Nikki Folsom is an independent author whose fascination with the paranormal began early. She saw her first apparition at the young age of five. Strange experiences continued throughout her journey into adulthood. With limited resources and a new family, Nikki attempted to ignore the unexplainable activities and force herself into a “normal” reality.
Her reality shifted quickly when her daughters began witnessing frightening occurrences of their own. Conflicted, she found herself with one of two choices - continue to pretend this activity wasn't occurring or facing it head on.
After twenty seven unfulfilling years in corporate America and an intense curiosity in the paranormal, she made the decision to chase her dreams by diving head first into the world of writing.
When she began volunteering at a haunted theater in 2009, she realized the historic location would be the perfect subject for her first publication. For months, Nikki invested time in researching and writing her first book, The Haunted Harlequin. Now that the book has been released, she plans to continue investigating, researching, and writing about other haunted locations from around the globe.
Nikki was born in south central Pennsylvania. After a brief stop in Florida and Illinois, she now calls Texas home. Nikki lives in San Antonio with her husband, daughter, and sweet canine boy. When she’s not writing, Nikki enjoys reading, traveling, photography, theatre, and spending time with family and friends. She loves hearing ghost stories from her readers through email, social media, and at appearances.
To find out more about Nikki, her books, and her appearances, visit her website at www.thehauntedharlequin.com.
Aaron Sagers is a TV personality, journalist, author, globetrotter and Paranormal Pop Culture expert. For more than a decade, he has professionally covered the topic of paranormal entertainment. You may have seen him talking ghosts, zombies, aliens, cryptids, and more on:
The Today Show; as Host/Executive Producer/Co-Creator of Travel Channel’s Paranormal Paparazzi — based on his popular news site, ParanormalPopCulture.com — and Travel Channel’s Paranormal Challenge; as host of TLC’s Paranormal Lockdown: Evidence Revealed; on TruTV’s Super Into (with Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul); on Syfy as host of Syfy’s Being Human aftershow, creator/host of “The Science of Fear,” and segment host on The Winchester Mystery House Tour (connected to the Winchester horror film). He has explored vampires for the "Travels With Dracula" travel show in Transylvania (with Bram Stoker's direct descendant) -- which led to him returning to Romania for his "Vlad vs. Vlad" segments with Luke Evans to support Universal Home Entertainment's "Dracula Untold". Sagers has also worked with zombie master George A. Romero, and was turned into a "The Walking Dead" Walker by effects guru Greg Nicotero.
As a paranormal historian and journalist, Sagers has appeared on global media outlets such as Japan’s Fuji TV, Germany’s Bild, Australia’s NewsCorp, UK’s BBC, Europe’s RTL — and Huffington Post Live, Fusion, ABC, and NPR in the States. Along with a decade of experience as a journalist and syndicated columnist for MSNBC.com, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Philadelphia Inquirer, Miami Herald, and more, Sagers has been profiled in The Hollywood Reporter, is author of "Paranormal Pop Culture: Rambling and Shambling Through the Entertainment of the Unexplained" and contributing author to academic journals on the topic of paranormal, and to The Psychology of Doctor Who.
As a live event host, and speaker, he has worked with the teams from Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Paranormal State, and more at events such as varied events such as San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic Con, Roswell UFO Festival, and the International UFO Congress.
Sagers currently appears as a host and Editor At Large for Syfy. He resides in New York City, and his (allegedly) haunted home away from home is Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. Follow his adventures on Twitter and Instagram @AaronSagers.
Corrine Gretton-West is a full time events, portrait and unit stills photographer with almost 10 years in the photographic industry. She is qualified with a first class honours degree in Photography from the University on Northampton and is currently working on her masters degree in documentary photography and photojournalism at the University of the Arts London.
Corrine has worked on shows such as Most Terrifying Places on the Travel Channel and has photographed various paranormal teams around the UK.
As well as trading as a professional photographer, Corrine has also been a paranormal researcher for several years, investigating locations around the UK and overseas. With her knowledge as a professional photographer and paranormal researcher, she brings her two worlds together and has become known as The Paranormal Photographer. She helps others analyse photographs of acclaimed apparitions and does extensive research to attempt to recreate and validate spirit captures. Corrine currently has a live show on the Haunted Antiques Paranormal Research Centre’s live feeds once a month.
