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When it comes to unexplained phenomena, it is just that. Unexplained. We try to approach this from as many different ways as possible, and to throw out the assumptions that have driven research for a very long time. These strange experiences people have, no matter what you want to label or catagorize them as, are real in some way. They have been reported throughout history and across cultures. If nothing else, they are a very Human experience. None of the theories we have may even come close to divining what we are actually experiencing, if they did, we would have some answers. We do not know what Reality is, what life or death are, or truly why we are here. We do know that our senses filter much out, and our memories do not work like we think they do. New approaches are needed if we are ever to make any progress at all in understanding what we are interacting with. Some of that comes from understanding ourselves, and some of that comes from having a truly open mind in confronting those things that defy explanation. We need new eyes, perspectives, and better questions. That is the goal of Where Did the Road Go? To go places that have not been tread before, and explore new things from new angles. To leave the well worn road, and wander...
The final part in this interview with Jenny Ashford. In this part we talk about violent poltergeists and demonic possession. We talk about The Bell Witch, The Black Mausoleum, The Warrens, and much more... We also get into some possible explanations for these cases.
We welcome Jenny Ashford back to the show to talk about her latest book, which is a comprehensive investigation into poltergeist accounts over the years. Called The Unseen Hand, this is a valuable piece of work, compiling some very interesting events...
Jenny Ashford is a horror and paranormal writer, and a graphic designer. Her books include two paranormal works, The Rochdale Poltergeist (with Steve Mera) and The Mammoth Mountain Poltergeist (with Tom Ross). Her other books include the horror novels Red Menace, Bellwether, The Five Poisons, and The Tenebrist, and two short-story collections, Hopeful Monsters and The Associated Villainies. Her horror blog, goddessofhellfire.com, contains current writing news, short stories and articles, and her opinions about horror films and the genre in general.
Steve Mera is a parapsychologist, paranormal investigator, freelance journalist, international lecturer, and tutor. He is the owner of the free monthly publication known as Phenomena Magazine, chairman of Manchester’s Association of Paranormal Investigation and Training, and founder of the Scientific Establishment of Parapsychology in Manchester, England. He is the author of three books—Strange Happenings: Memoirs of a Paranormal Investigator; Paranormal Insight: A Concise Study of the Strange and Profound; and The Paranormal Investigators Handbook: A Professional Look at the Subject of Ghosthunting—and the co-author of The Rochdale Poltergeist, with Jenny Ashford. He has appeared on over 90 TV shows and series, over 100 radio stations, and has published articles in over 300 publications internationally.
Jenny Ashford joins us to talk about her second non-fiction book, The Rochdale Poltergiest, co-authored with Steve Mera. We talk about the case, other similar incidents, some of her own experiences, and her horror fiction.
The Mammoth Mountain Poltergeist: In December of 1982, when Tom Ross was thirteen years old, he took a week’s vacation to Mammoth Lakes in California with his aunt, uncle, and cousin. Almost from the moment they arrived at their condo, they experienced a near-constant barrage of bizarre phenomena that escalated over their stay, and seemed to follow them after they left. Items moved around by themselves, shades flew open when no one was near them, bloody tissues appeared out of nowhere, words appeared on windows in empty rooms, a blue haze seemed to hover near the ceiling, a door chain was broken from the inside by what appeared to be a clawed hand, and disembodied voices emerged from corners. The family was simultaneously terrified and amazed. Thirty-two years later, the four witnesses decided to tell their story.
I talk with Jenny Ashford and Tom Ross and we discuss Tom's experiences, as well as what has happened since the book was published.
Jenny Ashford is a writer, graphic designer, and barfly. Her books include two paranormal nonfiction books, The Mammoth Mountain Poltergeist (with poltergeist focus Tom Ross), and The Rochdale Poltergeist (with parapsychologist Steve Mera); three novels, Red Menace, Bellwether, and The Five Poisons; two short story collections, Hopeful Monsters and The Associated Villainies; and a graphic novel, The Tenebrist. Her short stories have also appeared in several anthologies, including The Nightmare Collective, History Is Dead, 2012AD, ChimeraWorld #3, and ChimeraWorld #4. Her horror blog, Goddess of Hellfire, contains writing news, short stories and articles, and her reviews and opinions on horror films and books.