reading Hollow Hill articles on his lunch break.
I met him in real life after he started representing Jason Hawes & friends, when the Ghost Hunters TV series launched. That’s when Marc became my agent, as well.
Everything seemed fine until 2010. Marc created an embarrassing (and very public) scene at Dragon Con. That’s when I asked him to remove me from his list of clients.
In retrospect, I wish I’d been more outspoken about the problems I saw, before others lost tens of thousands of dollars to Marc.
Did I lose money to him? Maybe. There were a few red flags, but I have no idea.
I’m looking forward, not back. Providing great value and cool insights to my readers… that’s my biggest concern.
And, I think 2018 is going to open new doors to paranormal explorations and discoveries.
Yes, for many paranormal researchers, 2016 and 2017 were difficult years. People pointed to poorly attended events and sagging TV ratings. Several haunted sites reinvented themselves, omitting any mention of ghosts.
Even the Ghost Hunters TV series was cancelled.
To many people, things looked grim for ghost investigations.
But – as usual – my outlook was a little different. By mid-2017, I started seeing interesting new trends in the field.
That’s when I removed all of my indie-published books from Amazon, etc. They needed updates & rewrites. (For me, there’s no such thing as just “good enough” for my friends & fans. I always want you to have the best information I can provide.)
One book I contributed to, Ghost Hunting in Tilton, New Hampshire, has been re-released this month. It’s more than double its previous size.
That book is in Kindle, and it’s 99 cents during January 2018. (Rue tells me there will be a print edition, later in January.)
Meanwhile, I’m revising my own books, but – during January – my free ghost hunting course is a higher priority. I expect to complete the videos and free worksheets, etc., around the middle of this month.
(March 2018 update: Okay, that was an unrealistic prediction. June is a more likely completion date for that first course.)
After that, I’ll be back at work on book revisions, new books, site updates, freebies, podcasts, videos, and – of course – quirky paranormal research ideas.
I’m excited about 2018. I think we’ll see some tremendous breakthroughs and exciting new trends in ghost hunting… and in paranormal research, in general.
I’ll update you with news, as I see things taking shape.
Thanks for your interest, support, and input about my sometimes-weird (but usually fun) research into odd phenomena.
I hope your 2018 is tremendous, as well.