Milwaukee Paranormal Conference 2016 Report

By Tea Krulos, Milwaukee Paranormal Conference director

I want to start by thanking all the conference guest speakers, volunteers, vendors, attendees, everyone who participated in the event. I think it was a great conference and proud I was able to get so many wonderful people to work with me. We brought a few guest speakers– Loren Coleman, Katrina Weidman, Elizabeth Saint, Chase Kloetzke– to Milwaukee for the first time.

We worked hard to create an event that had cultural relevance and was accessible to both people heavily involved in paranormal research and people who were attending a conference like this for the first time.

I’m going to go through things day by day. I’m going to focus on the positive– and I’m glad to say there’s a lot. That being said, 2016 was a major learning experience for us and I think I realize a lot of ways we can do a really great but more cost effective event in the future.

Friday, October 14

There was some confusion in our advertising. Was this a 3 day or a 2 day event? It was a 2 day event with some pre-conference activity the night before. Some people apparently thought there was one price point: $75. Tickets actually ranged from $10-$75, the $75 being a ticket level that included a dinner party, 2 days of conference, Raven’s Ball, and a gift bag.

VIP Dinner Party

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L-R: Keynote speaker Loren Coleman, conference director Tea Krulos, special guest Katrina Weidman

Our VIP dinner party was held at the Mitchell Park Pavilion on the Lagoon and was for conference guest speakers and people who paid for a VIP pass. It was a nice social event, a chance for guest speakers to meet each other and conference attendees. We had great food from a guest Chef and wonderful music from cellist Janet Schiff. VIP sales led to the event breaking even. Breaking even isn’t bad, but we were hoping the event would act as a fundraiser for other parts of the conference. It was such a good time, we would definitely consider doing something similar in 2017.

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Guest speaker Mary Marshall explains a mystery to her table.

Paranormal Social Mixer at 42 Ale House

42 Ale House is awesome, our DJ Max Holiday was awesome, thanks much to BR Productions and the Racine Paranormal Investigators for help setting up the party room. It was fun talking to people, attendance was lower than the big dance party we expected. Perhaps people were wisely resting up for the big day that followed.

Milwaukee Theater Investigation with Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Ghosts Third Ward Walking Tour

PIM did two investigation sessions Friday night, both of which were SOLD OUT. We hear there was strange activity captured– theater seats moving on their own and a ghostly toliet flush. We’ll pass on any evidence/ reports PIM puts out on investigation. Sounds like an intriguing night! Our friend Allison Jornlin’s Milwaukee Ghosts-Tours and Investigations also hosted Third Ward walking tours Friday and Saturday night, both also SOLD OUT.

Saturday, October 15

Big day number 1! So much going on, so let’s break it down room by room.

Vendor & Exhibition Hall

I thought the vendor floor looked really great, just what I envisioned– a great mix of authors, artists, investigation and tour groups, lots of stuff that defies categorization. We had 50 tables and a wide variety of people and interests represented. The ballroom was a nice facility for it.

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Our correspondents Kristan T. Harris and Cat Ries talk with special guest Butch Patrick, who signed autographs on the vendor floor Saturday. Photo by Amanda Lillian Photography.

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Astralfae was one of 50 vendors on our vendor floor. They sold charms, bath salts, and all sorts of good smelling stuff.  Photo by Amanda Lillian Photography.

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Guest speaker Jay Bachochin tabled with info on his group WPI Hunts the Truth, one of several paranormal investigation groups represented on the vendor floor. Photo by Amanda Lillian Photography.

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Our MPC-TV Live table livestreamed on Facebook and featured interviews between podcasters and other media interviewing conference guests. Here Kristin Ryan of Bloody Mary podcast interviews guest Katrina Weidman (Paranormal Lockdown).

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Saturday featured workshops by Brew City Paranormal, Ron Schaefer, Society for Anomalous Studies, and Dark Star Ministry. Lots of positive feedback, the room really worked out well.

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Dark Star Ministry had a great crowd for their “Ouija and Tarot: Occult Tools and the Paranormal” workshop.

Ballroom West

Everything went well in Ballroom West, and the room was often pretty full. We had presentations from Celeste Contreras, Kristan T. Harris as well as the “Best UFO Reports 2016” and “Searching for Wisconsin’s Sasquatch” panels.

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First panel of the conference was a well attended “Best UFO Reports 2016” w/ Nick Roesler, Kevin Malek, and Chase Kloetzke.

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Kristan T. Harris gives a “Hidden History of Giants” talk.

Wisconsin Room

Really solid and well attended presentations by Linda S. Godfrey, Allison Jornlin, Mary Marshall, Q and A w/ Katrina Weidman, The Roswell Debate, Loren Coleman.

