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Grant Wilson

Grant Wilson special Guest at Paracon

Grant S. Wilson has been actively involved in all types of paranormal investigation since his first intense encounter with the paranormal at age 15. He has paved the way for much of the modern field through his work with the group The Atlantic Paranormal Society (T.A.P.S) which he co-founded many years ago.  His unique level-headed approach to the field caught the attention of the world through the top-watched cable show Ghost Hunters, which he produced along with Ghost Hunters International. He has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people and affected millions more worldwide with his big heart, extensive knowledge, and down-to-earth technique. A mission he continues through his YouTube channel

Grant has been featured on; Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The View, Good Morning America, the Today Show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Destination Truth, and more.  He has written six books on the subject, one of which is a NY Times Best Seller.

When he isn’t helping people cope with the paranormal, Grant is traveling the world or at home with his wife and three sons. He is an avid composer of piano music with two albums to date; “1.618” and “Liquid Earth”. He has co-authored “Brotherhood of the Strange”, a steampunk fiction novel. He is Art Director & Developer for Rather Dashing Games where he helps design and create art for family style board games.

John Zaffis

John Zaffis special Guest at Paracon

John Zaffis has over forty three years of experience studying and investigating the paranormal. He has had the opportunity to work for and with his aunt and uncle, Ed and Lorraine Warren. This sent John beyond looking for ghosts and hauntings and into studying demonology under the Warrens. This led into John’s involvement with cases of possession and exorcism, which gave him the opportunity to work with prominent exorcists in this field, including Roman Catholic priests, monks, Buddhists, rabbis and ministers. John has assisted and worked with well-known exorcists Bishop Robert McKenna, Father Malachi Martin, and the Reverend Jun.

John has been featured in the SyFy television series Haunted Collector., Discovery Channel’s documentaries A Haunting in Connecticut and Little Lost Souls. John has also appeared on Unsolved Mysteries, Piers Morgan, and many other print and news media events. John also appears in Graveyards and In A Dark Place, both books written by Ed and Lorraine Warren. John’s first book, Shadows of the Dark, co-written with Brian McIntyre, was released in September, 2004. John has also appeared on Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures. John is working on multiple follow-up books currently, and is lecturing all over the United States at colleges and universities.

Visit John’s Website here

Chip Coffey

Katrina Weidman From Paranormal State will be at Paracon at Pennhurst Asylum

Katrina Weidman is a performer, producer, the lead singer of the alternative rock band and a paranormal investigator who initially rose to public notice for her work as the case manager and investigator with the Paranormal Research Society (PRS), whose investigations were the subject of the A&E series Paranormal State. From 2006-2010

Katrina then became the host for Chiller’s “Real Fear: The Truth Behind the Movies,” which explores the real life terror behind some of the world’s most iconic horror films. I also hosted the follow-up special, “Real Fear: The Truth Behind More Movies,” 2013

In 2016 she joined “Paranormal Lockdown” with Nick Groff. Which followed me Nick and herself as they investigated and lived in some of the world’s most haunted locations for 72 hours.

Coming in the summer of 2019 Katrina can be seen on the new Travel Channel series “Portals to Hell” investigating along side Jack Osborn in some of the darkest locations in America.

Steve Gonsalves

Steve Gonsalves special Guest at Paracon

Steve Gonsalves is the lead investigator of TAPS. He works alongside TAPS Founder Jason Hawes carrying out the upper management duties of the organization. As a young child, Steve’s interest in the paranormal was piqued after watching a supernatural-themed movie. He is well educated in the field of the paranormal, at one point working closely with famed investigator and paranormal pioneer Dr. William G Roll. Steve began investigating the paranormal on a semi-professional basis as a teenager, then started and ran his own team before joining TAPS in 1996. Steve, a former police officer, has been a public speaker and educator about paranormal phenomena for more than 15 years. 

Dave Tango

Dave Tango special Guest at Paracon

Dave Tango has worked with TAPS, SYFY, Ghost Hunters and Ghost hunters Academy for several years. His current role within the team is as an investigator and evidence analyst. Dave has always been interested in the paranormal and loves being able to find answers to the questions he has. “I used to perform professional magic shows for children and adults alike, so I still have a fond interest in magic and illusions,” said Dave.

Brian J. Cano

Brian J Cano special Guest at Paracon

Haunted Collector, Haunted Snug Harbor and Scared!  Brian is the “tech” specialist, responsible for the implementation and use of all of the tech equipment. Fascinated by the paranormal since he was 10 years old, Brian is a scientist who’s mission is to quantify, measure and get empirical evidence for the phenomena that they are investigating.

