Halloween 2K17: A Review of “Be Afraid” (2017)

Everything about this movie from the title to the opening scene spelled out disaster. Well, in the way that a low-budget, straight-to-Netflix horror movie could. The thesaurus for classier negative descriptors was ready. I was contemplating the opening paragraph ripping I would bestow on this. But lo and behold, Be Afraid did not suck. Not…

Halloween 2K17: Buy a Haunted Doll, Help Hurricane Irma Relief

Okay, so let’s kick off Halloween 2K17 by dipping our hands into the bizarre: a “haunted doll” is for sale on one of Facebook’s many online yard sales. This one is located in Central New Jersey. I must admit, this is definitely a first. Both as a frequent browser in the group and eight years…

Halloween 2K16: A Full Schedule of Events at the Strauss Mansion

Just like last year, Reel to Real will feature a special series for the fall season. Titled “Halloween 2K16”, this will be where I blog about horror movies, share fall recipes, and also let you know what’s going on in my paranormal investigating adventures. October is going to be a busy month. My team, Ghosts…

“Halloween Twenty-Fifteen”: A Zombie Buried in Matawan, New Jersey?

Be prepared, folks. Be prepared. Rose Hill Cemetery in Matawan, New Jersey is the site of much history and a location beloved by locals and paranormal enthusiasts. It is rumored to be haunted, and severely so. While I have been there at least five times, and conducted thorough investigations twice, I have not uncovered anything…

Paranormal File: An Investigation of Brookdale’s Campus

Background Working for Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey provided me with a unique opportunity this past July. Because they were looking for me to run a different kind of summer camp than the usual, I suggested a paranormal investigating camp for high school students. This camp would be held in a classroom and…

“Halloween Twenty-Fifteen”: October is Finally Here!

My favorite month of the year is finally here. This blog is already well underway with our special “Halloween Twenty-Fifteen” column which will carry on until the end of October. I’ve already posted 16 articles in this column over the last month, including horror and sci-fi movie reviews as well as write-ups of my paranormal…

Paranormal File: Spy House Historical Documents and Folklore

The Spy House has been a popular subject in the paranormal section on this blog over the years. Located in Port Monmouth, New Jersey, it has been an alluring location for ghost hunters, psychics, and paranormal tourists for decades. While I have captured my own evidence at the house and I believe it is haunted,…

My Book Reviewed by Garden State Legacy

This past September, I was thrilled to have my first book published, titled, Ghost Hunting Confidential: Investigating Strauss Mansion. In this book, I split time between information on the ghost hunting hobby, its history, and the various methods and equipment we use, while the second half tells of the paranormal investigations I have conducted at…

“Haunted Travels” 2014: A Year in Review

2014 was a busy year for us at Haunted Travels, our web-series which would consist partly of ghost stories, myths, folklore, and also actual paranormal investigations. In the last twelve months, we have managed to film 25 episodes, visit 10 locations, host four public investigations at our regular stomping grounds at Strauss Mansion, give nine lectures…

The Invented History of the Spy House

There is an old saying that goes, “When legend becomes fact, print the legend.” That is exactly what the late-Gertrude Neidlinger, former curator of the Spy House Museum in Port Monmouth, did during her time from the 1970’s through the 90’s; only she went one step further: she did not just print the legend, she…