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Allison Jornlin gave a well received “Milwaukee Forteana vol.II” talk and was awarded the 2016 Wisconsin Researcher of the Year Award.

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Mike Huberty and Wendy Staats interviewed Katrina Weidman onstage and the audience was treated to some exclusive sneak peek footage of the upcoming Paranormal Lockdown Halloween Special!

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The Roswell Debate! It happened! Mark O’Connell (left) and Donald Schmitt engaged in a debate moderated by David Henning of Lakeland College (in the foreground). Many said it was much more civil than the Trump vs Clinton debates! Con director Tea Krulos will be writing an article on the debate in the near future.

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Keynote speaker Loren Coleman gave a presentation in Milwaukee for the first time. He gave con director Tea Krulos a great honor– a limited (only 20) replica of the International Cryptozoology Museum.

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And we actually have an award for Loren! I was so overwhelmed rushing between 4 different rooms I forgot to get onstage to give Loren our first ever Lifetime Achievement Award. It will be shipped out to him soon. Thanks for all of your work in the field of cryptozoology, Loren!

The Raven’s Ball

The Raven’s Ball after party at the Irish Cultural & Heritage Center was a wonderful event. Attendance needed to be a bit higher, but the environment and performances were perfect. The Irish Center was great to work with and we’d love to do a similar event next year.

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Special guests Sunspot opened the show. A lot of their songs fits into a paranormal theme so be sure to check out their music.

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Quasimondo Theater did an AMAZING performance inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven.”

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Special surprise guest Mark Borchardt gave a dramatic reading of “The Raven” to go along with the performance.

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Local folk group Gnarrenschiff teamed up for a performance with Tamarind Tribal Belly Dance.

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Dead Man’s Carnival also rolled out some amazing performances.

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Prof. Pinkerton and the Magnificents scorched it!

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Lots of great costumes entered in a variety of categories. We were seriously impressed!

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Head Judge Christen Johnson announces contestants. DJs Subspace closed the night out with dancing in the lounge. Skully Sati read tarot and Michele Blaylock did intuitive readings.

Sunday, October 16

Forest Home Cemetery Tour

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We were worried about rain, but it turned out to be a beautiful fall morning. Our volunteer Brooke coordinated check in and had a very positive report on the tour, which was SOLD OUT. We would definitely do this again next year and might offer a morning and afternoon tour instead of just one.

Vendor & Exhibition Hall

Day 2 saw a couple of new vendors switch in. Here’s some more photos from the vendor floor.

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American Science & Surplus. So much cool stuff, like Bigfoot Christmas tree ornaments.

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Creepy cool Grave Digger Candles.

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The 88Nine Mystery Sound Booth was a fun, interactive experience. We are going to try to get the three listening station programs uploaded to our website so you can listen if you missed it.

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More great workshops from Nick Roesler, Mary Marshall, luna, and Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee.

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Mary Marshall leads a workshop on “Ghost and Spirit Entities.”

Ballroom West

We did three panels: “Haunted Road Trip,” “Wisconsin’s Wildest Urban Legends,” “Yow! My Business is Haunted!” and also had a reading by the winners of the MPC/ Cult of Weird short fiction contest winners.

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Mike Huberty leads the “Haunted Road Trip” panel w/ Lisa Von Buskirk, Mike Hoke, and Kathi Kresol.

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Tea Krulos moderates the “Wisconsin’s Wildest Urban Legends” panel with J.Nathan Couch, Valerie Kedrowski, Christina Rickman, and Charlie Hintz.

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Minnesota Krampus made the most dramatic speaker entrance with a parade through the Union and vendor hall.

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Minnesota Krampus surprises one of our vendors from House of the Gypsy!

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Back Roads Lore parked their paranormal adventure seeking hotrods outside the Union on Spaights Plaza for a meet and greet.

Wisconsin Room

A second day of great talks.

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Ursula Bielski led talks in the Wisconsin Room with a presentation on her new book “Haunted Bachelors Grove.”

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Chad Lewis gave our first talk on Lake Monsters!

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Elizabeth Saint of Ghosts of Shepherdstown talked on her line of Ghostly Gadgets.

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Deadgar Winter and Celeste Parker hosted the Ghost Story Open Mic, a chance forr people to share their own stories. Mike Nettesheim from Dark Star Ministry shared a hair-raising story to start off.

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Want to share a story? We’re doing another Ghost Story Open Mic on Oct.30 at Riverwest Public House. More info at the bottom of this post.

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Renowned UFO researcher Chase Kloetzke gave our final talk and was a fantastic note to close on.

