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Friday, June 03, 2005

Ghostly roundup

I'm going to try to do something different and see how a round up of items works instead of one per post. If you hate the format, feel free to tell me. I'm not going to do it this way every time, but some days there's too much news and it pushes other items down too fast. BTW, do you think the increased news coverage is tied to the growing revival of interest in all things horror and paranormal related or is it a sign of the eagerness of people to believe in the superstitious rather than in science or is it part of the 'Quickening?' My guess is a combination of all three with the 'Quickening' representing subconscious fear of the global damage to the environment, cultural changes and residue of technological revolution. A ghost seer likes the portrayal of the supernatural on TV show, according to The Plain Dealer of Cleveland.

Paranormal investigator Mary Ann Winkowski is about to have a spirited Hollywood encounter. The North Royalton resident is leaving for Tinseltown, where she'll be meeting the actress starring in a new CBS series based on Winkowski's ghostly experiences. Jennifer Love Hewitt is playing Melinda Gordon, the character inspired by Winkowski. With celebrity medium James Van Praagh on board as an executive producer, "Ghost Whisperer" will premiere in September, inheriting the 8-9 p.m. Friday time slot from the canceled "Joan of Arcadia."
Ghost hunters tour an old hotel, according to The Malcomb (Ill.) Journal.
Although it has been a number of years since the old Lamoine Hotel has been open for business as a place for lodging and residence, footsteps were heard roaming its halls last Saturday afternoon. The sounds were made by local historian, Garret Moffett, and Dr. Gary Hawkins, a professional ghost hunter from Alton. Moffett invited Hawkins to tour the basement and the abandoned upper levels of this nearly 80-year-old building, which now houses the offices of The Macomb Journal and The McDonough County Shopper on it's main floor. The visit was made for the purpose of possibly including this historic building in Macomb's downtown district on Moffett's annual Macomb Haunted History Tours. "Gary has been our lead investigator for about four years, in which time he's been coming up here to go through buildings and use his psychic ability to pick up whatever he can pick up and tell us what he can about the alleged paranormal activity in these buildings," Moffett said. "We chose the old Lamoine Hotel here, because it has a long history, and combined with the ghost stories, that is what pushes our Haunted History Tours. So, being an old historical building there's bound to be a residual energy throughout the building somewhere, so, we bring him in to help us find out what's here. It could create an exciting stop on our next tour."
The newspaper reporter did not have to go far for that story. Gives new meaning to the term deadline. Hope the newspaper copy editor didn't tombstone the headlines. I wonder if the ghost haunts the newspaper's morgue. OK, I'll stop now.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a revival of interest in all things horror and paranormal related and I feel that it stems from a growing general malaise in this country.

It seems, from the people I talk to around the country, Democrat and Republican, that no one is particularly happy with how things (morally, culturally, politically) stand at the moment. Reading and watching Horror sublimates the unease and powerlessness one feels from the general world around them. Not only is it escapist in nature, but there is a definite end to the story.

Just my 2 cents worth.

6/04/2005 03:17:00 PM  
Blogger Carnacki said...

Your two cents is more precious than gold to me.

6/04/2005 08:31:00 PM  

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