The Chain of Souls Kickstarter Campaign Launches Today!

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Today, October 1st, 2014, starts our month long campaign with Kickstarter to raise funds in order to produce a movie based on Jack Heath’s #1 bestselling books Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising and Salem VI: Chain of Souls! That’s right! The film rights have been obtained to start creating the first of a trilogy of movies called Chain of Souls!

We need your help to get the CHAIN OF SOULS movie to the big screen! Based on the bestselling paranormal book trilogy “Salem VI”.

Help make the CHAIN OF SOULS movie series a reality!  Be a part of  making a paranormal/horror/thriller film trilogy a reality! The first movie of the trilogy is on its way to the silver screen, but we’re not quite there yet. The film rights have been acquired, the screenplay has been written, distributors are interested. We need to help raise money to get it into production faster and to help promote what will be a new classic that will be talked about every Halloween for years to come! You can help make this happen! Michael Myers has nothing on the wrath of The Coven of witches that have been wreaking havoc on Salem, MA for centuries. Based on the #1 bestselling books Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising and Salem VI: Chain of Souls the release of the first movie CHAIN OF SOULS  won’t disappoint. Blood curdling in all the right places and our main character John Andrews staggers just enough after too much scotch to keep it interesting, but still has the wherewithal to find the clues to uncover his past.

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What We’re Doing

Simply put, we’re raising money to market a feature film entitled CHAIN OF SOULS it is the first film in a trilogy, based on the Amazon #1 bestselling books Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising and Chain of Souls. The cool thing about this modern day take on the Salem witch trials is that the author, Jack Heath is an actual descendant of Rebecca Nurse an accused witch hung at The Gallows AND he’s also got the accusers bloodline coursing through his veins, from the Putnam side of his family. The books have been so successful, that Wonderland Pictures, Inc. acquired the film rights within a year of the release of the first book. Now we need the cash to tell the world about this incredible story on the silver screen. The film has an anticipated Halloween 2015 release date only if we can reach our campaign goal here on Kickstarter.

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Why We’re Doing It

The books have already been a proven success. The story is like no other Salem witch trials story…ever. The reviews speak for themselves and it would be a shame not take this film project all the way simply because we have fallen short on the remaining portion of the film’s development budget. As part of our financial commitments we have to be able to show that we have the resources to market the film pre and post-production properly, and we need to be able to guarantee the proper promotion to close the deals with some of the A-List actors. This is why we need your help.

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What We Need

At this time we are asking for $150,000 for the first film in the trilogy CHAIN OF SOULS and we are trying our best to find this money wherever we can. We understand that without the support of people like you to get the project off the ground we wouldn’t be able to succeed. Any funds raised in excess of our initial goal will be directly allocated to the marketing and promotion of the film and we’ve got some cool things planned to promote this paranormal thriller and we want to take our backers with us! Help us tell the story of the true Salem witches.

We have confirmed:

  • Two #1 Amazon bestselling books in the Salem VI trilogy
  • Film contract with Wonderland Pictures, Inc.
  • Completed screenplay
  • International theater distribution letter of interest
  • Paranormal research on witches that rock!
  • A sample musical score written by a fan (and professional musician) who read the book and loved it! (Andrew Andron)
  • A storyline with a proven success
  • Book series inspired the launch of Paranormal Galaxy Magazine and radio program


We Need Your Help With:

  • Funding for development, marketing and promotion
  • Marketing resources to support local Salem, MA production and surrounding production in New England
  • Closing the deal with A-List actors
  • We have an established relationship with the city of Salem’s Office of Tourism & Cultural Affairs, as we’ve been working with them for two years on the book promotions, but we all know that going on location in the witch tourism capital of the world takes some doing. Again, we need the funds to do the proper promotion to get this film to the next level. We need to raise this money by midnight on Halloween to ensure the film goes into production, on time and for a 2015 Halloween release.

