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Phantasmagoria Photography with Corey Schjoth – The Big Seance Podcast #114

Interview with Corey Schjoth of Phantasmagoria Photography - The Big Seance Podcast: My Paranormal World #114 - BigSeance.com

 

Corey Schjoth of Phantasmagoria Photography shares his passion for historic and haunted landscapes, as well as his inspiration, infrared photography, and his favorite locations! Be sure to check the show notes at BigSeance.com for photos that are discussed in this episode.

 

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Missouri’s Mad Doctor McDowell – The Big Séance Podcast: My Paranormal World #48

Missouri's Mad Doctor McDowell: Confederates, Cadavers and Macabre Medicine by authors Victoria Cosner and Lorelei Shannon - Interview on The Big Séance Podcast - BigSeance.comBody snatcher. Grave robber. Mad scientist. Brilliant surgeon. And did he really hang the corpse of his daughter in Mark Twain Cave? Plus the ghosts of the Gratiot Street Prison. Delve into the macabre world of St. Louis’s Dr. Joseph Nash McDowell with Victoria Cosner and Lorelei Shannon, authors of Missouri’s Mad Doctor McDowell.

 

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Ghost Hunters and the Ghosts of St. Charles: Over My Dead Body – The Big Séance Podcast: My Paranormal World #41

Goellner Printing, St. Charles, MO - Ghost Hunters and the Ghosts of St. Charles: Over My Dead Body - The Big Séance Podcast #41, BigSeance.comIn an upcoming episode of Syfy’s 10th season of Ghost Hunters, T.A.P.S. visits a city I love and know well — St. Charles, Missouri. I’ve been waiting patiently for this special episode, and I’ll give you a heads up on the locations and stories you’re likely to see. Also, check out “Ghosts of St. Charles“, a great book by Michael Henry!

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The Haunted Myrtles Plantation, Natchez Mississippi, New Orleans, and Cemeteries Galore – The Big Séance Podcast: My Paranormal World #36

big seance podcast, bannerAre you brave enough to stay the night at the haunted Myrtles Plantation? I did. Join me as I talk about the exciting stops on my summer vacation through the south, here in the US. Other paranormal spots included the King’s Tavern in Natchez, MS, Oak Alley Plantation, and the Lalaurie Mansion in New Orleans.

 

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The haunted Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, LA.

 

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  • A quick summary of this episode! :38

 

Natchez, MS

  • We arrived in the beautiful and historic Natchez, MS. View the photos I took around the city in my Natchez album on Flickr. 3:14
  • King’s Tavern — Featured on Ghost Adventures in Season 7, episode 18 from 2013. Kings Tavern is the oldest standing building in the Mississippi Territory and Natchez and its history goes all the way back to 1769.  3:36
  • Plan B and stumbling into a beautiful surprise! 4:17
  • Dinner at the historic Bowie’s Tavern — We talked to some residents who recommended we have dinner at Bowie’s Tavern, which is on Broadway in Natchez. And they made a great choice for us. Good food and really nice people. The historic building overlooks the Mississippi river and was originally a cotton warehouse. They also proudly display a mahogany bar that was built around 1880. They also have lodging on the upper floor with a view of the river! 5:04

 

Natchez City Cemetery

  • The mysterious and unique grave of Florence Irene Ford (Sept 3, 1861 – Oct 30, 1871), who died of yellow fever at the age of 10. This grave was constructed with a set of open concrete stairs that descend next to what would be the head of Florence’s body, with the headstone above. Learn more about this grave at GhostInMySuitcase.com. 8:05

 

Monmouth Mansion

  • Before leaving Natchez, we toured the Monmouth Mansion (built in 1818) and the beautiful gardens and small cemetery that surrounds it. Check out my Monmouth Mansion photo album on Flickr. 10:03

 

