It is with a heavy heart that I report that my career as a paranormal investigator has hit a roadblock. Like a brightly lit light bulb, the ethereal glow of ghost hunting blew its top, and its ever-so sensitive wick was extinguished in a bright flash of reluctance, ignorance and desperation. The switch flipped, the bathroom was illuminated with the flare of wonder and excitement only to abruptly end with a loud “pop!” followed by darkness.
I have been forcefully discharged from toxic, bloody womb of my paranormal investigation team due to my inability to align myself with the forces-that-be (as well as having a critically thinking mind and a certain flair for storytelling). The afterbirth was a bloody rag laying in the corner of the hospital bedroom without an orderly to pick it up and sanitize the area; instead it sat there for too long and became infected. If these words puzzle select readers, get a dictionary. Or better yet, go back to high school.
It appears that the words that I’ve written here on The Contrarian have angered certain people who subsequently forced reluctant decisions to be made. To be honest, I have read and re-read my previous posts looking for the damning sentence(s) that could possibly lead to certain persons panicking enough to warrant excommunication, but alas, I cannot find it. I can, however, find many bits that an unskilled reader may misinterpret and infer certain things. Still, after a close review, I find not a single opinion or statement that is not used rhetorically. Yet my postings caused vitriol in the GRASP camp and, rather than conform to a unnecessary gag order, I volunteered to leave the group to continue writing.
The decision was strikingly simple to make: to be sure, GRASP allowed me to hobnob with folks who have television shows, and I happened to get out to a ghost hunt or two over the past year (though, be honest, the paranormal team I run at the high school keeps me busier than GRASP ever did). Also, the project that Darrell Hazelrig and I are working on has gone to the next level, and is now an officially solicited product at Turner Networks and A&E/The History Channel (who love this blog by the way). However, the most insightful and thought-provoking conversations/responses I have had concerning the paranormal came from the many Contrarian readers who have emailed me their stories: sharing tales of haunting and hunting, or chiming in with feedback, both positive and negative.
It is this level of intellectual intercourse that excites me more than the previous interactions with ghost hunting.
So, despite my self-ostracizing decisions over the past months, I will continue to write for The Contrarian — chiming in on all things paranormal, from haunted places, to weird stories to curious theories, etc. I will even offer some tales from the GRASP vaults. Hey, I might as well throw caution into the wind and let the cat out of the bag regarding the less savory aspects of this “hobby.”
What’s to stop me now?