Each year we pick speakers from around the world who have put years into their work within the paranormal field. Some you will recognize from television shows while others you may not have heard of before, we guarantee that all of our speakers are picked for a very particular reason. They will each deliver a 45 minute informative lecture based on a topic of their choice over the weekend as well as take part in our Q&A sessions. The aim is to share as much knowledge with our attendees as possible which they can then use during their own paranormal adventures. Please take a moment to read through our speakers bios below. Please note that their lecture topics and the schedule will only be available in August 2020. Follow them on social media and keep up to date with them throughout the year.
Richard Estep has been a paranormal investigator for the past 25 years, researching claims of paranormal activity on both sides of the Atlantic. He is the author of fourteen books, on subjects such as ghosts, hauntings, UFOs, breaking into publishing, and serial killers; several more are in the pipeline. Richard’s work appears in the TV shows Haunted Case Files, Paranormal 911, Haunted Hospitals, and Paranormal Investigators. He writes a regular column for Haunted Magazine. Richard lives in Colorado, USA, with his wife, cats, dog, and far too much Lego.
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MJ Dickson is a paranormal investigator and co-host on Sky Pick TVs hit paranormal show - ‘Paranormal Captured’, which airs in the UK. Her experiences with the paranormal began at a young age and she soon realized that she had inherited her mothers’ psychic abilities. Paired with her military father’s penchant for logic, MJ found that this unusual combination of psychic and sceptic lent itself perfectly to becoming a successful paranormal investigator. Those skills came in handy when she suspected she was living in a haunted house and wanted answers.
With over 12 years of experience in the paranormal field MJ has investigated hundreds of locations worldwide. Her research has taken her from the UK, US and Europe to places such as South Africa and Zimbabwe, in search of all things strange. Due to her professionalism, and the level of evidence she was able to document, she is recognized as one of the UK’s most well-known and well-respected paranormal researchers.
MJ lectures at paranormal conventions around the world, teaching others the risks involved and the basics of investigating as well as a wide range of other topics. A popular Paracon lecturer, Dickson has earned the reputation as one of the up and coming female investigators within the field worldwide.
In 2011 she started her business – ‘Sage Paranormal’, a paranormal events and holiday company based in Warwickshire, UK. In 2016 MJ launched the ‘Sage Paracon’, the most exclusive paranormal convention within the UK. In addition to her paranormal investigation events, the ‘Sage Paracon’ and her busy lecture schedule, MJ hosts ‘Sage Adventures’. These range from a spooky weekend getaway exploring all things paranormal to her ‘Sea Adventures’- a 10-night Paranormal Cruise, as well as her ‘Land Adventures’ which are 10-night adventures to haunted locations around the world.
In 2018 she worked alongside ‘Groff Entertainment’ as the Production Location Consultant for season 4 of the popular television series 'Paranormal Lockdown'. MJ has not only worked onscreen but also as the Production Coordinator for Travel Channels ‘Most Terrifying Places’, which is set to air throughout October 2019.
It’s very rare that she is not doing something along the lines of investigating, researching and exploring all things weird and unknown. In her free time, she can often be found singing and playing guitar on stage at her local open mic nights. She also enjoys writing for numerous publications such as ‘Haunted’ magazine.
Featured on ITV's 'This Morning' with Alison Hammond (October 2019)
Production Coordinator / Onscreen - Travel Channel – 'Most Terrifying Places' (October 2019)
Paranormal Investigator / Panel Expert on 'Paranormal Captured' - Sky Pick TV. (May 2019)
Featured on ITV’s 'Good Morning Britain' with Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard. (January 2019)
'Paranormal Lockdown' – Production Location Consultant. (August 2018)
Featured in the Daily Mail – Femail Feature.
BBC Radio Wales – Dot Davies.
BBC Radio Coventry & West Midlands – Trish Adudu.
Hillz FM – Paul Sanders.
Best Magazine Feature – ‘Real life Ghostbuster’.
‘Your Mental Health & The Paranormal’
‘The History Of Paranormal Investigating’
‘Developing Your Mediumship’
IMDB Profile: MJ DICKSON
Robert Murch is the world’s foremost collector, historian, and expert on Ouija and Talking Boards and serves as the “Chairman of the Board” for the Talking Board Historical Society which he founded. His bizarre relationship with Ouija began after watching the movie Witchboard in 1986, a century after the talking board made its debut. Murch purchased his first antique Ouija board in 1992, and became obsessed with unraveling the mystery of its origins. Since then he’s devoted his life to researching the history of the Ouija board and its founders, with Murch often traveling the world to track down descendants of all those involved with the introduction of the mystifying oracle.
