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 #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