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20 QUESTIONS WITH Troy Taylor

Troy Taylor is a prolific American non-fiction writer who specializes in books about the paranormal. He is the president of the 600-member American Ghost Society and the host of several popular ghost tours throughout the American Midwest.

Troy Taylor is a prolific American non-fiction writer who specializes in books about the paranormal. He is the president of the 600-member American Ghost Society and the host of several popular ghost tours throughout the American Midwest.

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Troy Taylor

Author of 49 books about history, hauntings and the unexplained in America for Whitechapel Press and Barnes & Noble Press respectively. He is the founder and president of the “American Ghost Society”, a national network of ghost hunters that collects stories of ghost sightings and haunted houses and uses investigative techniques to track down evidence of the supernatural.

Taylor was born on September 24, 1966 in Decatur, Illinois, a Midwestern city that is steeped in legend and lore. Even the hospital in which he was born is allegedly haunted by a phantom nun! He grew up fascinated with “things that go bump in the night”, as well as the writings of haunted travel writer Richard Winer and legendary ghost hunter, Harry Price. In school, Taylor was well-known for his interest in the paranormal and often took friends on informal ghost tours of haunted places all over downstate Illinois. He would later turn this interest into his full-time career.

In 1989, Taylor started working in a bookstore and a few years later, he wrote his first book on ghosts. It was called Haunted Decatur and delved into the ghosts and hauntings of the city where he grew up. He also created a tour that took guests to places that he had written about in the book. The book became an immediate success and its popularity, along with his previous experiences with ghost hunting, established Taylor as an authority on the supernatural. The book and tour led to media and public appearances and numerous requests to investigate ghostly phenomena.

In 1996, Taylor organized a group of ghost enthusiasts into an investigation team and the American Ghost Society was launched, gained over 600 members in the years that followed. The organization continues today as one of America’s largest and most honored research groups.

In 1998, Taylor moved his operations, which now included the American Ghost Society, a history and hauntings bookstore and a publishing company called Whitechapel Press, to Alton, Illinois, near St. Louis. In Alton, Taylor started his second tour company, Alton Hauntings, which took guests to local haunted places in the small Mississippi River town. He would go on to put the place on the map as “one of the most haunted small towns in America.”

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Taylor remained in Alton until 2005, when he returned to Decatur. By then, he had also established two more tour companies, in Springfield, Illinois and another company that arranges overnight stays in haunted places called American Hauntings. These tours, including those in Decatur and Alton, were organized under the heading of the Illinois Hauntings Ghost Tours. Taylor also continued the operation of Whitechapel Press, which specializes in ghost-related titles and has more than a dozen authors working under its banner.

In 2006, Taylor also launched the Weird Chicago Tours, which are based on his book, Weird Illinois, which was published by Barnes & Noble Press. In 2007, Illinois Hauntings also launched ghost tours in Lebanon, Illinois and in Jacksonville.

In 2007, Taylor incorporated as Dark Haven Entertainment, Inc., a parent company for Whitechapel Press, the Illinois Hauntings Tours and for the Ghosts of the Prairie Website and Magazine. The new company also handles the film rights to Troy's ghost books and stories. Currently, there are three of his works optioned for possible film and television production.

Along with writing about the unusual and hosting tours, Taylor is also a public speaker on the subject of ghosts and hauntings and has spoken to literally hundreds of private and public groups on a variety of paranormal subjects. He has appeared in newspaper and magazine articles about ghosts and has also been fortunate enough to be interviewed hundreds of times for radio and television broadcasts about the supernatural. He has also appeared in a number of documentary films, several television series and in one feature film about the paranormal.

He currently resides in Central Illinois with his wife, Haven, in a decidedly non-haunted house.

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Troy Taylor 20 Questions

1. Where do you see ghost hunting and Paranormal groups, web sites or Ghost information, tours Books like your own in 10 years?

I think that a lot of things will still be the same. The good, well-researched books and websites, along with the legitimate ghost hunters, will still be around, doing what they do. For those of us who have been in the field for a long time (22 years for me) and on the internet for more than 10 years, as I have, we have seen and weathered many changes and fads already. A lot of people have been complaining about the “I just want to be on TV” fad that seems to be affecting many new “ghost hunters” who are coming to the field today but I advise them just to wait. It will pass as the others have done and the good researchers, books and websites will still be around.

2. What would you personally consider to be the definitive proof that ghosts are real?

As much as I consider science to be an integral part of ghost research, I personally believe, at this point, that real proof comes through history. Since ghosts do not perform on command, science refuses to accept the idea that ghosts exists – thus, we cannot “prove” it. However, I can “prove” a house is haunted by collecting case histories of those who live at a location and from those who have lived there in the past. If the details match, with no connections or collaboration between the current and former owners, we can’t just write off that off to coincidence. So, historically speaking, ghosts do exist. This is just a pet system of mine that I have been working with but I do believe that history can provide us with pretty definitive answers.