MPC Film Fest

We followed Sunday with a small film fest at the Underground Collaborative. I’m going to admit there were organization problems that were on me. I tried to do too much this year. More on that in a minute. Attendance wasn’t great, but we had a small enthusiastic crowd and some great films. Thanks to Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Fest for helping run the show.

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Stephen Milek from Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival helped lead Q and As. Here he talks to Jay Bachochin and Scott Markus about their film The Hidden Truth?

See more pictures from the conference here:https://www.facebook.com/milwaukeeparanormalconference/photos/

Important: 2017

Will a 2017 Milwaukee Paranormal Conference happen? I hope so, I really do. I think we are developing a fantastic network of people from all over the state and beyond, I think 2016 was a huge success despite some financial setbacks. We’ve already got some great ideas brewing about some things we would do the same and things should be done differently. But first, three VERY IMPORTANT things need to happen. None of these are optional:

  1. We need to raise funds to pay back money we owe for 2016. I need to be clear– this debt is not money I spent. I lost money, and that’s a different story. The money I need to fundraise is money I owe other people. So please help. There are a list of ways you can help below.
  2. We need a Board of Directors. I did most of the organization of the event this year and my personal life suffered greatly. In order to do it again I need a board of dedicated, hardworking people that can help me organize specific components of the conference. Some examples: Volunteer Coordinator, Vendor Hall Coordinator, Guest Services, Masquerade Ball Coordinator, Sponsorships. If point one on this list happens, we will be putting up a post about all the positions we are looking for and what they entail.
  3. We need a successful campaign to raise money in advance for 2017. I can not pay for advance costs (deposits on venues, printing, insurance, etc.) again next year. I just don’t have the means. So that means even more fundraising! The board of directors will have to determine how to accomplish such a task– a series of small fundraisers, benefit shows/ tours, sponsorships, bake sale, Sasquatch car wash, successfully pre-selling conference tickets, all of the above.Back to point one. Here’s how you can help us fundraise for our immediate debt:

    -We currently have a GoFundMe rolling. Please contribute: https://www.gofundme.com/savempc

    -We are doing an awesome MPC Fundraiser show Sunday, Oct.30 5-7pm at the Riverwest Public House:
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    -Both the Singular Fortean Society and Terrestrial Tarot are generously helping us out by donating a percent of their profits to us. Thanks so much! Click on their names to go to their sites. If you’re interested in fundraising for us, let us know: milwaukeeparacon@gmail.com

    -Our awesome volunteer Marty is putting together a punk/metal benefit CD with a lot of awesome bands. Want to contribute? E-mail us at milwaukeeparacon@gmail.com and we’ll pass your message on to Marty. More details, including a release party TBA.

    -Last, go to our Square store and buy our merch. We got a little of everything left over: https://squareup.com/market/milwaukee-para-con

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I want to end by saying I hope the conference can go on. I appreciate everyone’s efforts to help. There are so many awesome people involved in a variety of capacities that seeing this end right when we’re really just getting going is a heartbreaking notion to me. With your help, we can return for a great event in 2017!

MPC at Haunted Central

MPC’s Tea Krulos and Allison Jornlin are Appearing at the Haunted Central Festivities this Weekend

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Milwaukee Paranormal Conference director (and author of Monster Hunters) Tea Krulos and Allison Jornlin of Milwaukee Ghosts-Tours and Investigations (and recipient of the MPC 2016 Wisconsin Researcher of the Year Award) are both happy to be at Central Library for their “Haunted Central” festivities this weekend. Tea is giving a talk titled “Wisconsin Monster Sightings” and Allison will talk on “Milwaukee’s Most Famous Ghosts.” They’ll each give the same talk twice each day in Central’s Humanities Room, so you’ll have 4 chances to see them. Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, Oct.22, Humanities Room

6:30-7pm: Tea Krulos

7:15-7:45pm: Allison Jornlin

8-8:30pm: Tea

8:45-9:15pm: Allison

Sunday, Oct.23, Humanities Room

1:30-2pm: Allison

2:15-2:45pm: Tea

3-3:30pm: Allison

3:45-4:15pm:  Tea

There’s lots of other cool stuff going on at Haunted Central including activities, photo booths, crafting, a scream contest, a screening of The Blob, and a lot more. Check out more at: http://www.mpl.org/special_events_and_programs/libraryloud/

And Later That Evening…MPC is Also Teaming up with Sex Ed for Adults for a special, adult oriented presentation! @Riverwest Public House Cooperative (815 E. Locust St., MKE, 53212)

Sunday, October 23, 6pm/Free/ Must be 21 or older:Sex Ed For Adults and the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference are teaming up in October to host a one-night only event that is not to be missed!

