Haunted Savannah

A discussion of tours and ghosts written by the author of best-selling local book 'Haunted Savannah' and noted speaker at Ghostock II. His work has been featured on the Travel Channel, ConnectSavannah, the Savannah Morning News, WSOK Radio, and the New York Daily News.

For reservations for either Ghost Tours or Haunted Pub Crawls in Savannah, please call (912) 604-3007.

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Location: Savannah, Georgia, United States

I'm a tour owner, tour guide, author and painter. My tour has been featured on the Travel Channel, the Savannah Morning News, ConnectSavannah, WSOK (Savannah) radio and the New York Daily News.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Moon River Occurrence

In my five years of being a tour guide, I've seen a few strange things. But rarely have they happened in front of a large group with perfect timing-- such as the tour last week.

I was leading a pub tour, and early in the night a young lady expressed her disbelief in the supernatural. She said, "Until I see it I won't believe." Well, that's a common statement on the pub tour, and she seemed to be enjoying the stories nonetheless. We got to Moon River Brewing Company, and the tour goes upstairs into the unrenovated portion.

Well, we got through with that part of the tour and were pausing at the bar before heading on to our next location. I walked over to the aforementioned young lady and asked if she was enjoying herself. A few others in the group clustered around us, mostly to get a drink but also to hear our conversation.

"You got a chill out of me," she admitted, "But I still don't believe in this stuff. Like I said, I will only believe when I see it."

At the very moment she spoke those words, something happened. The plastic stand holding the beer list on the bar behind her (picture the plastic holder where they insert a list of drink specials or desserts and you'll have the right idea) literally split open. No one touched it or was near it. The darned thing flopped into two pieces right behind her-- and everyone who was near us saw it but her. She, the admitted disbeliever, was the only one who didn't see the plastic stand fall open on its own. She saw our expressions and asked, "What?"

Sometimes, ghosts can have a sense of humor. Or at least it certainly appeared so, to us ten or so standing at the bar in Moon River with our mouths open.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

More TAPS comments

I get the occasional comment or email from this blog. Most deal with that TV show Ghost Hunters: TAPS, of which I am assuredly not a fan. I've gone to great lengths to not make fun of TAPS (it is a mighty struggle), and try to keep my comments factual and impartial.

Here is the most recent comment:
Anonymous said...

Would TAPS fake evidence?

Folks, this is a TV show. It is entertainment. If you haven't figured that out with the 'hipper than hip' camera moves and Real World-esque drama amongst the cast, then nothing I can say about the show will change your mind.

These guys give ghost hunters a bad name-- and given the second-science status of most paranormal investigations, that is really saying something. I've given up watching the show because of their shoddy scientific work, and unprofessional attitude.

Regarding the post by a reader: who cares? These guys have zero respect in the professional community... of which I do not consider myself a member, by the way. If you consider holding up your arms on camera and saying 'I feel a cold spot' evidence, you're missing the point.

If you like the show, then fine. But don't ever consider what they do to be a real invstigation, because it just isn't-- it's entertainment.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

GHOSTOCK II info

Here is the website, for anyone who is interested:

http://ghostock.com/

And a link to a very good forum, where I post under the handle 'Haunted Savannah':

http://ghosthounds.com/

Thursday, January 19, 2006

GHOSTOCK II

Just a reminder that Ghostock II will be held at the Marshall House on Friday, January 27-29th. Ghostock is a forum/symposium for all topics regarding paranormal activity, and it is also the starting point for 'ghost hunts' taking place throughout the city at various locations that are reputed to be haunted.

