First Irish Case of Spontaneous Human Combustion?

Spontaneous human combustion is one of those weird fringe phenomena that you don’t hear about too often anymore, except perhaps in encyclopedias of the weird and unexplained (which I love, by the way). Most cases I’ve heard about it were from a century ago or more, and with the occasional occurrence in the ’50s or ’60s. But […]

First Irish Case of Spontaneous Human Combustion?

Spontaneous human combustion is one of those weird fringe phenomena that you don’t hear about too often anymore, except perhaps in encyclopedias of the weird and unexplained (which I love, by the way). Most cases I’ve heard about it were from a century ago or more, and with the occasional occurrence in the ’50s or ’60s. But […]

Investigators claim ghost haunts East Coast Park

I saw this story today, and immediately realized it was a good news/bad news situation. The good news? A paranormal group is actually using some old school methods while investigating claims of the paranormal, rather than watching Ghost Hunters every week and doing exactly what they do. The bad news? It’s yet another group claiming […]

The Finding Bigfoot Halloween Special

When I first heard about the Animal Planet show Finding Bigfoot last summer, I was really excited. Don’t get me wrong, I love ghost hunting. But watching it on TV has gotten tiresome, and for me it is just enough already. The airwaves pretty much got saturated by Ghost Hunters, its 17 spinoffs, Ghost Adventures, […]

Argentina Sets Up a UFO Commission

At the very end of last year, on December 29, the Argentinean Air Force announced their plans to found the Comisión de Estudio de Fenómenos Aerospaciales (Commission of Aerospace Phenomena Study), as an effort to begin finding explanations for the many unidentified objects and unexplained incidents happening in the area. Good job, Argentinean Air Force! […]

50th Anniversary of the Betty & Barney Hill UFO Incident

Working my new schedule has kept me busy, tired and out of the loop a bit, and I completely missed this anniversary. The Betty & Barney Hill alien abduction case was huge news when it first broke, and I remember reading about it as a a kid in almost every UFO book I read, and […]

Erie Burglar Steals Bigfoot Costume and Copper Piping

We love local police blotters and their related stories here at The Occult Section. Usually they’re pretty boring and mundane, but every now and then we find a little nugget of paranormal awesomeness. Laura Pennace usually tackles these stories, but as she’s on a sabbatical of sorts, I’ll take this one. Erie Police are on […]

UFOs Over Costa Rica?

While those of us on the east coast of the U.S. locked ourselves in on the night of August 27, fearing Hurricane Irene’s destruction, a few members of Costa Rica’s version of the FBI, some doctors, and other folks were having a good time at a party in Moravia, near the Irazú volcano. As they […]

UFOs Over Costa Rica?

While those of us on the east coast of the U.S. locked ourselves in on the night of August 27, fearing Hurricane Irene’s destruction, a few members of Costa Rica’s version of the FBI, some doctors, and other folks were having a good time at a party in Moravia, near the Irazú volcano. As they […]

Halloween Events at Snug Harbor

Yes, it’s shameless self-promotion time again, but this time, I’m taking a few friends along with me. With September almost halfway over, those of us with paranormal leanings are finding our attention becoming more and more focused on the Halloween season. And Halloween season means lots of ghost tours of haunted locations and other fun […]