Join us for “Unleashing Sacred Energies with Sex Magick” with featured presenters Christopher Lee Jensen of Anwar Firestorm and Vonnie Rich of Cackling Crones and Milwaukee Pagan Unity Council. They have been practicing witchcraft for over fifty years combined. Together they will be sharing the powerful secrets of Sex Magick, its history, safe practice, end results and controversies surrounding it.

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We will have leftover conference merch available at a discount!

We have a fundraising effort underway to help MPC get out of debt so we can plan a 2017 event. Please contribute here: https://www.gofundme.com/savempc

Buy up merch, now at a discounted price: https://squareup.com/market/milwaukee-para-con

MPC Was Great, We Need Your Help, We’re Participating in Events this Week

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Conference director Tea Krulos questions audience members on the legend of Haunchyville during the “Wisconsin’s Wildest Urban Legends” panel.

It is really hard for me to list just a few highlights of the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference for me. There are just too, too many. I’m hoping to give you all a more detailed day by day report about all the awesome stuff that happened over the weekend next week, but first I need to ask you something: please help us out.

Putting on an event like this is very expensive. Right now we are hosting a GoFundMe campaign to help us out of the red. This money is not going in our pocket, it is being used to pay of things like venue and to pay back loans. We are off to a strong start today, but have a ways to go. Thank you to everyone who has contributed, every bit helps. Here’s the page: https://www.gofundme.com/savempc

Another way people can help support us is by buying merch. We have a fair amount of merch left over including t-shirts, tank tops, wooden buttons, stickers, prints, coffee mugs, and more. You can find it all on our Square store and get it shipped or arrange a pick up with us: https://squareup.com/market/milwaukee-para-con

I also want to plug a couple of events:

Milwaukee Paranormal Conference offers a lot of all ages programming, but we’re glad to be pairing up with Sex Ed for Adults to present an adult only “Unleashing Sacred Energies with Sex Magickwith featured presenters Christopher Lee Jensen of Anwar Firestorm and Vonnie Rich of Milwaukee Pagan Unity Council. It’s happening Sunday, October 23rd at the Riverwest Public House Cooperative (815 E. Locust St., MKE, 53212) 6pm / Must be 21 years old or older / Free
We will also be tabling with leftover conference merch, so stop in and buy some at a discount!
Facebook Event page:https://www.facebook.com/events/319209708455288/

Also, Tea Krulos and Allison Jornlin (winner of the 2016 Milwaukee Paranormal Conference Wisconsin Researcher of the Year Award) will both have short talks as part of the Central Library’s “Haunted Central” activities this weekend. On Saturday, Oct. 22 from 5:57pm (official time for sundown) to 10pm, and Sunday, Oct.23 1-5pm the Central Library will have a variety of fun activities including a Sleepy Hollow photo booth, a screening of The Blob, mask making, displays, a screaming contest, and a stargazing session on the roof.

We’ll both be giving the same talk twice each day, so you’ll have 4 opportunities to see it.

More info: http://www.mpl.org/special_events_and_programs/libraryloud/

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Tea Krulos and Allison Jornlin

 

 

Paranormal Display is up at the Learning Commons @UWM’s Golda Meir Library!

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This is such a cool addition to the con– between speakers walk over to the
Golda Meir Library-UWM (behind the Student Union) where they’ve set up a display of paranormal artifacts:
“Come check out our peculiar displays of paranormal books and materials in the glass cases of the Learning Commons! Feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end with our selection of chilling photographs, news articles, stories, and books. A big thank you to UWM Libraries Special Collections for providing the Learning Commons with some of the beautiful and bewitching materials that are available to you here at the library!”
Free and open to the public.

You Won’t Believe Your Ears at the 88Nine Mystery Sound Booth!

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Located in the UWM Union Ballroom Lounge, just outside the vendor hall. Available for listening at the conference 10-5 Saturday, 10-4 Sunday.

Listen to 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, check out event listings and more at: www.radiomilwaukee.org

Supporting sponsors: Liquid Crescent Design, Rebel Wipes

The 88Nine Mystery Sound Booth is a chance for you to sit down at three listening stations to hear audio clips recorded by researchers in the paranormal research fields. Each station has a program that will lead you through a few clips and then you can move on to the next station.

soundbooth_posters-01Listening Station #1: Ghost Whisper EVPs

EVPs or “Electronic Voice Phenomenon” refer to strange ghostly whispers paranormal investigators pick up on their audio recording equipment while investigating haunted locations. We have sets of recordings passed on to us from local team Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee (who will also be at the conference) and our friends at TnT Paranormal Investigators (with chapters in Chicago, Orlando, and other locations). What are these bone chilling whispers in the dark trying to say?