Jereme Leonard

Jereme Leonard special Guest at Paracon

Jereme Leonard the Cajun Demonologist. Started out in the paranormal field in 2012 in a small town of Ponchatoula deep in the swamps of Southern Louisiana in 2014 Jereme Took on a case that would forever change his path in the paranormal field when he became involved in a demonic hunting involving a mother and her three daughters. Which he wrote a book about in 2015 called the dwelling a dark entity. Jereme has also appeared on television shows such as destination America’s when ghost attack, travel channel a haunting, The weather channel is American supernatural The curse of Julia Brown, travel channels hunting monsters with Chris Jericho. Jereme has also appeared on many radio shows as well

Mike Dolan

Mike Dolan Special Guest at Paracon

Mike Dolan has spent his entire life interested in the paranormal. He first became involved with it in 1982, after he witnessed an apparition in his own home. It became his first true investigation.

For the next 36 years, Mike had a mission: to research and investigate the afterlife, seeking the Truth. He did so by investigating some of the most haunted locations, connecting with the most respected people in the field, and taking on many complex cases involving homeowners and businesses.

His entire perspective and purpose changed, however, after encountering a demonic presence at what was supposed to be a routine home investigation. Since that time, Mike has come to know that working with people negatively affected by hauntings is his calling from God.

Over the last several years, Mike has been an investigator with renowned demonologist Ralph Sarchie (“Deliver Us From Evil”), starred on Destination America’s “The Demon Files”, and continues to work with the show’s co star Brian McCauley on many cases. They are both co founders of Independent Paranormal Research Circle. He approaches each case with an open heart and spiritual protection. 

Brian McCauley

Brian McCauley Special Guest at Paracon

Brian McCauley  from the demon files has 16 years of experience as a paranormal investigator. He became intrigued by the afterlife after witnessing a string of paranormal phenomenons in his personal life. Brian was not startled by these occurrences, rather it fueled his passion to help others find peace with their paranormal experiences. Brian uses his discernment as a tool to lead investigations. He can sense unrest the second he walks in to a haunted location. Brian has studied many aspects of the paranormal realm and his knowledge is a useful key when encountering different types of hauntings.

Over the last few years, Burian has been an investigator with renowned demonologist Ralph Sarchie  (“Deliver Us From Evil”), starred on Destination America’s “The Demon Files”, and continues to work with Mike Dolan on many cases.

Brian is very easy going and brings a sense of calm and understanding when dealing with the families involved in the cases he takes on. He truly loves helping people and works in physical therapy when he is not dabbling in all things paranormal. Brian is truly passionate about the work and has made it his life’s mission to help others both in this life and in the afterlife.

Christopher Saint Booth

Christopher Saint Booth Special Guest at Paracon

11 Award winner including Fright Night 2016 filmmaker of the year. Producer, Director, Composer, Author and Production Designer of films, TV and documentaries for Syfy Channel, Chiller, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures, Redbox, Amazon, Destination America, Discovery, Travel Channel, Netflix, iTunes, Disney, Hulu, Vimeo, YouTube Red, Spooked Productions, At&t, Roku, Apple and foreign distributors worldwide. CEO of Spooked Productions and Twintalk Entertainment. Known for films: Dead Still (Syfy) Death Tunnel (Sony Pictures), The Possessed, Spooked, Children Of The Grave (as seen on Syfy), The Exorcist File (Destination America, Redbox) and DarkPlace (Amazon).

Cat Young and Tess Hughes

Cat Young and Tess Hughes are mother and daughter, they are The Mountain Gypsies. They are multi-faceted gifted intuitive/seer healers, from the Appalachian Mountains. Their lineage is that of Scottish Travellers, Cherokee and Melungeon.

The sight, the healing, the magic… All passed down through bloodlines from all sides. Their knowledge of mountain herbs and stones on how to break bondage and set people free is not of this earth, but from a heavenly realm. They follow a higher power and know all things good come through The God of their forefathers, the God they worship. They have no agenda to preach their beliefs, but to heal those who God puts in their path, the rest is up to that person to follow their journey. They will walk through your pain with wisdom, knowledge and understanding given to them to help heal you.

They will tell you Love and Laughter is the number one healer and their heart is to fill you with as much as you will allow! Some will understand the ways of the old they follow, some will not… But all are called to come for healing!

If you are lucky enough for them to bring along the youngest Mountain Gypsy, the one they call Lil Mamie, then you are in for a real treat as the healing of old flows through her, it will astound even the hardest of hearts.

They are called all over the United States to do healings, exorcisms, clearings, lectures and more. They host classes to teach, for knowledge and wisdom is what will help set the world free. Check them out on and 

Frank Cinelli Jr aka Dr Spectre

Dr Spectre is a Special Guest at Pennhurst Paracon

I have been a Holistic health care provider for nearly 20 years, and owner of the Vitamin Pharmacy. In my practice I use bio-energetic testing, along with laser and light therapies, I am certified in intracellular communications, bioset, reiki and other types of energy work. I am well versed in homeopathy bio identical hormones, vitamins, minerals and herbs.