The Myrtles Plantation

  • The Myrtles Plantation (built circa. 1796) in St. Francisville, LA — If you are as big of a paranerd as I am, you’ve probably seen the Ghost Hunters investigation of Myrtles from way back in 2005, episode 1 of their 2nd season. You’ve also probably seen the The Ghost Adventures crew investigate the place just last year in season 9, episode 2. 10:46
  • The lovely Miss Hester 11:33
  • Some audio with a little bit of the atmosphere of the haunted Myrtles Plantation. 12:25
  • The Myrtles Plantation Tour 14:15
  • Some of the legends of the Myrtles Plantation 16:18
  • The Haunted Mirror 17:01
  • The ghost of Chloe — Probably the biggest legend of the Myrtles. Chloe was supposedly the slave closest to the Woodruff family, who purchased the home in 1820 and remodeled it. Was she Mr. Woodruff’s mistress? Did she poison Mrs. Woodruff, along with Cornelia and James, two of the children? Was one of her ears cut off? And was she hung from a nearby tree? 19:03
  • The nursery, or the “Ruffin Stirling Room”, which is where we stayed for the night. The two children, Cornelia and James Woodruff, were apparently taken to this room, where they later died. 21:26
  • Kate, Cleo, Voodoo, and other deaths at the Myrtles. 21:47
  • More about the “terrifying” bed shaking experiences that have been reported in the nursery/Ruffin Stirling Room. 22:34
  • Before bed we tried to reach out to any of the spirits of the Myrtles by conducting an EVP, Spirit Box, and Ouija session in the nursery. 23:06
  • Who changed the track on my recorder while we were sleeping? 26:23
  • More audio of me touring the grounds of the Myrtles, including the pond and cabins around the back of the property. 28:26
  • View my Myrtles Plantation photo album on Flickr.

 

Grace Cemetery, St. Francisville, LA

  • Our visit to Grace Cemetery and the Grace Episcopal Church in St. Francisville, LA. You can find the Grace Cemetery photo album on Flickr. 30:18

 

Oak Alley Plantation

  • The beautiful and reportedly haunted Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, LA. It’s one of the more popular plantations. In fact, you’ve probably seen it in photos or even as the Hollywood backdrop of a movie or two. It was featured in Season 4, episode 19 of Ghost Hunters in 2008. The rows of 300 year old oak trees are breath taking. Check out my Oak Alley Plantation album on Flickr. 32:36

 

French Quarter in New Orleans

  • Heading to New Orleans and the overwhelming heaviness or anxiety that I was feeling. 33:45
  • Bourbon Street 35:15
  • Our spectacular dinner and experience at the Oceana Grill 35:30
  • Incense, sage, tarot cards, and my mom’s visit to the Voodoo shops (Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo and Reverend Zombie’s House of Voodoo)! 35:43
  • On the way out the French Quarter, mom dropped me off at the Lalaurie Mansion. Hopefully you remember my interview with Victoria Cosner Love, who authored the book on Madame Delphine Lalaurie, the real life murderess portrayed in American Horror Story: Coven. If not, you can check out episode 7 of the podcast from August 6, 2014. 36:47

 

Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans

 

Long Beach, MS

  • What’s the opposite of the French Quarter in New Orleans? Long Beach, MS, which was the last leg of our trip. Long Beach is not far from Gulf Port, MS. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express for a few nights. 38:28
  • On our first night we had dinner at Shaggy’s right on the beach near Gulfport. 39:26
  • The Papa Johns delivery guy in Long Beach is a fellow podcast nerd! 39:49

 

Shout Outs!

  • Shout Outs! Thanks, StevenXm and American Ghoul for your iTunes reviews, and Tracy for the spooctacular photo and the e-mail! 40:47
  • What’s coming up next week? 42:30
  • This week’s blooper — a visit from my four-legged son Meril, who was apparently very thirsty! 44:32
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All vacation photos, including the cemeteries, completely updated and in one place!

A new episode of the Big Séance Podcast is coming your way tomorrow. In this episode, I share the experiences my mother and I had on our recent summer vacation through parts of the south here in the US. We visited many historic locations, including several with a paranormal history, like the King’s Tavern, Myrtles Plantation, Oak Alley Plantation, and the Lalaurie Mansion. I spent quite a bit of time in 3 beautiful cemeteries while on the road as well!

All of the photos have been shared on the Big Séance Facebook page, but they can also be found, all in one place, on my Flickr page!

Just for fun, here’s a video I took before bed outside of the Myrtles Plantation. I apologize for it being in portrait mode. Our room is the room lit up as the video pans to the right. It appears that someone is in the window, but really it’s the leaves from a tree limb in front of me. It would make for a great story though!


Hey that’s me! Does this spot look familiar?

Me in front of the Vacherie restaurant, which is located on the main floor of the Hotel St. Marie, where we stayed in New Orleans.

