As much as I enjoy watching TV ghost shows, I have to say that I am often quite irritated when I detect that the investigators involved may be faking the supposed paranormal activity. It is soooo annoying. Sadly, such manufactured “ghostly” activity has become far too common in these shows, and this often results in my reaching for the OFF switch of my TV set with a weary sigh.
When I sit down to watch a ghost hunting show, I expect it to be GENUINE, and not just some exaggerated piece of shallow rubbish, with obviously scripted dialogue and over-theatrical behaviour when even as much as a spoon is chucked across a darkened room.
When I first started watching these shows, I did initially think that they were all genuine, especially when the presenter took you into actual haunted places and interviewed the owners and other people there about their reported “paranormal” experiences. However, the more I watched these shows, and the more I read certain devious things about them that raised questions about their sincerity, the more I began to doubt that they were all that they seemed to be. Furthermore, the antics of these TV investigators became so tiresome and predictable that I even found myself bursting out laughing, as they were just getting to be beyond a joke. Just as if you would stay in a creepy, darkened cellar whilst being repeatedly assaulted by an apparent “malevolent entity”, and just as if a spirit would immediately – and without fail – respond to your queries of “Is anybody there?” with well-timed knocks.
The fakery and theatrics in a lot of these shows has become so regular now that it is becoming increasingly difficult to know which incidents are genuine and which are staged. It’s just like the boy who cried wolf, for one day these investigators could actually experience GENUINE paranormal activity, but if they have generated a rather dogdy reputation for themselves for faking ghostly activity, then they are going to find it very difficult to convince viewers that this time it’s all for real.
Even some of the so-called “psychic mediums” that accompany the TV investigators to these supposedly “haunted” buildings can often project a rather ludicrous, questionable impression. “Is there anybody there?” they call out, and on the occasions that they DO appear to contact a spirit, they give pretty thin and vague descriptions which almost anybody who knows how to exaggerate spirit medium capability would be able to do, with no trouble. To be honest, I am quite surprised that these TV ghost shows have been allowed to get away with their exaggerated investigation antics for so long, as there must be millions of people who have sussed them out and, as a result, are switching their program off, just as I have been doing.
Just for once, I would LOVE to see a GENUINE, SERIOUS paranormal investigation show – one whose makers would not feel the need to resort to staging silly ghostly activity in order to inject some kind of “entertainment” factor into the programme to boost up ratings. I would rather endure an hour or so of little paranormal activity from a truthful investigation than be subjected to false “bumps” in the night and manufactured moans and howls from a TV crew who are just doing it to keep up their TV fame.
Come on, PROPER TV ghost hunters – where are you all?
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On April 14th 2013, The Southeastern Paranormal Society spent the night in The Grove Park Inn, in room 545 that is supposed to be haunted by The Pink Lady. We set up several DVR cameras took numerous EVPs and photos. Here is what we caught so far.
I am really enjoying writing about ghosts and the paranormal, and after publishing my first few True Ghost Stories books on Amazon Kindle last year, I have really been bitten by the publishing bug, and plan to publish more books on Amazon in the near future.
I love doing the research for each new book too, as you can come across some real fascinating – and often quite scary – cases. It is amazing how, for instances, true life cases of poltergeist activity date back many centuries. Cases like, for example, The Demon Drummer of Tedworth and The BAD_WORD Lane Ghost still continue to fascinate people right to this day, and such cases would make some real good material for any writers or producers seeking new sources for fright films.
I would be very interested in hearing from other writers or webmasters who have made the paranormal their main pursuit. Perhaps we could exchange stories, ideas, links etc. I never ever get tired of talking about true life hauntings, so please feel free to contact me any time.
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