Lights Out!

lightsoutA while ago, Larry Santoro, then the host of Tales to Terrify, invited me to join the TTT podcast. “I just want you to find cool ghost stories and people’s experiences, record them, and just do a little ghost story show of your own.” And so, Lights Out was born.

This is what I do, and it is a ghost story addict’s dream come true: I sit down with people and ask them to tell me stories. Then I polish them all up into an episode, and bring it to you.

The links below will take you to YouTube. These shows were designed as podcasts — radio shows, essentially speaking — so there is no actual video part to them. Just click on a show title, sit back, and let me bring you some awesomely awesome ghostly tales.

I have had so much fun seeking out people’s stories. I hope you enjoy listening to them. If you have a story you’d like to share with the world, please drop me a line, either here or on YouTube. And remember, if you’re not listening to Lights Out, your virtual campfire, it’s like not having chocolate cake for breakfast — the full richness of life will forever elude you.

Lights Out #76: Haunted Hotel.  Hotels can be haunted hotspots. Their transient nature means that day after day, the rooms of the building are witness to hundreds of scenes, each leaving a bit of emotion behind. Come with me on a visit to a possibly haunted hotel in Dubuque, Iowa. https://youtu.be/i7AjABX1XtE

Lights Out #75: Galena. Galena, Illinois, is a pretty little touristy town, that is loaded with ghost lore. Come along with me for a tour of this haunted place. We’ll join Steve Repp for his All About A Ghost tour. https://youtu.be/GIaRnqai02I

Lights Out #74: Men’s Cottage, Peoria State Hospital. The Peoria State Hospital closed in 1973, but it is still a very active place. The Peoria State Hospital Museum is preparing to move into its new, permanent home: one of the cottages that remain on the hilltop. This building is steeped in history, and it even has its own ghost story. Join me for a very special sneak peek inside the building. https://youtu.be/d6nh_4SIabc

Lights Out #73: Northern Illinois, a peaceful, rural part of the state, has its share of haunted locations. One of these is a church in the suburbs north of Chicago. Come with me to explore it. https://youtu.be/JOe1HmFPcZM

Lights Out #72: St. Louis Canyon. The area around Starved Rock State Park in Illinois is breathtakingly gorgeous. But the park itself has a dark history. Join us as we visit St. Louis Canyon, where three women were brutally murdered in March 1960. We’ll also visit Moon Point Cemetery outside Streator in search of the Hatchet Lady. https://youtu.be/j0N-Igp8298

Lights Out #71: The Boy In The Basement, Part 2.  Return to the basement of the Pollak Hospital with me and my psychic medium friend, Diane Lash Lockhart, as we have another conversation with Chris, the young spirit there. Learn how Chris and his family celebrated the Fourth of July before the turn of the century, and enjoy the mental image of me stumbling through the steps of a ragtime dance. https://youtu.be/PIeFOq6_DZI

Lights Out #70: Edinburgh Manor. Edinburgh Manor, in Scotch Grove, Iowa, is an abandoned mental asylum known for its paranormal activity. Join me, Supernatural Investigation Crew, and US Paranormal Research as we investigate this beautiful old building. https://youtu.be/tnUz_ZPMbDk

Lights Out #69: Haunted Naperville. Naperville, a western suburb of Chicago, is home to decades of history — and where you have history, you’re likely to have ghost stories as well. Join Kevin Frantz, host of Naperville Ghost Tour, for a peek into the past. https://youtu.be/7UcGQy4PpuA

Lights Out #68: Archer Woods Cemetery. Tucked away near one of Chicago’s forest preserves is Archer Woods Cemetery. There’s plenty of ghost lore beyond these iron gates … as well as a mystery. Join me for a stroll through haunted Archer Woods Cemetery. https://youtu.be/incQHNS6Dsg

Lights Out #67: Mount Carmel Cemetery. Come with me for a visit to beautiful Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, outside Chicago. This is the resting place of many well-known Chicago gangsters, including Al Capone. It also has the grave of Julia Buccola Petta, The Italian Bride. When her body was exhumed six years after her death in childbirth (1921), it was found to be perfectly preserved. For more about Julia Petta, I encourage you to visit http://www.orderofthegooddeath.com/the-italian-bride-of-chicago , for a blog post by Adam Selzer, Chicago historian and ghost hunter. https://youtu.be/CdNic62DSck