I’ve had a life long obsession with the paranormal, and have been actively investigating since the early 80’s. I am now able to use my career knowledge to study the effect of the paranormal on the human body and energy. I write for TAPS paramagazine “ According to Dr. Spectre “ and for “ask Dr. Spectre”

Rosalyn Bown and Michael Lewis

Rosalyn Bown and Michael Lewis are Special Guests at Pennhurst Paracon

Rosalyn Bown-Lewis is a former cast member of SyFy’s Ghost Hunters Academy. She has also appeared in the film documentary Surviving Evidence and the television series Paranormal After Party. She joined her first ghost research group in 1999, and acted as assistant director of a local T.A.P.S. Family Group for several years. She’s conducted hundreds of ghost investigations and has given dozens of lectures on a variety of paranormal topics.

Rosalyn’s focus has always been on helping others. Her backgrounds in psychiatric nursing and in customer service give her particular insight into the minds and motivations of both the living and the dead. She is a Reiki Master, an Angel Therapy Practitioner, a Psychic Medium, and has helped families resolve the crises associated with disruptive paranormal activity.

Michael Lewis has long been drawn to spiritual and religious experiences, and has been fascinated with how paranormal phenomena affect and reflect those experiences. His first brush with those mysteries occurred during high school, when a family friend related testimony and showed evidence of an extreme haunting. This was a formative experience for Michael in shaping his view of the life (and afterlife) of the human soul.

Michael has been a member of several philosophical and paranormal groups over the past thirty years, with experiences in ghost communication, meditation, spiritual healing, and angel card readings. His love of music has led to several band projects over the years and he’s currently honing his craft as a singer-songwriter. He has worked in education for the past twenty years and currently has a role developing job skills and experiences for special education students.

Mark Allan Keyes

Mark Keyes Special guest at Paracon

  • Retired Pennsylvania State Police Detective
  • Private Investigator
  • Director and Parapsychologist for the Pennsylvania Paranormal Association
  • Author of soon to be 2 books and Lecturer
  • Paranormal Expert for Paranormal 911 and Haunted Hospitals series on the Travel Channel

Mark Started researching and studying psychic phenomena in 2003 and began investigating the paranormal in 2006. Founded the PPA in Jan 2008 with wife Lauren, to create a resolution based team to work with clients having problem haunting, to identify the cause of, and resolve hauntings for them in their home or business.

Steve Barry

Steve Barry at Reign of Terror Haunted House

Co-owner of the Gettysburg Ghost Exchange. The largest Paranormal store in the Northeast. You’re one stop go shop. Event coordinator of the Gettysburg Battlefield Bash. The Historic Lookout House. Steve had an NDE March 30,2015 and had a profound near death experience that he lectures about. Steve has seen and felt firsthand what it is like to cross over through the veil.

Aaron Sagers

Aaron Sagers is a TV personality, journalist, and author known for his work in the area of paranormal entertainment, aka Paranormal Pop Culture. Most recently, he appears on Travel Channel’s Portals to Hell, and was a host for Syfy; a host for Robert Kirkman’s Skybound TV; and expert for SKY TV’s Best Sci-Fi Movies in the Universe in the U.K.

Within the paranormal realm, he talked about ghosts on The Today Show, was Host/Co-Creator/Co-Executive Producer on the Travel Channel’s Paranormal Paparazzi (where he remains a Travel Expert) — based on his site — and hosted a Being Human after-show for Syfy. Sagers appeared as the host TLC’s Paranormal Lockdown: Evidence Revealed. He ghost hunted and played with a Ouija board on TruTV’s Super Into with Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad. Sagers has appeared on Reelz Channel’s The Shocking Truth to discuss The Conjuring, and has filmed internationally with German, Australian, Japanese, and British television discussing paranormal theory, and paranormal entertainment. He has been heard on NPR, and Coast to Coast AM discussing the topic. He has likewise spoken at the Roswell UFO Festival, the International UFO Congress, on CNN, Fuse, and more discussing UFOs in pop culture.

He worked with HBO as a Game of Thrones expert for morning shows across the nation and filmed a Travels With Dracula travel show in Transylvania (with Bram Stoker’s direct descendant) — which led to him returning to Romania for his Vlad vs. Vlad segments with Luke Evans to support Universal Home Entertainment’s Dracula Untold. You have seen him turned into a The Walking Dead Walker by effects guru Greg Nicotero. Sagers also hosted on-camera Back to the Future and The Breakfast Club reunions for Universal Home Entertainment, as well as hosted panels and Facebook Lives for Child’s Play/Cult of Chucky premiere events.

Follow his adventures in paranormal, nerdery, and tiki at @AaronSagers on Instagram, and Twitter!

JV Johnson

JV Johnson will be at Paracon at Pennhurst Asylum

JV Johnson is a long time radio personality, radio station owner, paranormal investigator and paranormal journalist. He is currently Co-host of the popular syndicated paranormal radio show – Beyond Reality Radio – as heard on over 60 radio stations around the country, as well, as live streaming on YouTube and other platforms. He is former Publisher and Editor of the world’s leading paranormal magazine, TAPS ParaMagazine, as well as frequent guest at many conventions and conferences.

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