Please help Chain of Souls get off the ground! We want to attract great actors to this film, grant the multitude of Salem VI fans the wish of seeing this film, and make sure this modern day take on Salem, Massachusetts one that will be talked about for a long time. We need to raise this $150,000 by midnight on Halloween to ensure this movie is on track for a 2015 Halloween release. You could get exclusive Salem VI gear with your pledge! You may even get to have your name in the credits!

Thank you all very much in advance for anything you can pledge! No amount is too small!

To find out more details about this campaign, go to

Paranormal investigator coming to the Pelham Public Library

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PELHAM—Get in the Halloween spirit with the Pelham Public Library’s True Hauntings and Mysterious Tales presentation on Oct. 25 as paranormal investigator and author of “Haunted Shelby County,” Kim Johnston, visits the library for a special presentation and book signing.

“I’m really happy to have her here, I think it’s going to be a really interesting program,” Pelham Public Library Adult Services Coordinator David Smith said, noting Johnston’s book is “very popular” among patrons.

Johnston founded Spirit Communications and Research of Alabama, a paranormal investigation group, in 2012 after her own experience with paranormal activity.

Soon after moving to Chelsea in 2008, Johnston discovered her home was haunted. It began with unexplained sounds.

“I tried to brush it off,” Johnston said, but the strange occurrences continued. “I started getting poked in the middle of the night… I heard a small child’s voice saying ‘Mom?’ It really spooked me.”

Those around her were experiencing paranormal activity as well, especially her oldest son.

“He was having a lot of anxiety, he couldn’t sleep at night,” Johnston said. “He was hearing things… all kinds of sounds and voices.”

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Michigan Native Investigates the Paranormal

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Growing up in Pontiac, Michigan, with a cemetery in his backyard and a feeling that his house was haunted, is where Joseph Lawson’s fascination for the paranormal began.
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At the age of five, Lawson began to hear abnormal noises in his home. After hiding in the closet trying to catch the monster lurking in the hallways, Lawson’s interest in the paranormal exploded.

Now his job haunts him–literally.

FOX 47’s Jane Sugiyama had the chance to sit down with Joseph Lawson to talk about his love for the paranormal and his adventures.

Jane Sugiyama: When did your love for the paranormal begin?

Joseph Lawson: At the age of five, I started to hear footsteps to the sound of men’s dress shoes going “click, click” in the hallway. At that time my dad worked at the shop, so he did not wear dress shoes. I would ask my mom questions, but she would blow me off and say it was my dad. I knew better. That incident is what sparked my interest in the paranormal.

Growing up, my obsession with the paranormal didn’t stop. If anyone had claims of paranormal, I would ask to spend the night at their house or go to the place where activity was reported. But, nothing ever happened, so I was always disappointed.

At the age of seventeen, I finally saw my first full-blown apparition. A friend of mine recommended that we go to an abandoned house. When we were walking around the grounds, I looked up and saw a boy standing in the window. There was no glass in the window so I knew it couldn’t be a reflection. After that, I was even more hooked.

Sugiyama: We have all seen the ghost hunting shows where the experts break out a bunch of complex equipment. What kind of equipment do you use?

 My favorite piece of equipment that I use is called a K2 Meter. Most people don’t know this, but the K2 Meter was created by mistake. Inventors originally created the K2 Meter to detect levels of high tension wires. They soon discovered that people who bought them were getting hits when no high tension wires were present. That is when ghost hunters stepped in and were able to use them to locate anomalous energy. In addition to the K2 Meter, we also use digital recorders, video cameras and still photography.

 Can you sense ghosts and, or spirits without your equipment?

 That is where my wife (Maria Shaw Lawson–National Enquirer Astrologer) steps in. Because she is psychic she has an advantage. At a house in Lansing, the homeowners were reporting paranormal activity. When we arrived, Maria suggested we go to the upstairs room. It didn’t make any sense because it didn’t fit in with the description from the homeowners of where the activity was occurring, but we went along with it. Sure enough, when we got to the upstairs room, the sensors starting going crazy. Maria was able to communicate a message from the spirit of Uncle Bill to the homeowners that the house needed to be rewired to prevent a future fire. Once the homeowners voiced that they would get the house rewired, the sensors quit. Everything went dead. I am the guy with the equipment, Maria is the one who is able to draw out and communicate with the paranormal.

