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Troy Taylor Your Host To The Real Ghost Of Haunted America

Troy Taylor is the author of 55 books about history, hauntings and the unexplained in America for a number of publishers, including Whitechapel Press, History Press, Stackpole Books, Barnes & Noble Press, and others. He is the founder and president of the “American Ghost Society”, a national network of ghost hunters that collects accounts of ghost sightings and haunted houses and uses investigative techniques to track down evidence of the supernatural. Troy Taylors Web Site.

By Lisa Lee Harp Waugh

Haunted America Conference 2008 Photos By Greg Myers of Paranormal Task Force

Greg And Judy Myers Have Also Been Voted By You As: The 2008 Most Haunted Paranormal Couple Of The Year

Troy Taylor the author of 55 books about history, hauntings and the unexplained in America The man has scoured the many highways and byways of America to find out the real scoop on The Most Haunted hots spots in the United States and beyond. In April 2008, Troy and his wife, Haven, opened Prairie Fire, a retail store in historic downtown Decatur. The store specializes in teas, herbs, spices, pastas, gourmet food and hot food items and also serves as a retail outlet for the Whitechapel Press line of books and as home to the Haunted Decatur Tours. his web site is www.prairieghosts.com.


Taylor is also the illustrious founder and president of the “American Ghost Society”, a national network of ghost hunters that collects accounts of ghost sightings and haunted houses and uses investigative techniques to track down evidence of the supernatural.

I have had the pleasure in Taylor's ealy career to have met him on a few occasions. I actually have several copies of his books which I had him autograph to me at his eariler Haunted America Confrence's. I always enjoy seeing his smiling face. The man is just a ball of energy and life. He knows everyone in the paranomal field today. His list of friends is like the Who's who of all the people who have ever seen a real ghost.

Taylor has been called one of the most haunted men in the world by many of his contemporaries in the field today. He was born on September 24, 1966 in "Decatur, Illinois".


Well where in the hell you might ask is "Decatur, Illinois" . Well it is the largest city and the county seat of Macon County in the U.S. state of Illinois. This Central Illinois city, sometimes called "the Soybean Capital of the World," was founded in 1823 and is located in Central Illinois along the Sangamon River and Lake Decatur.

Decatur was the first home in Illinois of Abraham Lincoln, who settled just west of Decatur with his family in 1830. Lincoln gave his first political speech in Decatur about the importance of Sangamon River navigation that caught the attention of Illinois political leaders. As a lawyer on the 8th Judicial Circuit, Lincoln made frequent stops in Decatur, and argued five cases in the log courthouse that stood on the corner of Main & Main Streets. The original courthouse is now on the grounds of the Macon County Historical Museum on North Fork Road. There is a restaurant in Decatur, the Lincoln Square Lounge, which is built on the site where he gave a speech to the people in Decatur while campaigning for President. And many say he still haunts the very spot to this day.

There or many , many more ghost that haunt Chicago and go bump in the night all over American and the world. I do highly suggest you should read one of Troy Taylor's wonderful best sellers to learn more.

The Haunted America Confrence

In 1997, Taylor launched the Haunted America Conference, regarded as "America's Original Ghost Conference". After a number of years in Alton, Illinois, the conference has returned to its original site at the Lincoln Theater in Decatur. The Haunted America Conference remains the most visited conference by the best paranormal people in the community today. Taylor is now in preparation for his 13th annual event in 2009.

Greg Myers - Troy  Taylor  and  Chris "Ogre" McQueen

Greg Myers, Troy Taylor and Chris "Ogre" McQueen enjoy a free moment at the Haunted America Confrence 2008.


Matt Hendrix  of ParanormalTask Force

In 1989, Taylor turned his interest in the supernatural into a career when he began working on his first book, Haunted Decatur , which delved into the ghosts and hauntings of the city where he grew up. The book spawned the Haunted Decatur Tour in 1994, which took guests to locations that he had written about in his book.


