Commentating

I’m kicking myself for noticing I didn’t have comments open on my latest pieces. I very much prefer that the discussion about the piece take place at this site instead of on Facebook or Twitter. I messed up by not allowing comments because I received two similar and important comments that I ended up addressing…

Former ghost investigator’s nomination to court is “that which should not be”

Several people have messaged me about the news today that President Trump’s nominee for Federal District Court of Alabama, Brett J. Talley, is a paranormal investigator. He disclosed in his Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire that he had been involved with the Tuscaloosa Paranormal Research Group from 2009 to 2010. People are making quite the deal…

Signed copies of Scientifical Americans

Hi, everyone. I suspect this may be the first post of several to promote my new book, Scientifical Americans: The Culture of Amateur Paranormal Researchers, releasing in mid-November. If you like my work in publications, podcasts, and on the web, you will like this book, too. It’s being published by McFarland (softcover). Here’s the summary: In the 21st century, reality television and…

Cryptozoology and Myth collection

It is extremely common for cryptozoology proponents to call upon indigenous stories of creatures to lend a sense of authority and antiquity to their current claims. What can we make of folklore tales that cryptozoologists use to support claims that an unknown animal has been historically reported and remains to be identified? I wrote a…

As the Aquarium Turns

My adventures with a 5-gallon fish tank turned into a drama I didn’t expect. I purchased a Fluval Spec V with the intention of keeping a betta (Betta splendens, Siamese Fighting fish). I bought live plants and a piece of wood to set up some fancy landscaping. When I went to purchase the fish at…

It’s all very fuzzy: Dogman, Bigfoot, and the scent of paranormalia at CryptidCon

Werewolves have staked out new territory within the field of cryptozoology. What does this mean for cryptid-credibility? I explore the ideas and patterns spotted at a recent cryptozoology convention and discover that the paranormal is alive and well in monster research. September 9-10, 2017 was CryptidCon in Frankfort, Kentucky. I drove 8.5 hours for two…

What happens to ‘Doubtful News’?

When I read stuff about “fake news”, I get this twinge of disappointment and regret. I wish my own site, Doubtful News, which started when internet-driven fake news was obvious but before it hit mainstream “trendy”, had been able to gain traction and support to sustain itself and take off during this explosion of interest…

Stone Tape video lecture

I did a video lecture on the Stone Tape theory. It’s based on research documented in these two posts: The “Stone Tape Theory” of hauntings: A geological perspective Haunted rocks: The Stone Tape theory If you ever see paranormal investigators touting this as a “scientific” theory, whack them with this link.

Coming soon: A directory of “Professional Paranormal Services” and a paranormal TV network

A new site has launched offering listings for “professional paranormal services”: ParanormalPages. I did a double-take at the use of “professional” as I always do when this is mentioned with respect to amateurs who use blinky gadgets and get their “training” from TV shows. They have marched steadily into American consciousness and convinced many people…

I think my short bio really confused people

Some of the fractious commenters on Facebook responding to my latest piece on the Darwin Awards (more on that coming in another post) took notice of my short bio in the right sidebar of my page and leaped to the erroneous conclusion when they read “ghost, monsters, paranormal”, etc. They misconstrued that my research into…

Why the Darwin Awards Should Die

A recent tragic story in the news reminded me once again that people can be callous and unthinking in reaction to others’ misfortune. A 19-year old girl shot her boyfriend by his request with the goal of making a viral YouTube video showing how a book can stop a bullet. It didn’t stop it. He’s…