All right authors, how many of you do your homework when it comes to paranormal research? While the myths and legends surrounding vampires, werewolves and fairies are fairly eclectic and leave you a lot of wiggle room for creativity, what ghosts? Telepathy? ESP? These are all subjects of quantifiable research.
Paranormal Research: Ghostbusters
I remember the first time I watched Ghostbusters and laughing myself silly at the idea that Dr. Venkman was doing psychic research (and badly because he was trying to get the young college coeds) by having his test subjects choose what card he held. But despite how ludicrous I thought that was then (I was a wise old age of 10ish), that type of research isn't as far-fetched.
Paranormal and psychic phenomena continue to fascinate both lay persons and scientists as they look for ways to measure and track the events. Ghost Hunters on the SyFy Channel is just one example of these paranormal hunters. But there are others, some better known than others. But when it comes to writing, it can't hurt to do your homework and familiarize yourself with what real people are doing in the real world.
Truth is far stranger than fiction, after all.
Resources and Research
Paranormal Research Society of North America (PRSNA)
This team of paranormal investigators cite their primary goal as documenting the existence of ghosts in an effort to prove their hypothesis that ghosts exist. The group works to educate the public on the reality of hauntings and to help those who have suffered psychologically due to experiences with ghosts.
Paranormal Research Society
Founded by a student in 2001, the Paranormal Research society combines spirituality with science in their quest for understanding.
Tri-State Paranormal Research
This group investigates and researches paranormal claims and alleged hauntings in the New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey area.
The Atlantic Paranormal Society
A resource with teams investigating demonology, angelogy, hauntings, spiritual and out of body experiences as well as natural spirit and Native spiritual events.
Society for Psychical Research
The SPR is a Registered Charity, established in 1882 and is one of the more established organizations of its kind seeking truth and debunking fraud when it comes to psychic experiences.
American Society for Psychical Research
Founded just three years after the SPR, the ASPR is the oldest psychical research organization in the United States. The group explores the extraordinary or as yet unexplained phenomena that have been called psychic or paranormal, and their implications for our understanding of the world around us.
The list could go on and on and on. I love to do research and once I start digging down, I could spend days reading, calling and visiting locations. I think one of the best things we as authors can do is to experience or research experiences that we want to share with our readers.
I think research ultimately adds to the writing experience, do you think it adds to the reading?