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

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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

 

 

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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Tonight on The Outlander

UPDATE: Rescheduled for Friday, Sept. 16.

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Milwaukee Paranormal Conference director Tea Krulos is thrilled to be a guest on The Outlander show hosted by Heidi Hollis on the Inception Radio Network.

Heidi is an author, researcher, radio show host and former Milwaukeean!

The show airs tonight at 8pm CST and you can listen here: www.InceptionRadioNetwork.com

Got questions or comments? The call in number is: 1-888-919-2355 and the site has a live chat feature as well.

Last day of our Indiegogo. Please pre-order Milwaukee Paranormal Conference tickets here: igg.me/at/milwaukeeparacon

Meet the Mod Squad

TONIGHT! 7pm on Beyond the Forest Radio— all 5 of our 2016 panel discussion moderators talk about their panels at the quickly upcoming Milwaukee Paranormal Conference!
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Much like Voltron or the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the panel hosts will all be assembled to talk Milwaukee Paranormal Conference on Beyond the Forest Radio.

Show host Sanjay Singhal will be at the conference hosting a panel titled “Searching for Wisconsin’s Sasquatch.” His guests include fellow mods:

Tea Krulos, author, Milwaukee Paranormal Conference’s founder and director, and moderator of the “Wisconsin’s Wildest Urban Legends” panel.

Mike Huberty, musician, ghost tour host, co-host of the See You on the Other Side podcast, and moderator of the “Haunted Road Trip” panel.

Allison Jornlin, Milwaukee ghostlore expert, proprietor of Milwaukee Ghosts– Tours and Investigations, and moderator of the “Yow! My Business is Haunted!” panel.

Nick Roesler, author and host of Beyond Deep Black radio on KGRA, moderator of the “Best UFO Reports 2016” panel.

You can tune in at 7pm right here: www.blogtalkradio.com/beyondtheforest
Call in number is 646.787.1796 if you have questions, comments, or encouraging words for us!

Just a day left in our Indiegogo campaign…please help us out by pre-ordering tickets and merch! igg.me/at/milwaukeeparacon

Panel Discussion: Wisconsin’s Wildest Urban Legends

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Presented by Cult of Weird. Sunday, UWM Ballroom West

Moderator: Tea Krulos (author, Monster Hunters) Panel: J. Nathan Couch (author, Goatman: Flesh or Folklore?) Charlie Hintz and Christina Rickman (Cult of Weird), Valerie Kedrowski (Stevens Point Paranormal Club).

Have you heard the story of Haunchyville, a village of angry dwarves (and their albino bodyguard) that supposedly exists in Muskego? Or maybe you’ve heard the gruesome tale of Boy Scout Lane, an isolated road outside of Stevens Point where a troop of Boy Scouts met their demise in the 50s…maybe it was the 60s. They were killed by their demented Scoutmaster…or their bus driver…or they died in a fire when their bus crashed.

And who could forget our breakout star of Milwaukee Paranormal Conference 2015, the Goatman! This half human, half goat creature allegedly stalks couples getting hot n’ heavy with each other on Hogsback Road outside of West Bend.

Our panel of urban legend enthusiasts will discuss these and more– we got to mention the Phantom Man of Highway 12 in Baraboo, and probably should discuss whatever happened with that Milwaukee Lion story.  We’ll also have a discussion session with the audience so you can share your own favorites.

Why discuss urban legends? They’re an important part of our modern local folklore…and of course, they’re a hell of a lot of fun!

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Boy Scout Lane

Milwaukee Paranormal Conference tickets available here: milwaukeeparacon.brownpapertickets.com

Milwaukee Paranormal Conference @ Wizard World Madison

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Milwaukee Paranormal Conference 2016
is representing at Wizard World Comic Con – Madison on Saturday, April 9. Some of our con speakers will be on a panel, details below:
Saturday, April 9, 2016: Wizard World Madison, Alliant Energy Center.

6:00-6:45pm, Room M-7

 

Wisconsin Paranormal: Join author Tea Krulos (Monster Hunters) as he moderates a panel of experts on Wisconsin’s own X-Files. Allison Jornlin (Milwaukee Ghosts-Tours and Investigations), Mike Huberty (See You on the Other Side podcast), and J. Nathan Couch (author of Washington County Paranormal and Goatman: Flesh or Folklore?) will talk on the state’s infamous ghost stories, UFO sightings, and encounters with unexplained entities like the Beast of Bray Road and the terrifying Goatman. They’ll also give a preview of October’s Milwaukee Paranormal Conference.
You have to buy a ticket to attend WW Madison, but the panel discussion is free once you’re in. You can find more info on tickets and the con’s many guest speakers on their website: www.wizardworld.com/comiccon/madison
Milwaukee Paranormal Con tickets available here: milwaukeeparacon.brownpapertickets.com

Guest Announcements, Round 2

Milwaukee Paranormal Conference is happening October 15 and 16 at the UWM campus. In our last post, we announced our first round of guest speakers, including Loren Coleman, Chad Lewis, Mary Marshall, Allison Jornlin, Celesté Contreras, Summerwind Restoration Society, and Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee. We also announced two panels, “Searching  for Wisconsin’s Sasquatch” and “Haunted Road Trip.”

We’re excited to reveal our second round of guest announcements.

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First, special guest speaker Chase Kloetzke. Chase is an author, radio show host, and frequent guest lecturer at UFO conventions. Chase has been a member of the Mutual UFO Network since 1996 and is currently MUFON’s Deputy Director of Investigations and Special Case Manager, leading a team of high performance and highly skilled investigators to special assignments in MUFON.

