Coyote Chris Sutton joins me tonight at 9 PM EST on Midnight.FM. Chris “brings light to the darkest places.” He’s a Shaman and uses shamanistic healing work in his paranormal investigations. He’s a genuinely nice guy who cares about every aspect of our planet. I’m so excited to have Chris as my first guest of 2021. Let’s face it. We all need a little more light in our lives.
Tune in at 9 PM EST on Thursday, January 7th on Midnight.FM.
The History Center of Olmsted County (Rochester, MN) held a Creepy Doll 2019 Contest last year. The “contestants” were vintage, old, and well-worn. The contest was very popular, with a circa 1850’s handmade doll missing her right arm winning. (See https://thehauntedlibrarian.com/2019/10/25/creepy-doll-contest/) All nine dolls were placed on exhibit. This year offers nine new—well, technically old—dolls for consideration. In-person voting started on October 1st, and virtual voting runs October 14-24 (links below). The winning doll will be announced on October 28th and will be crowned on Halloween. Learn more about the dolls Thursday, October 22nd when Dan Nowakowski, Curator at the History Center, joins me on The Haunted Librarian Show.
Doll 1: Arsenic and Old Lace; Doll 2: Squeaks; and Doll 3: Stanley Kubrick are displayed above.
Doll 4: Bela Lugosi; Doll 5: Frankenstein; and Doll 6: Shirley Jackson are displayed above.
Doll 7: Victorian; Doll 8: Lady MacBeth; and Doll 9: Mrs. Danvers are displayed above.
Each doll sits in themed vignettes with information regarding provenance, materials, and information regarding the doll. It is quite exciting to see these dolls on display! The center has come up with a clever way to pass down stories of former residents while exposing the collection to a wider audience.
Toy dolls remain popular. According to The Toy Association, retail sales of dolls in the U.S. in 2019 topped $3.22 billion dollars and accounted for nearly 12% of the $27 billion dollar industry. Unfortunately, most dolls don’t make their way into historical centers. That’s why this collection is important. It chronologizes the history of the county.
Although last year, I had a clear favorite, this year is a challenge. I’m leaning toward one of the porcelain beauties. I look forward to voting!
Tune in every Thursday at 9 PM EST on Midnight.FM as I chat with people who are working in the strange and unique.
Podcasts and YouTube videos are incredibly popular, especially paranormal themed ones. Due to COVID, a lot of ghost investigations have been sidelined. Alex makes several suggestions on how to cope during the quarantine. In addition, author of 4 books on the paranormal, Alex proffers insight into paranormal investigations and other topics, shares some of her stories, and talks about joining Tik Tok and the Ripple Effect challenge on The Haunted Librarian Show.
Alex is a paranormal researcher, singer, and author. She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study and runs the blog and YouTube channel, Singing & Spooky Stuff. She was recently seen on Travel Channel’s Most Terrifying Places in America, as well as Truth or Legends in Your Hometown. In addition, she is the host of the podcast, Informal Paranormal. Alex has written several books about the paranormal including, The Brave Mortal’s Guide to Ghost Hunting, The Haunting of the Tenth Avenue Theatre, More than Ghosts: A Guide to Working Residential Cases in the Paranormal Field, and The Haunted Actor. She holds an MA in theatre from San Diego State University and currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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David Jessup is a stand-up comedian based in Texas. He’s also the creator of @ChildrenOfDave (https://www.instagram.com/childrenofdave/), handcrafted—and haunting—sculptures using upcycled toys and other thrift store finds. His children are available for adoption and nearly all of them have new homes. With his comedy schedule in limbo due to the COVID-19 pandemic, David has begun to dabble in stop-motion animation. Join Lesia and David on Thursday, August 20th at 9 PM on Midnight.FM as they discuss his children, comedy, and various creative projects he’s working on.
David Jessup is a stand-up comedian who can be seen on stage around the Dallas-Fort Worth area, as well. But in 2003, his life was uprooted with the murder of his friend John David “J.D.” White. White was also an artist whose body was found in the Trinity River in August of that year. He was 37; his case remains unsolved. While cleaning out White’s apartment, Jessup found a few toy parts. To honor his friend, he created his first sculpture. He hasn’t stopped since.
David Jessup’s therapy is creating curious sculptures out of discarded or broken toy parts. For the past 8 years, Jessup has reassembled toys, he calls his children, and sold them via his website, David-Jessup.squarespace.com, and various art galleries and specialty shops.
What’s it like to schedule a paranormal team to come out to your home to investigate? Shaun Moore had Archer Paranormal Investigations out to investigate strange activity in his home, which is in a neighborhood that was on the battle lines during the Civil War. Join Lesia as she gets updates from Shaun and they discuss the investigations.
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