Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Upcoming Event Appearances

I love going to conferences, and I love giving talks at conferences. One of the most frequent questions I get is about what conferences I will be at and what ones I'll be speaking at. So here is a complete list, as of right now, of what events I'll be and/or speaking at.

Kent Paranormal Weekend - April 29-20
The Kent Stage, 175 E Main St, Kent, OH 44240, USA

Pennsylvania Bigfoot Camping Adventure - May 5-7
Benner's Meadow Run Camp Grounds, 315 Nelson Rd, Farmington, PA 15437, USA

Ohio Bigfoot Conference - May 20
Salt Fork State Park Lodge & Conference Center Lore City, Ohio

Kecksburg UFO Festival - July 28-30
5128 Water St, Mt Pleasant, PA 15666, USA
I will be speaking Sunday about the basics of cryptozoology and some regional cryptids.

5th Annual Strange Encounters in Pennsylvania Conference - August 5
403 Donruth Ln, Johnstown, PA 15909, USA
I will be speaking here about cryptid mutilations.

SquatchFest - August 25-27
Mohican-Memorial State Forest, 975 O D N R Mohican Rd 51, Perrysville, OH 44864, USA
I will be speaking here about the "weird" aspects of the Bigfoot phenomenon


Cryptid Con - September 9-10
405 Wilkinson Blvd, Frankfort, KY 40601, USA

Mothman Festival - September 16-17
Point Pleasant, WV, USA

Burr Oak Bigfoot Expo - September 30
Burr Oak Lodge, 10660 Burr Oak Lodge Rd, Glouster, OH 45732, USA

Albatwitch Festival - October 14
21 North 2nd Street, Columbia, PA, United States
I will be speaking here about diminutive humanoids around the world of cryptozoology.

Pittsburgh MUFON Conference - November 4
Bishop Connare Center 900 Seminary Drive Greensburg Pa 15601

Saturday, March 11, 2017

A Happy Announcement

Two weeks ago I announced that I was leaving my old podcast. While I am still saddened by that, I would like to thank everyone who commented on my blog and on Facebook. One of the commenters was Dr. Brian Parsons, a good friend of mine. He said that the network he works for was looking for a new show. We talked about it for a bit, and he set up a call between me and the people in charge.
I know many of you were saying I should go solo, but, at my age, going solo and being taken seriously just won't happen. If I wanted to continue doing a show, I would have to do it through a network.
So, anyways, after some discussions, they liked me and decided to give me a go-ahead for doing a show!
The show is called Crypto-Kid, named after my blog, and is premiering live on WCJV Digital Broadcasting. WCJV is an Internet radio station based in Youngstown, New York. One of the neat things about the show is that since it is live, anyone can call in and share their experiences and opinions on the air.
I'm going to have guests on for most of the episodes, but occasionally I'll go solo for an episode. The show is only an hour long and goes from 8 pm to 9 pm on Monday evenings EST.
You can find the network's website here: http://www.wcjvradio.com/
I hope you all listen in! I'm definitely looking forward to the Crypto-Kid radio show!


Sunday, February 26, 2017

A Sad Announcement

The life of a 16-year-old Fortean is a hard and stressful one. Don't get me wrong, I love what I do, but it can be difficult. I often find that people don't take me or my research seriously, often that assume I've simply watched a lot of "Finding Bigfoot" and "Mountain Monsters", and I seem to a get a lot of "well, isn't that cute?" as a response to an attempt to share research. That being said, I am still extremely lucky to have met so many amazing people that do take me seriously and have helped me in numerous ways.

As many of you have seen, I'm almost constantly working on some project, and I have tons of projects being worked on lately. Yet, one project lately has taken priority over everything else: Inside the Goblin Universe. The show was doing pretty well, we had a fair amount of regular listeners, we got huge names on the podcast, I was learning and getting better at audio editing, and I finally had something I could always lean back on if someone wasn't taking me seriously. But, like all good things, it was not to last. I don't want to go into specific details, I care not for drama. Long story short, I have been removed as a host of the podcast. I can't help but feel like some of it was because of my age. The show is supposedly going to continue, but I will not be connected to it in any way. 

Needless to say, I had a lot of soul-searching and thinking in front of me this weekend. I'm certainly not done with the field, I don't think anything could keep me away, but I wasn't sure if I was done with podcasting. 

If you enjoyed my show, don't fret, I'm am not quitting podcasting. I might take a little break, I might not. I don't know. I'm looking into a few possibilities (if you have any ideas, let me know) for continuing in the world of podcasts, but I'm unsure when I'll be back. 

