Tim Prasil Returns with More Ghost Reports – The Big Seance Podcast: My Paranormal World #111

An Interview of Tim Prasil, author of


A familiar voice returns to the show! Tim Prasil shares more ghost reports from the project that is now the book, Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports from U.S. Newspapers, 1865-1917.


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In this episode:

Episode Teaser :00

Intro :42

Welcome back, Tim Prasil! 1:15

Tim’s first appearance on the podcast was Episode #22 in 2014

More background on Tim and how the audio versions of his Spectral Edition reports became a regular segment here on The Big Seance Podcast for a few years. 1:50

The book! Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports from U.S. Newspapers, 1865-19173:00

More background on how Tim’s work and how he and Patrick met. 4:29

The Stickney House. Can ghosts hide in rounded corners6:05

Ghost Stories 101! (Professor Prasil gets to teach a new class!) 10:43

The story of how the whole Spectral Edition project came about. 12:08

The straight forward way that ghost reports were often written in this time period. 16:45

The period around the Civil War opened a lot of minds about the possibility of ghosts. 18:48

The three reasons why ghost reports were common in this period: The “good death”/Civil War/Spiritualism, a change in the perception of distance, American journalism was young. 21:00

With the absurd death toll of the Civil War along with its influence on Spiritualism, why did the ghost reports rarely mention or involve dead soldiers? 31:13

Tim begins sharing some of the ghost reports from the book. 36:33

After a collection of over 300 articles, does Tim continue to find undiscovered ghost reports? 40:18

Researching the people behind the reports. A grisly murder and the haunting at the Southern Hotel in St. Louis41:30

More ghost reports from the book 48:55

Natural Explanations 52:20

The Brinkley College Ghost 1:03:38

Will there be a sequel? 1:08:05

Has this Spectral Edition project confirmed or changed Tim Prasil’s opinion on ghosts? 1:09:40

Final thoughts and where to find Tim Prasil! 1:12:40

Outro 1:14:56

#Paranerd Hashtag 1:16:31


For more on Tim Prasil

Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports from U.S. Newspapers, 1865-1917 (Amazon)

Tim’s Site, The Merry Ghosthunter

Tim Prasil on Facebook

Twitter: @TimPrasil


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About Patrick Keller

Patrick Keller is an educator, blogger, and the host of the Big Séance Podcast, which is a place for paranerds to have an open discussion on all things paranormal, but specifically topics like ghosts and hauntings, paranormal research, spirit communication, psychics and mediums, and life after death. He’s the founder of the now inactive Missouri Spirit Seekers and has spent a lot of time experimenting with spirit communication tools and techniques, such as EVP. Patrick also has a passion for spending hours at a time in cemeteries and loves cemetery photography. Visit BigSeance.com! View all posts by Patrick Keller

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