 

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Jim Sherman was a 2015 Milwaukee Paranormal Conference guest speaker and is a Michigan field representative for the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization. He has recorded some bloodcurdling howls while out on Bigfoot expeditions that he believes is the legendary Sasquatch. Listen to these odd howls and whoops and cancel your camping plans for next summer…maybe forever.

 

soundbooth_posters-03Listening Station #3: Numbers Stations

During the Cold War “Numbers Stations” proliferated. These broadcasts consisted of transmissions of people counting, strains of music, random words. Spies would know what time and frequency to tune in via shortwave radio to listen to the transmission and decode them. Some mysterious numbers station still exist! We have some recordings of transmissions here with info on them provided by the Numbers Stations Research and Information Center, a website run by researchers who catalog numbers station activity.

In addition to our sponsor 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, we want to thank our supporting sponsors Liquid Crescent Design and Rebel Wipes who helped put the booth together and the organizations mentioned that let us use their audio files. Stop by and take a listen!

Art provided by David Beyer Jr. (ghost) Tea Krulos (Bigfoot) and Margot Lange (Numbers Stations).

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MPC Workshops

All of our conference workshops are located in Room 191, at the end of the hall next to the UWM Ballroom. There is no additional fee and you do not need to sign up, but seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.

These more intimate presentations will teach you about a variety of topics, from how to take a proper Electromagnetic Field (EMF) reading on a paranormal investigation to how to examine a photo of a UFO to how to interpret the significance of dreams or numbers.

Saturday

13390912_1297045923646561_367104733_n12:15-1:00pm: Brew City Paranormal, “Paranormal Investigating: NOT as seen on TV”

What are paranormal investigations really like? How do they compare to what you see on TV? Is the evidence they get all real? Brew City Paranormal will be covering all of this and more in their presentation.

Website: www.brewcityparanormal.com

 

ron1:15-2:00pm: Ron Schaefer, “Dreams as an Introduction to Self-Knowledge and Development”

Ron Schaefer uses simple basic shamanic techniques as well as general
discussion to help people explore the worlds of their dreams and use them
as a guide to inner light, healing, communion with their guardian spirits, and
general creativity.  He teaches some simple techniques one can use on

their own whenever and wherever they choose.

Website: www.solarwindmedia.com

logo-final-20122:15-3:00pm: Society for Anomalous Studies, “Historical Hauntings: Supporting Historical Properties through the Paranormal”

The Society for Anomalous Studies is a paranormal research cooperative that specializes in investigating historical properties. By partnering with historical societies to develop paranormal themed fundraising events the group has had exclusive access to some of the grand old houses and buildings in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Presented by group members Cindy Heinen and Randy Sunby, this work shop will not only discuss the unique considerations, research and investigation development the group takes when working in museum homesteads but also share some of the paranormal evidence they have captured.

Website: www.sasghostresearch.com

13180941_616896328486759_630673716_n3:15-4:00pm: Dark Star Ministry, “Ouija and Tarot: Occult Tools and the Paranormal”

We will be discussing Dark Star Ministry’s hybrid method of paranormal investigation, using occult tools such as tarot, ouija, gazing spheres, and psychic sensitivity. We may even attempt in a ‘remote viewing’ exercise!

Website: www.darkstarministry.org

 

Sunday

image112:00-12:45pm: Nick Roesler, “Examining UFO Photos”

Nick Roesler is the author of In Focus: Photographic Evidence of Unconventional Flying Objects, a user’s manual for the correct methodology of applying photography to the study of UFOs. He’ll help you examine some classic UFO photos to review their legitimacy.

Website: www.kgraradio.com/portfolio-view/beyond-deep-black

 

10907030_10152659997946313_1995485389_o1:00-1:45pm: Mary Marshall, “Ghost and Spirit Entities”

An overview of the how culture plays an important role in understanding ghost activity. Learn about the different type of haunting and phenomenon. Various types of entities, their behavior, capabilities, and interactions with us, and how to best handle it will be explained.  Psychological, physical, and spiritual aspects will be examined. Real paranormal investigation cases will be discussed.

Website: www.theparanormalmd.com

 

12994544_699936380148450_1529858717773828489_n2:00-2:45pm: luna, “Numerology 101: the Significance of Numbers”

Do you have a LUCKY number? Do you notice the same numbers over and over? This workshop will delve into the world of numbers for the fun of uncovering more meaning in our lives! This workshop will offer information on numbers 1 through 9, how the alphabet translates into numbers with an easy chart and how to figure out all your personal numbers such as your life and birth path numbers, personal year and name numbers.
luna will guide you through as you figure out your personal numbers and how they are working in your life!