3. What is the most real evidence you personally have uncovered so far?

That would have to refer back to the previous question and it concerned the history of a house that I was told was haunted. The owner contacted me and described the ghost. I researched the house and found that the original owner had committed suicide there and his photo matched the description the home owner had given to me. I contacted former occupants, who told the same story and were able to pick out the original owner from several 1920s era photos. The current owner did the same thing. None of these people knew one another or had any idea that anyone else claimed the house was haunted. This was one of my most successful cases in terms of evidence and historical hauntings.

4. Are you skeptical of the claims other make of their findings?

I’m skeptical of any findings, often including my own! I tried to be open-minded to the possibility of anything, which can mean a place is not haunted or even that a “haunting” is outright fraud. However, this has nothing to do with other researchers – my skepticism there just depends on the researcher.

5. If you could investigate your "Dream Haunted Hot Spot" where would it be?

I have traveled all over the country and investigated hundreds of places. However, even though I have been there, I would like to be able to spend the night at Alcatraz.

6. What was your first Paranormal encounter?

Although I had been interested in ghosts from an early age, the first experience that I had that I always felt was paranormal occurred when I was in high school. I had gone with some friends to check out a cemetery that was supposed to be haunted and while we were there, the headlights on our car were somehow turned out. This would nit seem like a big deal except for the fact that to turn them off required pushing in a manual knob --- and being able to do it by entering a locked car. I never had an explanation for this except to feel that perhaps the cemetery was haunted after all.

7. What scares you about Ghost Hunting or Paranormal Investigations?

The Living… I always maintain that the living are much scarier than the dead.

8. If you could work side by side with one of the Paranormal Investigator greats, who would it be?

Harry Price.. he was the father of ghost hunting as we know it today and every ghost hunter emulates him, whether they know it or not. He was the first to realize that in order to make paranormal research appeal to the general public, it had to be entertaining.

9. Read any good Paranormal Books lately other then your own?

Ghosts: A History of Phantoms, Ghouls and Other Spirits of the Dead by P.G. Maxwell-Stuart

Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death by Deborah Blum

10. What Question do people ask you most when you tell them your a paranormal investigator, writer?

Usually, they ask how I got started and what made me interested in ghosts.

11. In your opinion, Where is the most Haunted city in America?

Chicago is the most haunted city and Gettysburg is the most haunted small town. I have investigated both (Chicago the most extensively) and I base that on the information that I have collected over the years.

12. Do you feel more people should get involved with Ghost hunting or Paranormal Investigation?

I welcome anyone who wants to get into the field, as long they realize that it’s not about being on TV, running around cemeteries taking photos of “orbs” and waving around equipment that they really don’t know how to use. Those people usually burn out fast when they realize that real ghost research is not just fun and games.

13. What does the future hold for you?

I imagine that I will keep doing what I am doing for the unknown future. There are always more people interested in ghost tours and while I have written a lot of books already, I have ideas for many, many more. I don’t see my material drying up anytime soon.

14. Paranormal Conventions do you see them growing? And which ones are the Must go to ones?

I see the conventions and conferences hopefully dropping off to just the best of the best in the next couple of years. This year has seen a lot of cancelations, mostly due to the glut of bad conferences that are out there. This has affected some of the good ones unfortunately. The conference “market” us still saturated at the moment by people who don’t realize what a lot of hard work goes into a good event and they often have this mentality of “putting on a show” and making lots of money. Doing a conference has to be a labor of love and a money-maker a distance second. A lot of people have jumped into it but I think we’ll see fewer conferences next year and it will be a better crop that we have seen recently.

I feel that the must-attend events are the Ghost World conference, held in Gettysburg this year, the Mid-South Paranormal Convention in Louisville in September and I have to plug myself here and say the Haunted America Conference that is held each year in June. This is our 11th annual event and we started ghost conferences long before anyone else was doing them. This “longevity factor” gets us good speakers and a good attendance every year. We plan to be around for a long time to come.

15. What is your most favored tool of the trade?

A notebook and a pen

16. Tell us about your best moment in investigating or conference attending for you?

Honestly, out of dozens of strange incidents, one of my favorites had to have been at the Ax Murder House in Villisca, Iowa. It was here where I actually witnessed a ghost interacting with our investigation group and making a door open and close when we asked it to do so. I had never seen anything like that before. I had seen things move, been touched, photographed anomalies, felt unexplained temperature drops and had even seen a ghost, but I had never been involved in something like that.

17. What is the hardest part about being a paranormal writer?

Absolutely nothing! I love what I do. It’s not a sideline or hobby for me, it’s really my day job and I look forward to every day that I get to sit in front of the computer, doing exactly what I want to be doing.

18. How do you document your investigations?

Usually by hand but when it comes to eyewitness testimony, we use the standard recording devices of audio and video. This is the best way to present an accurate record of it.

19. Have you ever taken a ghost Tour? And, What about it did you not like?

Can’t really answer this one – I run 7 ghost tour companies.