She is also the host of Fate Magazine Radio on KGRA, co-author (with Richard Dolan) of Admissable: The Field Investigator’s Manual and the children’s book Are Aliens Really Real?
Here’s her website: chasekloetzke.com

Additionally, we are happy to announce:

Ursula Bielski, author and Chicago ghostlorist.

Nick Roesler, author and host of Beyond Deep Black Radio.

Kristan T. Harris, researcher and co-host of The Rundown Live, he’ll be giving a presentation titled “The Hidden History of Giants.”

Dark Star Ministry presents: “Ouija & Tarot: Occult Tools and the Paranormal.”

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Cult of Weird presents: Wisconsin’s Wildest Urban Legends: This panel will talk about one of the more fun aspects of our folklore– the urban legend. We’ll be talking about Muskego’s Haunchyville, an alleged colony of angry little people, the bloody legend of Boy Scout Lane in Stevens Point, the break out star of the 2015 Milwaukee Para Con–Goatman!–and more. This panel includes J. Nathan Couch (Goatman: Flesh or Folklore?), Charlie Hinz and Christina Rickman(Cult of Weird), and Valerie Kedrowski (Stevens Point Paranormal). Moderator: Tea Krulos (Monster Hunters, Riverwest Ghost Stories).

We will be announcing a third round of speakers in early February!

Tickets on sale nowmilwaukeeparacon.brownpapertickets.com

We will also have a table at the Milwaukee Comic Con, Sunday Feb. 21, 10:30-4:30, at American Serb Hall. Admission to the con is $5, kids 12 and under free. You’ll be able to buy Para Con tickets from us with cash or card.

Milwaukee Para Con Ts are BACK!

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Due to  popular demand (these t-shirts sold out in a blink of an eye at our inaugural Milwaukee Para Con on June 6!) we will be reprinting one of our 2015 shirts…the black shirt with glow-in-the-dark ink. Sizes S through XXXL are available.

Here’s how it works: we will be selling the shirts online as a pre-order through June 30, 2015. At that date we will stop online sales, tally how many orders we have, add a few extras, then place our order with our shirt guys. It’ll take them a little less than two weeks to fill the order. We will package and ship out orders on July 15, 2015. The $20 shirt fee includes shipping.

Our store also includes our 2015 Milwaukee Para Con sticker ($3, includes shipping) and signed copies of Monster Hunters by Tea Krulos, that can be personalized ($19, includes shipping). Those items are available to be shipped out immediately.

Shirt and sticker sales will go toward Milwaukee Para Con’s 2016 budget.

HERE’S OUR STORE LINK: https://squareup.com/market/milwaukee-para-con

Milwaukee Para Con director Tea Krulos will also be making an in-store appearance this Thursday, June 18, at People’s Books Cooperative (804 E. Center St.) at 6pm to talk about his books, the Para Con, neighborhood ghost stories, and more. Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1416946225297364/

Photo by Wendy Schreier Photography. MPC logo design by David Beyer, Jr.

2015 Speakers: Sociology

untitled-75TEA KRULOS hosts the “Best Evidence Ever!” panel with special guests Ursula Bielski (Chicago ghostlorist and author), Jim Sherman (Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization), and Nick Roesler (Beyond Deep Black Radio).

What is the best evidence for the existence of ghosts, Bigfoot, and UFO activity? Krulos and his panel of guests take a look at a couple examples in each category.

Tea Krulos is a freelance journalist from Milwaukee, WI. His favorite subject matters have always been people considered unusual or quirky by mainstream standards. For his first book, Heroes in the Night, he joined a group of people that adopt their own superhero personas and call themselves “Real Life Superheroes.” Krulos joined them as they patrolled the streets, looking for crime to thwart, and got an insider’s look at a secretive sub-culture.

His new book Monster Hunters: On the Trail With Ghost Hunters, Bigfooters, Ufologists, and Other Paranormal Investigators (Chicago Review Press), will be released at the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference. The book follows Krulos as he learns about the lifestyles of people that seek evidence of the unknown. To research, Krulos spent many long nights in eerie environments, including sitting in the dark in various haunted locations and trekking through the woods of Michigan looking for the Bigfoot.

Krulos contributes regularly to publications like the Shepherd Express, Fortean Times, Riverwest Currents, and M: Milwaukee’s Lifestyle Magazine. He writes the “Monster of the Month” column for Forces of Geek.

Website: www.teakrulos.com

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MARC EATON: “The Scientist or the Sensitive?: Struggles for Legitimacy in the Paranormal Community”

Assistant Sociology Professor at Ripon College

Marc Eaton first became interested in the paranormal as a kid, when he watched Unsolved Mysteries and Ghostbusters. He never really considered the paranormal as a research topic, though, until he started watching Ghost Hunters back in 2006. After earning a doctorate in sociology from the University of Colorado in 2011, Marc moved to Ripon, WI, where he holds an assistant professorship in sociology at Ripon College.

Over the past three years, he has interviewed over thirty paranormal investigators, participated in nearly two dozen investigations, and attended five paranormal conferences. His ongoing research focuses on the experiences of investigators themselves: why they got involved, their methods of investigating, and how investigating has changed their perspectives on life and death. Marc hopes to get beyond media representations of paranormal investigation to illuminate the beliefs and practices of those who have actually dedicated themselves to the search for evidence of a world beyond the physical realm.