PIM Ediburgh3:00-3:45pm: Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee, “Paranormal Tech: Why do we use it and how it works: EMF baseline reading tutorial”

Ever wondered why certain pieces of equipment are used in paranormal investigation or wondered what the differences are between all the EMF detectors? If so, this workshop is for you. The Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee will be discussing some of the commonly used pieces of equipment in the field and why it is used. PIM will also be on hand to field any questions you might have about any of the equipment that you have seen on TV or used yourself. The workshop will conclude with a brief tutorial on how to properly take EMF baseline readings.

Website: www.paranormalmilwaukee.com


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Join us at First Thursday @ Shaker’s Cigar Bar, October 6!

It’s a Milwaukee Paranormal Conference pre-pre-conference event– a night of fantastic music, discount ghost tours, excellent beverages, a raffle of unique items, and a chance to look at our conference program hot off the press!

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Supporting sponsor: Shaker’s Cigar Bar

Prof. Pinkerton and the Magnificents bring a performance of American roots music to Shaker’s Cigar Bar every first Thursday of the month, and we’re glad to be joining them Thursday, October 6 (first tour starts at 7pm, show is at 8pm).

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Shaker’s is participating by giving paranormal conference fans a special deal on this night– Shaker’s Original Ghost Tours are half off. Normally $20, the 7pm and 8:30pm tours will be just $10. There will also be a special on the 9:30pm Shaker’s 2.0 Tour– normally $25, this one is just $15! Shaker’s also offers an excellent selection of food, drink (including a signature Ghost Ale), and cigars.

Milwaukee Paranormal Conference will be hosting a raffle. Tickets are just $1 each and prizes include Dead Man’s Carnival tickets, passes and merch from the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference, signed books from conference authors, ghost soap, and more! Pick up a copy of our program ($1 suggested donation), look at our impressive conference lineup, and read the winner of our short fiction contest.

Let the paranormal festivities begin!

More info on Shaker’s tours: milwaukeeshauntedbar.com

Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/330451663975255


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Short Story Contest Winners!

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Milwaukee Paranormal Conference and Cult of Weird launched a short story speculative fiction contest on the first day of Summer and now on this, one of the first days of Autumn, we are thrilled to announce the winners! We challenged people to write stories with a paranormal theme and a setting of Wisconsin as the backdrop. A fantastic response of 40 stories that chilled us to the bone crept into our inbox.

We had four judges for the contest– Matthew Wamser of Furrow (a UWM undergraduate literary journal), author Rachel Green (First Contact), author J. Nathan Couch (Goatman: Flesh or Folklore? and Washington County Paranormal)and Christina Rickman of Cult of Weird. They had quite a challenge and competition was fierce, but based on their totaled scoresheets, here are our winners:

1st Place: “The Devil in the Cornfield” by Zelia Edgar

2nd Place: “The Fortune Teller of Rhinelander” by Marlin Bressi

3rd Place: “Thinning the Herd” by Eric Montag

Honorable mentions:
“Stopping Sirens” by Cassie O’Rourke
“Beware the Bindlestiff” by Carolyn Toms-Neary

You will be able to read “The Devil in the Cornfield” in our conference program (accompanied with original art from Xeroine Illustration) and all three placing stories will be posted on our website on Oct. 30, Halloween Eve.

Our winning authors are invited to read their stories in a special session at the conference, Sunday, Oct. 16 4pm in Union Ballroom West, hosted by author Kat de Falla. The top three contest authors also get conference tickets and a prize pack that includes signed books, a gift from Grave Digger Candles and MPC merch. Honorable mentions will receive free conference tickets.

Thanks to everyone who participated, we appreciate your efforts and we hope to host the contest again next summer!


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Book Recommendations at the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference 2016

A guide to some titles conference director Tea Krulos has on his shopping list

Hey, Tea here! One thing that really makes me happy about the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference is that it’s also a literary event. As an author myself, I love to geek out about books. We have a lot of talented writers in a variety of genres this year. There’s too many good titles available to even list them all, but I thought I’d give you a rundown of stuff I’d definitely like to see on my bookshelf. A lot of these titles have 2016 release dates and a few are hot off the press just in time for the con!

Remember, the holidays are happening very shortly after the con, so get some shopping done on our vendor floor– a signed book, original art, and the many other unique items on our vendor floor make great gifts! Check out the amazing vendor line up here: milwaukeeparacon.com/activities

Books I want to pick up from Guest Speakers (and all of these speakers will have a table on the vendor floor):

Iceman1. Neanderthal: the Strange Saga of the Minnesota Iceman, by Bernard Heuvelmans, afterword by Loren Coleman

Our guest speaker Loren Coleman has written dozens of books on cryptozoology and all of them are recommended. His reference book Cryptozoology A-Z was a huge help while I worked on my own book Monster Hunters. Loren will have copies of Neanderthal, written by pioneering Belgian cryptozoologist Bernard Heuvelmans, recently translated and published with a new afterword by Coleman. It ties in directly with his Milwaukee Paranormal Conference presentation: milwaukeeparacon.com/2016/07/11/guest-speaker-loren-coleman

 

chadlewis2. Lake Monsters of Wisconsin, by Chad Lewis

Another brand new title that fits directly into an author talk. Chad Lewis is giving a presentation of Lake Monster sightings in Wisconsin, and what better way to supplement his talk than with this book!

