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Ghosts of Shepherdstown DEBUNKED as ‘Staged’

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UPDATE: Since the original publication of this article, people have been circulating it without seeing Nick Groff’s statement on its accusations. Nick’s comments can be found here, and they should be noted after you’re done reading this.

Since “Ghost Adventures” took off like wildfire for Travel Channel, there’s been a throng of television series for various networks that have ranged from imitation to godawful. I should know because I consumed them like candy. After a few years, though, there are only 4 that remain the most compelling: “Ghost Adventures,” “The Dead Files,” “Destination: Truth,” and Ralph Sarchie’s short-lived “The Demon Files.” Sadly, only two of them are still pumping out new episodes that remain as good as they ever were.

Because of my fascination with the paranormal, I’ve gone on several investigations to some really crazy places and even launched a radio show dedicated to the subject itself and the horror genre in Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio. Let me be clear: I am in no way an expert on the unknown, but I often wonder how some of the paranormal programming today stays on the air with some of the stuff the producers and stars of the show come up with, a lot of which is insulting to your intelligence. I’ve seen people who are respected in the field go so far as to activate their own motion detectors and claim it’s paranormal activity to amateurs who are trying to make a name for themselves by inventing things like a “Solar Powered Ghost Zapper” as a means to capture spirits.

Unfortunately for Destination America, “Ghosts of Shepherdstown,” despite being successful for the network, has recently come under the microscope. On the show, which is now going into its second season, we follow incidents occurring in the small town of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, as investigators Nick Groff, Bill Hartley, and Elizabeth Saint attempt to solve unexplained activity in what’s supposed to be the “most haunted town in America.

That’s all fine, well, and good; but here’s the thing in terms of paranormal investigations being taken seriously: Once your credibility is called into question, it takes away from the overall project and leaves viewers with a show that has more in common with Paranormal Activity the movie than it does reality or even one’s perception of reality. According to the director of the visitor’s center in Shepherdstown, Marianne Davis, via The Inquisitr, “Parts of ‘Ghosts of Shepherdstown’ are staged and fake,” saying that ghost stories and locations are changed by the show’s producers “to make good television.


EDITOR’s NOTE:  Since the source article was originally posted by The Inquisitr, it has been updated by its author to fix problems with inaccurate quotes and citation of their source. Our article was based on their original version, not the updated version that can be found by following this link. It’s clear now that their original article was misleading and inaccurate. We will not use this site as a source in the future and apologize for the error.


That’s probably the worst possible thing to come out for the cast and crew of the show, and I honestly cannot recall a time that this has ever happened to any of the many paranormal related television properties. People have been trying to debunk things that they see on TV with varying degrees of success since the Internet gave everyone a voice. At the end of the day, though? There’s a good chance that no one will even care and the show will continue to perform for its network. For the more discerning paranormal enthusiasts, however, this one is definitely a very sad and hard pass.

Season 2 of “Ghosts of Shepherdstown” premieres on Destination America on Monday, July 10, at 10 PM ET.

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Which Monsters May Be Making Their TV Debut in Junji Ito Collection?

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Studio Deen’s highly-anticipated anime anthology Junji Ito Collection has been building buzz, especially since its new teaser dropped weeks ago. Eagle-eyed fans who are well-acquainted with horror mangaka Junji Ito’s body of work will spot some familiar faces in the new trailer, brought to the small screen by showrunner Shinobu Tagashira.

So, who among Ito’s famous menagerie of monsters may be making an appearance in the show when it airs next year?

Oshikiri Toru

Oshikiri is the morally-questionable highschooler who begins to question his perception of reality in Hallucinations, a series of some loosely connected one-shots. Oshikiri’s a little on the short side, with an even shorter fuse. One thing he’s not short on is moneyas evidenced by his impressive, albeit creepy, mansion. We’ve yet to see which of his adventureswhich range from murder to parallel dimensionswill be his television debut.

Yuuko

The once-chatty Yuuko falls ill and sees her worst fears come to pass in Slug Girl, the famous one-shot whose brand of body horror is sure to feel like a distant cousin (or maybe a predecessor?) to Uzumaki‘s “The Snail” chapter. It offers little in the way of answers but is best enjoyed in all its bizarre glory.