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Paranormal writings pay off

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Wouldn’t it be great to know that something you’re passionate about can be rewarding and appreciated by people around the world?

For Neal Parks, a Chillicothe resident and founder and lead investigator of Parks Paranormal Research and InvestigWritingation, that realization came recently when he received the Spiritual Literary Award at the 2014 Paranormal Awards for his third book, “Haunted Holidays — Tales of Inspiration, Terror and Reflection.”

The book, published by electronic book publisher SynergEbooks, features a series of short stories about paranormal phenomena experienced between Halloween and New Year’s Eve. More than 60,000 copies have sold since its release in August 2013.

“I received a lot of strong feedback,” Parks said of his award-winning book. “Reviews that have been written about it have been stellar.”

Parks, who’s also an information technology instructor at Wellston High School, said he was leading a ghost walk event in Beaufort, North Carolina, on the day of the annual awards ceremony that was put on by CC The Huntress, a paranormal Internet show, but was still able to attend live via Skype to receive his award.

Parks said he couldn’t be more proud of his accomplishment of being named an award-winning author.

“All of my hard work, countless hours, research, travels, public presentations, public speaking events, book signings, book promotions, cold calls, meet and greets, meetings with book dealers, sellers and publishers has paid off indeed,” he said.

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‘Ghost Stalkers’ Searches for Answers About the Afterlife October 19 at 10/9c on Destination America

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(Silver Spring, Md.) – Near-death experiences may be the closest we ever come to knowing what exists on the “other side.” Many of those who have seen the proverbial white light say they returned to life with a sudden sensitivity to the spirit world, and it’s believed that people who are sensitive enough can glimpse through and even enter places – portals – that bridge our realm with the hereafter. In the all-new series GHOST STALKERS, produced exclusively for Destination America by Ghost Adventures’ Nick Groff, two men who crossed over investigate the afterlife that they encountered for a brief, eye-opening moment by exploring American locations that are rumored to house doorways to another dimension. The six-episode first season of GHOST STALKERS premieres Sunday, October 19 at 10/9c as part of Destination America’s week-long Ghostober stunt, which also includes an all-new episode of ALASKA MONSTERS on Friday, October 17 at 9/8c followed by the one-hour special KILLING BIGFOOT at 10/9c.


Actor Chad Lindberg, best known for his roles in the Fast and the FuriousOctober Sky, and Supernatural among others, nearly died at seven-years old and has since possessed a sensitivity to paranormal activity. Renowned paranormal expert, author, and investigator John E.L. Tenney was brought back from the dead at age 17 and has dedicated his career to learning more about what’s beyond the white light. In GHOST STALKERS, Chad and John seek the answer to what’s on the other side using state-of-the-art paranormal investigation equipment and conducting their own solo overnight explorations in America’s most haunted places, including a 200-year old Tennessee plantation never-before featured on television and a small-town Georgia hospital that doubled as a funeral home.


“One of life’s biggest unanswered questions is what happens after you die, and it’s amazing to think that the answer could be found in America’s scariest places, from Alcatraz and the Amityville murder house to lesser-known locations featured for the first time on TV in GHOST STALKERS,” said Marc Etkind, general manager of Destination America. “Viewers are along for a scary ride, where strange events will make even skeptics question their beliefs.”


ScaryIn the premiere episode, “Whispers Estate” on Sunday, October 19 at 10/9c, reports of violent hauntings, goat-like demons, and bizarre shadow creatures drive John and Chad to investigate a possible ghost portal at the Whispers Estate in Mitchell, Indiana. The estate was once home to Dr. John Gibbons, who went insane after his daughter died in a second-floor fire. Over the course of two nights, John and Chad explore whether the spectral attacks are the work of Dr. Gibbons and his family or of something far more evil. The Closer they get to the truth, the more they find themselves in the house’s crosshairs.