More info on his presentation: milwaukeeparacon.com/2016/05/04/guest-speaker-chad-lewis

 

 

97803991762413. Monster Among Us, by Linda S. Godfrey

This brand new book from Linda has an October release date. Linda has written a lot of paranormal classics, including ones of specific interest to Wisconsinites. American Monsters, Real Wolfman, Weird Wisconsin, and The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin’s Werewolf being just a few examples. We gave Linda the “Wisconsin Researcher of the Year” award last year based on her work as a writer, so obviously we’re always excited by a new book from her and her presentation ties directly into the book.

More info on her presentation: milwaukeeparacon.com/tag/linda-s-godfrey

goatman-front-web4. Goatman: Flesh or Folklore? by J.Nathan Couch

I’ve already actually got this one on my shelf, but you might not. J. Nathan had a well received talk on Goatman last year, and for an encore we’ll talk about old Goaty on the “Wisconsin’s Wildest Urban Legends” panel.

Panel info here: milwaukeeparacon.com/2016/07/15/panel-discussion-wisconsins-wildest-urban-legends

 

 

 

roswell5. The Children of Roswell by Donald R. Schmitt and Thomas J. Carey

This new book by Donald R. Schmitt (and co-author Thomas Carey) came out earlier this year and is based on interviews with the children of Roswell witnesses, a follow up to the author’s previous titles like Witness to Roswell. Schmitt is participating in “The Roswell Debate” but we’re not showing favoritism here– his debate rival Mark O’Connell has a book coming out in 2017 that we’re also excited to see.

More on the Roswell Debate: milwaukeeparacon.com/2016/06/03/the-roswell-debate

 

chase6. Admissible: The Field Manual for Investigating UFOs, Paranormal Activity, and Strange Creatures by Chase Kloetzke and Richard Dolan

This manual covers methods for investigating pretty much everything discussed at the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference and is co-authored by our guest speaker Chase Kloetzke. Hey, and a quick update on Chase– she is flying into Milwaukee directly from a case she is investigating in an undisclosed location in Peru!

More info on Chase: milwaukeeparacon.com/2016/07/25/guest-speaker-chase-kloetzke

 

61YG8qt42DL._SX345_BO1,204,203,200_7. Haunted Bachelors Grove by Ursula Bielski

This brand new book by Ursula is part of Arcadia Publishing’s “Haunted America” series, and examines a location Ursula has been researching and investigating for decades– Bachelors Grove cemetery, located outside of Chicago. I’ve had a chance to visit that location during the Chicago Dark Shores Ghost Con, so I’m excited to see this.

More info on Ursula: milwaukeeparacon.com/2016/08/31/guest-speaker-ursula-bielski

 

Book covers8. Murder & Mayhem in Rockford, Illinois by Kathi Kresol

We’re so glad to have Kathi, proprietor of Haunted Rockford, up here for our “Haunted Road Trip” panel and to check out her research into classic crime stories.

More info on the panel: milwaukeeparacon.com/2016/08/08/panel-discussionhaunted-road-trip

 

 

 

sanjay9. Tales of the Night Watchman by Sanjay R. Singhal

Last  but not least, our panel moderator Sanjay (“Searching for Wisconsin’s Sasquatch”) has a new book out collecting short stories of supernatural themed fiction! We know Sanjay has been on some real life hair raising expeditions, which we’re sure he must have tapped into for some of these stories.

More on Sanjay’s panel: milwaukeeparacon.com/2016/08/02/panel-discussion-searching-for-wisconsins-sasquatch/

 

 

And here’s some titles by authors you’ll find out on our vendor floor:

black bells10. Black Bells by Dawn Napier

We’re glad to have Dawn on the floor (Sunday only). She writes fantasy/ horror and all her titles sound great, but this one caught my attention for some reason I can’t quite place my finger on. Books do that sometimes.

 

 

 

 

campfire11. Monsters Around the Campfire by Donovan Scherer

We got to meet Donovan at the Milwaukee Comic Con at Serb Hall a couple months ago and he had a great set up! Donovan writes and illustrates books aimed mostly at children (most with a spooky theme, of course).  I’m going to pick this one up for my nephew.

