We love doing stories on celebrities here at The Occult Section. Whether it’s celebrity ghost stories or celebrities being abducted by UFOs, we always love when the rich and famous “come out” and admit to believing in all of the same crazy stuff that we do. This week’s honoree is the lead singer of the heavy metal bands Slipknot and Stone Sour, Corey Taylor. He also has a book coming out this month detailing some of his paranormal experiences, which I guess is why he is so vague in this article about what he’s seen.
The Slipknot star claims to have experienced almost 30 years of encounters with the Others.
Corey Taylor has encountered more “honest-to-Buddha, Jeez Louise moments” with the paranormal he cares to admit.
And the Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman claims his experiences with ghosts and haunts – which apparently started from a young age – has impacted his cynical outlook on religion.
“I was ten years old when I saw my first ghost,” Taylor writes in this week’s Big Issue.
“I’m not talking about a cloud of dust in the sunshine, I’m not talking about a hallucination during a sugar crash – I’m talking about an honest-to-Buddha Jeez Louise moment of “What in the name of all that’s holy is THAT?”
“It was in an abandoned house on the south side of Des Moines. I had snuck out of my apartment with five other friends to investigate this place because for as long as I could remember we had been fascinated by it.
“It was a place we’d passed day in and day out on the way to school. It turned out to be a place that changed the way I look at the world around me.
“Since then, I have had more experiences with ghosts and haunts than I’d like to admit. I have seen some shit in my life, but not all of it has been of the ‘typical trials and style’ variety.
“For whatever reason, I have been inundated with a barrage of instances that have made me question my normally realistic point of view when it comes to this realm we call normalcy and the here and now.
“I’m no crank; I have a decent grasp on my sanity and I can discern between Bigfoot and a big ass truck.
“It’s the reason why I am obstinate and severe when it comes to religion and its ilk.”
When he’s not donning his infamous (and terrifying) mask as the crazed leader-of-the-pack with heavy metal legends Slipknot, Taylor can be found turning his hand to a different kind of writing.
This month he releases a book detailing his ghostly experiences with the lengthy titled A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to Heaven (Or, How I Made Peace with The Paranormal and Stigmatized Zealots and Cynics in The Process).
Taylor adds: “A Funny Thing Happened… has a lot, at the end of it: stories, experiences, conjecture, amateur scientific hypotheses, inflammatory statements – you name it, it’s most likely in here (with the obvious exception of suggestive pictures featuring members of ‘Blue Peter’).
“It’s smart, it’s funny, it’s irreverent, it’s fairly offensive and most importantly, it’s mine. I hope it makes you think, I hope it pisses you off but above all else, I hope you enjoy it.”
Oooh, a heavy metal singer who hopes to piss people off? How original! Seriously though, I am curious what he will have to say in this book. Not that we here enjoy anything that’s funny, irreverent or offensive…