I want to thank all of my listeners and guests and apologize to those who recorded with us but will never get to see the episode released. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Crypto-television: A Series of Serious Series Reviews

Lately, I have been in a type of television conundrum: I love cryptozoology, but cannot seem to find any worthwhile cryptozoological shows on television to watch. So, I decided to go on a hunt through the recesses of modern crypto-television.

Monsters and Mysteries in America/Unsolved

I began my search with watching several episodes of the popular Monsters and Mysteries in America and Monsters and Mysteries Unsolved. The first aired in 2013 and ran for three seasons, and the second aired last year. Each episode looks at a handful of mysteries, most focusing on various cryptids. Their portrayal of the phenomena is pretty accurate and they generally get several researchers on to discuss cases and ideas, but the show tends to focus on the sensational aspects without any skeptical points of view. The show also recreates various cases with a person in a rubber suit and some B-grade actors -- the effect of which is quite amusing.


Mountain Monsters

This infamous show was also on the top of my list to peruse, largely due to the huge cult following this show seems to have acquired. After watching two episodes, I realized either the show producers or the team themselves don't care about accurate research. It seems that the bare minimum was done before heading out on a hunt. I think that the AIMS team uses the premise of monster hunting to get on television playing with their firearms. I have no problem with the show, in fact, I think that it is great mindless entertainment, but that is all that it is.


Swamp Monsters

Swamp Monsters is essentially the same show as Mountain Monsters but in the Bayou instead of the Appalachia. The team members of BEAST (Bayou Enforcement Agency on Supernatural Threats). The show only had three episodes and there isn't much worth discussing from any of them.


Finding Bigfoot

Finding Bigfoot is another show that has gained a large cult following. During the first couple seasons, the show did some pretty good research and investigative work. Over time, though, the show began to outgrow its stay and seems to be riding purely on the unending dedication of its fans. The show certainly isn't as bad as many people claims.


Monsters Underground

Monsters Underground has a simple premise: there are mysterious creatures that supposedly live in caves around the world, and this team is going after them all! The only thing is... there aren't that many that supposedly live in caves. Needless to say, the show didn't last long -- and the short time it did air was not spent terribly productively.


MonsterQuest

Monster Quest was technically the first cryptozoology focused show to be produced. It lasted for 5 seasons and each episode focused on a different cryptid or a specific regional aspect of a creature with a larger range. I personally love this show. Each episode did an excellent job of introducing the creature and several cases as well as consulting several authorities on the creature each episode. Something else that made the show unique is that they consulted the skeptical side of thinking as well, not just those who wholeheartedly believe in the creatures.


Killing Bigfoot

Over the past few months, the show Killing Bigfoot has been making waves in the world of cryptozoology, to the point that some disgruntled bloggers and researchers put together a petition prevent the airing of the show. The reason the show created so much controversy is the argument: whether or not Bigfoot should be killed in order to prove its existence. The show seems to have really relied on that controversy in order to raise viewership. Unfortunately, the show follows the same formula as Mountain Monsters and Swamp Monsters among others: a bunch of bearded rednecks with large guns traipsing the wilderness searching for monsters. Killing Bigfoot is nothing really new or special but is fairly entertaining to watch.


So, what is your favorite crypto-show? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Inside the Goblin Universe Episode One added to Archives

The first episode of my podcast Inside the Goblin Universe (also hosted by Ronald Murphy) has been added to the Paranormal UK Network Archives. If you missed the airing on Thursday, you can still listen to it here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Inside the Goblin Universe

The first episode of Inside the Goblin Universe (hosted by Ronald Murphy and myself) airs at 10 pm to Midnight EST tomorrow on the Paranormal UK Radio Network. We discuss how Ron and I met, our research, and what the Goblin Universe is as well as have Timothy Renner, the author of Beyond the Seventh Gate. I am extremely excited to hear what everyone thinks about the show. Ron and I are extremely proud to be the hosts of a show, especially being on such an excellent network. If you are unable to listen to the episode when it airs, you can listen to it on any of several archives which can be found on the website. After the episode airs, I will post a link to the episode.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Podcast

As many of you know, I am good friends with Ronald Murphy, the fairly well-known cryptozoologist from Pennsylvania who has written numerous books and has appeared on a plethora of podcasts. We are working on a book together as well as several other projects.
The time has come to announce one of those other projects... Ronald and I are getting our own podcast! The show will air sometime in January and will be aired on the Paranormal UK Radio Network.

We are calling the show Inside the Goblin Universe and will be discussing various strange and unusual aspects of the world of the paranormal, cryptozoology, and ufology with a focus on the idea of the Goblin Universe, which is a proposed alternative universe from which anything that goes bump in the night comes from. We have a handful of episodes recorded already and have some great guests including Jonathan Downes and Timothy Renner.

I will do updates about when the shows are released and any other relevant news as it happens, so stay tuned!