Paranormal interests manifest themselves, again

THE GREY LADY OF RAYNHAM HALL is quite possibly one of the most famous ghost photos. What can Canada offer the supernatural-infested pop culture world these days? Why don't we put together a show and find out?

THE GREY LADY OF RAYNHAM HALL is quite possibly one of the most famous ghost photos. What can Canada offer the supernatural-infested pop culture world these days? Why don’t we put together a show and find out?

A lecture I gave on paranormal investigators in spiritual horror, March 18, has me revisiting my teenage years when I couldn’t get enough of the paranormal.

In all fairness, the revisiting of one of my favourite topics didn’t re-materialize when I was given the OK from the Black Museum to do a lecture.

No, it came to me while I was looking for work in 2013 and was trying to offset the day with moments of repose.

I think my interest in the subject has gone in a different direction, however.

During my teenage years, I approached the paranormal with such zeal and curiosity that it borderlined on (Spooky) Mulder fanaticism.

That said, I was indeed a fan of the X-Files, which was on air from my Grade 9 year to my junior year at university.

But I digress.

I started watching A Haunting and Ghost Adventures during my job search, and those two shows got me thinking, why not do a show in Canada. It’s been a while since Creepy Canada was on television, and that didn’t have as much of an entertainment value; meaning, it felt like a 45-minute Canada Post commercial.

Current fare like Paranormal Witness just seems a little tacky. No, Canadian TV needs something along the lines of Ghost Adventures or Ghost Hunters.

The closest TV series Canada had to offer was Girly Ghost Hunters, and that had a very limited run.

I’ve been thinking, I’d really like to produce something that entertains a mass audience, and informs. I’m not saying to go to the extremes of Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures and start inciting ghosts to perform through obscenities and aggressiveness.

Far from it. But something that captures an audience, and rides the spiritual horror wave that’s cresting ashore.

Still, an investigation of Canadian paranormal hotspots would be great. Let’s hit up Fort Kent, the Firkins House in Edmonton, the Jester’s Court in Port Perry, the Gibraltor Point Lighthouse in Toronto, the Ottawa Youth Hostel, the Washington Avenue Grill in Whiterock, and so on.

There’s plenty of supernatural activity happening in Canada, and now’s the time to grab the captive audiences that are soaking in the spiritual horror flicks that are saturating the theatres.

It’s just a thought, and something I’d really like to do — produce and investigate allegedly haunted sites for the entertainment of TV watchers.

 

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