Here is the line-up of guests:

SATURDAY JANUARY 28TH

10:00AM – 10:45AM Pamela Burns

11:00AM – 11:45AM Jack Richards

12:00PM – 12:45PM Doris "Dusty" Smith

1:00PM - 1:45PM Murray Silver

2:00PM – 2:45PM Rebecca Clark

3:00PM - 3:45PM David Kolln

4:00PM – 4:45PM James Caskey

5:00PM – 5:45PM Patrick Burns

I'm excited, personally. I'm glad Patrick and Pamela and the rest of the Ghost Hounds crew are giving me this opportunity.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Moon Over Savannah

Being a pub tour guide is a unique working environment. I often tell my pub groups, "The ghost stories you're about to hear may or may not scare you. What probably WILL scare you are the locals at these pubs." A pub guide has got a lot more to think about when leading the tour, over and above the stories you're telling. As a matter of fact, more often than not your guide isn't concentrating on the story nearly as much as he or she is focused on the surrounding people (i.e. drunks who may or may not pose a problem). Anytime you mix people and alcohol, trouble can be around the next corner.

Not only are you at the mercy of the individual pubs ( and their bartenders), but you also have to factor in crowd control within your respective group (hey, they ARE drinking), as well as external crowd control. And it is that last factor which can make even an experienced pub tour guide break out in a cold sweat. Or hysterical laughter, as the case certainly was last night.

I had led my pub group to our next location, and had begun my story with my pubgoers facing a large window, looking into the bar. There was a large table right inside that window, filled with 20-something men and women. As I talked, everyone on tour got a stunned look on their face, including the 85 year old grandmother who was in the group. Then everyone burst out laughing. It was one of the few times that the tour guide was NOT in on the joke.

Turns out, one of the young ladies at the table had apparently consumed just enough 'liquid courage' to do something mischievous. In full view of my group outside, she had dropped her pants around her thighs and proceeded to rub her (I am told) very attractive bare bottom on the glass next to me. Needless to say, story-time was over; there was no recovering from that sort of display.

In one of life's great moments, I knew exactly what to say. You know, the comment or retort that usually occurs to you weeks later, when it does you absolutely no good at all? This time, it came to me. I quickly stepped inside the door and said, "Ma'am, it was so nice making your acquaintance. In fact, I'd LOVE to see more of you!"

Not to be outdone, one man on my pub tour outside raised his glass and yelled, "Bottoms up!"

Monday, January 09, 2006

Returned Home...

I have returned from our (as yet untitled) travel show. What an incredible experience. I am exhausted, and thus glad that it is over, but also I wish we were still shooting and visiting those incredible locations. Wow, what an extended weekend! We traveled over 2,000 miles in four days (roughly equivalent to driving to Denver).

I had thought about doing a sort of journal about the experience, but I'd rather let everyone experience it as intended-- in a TV show or internet film format. Let me just say that I had no idea that we had so many unique and exciting places to visit in my home state of Georgia.

Those of you who know me well will be glad to know that I didn't disappoint... and by that I mean that when you point a camera at me I'm bound to do something incredibly klutzy. All I will say is that I completely ruined that pair of shoes, and of course it happened when the cameras were rolling.

I will say that our footage of the Georgia Guidestones was probably the highlight of the trip, although right up there would have to be the abandoned railroad tunnel... the one which seemed to get more forbidding as we travelled the length of it. Our lights, one by one, kept going out. The film team had this moment where we all began to consider what we would have to do if the battery-powered lights failed us entirely, and we were forced to travel strictly by candlelight. I sincerely hope that our moment there translates onto film, because I for one was really beginning to get nervous.

More on this later... and when the footage becomes available I will definitely post a link.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

New TV Show

I'll be away in North Georgia for a few days shooting a pilot for a TV Travel show. I'm pretty excited... the concept of the show is an insider's travel guide to offbeat or little-known places. I'm serving as advisor, and will provide background information on the locations. I'll also be appearing on camera, as well. I'm not 'leading point', so to speak (a fact for which I am eternally grateful), but I'll be there as sort of an intellectual foil to the other on-camera personalities.

All in all, it sounds like a fun gig, and I love to travel, so it seems like a perfect fit. I just wonder how many takes will involve me trying to get the production to eat at local restaurants, instead of a fast food chain. I'll post an update after Sunday, when I return.


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