Murch showcases his research and knowledge on his web sites robertmurch.com and williamfuld.com, having collaborated with Hasbro, Winning Moves, USAopoly, TCG Toys, and ToyCo (producers of the Ouija board today), the National Archives, the Library nof Congress, and on various films including Ouija, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Ghost Team, Inherent Vice, What Lies Beneath, Sugar & Spice, and Drive-Thru. He’s also consulted on or appeared in numerous TV programs featuring Ouija, including Fox’s The Exorcist, Investigation Discovery’s True Nightmares, UKTV W’s Celebrity Haunted Hotel Live, Destination America’s Exorcism: Live!, Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures and Mysteries at the Museum, TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles, A&E’s Storage Wars and Paranormal State, Showtime’s Bullshit!, Smithsonian Channel’s My Million Dollar Invention, HGTV’s Who’s Lived in my House?, CBS Sunday Morning, and 30 Odd Minutes. Numerous periodicals including the Smithsonian Magazine, TIME Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Baltimore Sun, and Inventors Digest consulted Murch for popular articles on Ouija boards and featured him and his research on the topic while reddit tapped him to host an IAmA on all things Ouija.
Murch is a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM and an accomplished international lecturer, speaking at museums and conferences around the world. He was named guest curator of the Baltimore Museum of Industy’s groundbreaking Ouija exhibit Let the Spirit Move You, often collaborates with the Strong – The National Museum of Play, and through the Talking Board Historical Society, organized OuijaCon 2015 which celebrated Ouija’s 125th Anniversary with the city of Baltimore. Murch is currently collaborating with Brandon Hodge to create a book on the definitive history of spirit communication. Ever the pioneer, Murch was one of the first same-sex couples legally married in the United States and lives with his husband, Gary Halteman, in Denver, Colorado. What’s next for Murch? You’ll just have to ask the Ouija board! For more information, please visit the Talking Board Historical Society.
Whether the theme be FEMA camps, fluoride in drinking water, UFO cover ups, aliens living among us, psychic protection, hauntings, or your mental health & the paranormal, Frank provides his audience with insight into their own unique experiences and potential dangers.
Frank Cinelli, Jr. PhD has been practicing alternative medicine for almost 20 years; he is the owner of the Vitamin Pharmacy. In his practice he uses bioenergetic testing along with laser and light therapies. He has a PhD in Biotechnology and certificates in Bio Stress Technique, Intracellular Communication, Bioset, Reiki and other types of energy work.
He writes healthy hunts for the TAPS Paramagazine and is “Ask Dr Spectre” for www.paranormalpopculture.com.
Frank has a lifelong obsession with the paranormal, and has been investigating and researching since 1984. He also happens to be a member of the ‘Ghost Detectives’.
Greg Lawson has traveled to over 40 countries visiting some of Earth's strangest sites and conducting his own investigation of their paranormal histories. Greg is a 26-year law enforcement officer, professional investigator, police academy instructor, college educator, and former expert witness for investigative procedures. He also researches and investigates human paranormal experience and locations known for spiritual or unusual activity. He has authored two books on the subject and specializes in providing alternative perspectives to explain human experience.
Greg is also a 10-year military veteran with the US Army, Navy, and Air Force, (...yes you can do that...) and is currently a lake patrol and underwater recovery team sergeant in Central Texas. He uses the thousands of hours of training he has received through his profession and his experience as a detective along with his Masters Degree in Education to study paranormal human experience and physical anomalies.
With deployments to Central America, Europe, Northern Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and two Western Pacific sea deployments, Greg is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and holds an honorary Admiral commission in the Texas Navy.
Greg received his bachelors degree in applies arts and sciences and his master's degree in education, specializing in complex adaptive human systems. He is a proud alumni of Texas State University.
Jeff Belanger is an author, adventurer, and one of the most visible paranormal researchers today. He’s the Emmy-nominated host, writer, and producer of the New England Legends series which debuted on PBS in October of 2013, and the weekly New England Legends Podcast.
