It was with a heavy heart that the governing body of Dragon Con announced that this year’s convention was cancelled. Admittedly, I understand; personally, I’m relieved they announced 2 months before the event was to kick-off. As a Professional Guest, I appreciate the consideration the entire Dragon Con community have afforded to the fans, guests, and vendors. For information, visit https://www.dragoncon.org/updates/. The Updates include a comprehensive—yet cheeky—FAQs. I look forward to seeing everyone in 2021!
Guess who’s presenting at DragonCon 2020?
The Haunted Librarian!
Join me at this year’s Dragon Con where I will sit on a panel titled “The History of Seances & Phony Psychics.” The hour long session is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, August 31st at 5:30 PM. For more information, see https://www.dragoncon.org/.
Private Investigator Bob Nygaard will be appearing at DragonCon over the Labor Day Weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. Nygaard will be discussing several phony “psychics” he helped identify and locate for prosecution.
For more information and ticket information, view https://www.dragoncon.org/.
Thank You, DragonCon
DragonCon 2018 is in the books. My two panels were well-attended providing lively discussions related to paranormal investigations. I spent the last two days with 85,000 of my closest cosplay buddies at Atlanta’s largest fandom convention. It was fantastic.
The Paranormal Track is housed at the Sheraton Hotel and provides close contact with some of the best paranormal people working in the field. My first session was a 6-member panel discussing researching paranormal activity ranging from private residences, well-known active locations, client interviewing, and the future of academic paranormal research. Each panelist expanded upon unique researching techniques they employ, specific to the location or subject-matter. It was reassuring the number of people looking for the correct/proper way to investigate. The second panel was equally engaging.
To be sure, there are a lot of women paranormal investigators. I met them at the second panel focused on “Women in the Paranormal.” Of the estimated 52% of Americans who believe places can be haunted by ghosts, the majority of believers are women, according to the Chapman University study (2017). Yet, women are not that well represented in the television paranormal series. Indeed, of the 12 current productions, only 3 shows involve women, with 2 leading the investigations. Of course, these productions are tied to advertising dollars, and, admittedly, women like to watch men on tv. That’s the para-tainment path.
However, women work in the boots-on-the-ground paranormal teams who respond to private citizen concerns. They lead investigative teams; they host podcasts; they blog. They won’t appear on television soon. They’ll be the ones with the crazy, hard-to-believe stories from the general public. I hope to return in 2019 to share some more of mine.
Thank you, DragonCon for allowing me to present and to attend your insanely popular convention celebrating nearly every realm of fandom. PS. Please invite me back!
Dragon Con App: New and Improved
Dragon Con released a new app. It’s easy to get. Simply go to www.dragoncon.org –> Connect –> Mobile App –> Type in your cellphone number –> Click on link that is texted to you.
If you already have the app, then it will update with the new features. Tonight I’m testing out the Friends. It’s a small learning curve. Select the 3 lined navigation icon in the upper left-hand side. This opens the Message Center. You can type in what you’re up to (Blogging about the improved app), locate friends & enter friend codes, and read alerts.
To add a friend, select 1) Enter a Friend Code (number you get from a friend); 2) Request Friend Code (number you give to a friend); or 3) Cancel. Currently, I have one friend. I hope to add more. SO, feel free to send me a friend code. See you all on Friday!
Beware the #ParaScammers
The Haunted Librarian coined the term ParaScammers. These are people who either take advantage of people in the paranormal community or they are people who fake special talents in order to profit. The list grows annually. She will discuss famous and well-known cases and possibly some that may surprise the audience. In addition, she will discuss how she protects herself from scammers and offers suggestions for others.
Tentatively scheduled for Friday, September 1st at 9 PM. Purchase tickets online at http://www.dragoncon.org/.
Importance of Research
The Haunted Librarian joins Heather Dobson and Jordan T. Duncan of Paranormal Georgia Investigations (https://paranormalgeorgia.com/) and author Larry Flaxman (http://larryflaxman.com/) at Dragon Con 2017 as they discuss the importance of conducting research before, during, and after a paranormal investigation.
Tentatively scheduled for Sunday, September 3rd at 4 PM. Purchase tickets online at http://www.dragoncon.org/.
The Haunted Librarian Is Speaking at Dragon Con
Join me in Atlanta over the Labor Day weekend (September 1-4) at Dragon Con. I’m excited to announce that I will be attending as a “PRO” and speaking. Woo-hoo!
I’ll post more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, click on the link (http://www.dragoncon.org/) to find out about the world’s “largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe.”