I say I don’t believe in the paranormal because deep down I believe in it a little bit and it scares the bejeezus out of me.
I mean, I don’t believe in Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster or the Chupacabra or the Blair Witch or 99.9% of “psychics” or the Tunnel Monster, but ghosts and demons … [shudder].
UFOs? I say I don’t believe in them, but that didn’t stop me from freaking myself out as I
ran jog-walked laps one night on a deserted track in the middle of Texas while I was at college. The night was clear. Crisp for March. Stars so bright I could see them beyond the dimmed track lights. Surrounded by nothing but trees and a few campus buildings down the way. And I thought, man, if an alien were thinking of abducting me, this is the PERFECT moment to do it. And I immediately left the track and ran posthaste, POSTHASTE, back to my dorm.
Randy Baumann told me a story about ghosts that gave me shivers like you would not believe, and I once went on a date with a minister’s son who told me a FREAKY story about a demon his dad evicted from a house, and I still haven’t seen The Exorcist because I’m afraid a demon will come out of my TV and go all Paranormal Activity on my butt.
The local haunted house that goes up for sale every two years after the previous owners run screaming out of it like bats out of hades, has sold once again, and when I pointed the sale out to my husband, he whispered in his spookiest whisper, “I bouuuuught iiiiiit. Mwah-hahah.” Jerkface.
Why am I telling you this other than I like to make everything about ME? MEMEMEME? Let’s talk about meeeeEEEEeeee.
Because this summer is the first ever STEEL CITY PARACON as produced by our fantastic friends at the Scarehouse! Three days of sessions and events and meet and greets and drinks and not one single tinfoil hat because this is legit all up in the legitimacy as it features the stars of SyFy’s Ghost Hunters series! That’s right! Whiskey, Tango, and Foxtrot … wait … I mean Tango, Steve, Amy and Adam from the series!
There will be sessions with other paranormal bigwigs including John Tenney of A&E’s Paranormal State. Even our very own Sean Collier is involved!
Now, why Pittsburgh? I’m so glad you asked. Because in addition to being adjacent to the portal to hell (AKA Fayette County), we have lots of cool connections to the paranormal, for instance, we’re going to play a big role in the 2012 Mayan apocalyptic event, apparently, thanks to our fourth river, and we’re home to the one-time most haunted house in America! Actual quote:
“Dr. Brunrichter had been experimenting with severed heads.”
There are only 200 slots for the three-day conference, so you have to get tickets before they go. And because I love you, you can use the code TANGO to get $50 off your ticket!
I’m excited! This could grow every year and before you know it, the Paracon is bigger than the Anthrocon and Pittsburgh will officially win the Quirkiest City award!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to see if they need me to host a session called, “So You’re a Paranormal Sissy: How to stop running posthaste and face your fears.”
I wonder if posthaste means what I think it means.
(Not a sponsored post!)