Me in front of the Vacherie restaurant, which is located on the main floor of the Hotel St. Marie, where we stayed in New Orleans.

The same spot. The amazing Jessica Lange and cast in a shot from American Horror Story: Coven

The same spot. The amazing Jessica Lange and cast in a shot from American Horror Story: Coven


And just a few photos from the rest of the trip!

 

Natchez City Cemetery, Natchez, Mississippi, BigSeance.com

Natchez City Cemetery, Natchez, Mississippi

 

Monmouth Mansion in Natchez, Mississippi, BigSeance.com

Monmouth Mansion in Natchez, Mississippi

 

Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana, BigSeance.com

Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana

 

Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana

Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana

 

Grace Cemetery in St. Francisville, Louisiana, BigSeance.com

Grace Cemetery in St. Francisville, Louisiana

 

Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans, Louisiana, BigSeance.com

Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans, Louisiana

 


Goth and the Paranormal with Cemetery Confessions – The Big Séance Podcast #35

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How much do you really know about the goth community? Have you considered that the goth and paranormal subcultures might have a lot more in common than you realized? Enjoy this fascinating discussion with The Count and Mark, the hosts of the Cemetery Confessions podcast.

 

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  • The Count of the Cemetery Confessions goth podcast - Goth and the Paranormal - The Big Séance Podcast - BigSeance.comEpisode Preview :00
  • Where have I been? 2:49
  • Meet The Count and Mark (AKA DJ Gomez), the hosts of Cemetery Confessions 4:03
  • Why the name “Cemetery Confessions”? 10:24
  • Goths and cemeteries 10:47
  • How does the goth culture view death and mortality?  14:07
  • Do the paranormal and goth subcultures have a lot in common? 16:46
  • Explanation of the goth lifestyle 18:49
  • Isn’t spirit communication and talking to the dead a little goth? 20:28
  • Mark of the Cemetery Confessions podcast on The Big Séance Podcast at BigSeance.comPatrick works to earn an honorary goth card 21:14
  • Fall and Halloween… a time to be goth 22:28
  • Mark’s memories of October and Halloween 27:10
  • The Count properly celebrates Halloween for the first time! 28:45
  • Have the hosts of Cemetery Confessions had any paranormal experiences? 30:15
  • The shadow person 31:13
  • Religion and the paranormal 33:16
  • The ghost at The Count’s house! 34:55
  • Was that paranormal? 37:17
  • The Count asks me (Patrick) about some of my views 39:01
  • Sylvia Browne and life on The Other Side 43:28
  • Mainstream culture and fearing death 45:18

 

Shoutout to Diane and Denise of the History Goes Bump podcast! Thanks for the 5 star rating and lovely review! 52:48

 

  • Kids and goth/What are the biggest misconceptions of what goth is? 54:20
  • Nerd culture in and outside of goth 1:02:30
  • More about Cemetery Confessions, The Belfry Network, and where to find it! 1:06:43

 

For more about Cemetery Confessions

Cemetery Confessions on The Belfry Network

Cemetery Confession on Facebook

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Help for the Haunted and Vera Van Slyke: My Interview with Tim Prasil – The Big Séance Podcast: My Paranormal World #22

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Help for the Haunted: A Decade of Vera Van Slyke Ghostly Mysteries (1899-1909) by Tim Prasil, The Big Séance Podcast

 

Tim Prasil, writer and author, shares how he inherited the stories of Vera Van Slyke, one of America’s earliest paranormal investigators, from an ancestor who chronicled them. Find these stories in his soon-to-be-published book, Help for the Haunted: A Decade of Vera Van Slyke Ghostly Mysteries (1899-1909) by Emby Press. Who is Finbar Kelly? Tim explains. We also spend a bit of time talking about our common love of cemetery photography. 

 

 

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Thanks, Tim!

 

The Big Séance Podcast can be found right here, on iTunes, and on Stitcher. Please subscribe, submit a rating, or share with a fellow paranerd! Do you have any comments or feedback? Please contact me at Patrick@BigSeance.com. Consider recording your voice feedback directly from your device on my SpeakPipe page! You can also call the show and leave feedback at (775) 583-5563 (or 7755-TELL-ME). I would love to include your voice feedback in a future show. The candles are already lit, so come on in and join the séance!

 


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