20. What in the field of ghost hunting and Paranormal Investigating needs the most attention?

I really just think that we have to work on improving the authenticity of our research and our findings. As I have mentioned already, there is a lot of mentality about getting on TV these days and I shudder to think that anyone would “enhance” their findings for a TV show but I fear that this is happening already and will happen more and more in the future if this mindset persists. I guess we’ll just have to see...

Troy Taylor's Illinois Tours

Haunted Decatur Tours: www.haunteddecatur.com

Alton Hauntings Tours: www.altonhauntings.com

Weird Chicago Tours: www.weirdchicago.com

Springfield Hauntings Tours: www.springfieldhauntings.com

Haunted Jacksonville Tours: www.illinoishauntings.com/jacksonville.html

Haunted Lebanon Tours: www.illinoishauntings.com/lebanon.html

American Hauntings Tours

These tours take guests all over the country for overnight stays and haunted tours. www.prairieghosts.com/overnight.html

Books by Troy Taylor

HAUNTED ILLINOIS BOOKS
Haunted Illinois (1999 / 2001 / 2004)
Haunted Decatur (1995)
More Haunted Decatur (1996)
Ghosts of Millikin (1996 / 2001)
Where the Dead Walk (1997 / 2002)
Dark Harvest (1997)
Ghosts of Springfield (1997)
Haunted Decatur Revisited (2000)
Flickering Images (2001)
Haunted Decatur: 13th Anniversary Edition (2006)
Haunted Alton (2000 / 2003)
Haunted Chicago (2003)
The Haunted President (2005)
Mysterious Illinois (2006)
Dead Men Do Tell Tales: Bloody Chicago (2006)
Resurrection Mary (2007)

HAUNTED FIELD GUIDE BOOKS
The Ghost Hunter's Guidebook
(1997/ 1999 / 2001/ 2004)
Confessions of a Ghost Hunter (2002 / 2007)
Field Guide to Haunted Graveyards (2003)
Ghosts on Film (2005)
So, There I Was... (With Len Adams) (2006)

 

HISTORY & HAUNTINGS SERIES
The Haunting of America (2001)
Into the Shadows (2002)
Down in the Darkness (2003)
Out Past the Campfire Light (2004)
Ghosts by Gaslight (2007)

OTHER GHOSTLY TITLES
Spirits of the Civil War (1999)
Season of the Witch (1999/ 2002)
Haunted New Orleans (2000)
Beyond the Grave (2001)
No Rest for the Wicked (2001)
Haunted St. Louis (2002)
The Devil Came to St. Louis (2006)

BARNES & NOBLE PRESS TITLES
Weird U.S. (Co-Author with Mark Moran & Mark Sceurman) (2004)
Weird Illinois (2005)
Haunting of America (2006)
Into the Shadows (2007)
Spirits of the Civil War (2007)



In 2007, Dark Haven Entertainment, Inc. was formed to not only act as a parent company for Whitechapel Press, the Illinois Hauntings Tours and for the Ghosts of the Prairie Website and Magazine but also to handle the film rights to Troy's ghost books and stories. Currently, there are three of his works optioned for possible film and television production.

Troy has appeared in documentary productions for TLC, The History Channel, A & E, Discovery Channel, PBS, CMT and in various network programs and syndicated news shows. Below are a few of the featured (and favorite) productions that he has done over the years:

Children of the Grave (Upcoming -- October 2007)
Troy has joined the cast of Children of the Grave, the new horror documentary from the Booth Brothers, the creators of "Spooked". This new show will be airing on the Sci-Fi Channel for the 2007 Halloween season!

Wind Chill (2007)
Troy will be appearing on the DVD release of this April 2007 film, which will be coming out later this year. In the "Behind the Scenes" section of the DVD, the producers will be featuring a real-life look at haunted highways, like the one that is depicted in the film. Troy will be appearing in a documentary about Resurrection Mary and Chicago's haunted Archer Avenue -- filmed on location at the Willowbrook Ballroom!

America's Ghost Hunters (2003)
One of Troy's favorite projects was his work on "America's Ghost Hunters", which aired on TLC. He appeared in two segments of the show including one in Alton, Illinois and at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.

The St. Francisville Experiment (2000)
Troy appeared as himself in what started out as a paranormal documentary and deteriorated into a "Blair Witch Project" rip-off. Troy appears in the early, documentary portion of the film and never (in any way) endorsed the authenticity of the blatantly fake "paranormal" scenes that followed after the participants entered the house. With that said, Troy adds:
"I have taken a lot of flak about my role in this film over the years but what I can say is that it was a lot of fun to make and be a part of and the cast and most of the crew (especially Paul Salamoff) were great people to work with. There is no point in trying to take it seriously -- it's just a movie -- and as long as you don't go into it believing that it's authentic, it can actually be a lot of fun."

"I can't say that the St. Francisville Experiment is ever going to be fondly recalled as a highlight of my career but I don't regret taking part in it. It was a great experience and a real look at what happens when things in Hollywood go awry." For more "behind the scenes" details about the making of the film, see Troy Taylor's book Confessions of a Ghost Hunter.

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