The Intersection Bishounen

In Lovesick Dead, one of Ito’s longer standalone stories, an urban legend causes a rash of suicides when young girls begin to call upon a mysterious, black-clad spirit called the Intersection Bishounen. The custom catches on quickly among teenagers, out late and eager for him to tell them their fortune in life and love, since his advice is to die for. Literally.

Souichi Tsujii

A long-running recurring character in Ito’s manga (probably second only to Tomie herself), you’ll know Souichi by the nails he sucks on or sticks out of his moutha strange habit borne out of an iron deficiency. He’s an impish kid whose fascination with the supernatural makes him the odd man out in an otherwise normal family. The morbid pranks he likes to playfunny only to him—don’t do much to endear him to his peers or relatives, either.

Fuchi

The titular character in Fashion Model, Fuchi works as a professional model for her, shall we say, unique look and Amazonian stature. When she and another actress are hired by a crew of indie filmmakers, Fuchi shows them that she doesn’t like sharing the limelight. She also makes a cameo in a couple of Souichi’s stories, and in them he finds her genuinely attractive. Beauty, after all, is in the eye of the beholder.

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Nemo Rising Signing Happening at Dark Delicacies on December 23

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Author C. Courtney Joyner will be signing copies of his new book Nemo Rising at Burkank’s Dark Delicacies horror store on Saturday, December 23 at 4pm. You can get the full details of the event and directions on Dark Delicacies’ website.

Nemo Rising will be a sequel to Jules Verne’s 1870 masterpiece Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and will see President Ulysses S. Grant recruiting the notorious Captain Nemo to destroy a gigantic sea monster which has been responsible for sinking ships. The gigantic eight-tentacled mollusc can be seen on the book’s cover below, and it looks like Nemo will have his work cut out for him.

Joyner also worked on the screenplays for the Full Moon films Doctor Mordrid and Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys, whilst his previous books include Hell Comes To Hollywood and the Shotgun series. If you can’t make it to the signing, Nemo Rising will be released in the US on December 26, and in the UK on January 13.

Nemo Rising Dark Delicacies Signing Details:
​Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26th, 2017.

JUST ANNOUNCED: On December 23rd at 4:00 PM, C. Courtney Joyner will sign copies of NEMO RISING at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, California!

C. COURTNEY JOYNER is an award-winning writer of fiction, comics, and screenplays. He has more than 25 movies to his credit, including the cult films Prison, starring Viggo Mortensen; From a Whisper to a Scream, starring Vincent Price; and Class of 1999, directed by Mark Lester. A graduate of USC, Joyner’s first produced screenplay was The Offspring, which also starred Vincent Price. Joyner’s other scripts have included TV movies for CBS, USA, and Showtime. He is the author of The Shotgun western series and Nemo Rising.

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Mill Creek Celebrates Shadow Stalkers and 100 Years of Horror in February

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Mill Creek Entertainment is kicking off the new year with a couple of collections that have nothing but giving you the shivers on their agenda!  Read on for the details of both Shadow Stalkers and 100 Years of Horror!

Shadow Stalkers – February 6, 2018

Let the nightmares begin with this freaky film collection filled with creepy clowns, masked killers, and maniacal murderers.

Out of the Dark – 1988 – R – Karen Black, Bud Cort
Happy Birthday to Me – 1981 – R – Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford
Eyes of Laura Mars – 1978 – R – Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif
Don’t Answer the Phone – 1980 – R – James Westmoreland, Nicholas Worth
Nightmare in Wax – 1969 – R – Cameron Mitchell, Anne Helm, Scott Brady
Bloody Pit of Horror – 1965 – R – Mickey Hargitay
Silent Night, Bloody Night – 1972 – R – Patrick O’Neal, Mary Woronov, John Carradine
Funeral Home – 1980 – R – Barry Morse, Kay Hawtry
Don’t Open Till Christmas – 1984 – R – Edmund Purdom, Belinda Mayne
The Driller Killer – 1979 – R – Abel Ferrara

100 Years of Horror – February 6, 2018

Hosted by Christopher Lee, 100 Years of Horror is the first show of its kind ever produced; it chronicles the history of movie horror from the earliest experimental chillers through the unforgettable golden age of movie monsters and on through today’s terrifying fright films.

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