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Paranormal Corner: Faking Evidence is Tough

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Just about all of the paranormal investigation shows on television have been accused of faking evidence — from the members of T.A.P.S. on “Ghost Hunters” to Zak Bagans and his crew on “Ghost Adventures.”

I’m sure those pros agree that, as a paranormal investigator, it’s my goal — as well as the goal of every member of Jersey Unique Minds Paranormal Society — to present the truth.

So, when JUMPS was asked to fabricate paranormal activity, it was a very different request from what we usually get.

“Late last year, we were contacted by a former client,” said JUMPS Founder and CEO Doug Hogate Jr. “He wrote a script and someone bought it, and he said he wanted JUMPS to be a part of it.”

The movie, called “Remorse,” is the story of Doug and Lori, an engaged couple who purchase an historic mansion to restore and live in happily ever after.

One evening, after leaving a party where the couple got into an argument, there’s a car accident and Lori dies.

Doug decides to continue restoring the house, as it was their dream, and eventually begins to witness paranormal activity.

During a trip to the local hardware store, Doug learns that an evil woman formerly lived in the home where she tortured children in the basement.

ruined_doorwayThat’s where JUMPS comes in.

“He said he wanted JUMPS to be investigators in the film,” Hogate said.

So, we traveled to Horsham, Pennsylvania, to visit the Penrose Strawbridge Mansion — a real, historic location — where “Remorse” was being shot.

“The idea was basically, we investigate the claims that were written into the movie script,” Hogate said. 

The movie legend is that an evil woman would bring children over from Ireland to be servants on her farm, but she would keep them in the basement, and periodically gas them and kill them all.

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Paranormal Corner: Video captured at Elks Lodge in Penns Grove shows strange shadow figure

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Reviewing evidence after a paranormal investigation can take quite a while.

Sometimes it’s because we Jersey Unique Minds Paranormal Society investigators all have full-time jobs, families and lives. Other times it’s because there is just so much evidence to review, and then, review again just to be sure of what we captured.

Our investigation at the Elks Lodge on Main Street in Penns Grove was one of those situations.

The structure was built and opened as an Elks Lodge in the early 1920s and has served as the organization’s home ever since.

There are three fully-working floors including a banquet hall and kitchen on the ground floor, bar 

and social area in the middle, and meeting room on the top floor.

Members and visitors have reported seeing shadows and full-bodied apparitions, hearing voices and footsteps, and seeing objects moving on their own inside the Lodge’s walls for many years.

JUMPS team members set up several night vision cameras, digital audio recorders and other pieces of equipment that measure fluctuations in temperature and the electromagnetic field throughout the building, and spent approximately four hours investigating this historic location.

After reviewing hours of both audio and video, JUMPS Founder and CEO Doug Hogate Jr. was very pleased with all that was captured.

Early on in the investigation, during the first sweep, Executive Director Melissa Dark and Investigator Catrena Clair were in the bar area with guest investigator Jessi, a bartender at the Elks Lodge.

“Melissa was explaining the REM Pod and said ‘Like this’ as she made the device react,” Hogate said. “You hear it beep, then hear a voice say ‘Is that so?'”

At one point, Jessi — addressing a member who recently passed away — asked if the spirit was going outside to smoke a cigarette.

“The EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) sounds like a female voice saying something like ‘You bet’ or ‘You’re’ … something,” Hogate said. “It’s definitely two syllables.”Pool

The bar area seemed to be the most active, which coincides with the claims that have been reported throughout the years.

A video camera set up facing the pool table captured a shadow moving from right to left which actually blocks out a patch of light reflecting off the wood of the table.

“No one was in that area,” Hogate said. “We were all over at the bar, on the other side of the room.”