The Haunted America Confreence is Sponcered By Troy Taylor each year and brings the vry best Paranomal Investigators together every year.


Troy Taylor With Matt Hendrix Of Paranornomal Task Force, Paravoyance Division.

Troy Taylor With Matt Hendrix Of Paranornomal Task Force - Paravoyance Division.

Taylor in 1996, 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 and respected 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.” He also founded the History & Hauntings Book Co., which continues operations with new owner Bill Alsing today.

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 Sterling Publications. In 2007, Illinois Hauntings also launched ghost tours in the Illinois towns of Lebanon and Jacksonville.


Weird Chicago Tour Information

The Weird Chicago Tours are Available All Year Around! See the Schedule or Contact us to Arrange a Private Tour for Your Group! Call us Toll-Free with Questions at 1-888-446-7859!

The Weird Chicago Tours are conducted aboard the Weird Chicago Bus and run about 3 hours in length. We travel all over the city during the tours and we do get on and off the bus throughout the evening, offering a mix of ghosts, crime and the unusual all year around!

Children over the age of 10 are welcome on the tours, but it's not recommended for kids under the age of 10. Sorry, no babies or infants in strollers. No one under the age of 21 is allowed on our Weird Pub Crawls.
We also do not allow alcohol to be brought aboard the bus at the start of the tour (excluding private tours) but do encourage guests to purchase drinks at the weird pubs on the tour! Any guest who is visibly intoxicated or interferes with other guests or the operations of the tour will be barred from the tour. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.

Private Tours Are Available for Groups up to 16 people and we can customize your tour to fit the needs of your party or you can choose from one of the tours that we offer! These Weird Tours are great for bachelorette parties, groups and corporate events! Click Here for More Information about our Private Weird Tours!

All Reservations are sold on a first come/ first served basis and we do not offer refunds for unused reservations. Credit toward future tours may be offered in some situations

Please visit the website "www.weirdchicago.com"

Spookapalooza 2008!
Join Host Troy Taylor & Medium Ken Berg for the Biggest and Most Chilling Halloween Event of 2008! You'll be riveted to your seat by a Spooky presentation on Houdini and the Spirit World, Terrified by a Live Radio Show from a 1936 Houdini Séance & then Pushed Over the Edge as a Real-Life Séance begins to try and Reach the Spirit of Famed Illusionist Harry Houdini! The Great Magician Maintained that if it was Possible to Make Contact from the Other Side, He Would Do So -- Will he Finally Make Contact at the Lincoln Theater on the Anniversary of his Death? The management accepts no responsibility for the possible effect on your mental health! Attend at your own risk!

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Spookapalooza 2008!

Taylor incorporated as Dark Haven Entertainment, Inc. in 2008, 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. And that Makes Taylor the Most haunted man of the Century in my book.

Troy Taylor and Greg Myers

Troy Taylor and Greg Myers

Weird Chicago by Troy Taylor, Adam Selzer & Ken Melvoin-Berg

Now Available to Order
The Ultimate Chicago Ghost Book!

Weird Chicago by Troy Taylor, Adam Selzer & Ken Melvoin-Berg

The city of Chicago is unquestionably the weirdest and most haunted city in America! With a history dating back to the early 1800s that is filled with violent events, mysterious happenings and a lot of very strange characters, there is no other place like it in the country. Now, in the most complete book ever written on Chicago ghosts and strange history, the creators of the Weird Chicago Tours reveal just how that homegrown weirdness has shaped the city that we know today – and shows that Chicago is weirder than any city should legally be allowed to be! With notebooks and cameras in hand, the Weird Chicago crew has scoured the city in search of the haunted, the odd and the offbeat. They have tracked down bizarre history, unusual people, weird roadside attractions, forgotten remnants of the past, unexplained happenings and more ghost stories than have appeared in any other book before, plus the truth behind many Chicago hauntings that you only thought you knew! From Hull House to Resurrection Mary, to Dillinger to Al Capone, this book showcases the most unusual aspects of Chicago – and just what makes it so haunted, weird & unique! Packed full of stuff that you aren’t going to find anywhere else, this is a journey that you’re never going to forget! $20.00 Click Here for More Info!