 

 

 

Adventures in Death & Romance (1)12. Adventures in Death and Romance: Vrykolakas Tales by Monette Bebow-Reinhard

We got a couple signed copies of this book here at MKE Paranormal Central Station, which will be given away as prizes during the con. The book follows the adventures of vampire Arabus Drake and his encounters with the Turk army, pirates, Tories, a vindictive lawman and a wily ghost who stands between him and a woman he thinks can finally love him.

 

FirstContact_w10063_med13. First Contact by Kat Green

Written by authors Kat de Falla and Rachel Green (aka Kat Green) this book is about a real estate agent dealing with the paranormal. Put a SOLD sign on that!

 

 

 

 

Krampus-510x72814. The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas: Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil by Al Ridenour

This book is coming out shortly before the conference and it looks beautiful (in a hideous Krampus kind of way). I was going to say it would be a great Christmas gift, but of course St. Nick’s Day might be better.

Publisher Feral House is a sponsor of our appearance by Minnesota Krampus. Stop by their presentation for a chance to win a free copy of the book! Publisher Feral House also has a table on the vendor floor.
More Minnesota Krampus presentation info:

milwaukeeparacon.com/2016/06/26/guest-speaker-minnesota-krampus/


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Gags: Green Bay clown movie to make Milwaukee premiere at MPC Film Fest!

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Sponsored by the Riverwest Currents. Supporting sponsors: Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival, MKE Production Rental

The publicity hype for Gags worked insanely well…perhaps too well, as the filmmakers still occasionally get posts on their Gags the Green Bay Clown Facebook from people in denial of Gags just being character from a movie. Launched just using a grainy picture of a creepy clown lurking underneath an overpass, Gags quickly went viral in a huge way. News outlets from around the world carried the story of how Green Bay was being “terrorized” by the phantom clown.

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This photo went viral and gave the filmmakers more publicity than they could have possibly anticipated.

Eventually, the story leaked that the clown was indeed an actor and the circulating photos were publicity for a short horror film called Gags. The film does have a foot in reality and is inspired by eerie sightings of creepy clowns who pop up across the country and beyond. Last year, for example, there were reports of someone trying to freak people out by dressing in sinister clown attire in Waukesha, WI. Most recently, there have been escalating reports of menacing clowns appearing in North and South Carolina.

Now, as production to Gags wraps up, we are thrilled to announce the film’s Milwaukee premiere at the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference Film Fest on Sunday, Oct. 16. (A Green Bay premiere is also happening Oct.3).

Here is the film’s website: www.gagsfilm.com

How well did the publicity work? It appears it might have even creeped out a guy who knows a thing or two about horror:

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The screening will be followed by a Q and A session with Gag’s director, Adam Krause, who will talk about the surprising viral impact of the Gags campaign.

Our film fest also has a lot of great documentaries.

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Beast of Whitehall: the Abair Road Incident (2016) Milwaukee premiere! This documentary, part of the acclaimed Small Town Monsters doc series, examines a strange encounter several people (including a police officer) had with a 7-foot hairy creature in the Adirondacks Mountains village of Whitehall, New York.

Website: shop.smalltownmonsters.com

The Hidden Truth? (2012) Filmmakers Jay Bachochin, Scott Markus, Neil Sanders examine a string of drownings in the Mississippi River in the La Crosse area. They look at theories including coincidence, a potential serial killer, or a paranormal explanation. Followed by Q and A with the filmmakers.

Website: www.hiddentruthproductions.com

The Maury Island Incident (2014) This award-winning short film is based on declassified FBI memos about a UFO incident in 1947 in Washington State.

 

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A short doc session includes:

PIM: A Paranormal Documentary, which follows local investigation team Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee. Website: www.paranormalmilwaukee.com

Award winning short The House is Innocent, about an eccentric couple who buys a house that used to belong to a notorious serial killer. Website:www.thehouseisinnocent.com

Pilgrimage to the Witch’s House, a rarely seen short that examines artist Mary L. Nohl’s home, known to some locals as “the Fox Point Witch’s House,” directed by Joseph R. Skow. Website: www.josephskowcasting.com

The SuperNaturals, a short feature on a team of Real Life Superheroes that take on the challenge of investigating the paranormal.

An exclusive extended clip from Scary Stories: A Documentary, which explores the most controversial of modern children’s literature: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.              Website: www.scarystoriesdoc.com

UberDork Cafe will be selling refreshments and you can get a drink at the new Underground Collaborative bar! Tickets are extremely limited, with just 105 95 available. Tickets are a cheap $6 each and include access to all screenings. They are not available with any other con pass like the Super or VIP pass. Order one now, before they run out! milwaukeeparacon.brownpapertickets.com

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