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Megan Fox Defends Her Belief in All Things Paranormal

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Megan Fox defended her belief in paranormal phenomena in an MTV News interview the other day.

Fox is promoting her new movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which hit movie theaters on Friday and made $65 million dollars in its opening weekend. Fox plays April O’Neil, a strong-willed reporter who is friends with the turtles. In the interview, MTV’s Josh Horowitz points out that, like her character in the movie, Fox also believes in the paranormal.

Fox, knowing where he is headed, gets a kind of, “OK. Let’s get this over with.” attitude with Horowitz, who clearly finds her beliefs amusing.

They begin talking about Bigfoot, and Fox points out that science is making new discoveries all of the time. She says she doesn’t think it is too strange we have not found them yet, “because it is intelligent enough not to be found.”

Horowitz then asked her if she believes in UFOs. Fox replied, “Yes… yes 1000%.”

She asks rhetorically, “How can you not believe?”Fox

Defending her belief in UFOs, she asks, “If they are a more advanced species, why would we be able to find them if they don’t want to be found?”

Horowitz argued, “It just seems like a convenient excuse is all I am saying.”

To which Fox responded, “But until we find things, they had been previously unfound, yet they still exist.”

Horowitz continued to ask her about the paranormal, and she said she believed in all of it. She even went on to describe a ghostly encounter she had in Mexico. She didn’t actually see a ghost, but someone, or something (i.e. ghost), poured her a cup of coffee when she was out of the room in a hotel in Mexico City. No one else was there, so she doesn’t think it was a human. At least not one in physical form.

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Who y’all gonna call? Local paranormal investigators to be featured on Destination America

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“What do you want?” Paranormal Technology Investigations’ co-founder Kathy Shephard asked an unknown force after she removed a mother and family from a residence outside Jonesborough because of a possible haunting.

“Just her soul. Bring her back,” the apparition repeatedly said, later picked up with electronic voice phenomena recorder.

The alleged ghost, Shephard said, was well aware the investigators had removed members of the family from the area Lightso they could perform their work.

This is a somewhat common occurrence with Paranormal Technology Investigations’ team, who said they receive, on average, about three calls a week from people who want some kind of spooky situation looked into. While the symptoms of the alleged paranormal activity are frequently the same — loud footsteps in someone’s house, seeing a ghostly figure, even someone getting scratched or knocked to the ground — each situation is different.

Paranormal Technology Investigations looks to help families of these types of trouble through a spiritual blessing and come Sunday night, viewers will be able to see what their investigations look like. The Destination America channel will air its “A Haunting” show at 10 p.m. and use footage put together by the Paranormal Technology Investigations team. The first episode will show what they call paranormal activity that took place in Hampton on Dennis Cove Road in 2011.

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Middletown’s ghost-hunting team debunks or confirms paranormal activity

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MIDDLETOWN >> After Kurt Knapp’s mother died when he was 11, he found himself immersed with researching the paranormal world and what happens after death.

While serving in the military police for the Marines in Okinawa, Japan, Knapp heard many a ghost story about Japanese soldiers from World War II running out of the jungle. That piqued his interest further.

“There’s fear sometimes, but we want to know why or how,” Knapp said. “I was interested in if you can communicate after death or visit after death.”

That was when Knapp really jumped into the paranormal world, eventually forming the Ghosts of New EnglandTree Research Society.

“I read as much as I could about everything strange and unusual,” Knapp said. “I retired four years ago and devoted my time to putting the team together. New England has layers of history.”

Knapp’s team, known as GONERS, has 10 local members and two in Bermuda and they investigate throughout the area.

“People buy a home and find someone else is there beside them,” said Knapp, which is when GONERS is called in.

When people call GONERS, Knapp works with them to further understand the circumstances. With an electrical engineer and someone knowledgeable in heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and home construction, the team rules out normal occurrences before delving into the paranormal. Knapp’s daughter, Melanie Knapp, also begins research on the location to find out anything about its historical significance including family history, murders, suicides or anything that may be useful to the team.

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