Forthcoming Titles from Whitechapel Press

Dead Men Do Tell Tales: Bloody Hollywood by Troy Taylor (2008)

Houdini: Among the Spirits by Troy Taylor (2008)

Dead Men Do Tell Tales: Without a Trace by Troy Taylor (2009)

Dead Men Do Tell Tales: No Man Knows My Grave by Troy Taylor

Gold, Guns & Ghosts: History & Hauntings of the American West by Troy Taylor

Please also see Troy Taylors The Haunted Museum

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 appeared in a number of documentary films, several television series and in one feature film about the paranormal. He also the executive producer for the series Cringe, which was created by the iClips Network.

The American Ghost Society was Founded in 1996 by Author & Researcher Troy Taylor

American Ghost Society Business Office
15 Forest Knolls Estates -- Decatur, Illinois --62521
(217) 422-1002 / 1-888-GHOSTLY

All Memberships in the American Ghost Society Include:
Regular Updates and Mailings; Access to Meetings and Seminars, including the AGS National Conference; Access to local paranormal investigations or investigations with representatives in their region; a New Member Packet of information and merchandise; Discounts on Ghost Books; and a One-Year Subscription to the American Ghost Society Newsletter, The Bump in the Night Ghost Report!

Visit official web site here now: www.prairieghosts.com/ags.html

The American Ghost Society is a national network of ghost hunters and psychical researchers who conduct investigations into the paranormal in a non-metaphysical manner. One of our main goals is to seek out allegedly haunted locations and to assist those who are experiencing problems with the paranormal. The group members then look for authentic evidence of the paranormal and try to determine if the location is haunted. We are seeking genuine evidence and are careful about the presentation of this evidence... insuring that it is legitimate, researched and analyzed before being presented to the general public. By combining history with ghost research, we offer a unique approach to psychical research that few (if any) groups can offer.

The credibility of the group is maintained above all else as we do not work with psychics or conduct investigations using metaphysical methods. We are not "Ghost Busters", but when a case does prove to be genuine, assistance through other channels may be provided at the location owner's request.

In addition, we do not claim to be experts in the paranormal, as no experts exist when it comes to the supernatural, no matter what anyone may claim or who may claim to be one. We are instead working to present an image of competent researchers who are collecting the most authentic evidence possible. Investigations conducted under the auspices of the American Ghost Society are always held to the standards of the group and are conducted with integrity, honesty and with discretion.

The American Ghost Society is also different than other ghost hunting organizations because we are a tangible society and network, not just an internet mailing list. We are a real group with active members and investigators and provide a newsletter and a private discussion list for members to interact and to share notes on ghosts, hauntings, current research, investigations and more. However, we do have a limited membership system. Membership is open to everyone for the first year but only active and participating members are invited to renew for continuing membership.


Troy Taylor and Pete Haviland Of ParahubRadio.

The author of numerous non-fiction works on haunting, including The Ghost Hunter's Guidebook. Among his many other talents are: writing a newsletter, maintaining a Web site, publishing a print magazine, hosting tours and conferences, founding a new museum and creating The Haunted American Ghost Book Catalog. Troy has appeared in a segment on The Learning Channel's "Ghost Waters." What's uncanny is how well Troy Taylor manages his time. You can read more about him at his own Web site, Ghosts of the Prairie.

Kenneth Deel And Troy Taylor

Demonoligist Kenneth Deel And Troy Taylor




About Lisa Lee Harp Waugh

Have The Dead Spoken To You Lately?