Lights Out #66: Christmas 2018. Christmas is here, and so is Lights Out! Enjoy stories of haunted Clet Hall in New York, the story of a poltergeist from 1867, and the eerie tale of the Veiled Ghost of Highgate in 18th century London. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvAANf27Eb4&t=23s

Lights Out #65: Skinwalkers. Skinwalkers are creepy monsters of the American Southwest. Join me on a trail ride at Bonnie Springs Ranch, as the trail boss shares his true skinwalker story with me. https://youtu.be/dQphuW6lf8s

Lights Out #64: Bonnie Springs Ranch. Outside the bustle of Las Vegas is rustic, charming Bonnie Springs Ranch. There are ducks and peacocks roaming the grounds, a petting zoo, trail rides, a great restaurant — and there are ghosts. There are enough spirits there that Ghost Adventures came for a look. And so did I! Enjoy this visit to haunted Bonnie Springs Ranch. https://youtu.be/j38e15tP7kM

Lights Out #63: The Farmhouse Fiend (Halloween 2018). It’s time for the Halloween episode of Lights Out! Join me as I listen to James Brija, of Ghostbusters Peoria, spin tales of the haunted farmhouse where his grandparents lived for a time. These stories are sure to send a shiver or two down your spine, so settle in for a delightfully creepy time. https://youtu.be/LBtXaMoFVik

Lights Out #62: Kerri’s Story. Ghosts are everywhere. And where there are ghosts, there are people willing to tell ghost stories. Please enjoy this report from a bookstore in northern Illinois. https://youtu.be/I0447QwkVCo

Lights Out #61: Investigating in Cities. Most of us are used to investigating in nice, quiet environments. But what happens when you try to hunt for evidence of the paranormal in big, noisy cities? Let’s talk a little bit about that in this episode of Lights Out, your virtual campfire. https://youtu.be/X5T550WKMTU

Lights Out #60: Spooks of Sin City. Las Vegas: Sin City. Home to glittering neon, flashing lights, spinning roulette wheels, and clattering slot machines. But Las Vegas hides many secrets underneath the glamour and glitz. From Bugsy Siegel’s Flamingo Hotel to the Rat Pack to Howard Hughes, the spooks of Sin City are varied and plentiful. Let’s go on a tour of the Las Vegas strip, and discover what’s hiding in the shadows. https://youtu.be/F2_ttNrkG9Y

Lights Out #59: Return to Sugar Tree Grove. Sugar Tree Grove Cemetery, nestled in the farmland outside Monmouth, Illinois, is the final resting place of two players in a drama that took place over 180 years ago. William Martin was killed by a Native American brave, who was in turn killed by whites in retribution for Martin’s death. The two men are buried directly across from each other, in opposite corners of the cemetery. What happens when a ghost hunting team comes to the cemetery to help the two work towards reconciliation? https://youtu.be/bN2JV11sAZM

Lights Out #58: Dole Mansion. Historic homes can be homes to spirits as well as paying visitors. Dole Mansion, in Crystal Lake, Illinois, is a gracious showplace that also boasts a few ghosts lurking in the odd corner. Join our guide, Joe Diamond, for a flashlight tour of this beautiful home. https://youtu.be/iGssu1IrsGE

Lights Out #57: Effland Woods. Is this little patch of wilderness in Fulton County as haunted as they say? Find out! https://youtu.be/A3pLvRI2YSw

Lights Out #56: Stephen Lancaster. Stephen Lancaster is a paranormal investigator and the author of three books of nonfiction. His latest, Norman, The Doll Who Needed To Be Locked Away, is published by Llewellyn Press. In this episode, I chat with Stephen about his experiences with haunted objects, and we discuss what it means to be a magnet for spiritual activity. https://youtu.be/DJSidLmG4eY

Lights Out #55: The Boy In The Basement. In this episode, I share the story of my growing friendship with Chris, a spirit of the Pollak Hospital. Chris died in the early part of the twentieth century, but his spirit is still very much alive — and still very much that of a healthy, red-blooded young man. Join us for an evening of touching the Other Side. We may even get to dance! https://youtu.be/qDMc3yQ4CYk If you want to go back and find the EVPs, here’s what’s there: around 11:55, when I say I’m going to take my hand back, Chris says “back“. Around 25:40, Chris says “No — not yet“. Around 32:00, when Diane says “He’s about twenty-two”, Chris says “Guess what? Twenty-two” (that’s the super-cool one). Around 34:15, when I say “Chris! How are you?”, he replies with “Perfect“. And when we’re discussing dancing together, around 43:30, Chris says, “After you” — always the gentleman!

