20 questions Paul Eno
1. Where do you see ghost hunting and Paranormal groups, web sites
or Ghost information, tours, Books like your own in 10 years?
Over the past 36 years, I’ve seen ghost hunting rise from the
realm of cranks and cultists to become a popular pastime, even a major
industry. I saw the birth of “paranormal tourism,” and
I see no reason to believe that it won’t continue to boom over
the next decade. Interest in psychics and mediums continues to grow
in the media as well, but there is an interesting trend away from
this toward interest in the paranormal in general, both by the public
and by groups that study the unexplained.
I’ve seen this trend reflected in the sales of my last three
books on this subject. FACES AT THE WINDOW and FOOTSTEPS IN THE ATTIC,
which are mostly collections of my case studies, have always sold
well. But TURNING HOME: GOD, GHOSTS AND HUMAN DESTINY, which tries
to look behind the paranormal (what it is, what it means for us, and
how it has affected human history) hit Amazon’s bestseller list
within six months of publication.
This trend is great, in my opinion. It means not only that more people
are interested in the paranormal, but that they are thinking more
deeply about it and want to know what it means for them.
2. What would you personally consider to be the definitive proof that
ghosts are real?
My own experience, first of all. In nearly four decades of first-hand
paranormal research, I’ve witnessed just about everything at
least twice. I’ve been injured by poltergeists, taunted by unseen
voices, heard and felt unseen people, communicated with and photographed
numerous entities – all in the presence of multiple witnesses.
Even though the first thing lawyers look for in a court of law is
eyewitnesses, somehow that’s not good enough for science. Neither
is the fact that we moderns are the first culture in history to believe
that the paranormal isn’t real. To our ancestors, in every culture
all over the world, the existence of the paranormal was obvious. They
would consider us a pack of fools for even questioning its reality.
And I agree.
I long ago decided that trying to “prove” anything to
mainstream science is a waste of time because it’s based on
an 18th-century scientific method that assumes the universe is entirely
material and has three dimensions. The universe (as many physicists
are now saying, to the horror of many fellow scientists) is nothing
of the kind. It operates on multiple levels, in multiple parallel
realities. The scientific method is useless when it comes to defining
reality, and the paranormal cuts to the core of what reality really
The “bottom line is: People will believe what they want to
believe. For the believer, no proof is required; for the unbeliever,
no proof is good enough.
3. What is the most real evidence you personally have uncovered so
Gashes on my leg from a television thrown by a poltergeist.
4. Are you skeptical of the claims other make of their findings?
Not to sound like the scientists I’ve just criticized, but
I can’t help my academic background! I do question many of the
theories and methods used by “pop” ghost hunters today.
In many groups, there seems to be little control over what members
are doing during investigations, poor record keeping and (worst of
all) everything is what it appears to be.
To me, this is a complete misunderstanding of the paranormal.
I see most modern investigators married to a shallow, 19th century
séance-room approach to what this is all about. Ghosts are
“spirits of the dead” (in my experience, they’re
the actual people, bodies and all), if an entity says it’s Uncle
Bob, it’s Uncle Bob (a dangerous assumption since there are
dangerous entities), etc. And few investigators consider the people
(if any) who live at the haunted site, whom I find are intimately
involved in energizing whatever paranormal events are taking place
In my opinion, so many investigators today ask the wrong questions.
If you do that, you can’t get the right enswers.
5. If you could investigate your "Dream Haunted Hot Spot"
where would it be?
Gad! The whole planet! But if I had to choose: The Antietam (Md.)
Civil War Battlefield.
6. What was your first Paranormal encounter?
This excerpt from TURNING HOME probably describes it best:
All seven of us heard it at the same moment on that chilly fall day
in 1971. For most of the past 5,000 years, and who knows how many
silent epochs before that, it would have been a simple, everyday sound.
But amid the haunted woods of northeast Connecticut on this Halloween
weekend, it gripped with awe and disbelief the fellow seminary students
and corporate photo expert who were with me.
It was the rumble of an oxcart – an invisible oxcart -- bumping
along a rutted road that had long since vanished beneath an impossible
tangle of hardwoods and vines. As we stood, dumbfounded, the sound
grew louder and closer. From less than thirty feet away came the jingle
of harnesses, the heavy hoofbeats, the clatter of wooden wheels. Two
of us stepped toward the sound, but stopped when we heard a man’s
voice. “Hya! Hya!” hollered the unseen driver, and there
shot through the air what sounded like the crack of a whip. A few
long moments later the sounds faded off to the right, down a trail
into what was, in 1971, a swamp.
We were young “ghost hunters,” it was our first investigation
of an alleged haunting, and we had seen and heard things in this place
that we thought only Hollywood could dream up.
7. What scares you about Ghost Hunting or Paranormal Investigations?
Ghost hunters not having a clue scare me far more than ghosts ever
8. If you could work side by side with one of the Paranormal Investigator
greats, who would it be?
John Keel, hands down!
9. Read any good Paranormal Books lately?
“41 Signs of Hope” by Dave Kane
10. What Question do people ask you most when you tell them your a
paranormal investigator, Ghost hunting article writer?
They usually waste no time in sharing their own experiences.
11. In your opinion, Where is the most Haunted city in America?
Wrong question. The paranormal is everywhere.
12. Do you feel more people should get involved with Ghost hunting
or Paranormal Investigation?
Only if properly instructed and psychologically prepared.
13. What does the future hold for you?
If you talk to my publicist, more books and a nationally syndicated
14. Paranormal Conventions do you see them growing?
Absolutely. I’d judge their value by the list of speakers.
Look for Keel, Rich Senate, Rhea White, Brian Riley and Holzer (though
he’s not that active anymore, as I understand it). They might
not agree with all my theories, but they have long experience, and
that’s rare. Don’t be bowled over by investigators with
PhDs. Many of these are mail-order degrees from non-accredited institutions.
15. What is your most favored tool of the trade?
16. Tell us about your best moment in investigating or conference
attending for you?
The moments when I learn something new, and that happens frequently!
True knowledge is knowing how much you don’t know, and having
the humility to accept it. Example: When I spoke at the 2003 West
Va. Paranormal Conference, I was asked to lead a ghost walk. I had
always found ghost walks a little silly, even boring, but I was pleasantly
surprised and learned much!
17. What is the hardest part about being a paranormal writer?
Finding time to actually write!
18. How do you document your investigations?
In writing, in photos/videos and on tape.
19. Have you ever taken a ghost Tour?
Here and there (Boston, Gettysburg). I usually find them frustratingly
shallow, with little sense of the awesome nature of the paranormal.
20. What in the field of ghost hunting and Paranormal Investigating
needs the most attention?
The truth that the paranormal intimately affects everything we are,
do and will become.
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