Lisa Lee Harp Waugh The Great American Necromancer

Lisa Lee Harp Waugh The American Necromancer

The first lady of conjuring the Dead. The ancient art pf Necromancy is still alive today with Waugh at it's main investigator. LISA LEE HARP WAUGH Is a necromancer in the 21st century. She is by what may call a real conduit to the world of the dead. She dressers in ceremonial robes, draws magical circles on the floor and commands spirits from Heaven, Hell and all places in between to appear before her and communicate with the living. As a teenager she studied heavily The Black Arts by Richard Cavendish and The Grand Grimoire by A.E Waite, the Malleus Maleficarum and anything she could get her hands on by the great by Eliphas Levi, John Dee and the great beast, Aleister Crowley. www.ghosthuntersofamerica.com

A professional Necromancer and founder of the Sorcerers and Necomaner Guild of greater Houston, Texas. Waugh has been practicing and conducting rituals for many paranormal investigators for over 20 years. Waugh also paints many spiritual and common murals and lives in a small Texas town with her three dogs. She also over the years makes ceremonial candles and is active in ghost hunting in the deep South. Summoning the dead to communicate with the living is a natural daily occurrence for Waugh. "I have been doing this since I was a child." " When I lived in Galveston, Texas about 15 years ago, I was introduced to the ancient rights of ceremonial Necromancy as a ritual by a great shaman called Freebird, and because of him and his diligence to the art, I still practice it until this day." "However, if a spirit has something vital to impart to you, they will call upon you, not vice-versa and no ritual is needed".

She then Got involved with the local Hoodoo Voodoo's of the area and new doors where opened to her concerning communicating with the dead.

Waugh was baptized and trained in the secret dark religion by Bianca The Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. Waugh lived in New Orleans for 3 years until she learned all about spells, hex's and how to hoodoo voodoo people as she says.

Waugh also owned and managed the fantastic Candle Making Company in Galveston, Texas for many years that catered to the eclectic patrons taste of many of the states visitors and just curious. She then moved to Houston's Famous Vodoun area 5th ward. This now where she resides to this day. Her home today is a testimony to Necromancy and her new found religion of Voodoo Hoodoo.

Necromantic practitioners such as Waugh conducts, and entails respect and reverence not only for the spirits of the dead, but for the spirits of Hell, Heaven and all places in between. Waugh has a large home one room she has painted black where she calls the good spirits. Another painted all black where she calls the infernal spirits.

The American Ghost Hunters Society is currently accepting new members all across the country for our network of ghost hunters, ghost writers and ghost enthusiasts.

The American Ghost Hunters Society is currently accepting new members all across the country for our network of ghost hunters, ghost writers and ghost enthusiasts.

We Investigate all types of Paranormal and Unexplained Phenomena through Research and Documentation.

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Waugh is often compared today in her facial features and many similar practices as being a modern Dr. John Dee. He of course was one of the most fascinating characters of the Elizabethan period just as Waugh is recognized as such in modern times. The events of Dee's life are filled with science, experiments, astrology and mathematics which he aligned with magic, the supernatural and alchemy! All of which is Waugh's personal passion and driven honest beliefs. These are also stead fast traditions she does and true in practicing openly. A few of her select followers say she is the actual reincarnation of John Dee. Waugh also practices astrology, and is very continuously studying the Black Arts.

Waugh, a real big hearted Texas gal does not comment on any of this privately or publicly ... for she is humble in her paranormal studies and research to the core. Gina Lanier a close friend of her's relates: "Waugh is a very outgoing friendly, charming and a downright loveable person, and gets along equally well with the living and the dead." Lanier and Waugh once investigated a real Haunted Texas Federal Prison together for close to two years in the early 1990's and had many startling paranormal adventures while there.

Lisa Lee Harp Waugh's accomplishments have been achieved through hard work, persistence, and a goal-oriented attitude required to overcome obstacles and reach difficult goals. Waugh shares her approach to communicating with the dead's success in this motivational performance that's sure to inspire Paranormal Investigators to excel in their life.


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