Lights Out #54: The Dark Mirror. Haunted objects hold a fascination for us. The idea that a common household item — say, a mirror — can be a conduit for supernatural energy is a concept both terrifying and intriguing. Join me as I examine the Dark Mirror, a tool used for divination that can have some disturbing attributes. What will we see when we look into the Dark Mirror? Find out in this episode. https://youtu.be/kTTyKcegarc

Lights Out #53: Return to Dixwell. Return to the haunted house in Davenport Iowa, where the homeowner was locked in the basement bathroom by an unseen entity. I explore this house, along with members of the investigative team Ghost Crier. https://youtu.be/rh7SGlHB7IY

Lights Out #52: The Roving Skeleton of Boston Bay. Join paranormal author Holly Nadler as she tells the story behind the inspiration for one of Poe’s best-loved stories. https://youtu.be/I1o74O6A-aw

Lights Out #51: Plymouth Courthouse. Enjoy this Christmas 2017 special episode of Lights Out! Return to Plymouth with us as we explore the haunted courthouse and hear the tragic story of the wreck of the General Arnold in 1778 in White Flats Harbor. This tale has led to the residual and intelligent haunting of the courthouse where the bodies of the sailors lost were stored. https://youtu.be/xZY-ntKexJk

Lights Out #50: Resurrection Mary. Wow, fifty episodes of Lights Out, how cool is that? Gather around your virtual campfire, pass the s’mores, and settle back for one of Chicago’s most enduring ghost stories. https://youtu.be/-Z91lBKpmZc

Lights Out #49: Haunted Objects 3.  It’s time for another visit to the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and Occult. Come with me to Greg and Dana Newkirk’s lair, and meet Simon the haunted doll, give the Fetid Face the side-eye, and keep your hands off the voodoo drum. https://youtu.be/mkLofNntDTw

Lights Out #48: Luke Naliborski. Enjoy a visit with Luke Naliborski, author of Spooky With a Chance of Ghosts, Ghosts Never Say Boo, and other collections of true ghost stories. Join him as he shares stories of his experiences as a tour guide for Alton Hauntings Tours. https://youtu.be/4qcmPWcY15k

Lights Out #47: Ron Hood. This is what it sounds like when two radio show hosts (okay, a radio show host and a podcaster) get together for a conversation. Ron Hood, host of Ron’s Amazing Stories, gets to sit in the guest’s chair for this episode. https://youtu.be/yDaCn1rfia0

Lights Out #46: Plymouth Ghost Tours. Join me on a walking tour of Plymouth’s Burial Hill and other historic places. Janice Williams, owner of Dead of Night Ghost Tours, is our guide to the spooky side of Plymouth, Massachusetts. https://youtu.be/ktdzFWF43gw

Lights Out #45: Bhangarh Fort.  In this episode, we’ll travel to India — no passport needed. We’ll explore the incredibly haunted Bhanghar Fort. https://youtu.be/AmVJ6lfdbTM

Lights Out #44: Lizzie Borden House Part 2: Table Tipping. The Victorians were masters of the weird. Their shenanigans included table tipping, yet another way to communicate with the Other Side. (I regret to say this content is no longer available.)