Since 1997, this journalist has interviewed thousands of eyewitnesses to paranormal occurrences. He’s the ultimate insider and knows how to connect with people from all walks of life when it comes to the unexplained.
He is the author of over a dozen books on the paranormal (published in six languages) including the best sellers: The World's Most Haunted Places, Weird Massachusetts, Our Haunted Lives, and Who's Haunting the White House? (for children). He's the founder of Ghostvillage.com, the Web's most popular paranormal destination according to Google, and a noted speaker and media personality. In January of 2014 he was asked to give a prestigious TEDx talk in New York City.
He's also the host of the cable/Web talk show, 30 Odd Minutes which is available in over 9 million homes in the United States and Europe on Sky TV. Belanger has written for newspapers like The Boston Globe and USA Today, and has served as the writer and researcher on numerous television series including Ghost Adventures, Paranormal Challenge, and Aftershocks on the Travel Channel. He's been a guest on hundreds of radio and television programs including: The History Channel, The Travel Channel, Biography Channel, Reelz, PBS, NECN, Living TV (UK), Sunrise 7 (Australia), The Maury Show, The CBS News Early Show, CBS Sunday Morning, FOX, NBC, ABC, and CBS affiliates, National Public Radio, The BBC, Darkness Radio, Australian Radio Network, and Coast to Coast AM.
Additionally, Belanger is a Sandy Hook Elementary School alumni who served on the Board of Directors of the Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc.--a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a long-term fund to provide support to those affected by the tragedy, a memorial to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, and to establish academic scholarships in the victims' names for generations of Newtown students to come. He holds a B.A. from Hofstra University, and currently haunts Massachusetts.
Russell Edwards is a 48 year old businessman, originally from Birkenhead, who has, after years of dedicated research, produced definitive evidence to prove the identity of the world’s most famous murderer: Jack the Ripper. Russell, who lives in the south east of England, explains how a combination of chance, hard work and cutting edge science has finally resolved the 131 year old case:
It is more than eight years now since he went to an auction that changed his life. He bought a shawl: a large, very old, silk shawl, damaged, with pieces missing. He has, over the years, bought houses, cars, antiques, paintings and other valuable items; but the most precious thing he ever acquired was this ancient piece of fabric. It has not only changed his life, it has changed history: from this shawl we can now, with the help of the very latest scientific techniques, prove, indisputably, the identity of Jack the Ripper, probably the most famous murderer in the annals of crime.
Often referred to as the real-life Mulder and Scully, Dana and Greg Newkirk are two of the world’s only professional, full-time paranormal investigators. Over the last two decades, their groundbreaking work in the fields of parapsychology, cryptozoology, and haunted artifacts have seen the duo make numerous appearances on hit television series such as Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot and TLC’s Kindred Spirits as well as in leading news outlets like The Independent, Nerdist, and even Seventeen Magazine.
When they're not busy tracking down a lead on the latest mystery, Dana and Greg can be found giving fascinating lectures to sold-out rooms across the country. Using personal footage, private case files, and a knack for captivating audiences, the Newkirks present actual evidence of the unexplained through chilling multimedia presentations on the reality of professional paranormal research. Dana can also be found giving interactive lectures and hands-on workshops to packed houses across the country, sharing her expertise on everything from herbal magick, healing crystals, traditional conjure & rootwork, practical magic, and more.
Whether they’re collecting cursed idols hidden under haunted houses or trekking through the snowy mountains in search of Sasquatch, their long and varied career has earned the Newkirks a reputation as two of the most knowledgeable names in the study of the unexplained, a designation reflected by their carefully-curated museum collection.
Featuring hundreds of haunted artifacts, the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult is the world’s only mobile museum of the unexplained. Expertly curated by preeminent researchers of the supernatural, the roving exhibit invites curious visitors to inspect, investigate, and even handle rare artifacts collected from infamous hauntings, parapsychology breakthroughs, mysterious cryptozoological discoveries, and more.
But the best part about the Newkirk collection? This museum comes to you. Thanks to appearances on leading television programs like Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum and Destination America’s Paranormal Lockdown, features in Cosmopolitan and Coast to Coast AM, and sold-out exhibitions from California to Maine, the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult has established itself as the premiere source for groundbreaking research on hauntings, cutting-edge parapsychological experiments, and painstaking preservation of supernaturally-significant artifacts.