Throughout the filming of Ghost Stalkers I had to help to write the narration which would be placed over the shows visuals. I, of course, also had to record the narration. Here is just a brief sampling of some of the less obscenity filled mistakes from recording what everyone heard on the finalized episodes. There is some swearing so make sure your speakers aren’t up too high or you’re wearing headphones.
Sounds of the Weird is a soundtrack of audio experiments meant to accompany research into unusual phenomena. Each volume of the collection is crafted using, in most instances, ambient sounds from the time periods and locations of specific anomalous experiences. Sometimes melodious, other times discordant Sounds of the Weird strives to be a new strange experience beyond those which prompted the creation of the collection. You can get your copy from Amazon buy clicking here.
This CD and the music contained on it are not meant to be a comprehensive study of the topic for which the volume was named but all sounds/songs were created specifically to be listened to while researching certain topics.
The CBS Radio Workshop was a dramatic radio series that aired on CBS in the 1950’s. Subtitled “radio’s distinguished series to man’s imagination,” it blended fiction and non-fiction news accounts. In this episode from 1956 the concepts of ESP, Dowsing, Precognition and Telepathy are covered. Starring John McIntyre and Raymond Burr.
John Keel is regarded by many as a pioneer in the field of Fortean studies. He popularized, and indeed may have created, the terms “Men In Black” and “Ultraterrestrials” but Keel is most well-known as the main researcher and investigator of the Mothman experiences. He wrote a number of books including The Mothman Prophecies, Disneyland of the Gods, Our Haunted Planet and Jadoo. He challenged the commonly held belief that flying Saucers, cryptozoology and hauntings were unique and separate experiences. In an interview Keel stated that,”The objects and apparitions do not necessarily originate on another planet and may not even exist as permanent constructions of matter. It is more likely that we see what we want to see and interpret such visions according to our contemporary beliefs.”
Without Keel the “paranormal community” would be lacking in much of its insight and humor.
In 1973 an advertisement appeared in some occult/paranormal magazines which invited people to join “America’s most exciting new Society”. Your payment of $10 enrolled you as a charter member of The American Society for the Occult Sciences. One of the bonuses you received after joining was a vinyl record LP which included How to develop your ESP and What is Witchcraft? Both sides of the album were narrated by Hans Holzer. Here, for your enjoyment is that recording.
Over 25 years ago I started experimenting with the process people now commonly call E.V.P. (Electronic Voice Phenomena). As the general public became more and more interested with the practice I became more and more frustrated with the way it was being portrayed in the larger venues of popular media. Every researcher who revealed evidence to a client would show up with small, unintelligible bursts of sound claiming that it was some kind of spirit-voice. I won’t even go into the nonsense of how long certain people would spend manipulating the original recordings with audio programs to squeeze a voice out of where there was none.
It was frustrating to me because in my home, upstairs in my file cabinets, were easily understood, clear, responsive anomalous voices. They seemed to answer my questions, sometimes cryptically, with no manipulation to the original recordings other than increasing the volume, or speed, slightly. Since theses “voices” were conversing with me they were also providing me with ideas and concepts of what a spirit world or an after-life dimension might be like.
I have played some of these recordings at the lectures I’ve given over the past 20 years but finally I chose to put them in a book. Now let me explain something about the book.
The book is short. It’s about 50 pages which contains far less that 10,000 words including the introduction.
“Why is the book so short?” You ask.
It is short because good quality E.V.P. samples are hard to come across. It took me over 20 years to collect the samples in this book. Now, I know some people go on “ghost hunts” and come back with dozens of E.V.P. samples but the reality of the situation is that most of them are unusable garbage. I don’t mean to be harsh…wait… yes I do. In a community of people who over-hype themselves and their evidence, where the “professionals,” who are only recognized as such because they are on television, will blatantly lie to you and falsify their “data”… I do actually mean to be harsh. This book is short because collecting good evidence is hard and it takes a long time. It’s short because I don’t want to waste your precious time with nonsense. It’s short because the ideas and concepts that are presented by the “ghostly speakers” in the book hold enormous potential ramifications if they are actual voices from beyond and if what they are saying has some truth.
In case you didn’t know, at the beginning of January I launched a new bi-weekly podcast called Realm of the Weird. The episodes are between 10 and 20 minutes long and are formatted in the style of old-time radio horror shows. Every episode is based on actual cases from my files from over the past 20 years. To listen to Realm of the Weird just visit the official site at http://www.realmoftheweird.com Information is on the site so that you can become a fan of the show on Facebook, follow the show on Twitter and subscribe using iTunes.
Thanks to everyone for their support in my new adventure!
On August 23rd, 1974 John Lennon was relaxing on the balcony of his apartment in New York city when he witnessed, and later described, a “Flying Saucer” hovering near his building, not a helicopter, and not a balloon.
In the clip provided below you can listen to John explain, in his own words, what he saw.
What did people do before they could watch a show like Ghost Hunters, Paranormal State, Psychic Kids etc.? Well, they listened to the radio. On Tuesday nights at 9:30pm Ken Nordine hosted/narrated these short radio shows which showcased “true” paranormal/unexplained happenings. If you took the time to research some of the episodes you would find that the show was basically just doing small radio-plays of stories found in the books of Charles Fort. The show aired from 1950 to 1951.
This episode is called “Film of Death” and tells the tale of a turn-of-the-century “paranormal researcher”. Enjoy Film of Death
I don’t know why I’m posting this, maybe because it’s so goofy.
Anton LaVey (Howard Stanton Levey) started off doing paranormal research, but before anyone knew it…he was the head of The Church of Satan…which means he got to hang out with Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra. Have fun with this one! The Satanic Mass, LP (Murgenstrumm Records, 1968; re-released on CD with one bonus track, “Hymn of the Satanic Empire, or The Battle Hymn of the Apocalypse”)