Lights Out #43: Lizzie Borden House. Come along on an investigation of the Borden House, in Fall River, Massachusetts. On August 4, 1892, Abby and Andrew Borden were brutally murdered in their own home, by someone wielding a hatchet. That someone may have been Lizzie Borden, Andrew’s younger daughter. Let’s see what the spirits have to say about it! https://youtu.be/dF7YpCzAgqM

Lights Out #42: Ghost Crier. Listen in on a conversation with Aaron G. Thompson and Nick Simons, members of the paranormal investigating team Ghost Crier.  Find out why Aaron likes the Spiritus app so much! https://youtu.be/NiiWc3UztYo

Lights Out #41: Native American Spirits. The peoples of the First Nations have a rich tradition of folklore and the supernatural. Come explore it in this episode, and find out what happens when you lock a display case that’s full of kachina dolls. https://youtu.be/wrDVI7yYBUg

Lights Out #40: GHS Lab Investigation. Sit in on an investigation of the Ghost Head Soup lab. https://youtu.be/emXLsAb-c5w

Lights Out #39: GHS Tour. Take a tour of the Ghost Head Soup lab. https://youtu.be/hu-MK8cgWAY

Lights Out #38: Ghost Head Soup Intro. Meet the paranormal group Ghost Head Soup at their lab, at an undisclosed location in northern Illinois. https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=hxHNqXCcacg

Lights Out #37: Brian Sheppard. I sit down for a talk with Brian Sheppard, of The Brian and Sherri Show. He’ll tell us all about witches’ graveyards and disappearing road signs. https://youtu.be/mCN3qLudVJE

Lights Out #36 (Extra): April Fool’s 2017. This is what happens when you leave your recorder out for just anyone to find… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvuxfIqFIjQ&feature=youtu.be

Lights Out #35: Nick Sarlo. I catch up with Nick Sarlo, lead investigator of Shadow Hunters. We chat about haunted places, returning spirits, and baseballs that fly out of nowhere! https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=WxieBoZFfeI

Lights Out #34: Cleansing. Think your home might be in need of a little more “spring cleaning” than Mr. Clean can handle by himself? Listen to this episode of Lights Out for a few handy hints for ridding your home of unwanted entities. https://youtu.be/M39U1izPFJA

Lights Out #33: Ophelia Julien. Join me for a conversation with YA fiction author Ophelia Julien. We’ll hear stories of growing up in a haunted house, and we’ll learn why you shouldn’t ask an architect to take too close a look at the floor plan of your home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J8AfXE9RNg

Lights Out #32: Christmas 2016. Gather ’round for a true tale of holiday horror. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Alg6AOjuQvE

Lights Out #31: Believers 2. I talk to more paranormal investigators, to see what made them believe in the supernatural. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZFZ3bj2RV4

Lights Out #30: Haunted Objects (Second Half). Let’s return for a second look at Planet Weird’s traveling museum of haunted oddities. Hear tales of haunted graveyard dust and a lonely doll. https://youtu.be/J-VnyX07JRo

Lights Out #29: Happy Halloween 2016 from Lights Out! Enjoy this tale of a haunted house in Davenport, Iowa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8Uc-Yx5Et8

Lights Out #28: Haunted Objects (First Half). Join me as I talk with Greg and Dana Newkirk, who have been collecting haunted objects for years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQrVcWp0LaQ

Lights Out #27: Believers. Do you believe in ghosts? If so, what turned you into a believer in the paranormal? Hear several investigators tell of their experiences with the unknown — the experiences that made them say, “I believe.” https://youtu.be/nLKJQs9iOqg

Lights Out #26: Alexandra Holzer. Listen in on my conversation with Alexandra Holzer, daughter of famed paranormal investigator Hans Holzer. We’ll tell you what it was like to grow up haunted, and how to enjoy conversations with loved ones who are no longer with you. https://youtu.be/h7Gma0gFEpo

Lights Out #25: Demons (3). When is a demon not a demon? Listen to this terrifying tale of a Cambodian revenge spirit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScL-KfJ_MKI

Lights Out #24: Demons (2). Ever met someone who’s been possessed by a demon? Perhaps you have. What is it like to be possessed? Find out in this episode of Lights Out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upFWbVEanr4

Lights Out #23: Demons (1). Think demons don’t exist? Think again! A ghost hunter tells of his encounter with a dark entity — at the age of seven. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpCCdO_VmLE

Lights Out #22: Monmouth College. Come along on a haunted campus tour of Monmouth College. https://youtu.be/k_byy7NVlA8

Lights Out #21: Sugar Tree Grove Cemetery. Take a tour of this haunted cemetery, tucked into the rolling farmland around Monmouth, Illinois. https://youtu.be/HuxY8twPyUE

Lights Out #20: Luke Naliborski. A conversation with the funny and talented Luke Naliborski, author, ghost hunter, and Haunted Alton tour guide. https://youtu.be/YuUcA1N9rwY

Lights Out #19: Kathi Kresol. Join me as I chat with author Kathi Kresol about her newest book, Murder and Mayhem in Rockford, Illinois. She’ll share stories from her years as a tour guide for haunted Rockford. https://youtu.be/9EXxncA7Ldc

Lights Out #18: A Very Spooky Christmas. Gather ’round the fire and listen to ghostly Christmas tales. https://youtu.be/47OrOshbTfY

Lights Out #17: Thorne & Cross. A conversation with the horror writing team of Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross. We talk about their books Ghosts of Ravencrest and The Cliffhouse Haunting, and chat about what’s coming up next. https://youtu.be/Jue7U4sv0J8

Lights Out #16: Hunting Demons. Linda was a seasoned paranormal investigator. Also a committed Christian, she prayed to be able to hear the lost souls with whom she was trying to communicate. In this special episode of Lights Out, you’ll hear Linda’s terrifying true story of demonic oppression. Based on the book Hunting Demons by Sylvia Shults, available from Whitechapel Press. https://youtu.be/NlxTyWecntg

Lights Out #15: Tinker Swiss Cottage. Take a tour of the lovely — and haunted! — Tinker Swiss Cottage in Rockford, Illinois. https://youtu.be/4__NImD_zrc

Lights Out #14: Haunted Prisons, Asylums, and Sanitoriums. Sit down for a visit with Jamie Davis, who writes about haunted places. And take a peek at Ashmore Estates. http://youtu.be/O1sqHbuvUSs

Lights Out #13: Camping with Troy Taylor. Go ghost hunting with acclaimed paranormal author Troy Taylor. Explore the Great River Road Opry and a haunted pioneer cemetery. Then sit around a campfire and swap ghost stories with Troy and other ghost hunters. http://youtu.be/oqGFg7sWIyo

Lights Out #12: Ancient Egypt. Explore the world of dusty tombs and shambling mummies. http://youtu.be/IC9tJM5IN3A

Lights Out #11: Zombie Squad Camping. Ghost hunters take vacations too. Come and sit by the campfire at ZombieCon and listen to people share true ghost stories. http://youtu.be/hUZkLzY9b4A

Lights Out #10: Haunted Houses. Ever wondered what it’s like to live in a haunted house? These people know — and they tell us their experiences of sharing their home with the spirits. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5K2KXd29Qw
Lights Out #9: Tamara Thorne & Alistair Cross. Horror writers Thorne & Cross share their stories of a five-night stay in a haunted cabin in the woods. http://youtu.be/fv1YCVlEIqw

Lights Out #8: The Cantina. A look at the hauntings at The Cantina, a former bar in Pekin. http://youtu.be/9NEBVQBhK9Y

Lights Out #7: David Youngquist. Ghost hunter and sensitive David Youngquist shares some of his experiences with the paranormal. http://youtu.be/MJ5GZl0Kr2c

Lights Out #6: The Lighter Side. A collection of funny experiences with the paranormal. http://youtu.be/_l4MQqsrdiE

Lights Out #5: The House That Isn’t There. One of the strangest, creepiest stories I’ve ever heard. http://youtu.be/byYq8dcJcqg

Lights Out #4: Ghost Stories of the Quad Cities. An evening around the campfire with friends, sharing personal experiences of the ghostly and strange. http://youtu.be/N54BazzNf8I

Lights Out #3: Galesburg. A look at a couple of haunted sites in Galesburg, including the Cherry Street Bar. http://youtu.be/hDmb0xcX8EE

Lights Out #2: Pollak Hospital. A podcast tour of the Pollak Hospital, the TB ward of the Peoria State Hospital. http://youtu.be/GdufvG5HMeg

Lights Out #1: Bowen Building. A podcast tour of the Bowen Building at the Peoria State Hospital. http://youtu.be/N_tb7CYjgzk