Q: What is Haunt ME?
A: Haunt ME is a web series airing online and on local Maine public access TV, focusing on notable and historical Maine locations with possible paranormal activity attached to them. Our team utilizes a combination of techniques to gather information about the phenomena, including extensive research and an investigation that makes use of both scientific and metaphysical tools. We document our findings and present them to offer some insight into the potential cause of the unexplained activity.
Q: Who is on your investigation team?
A: Our team is made up of:
Ashley Brooks, the team leader and chronologist. She researches the locations and compiles the history and evidence that occurred before we arrive in a location, and then works with the building or homeowners and the Haunt ME team to come up with a suitable plan for gathering information.
Carol Cleveland, the manesologist. Manesologists are paranormal experts that have a wide breadth of knowledge of various types of hauntings. Carol is a seasoned investigator and has investigated in a number of notable locations across the East Coast of the USA.
Ty Gowen, the tech analyst. Ty is our equipment guru, and is always finding new scientific gear to master and utilize in our investigations. His specialty is audio equipment and finding and isolating EVPs, or electric voice phenomena.
Katie Webb, the occultist. Katie is knowledgeable about the occult and metaphysical techniques for contacting spirits. She is a medium and utilizes tarot cards, crystals and various other tools to make contact with spirits.
Q: Can you tell me a little more about the investigators? How did they meet?
A: All four investigators (and most of the film crew) were born and raised in Maine.
Ashley is a musician (guitar, vocals, organ) and is recording an album with her boyfriend Matt (who composed the Haunt ME soundtrack for season 3), to be released in 2017. She has a radio show where she plays 1960s and 1970s records on WMPG. She leads group meditations in Maine and New Hampshire, and is an astrologer (her astrology blog is here). Ash enjoys writing, especially science-fiction and fantasy. She works part-time at a vintage clothing store. She is very sensitive to spirits and energies but also attempts to question every situation and remain as open-minded as possible. She is a Leo with a Sagittarius moon.
Ty met Ash and producer Nick in school, and the trio have been friends for almost 15 years. Ty began the Weird UNE blog in 2006, where he investigated all things bizarre at his college. After graduating, he joined a paranormal investigation team, which is where he met Carol. The pair quickly became close, but they both consider their relationship to be a love-hate one After the team dissolved and Haunt ME formed in 2011, Ty joined up and brought Carol along. Ty works a day job, but enjoys acting in local productions in his off-time and writing for short films that he makes alongside the Haunt ME film crew. He calls himself the most skeptical of the group. He is an Aries with a Libra moon.
Carol is described as the group badass and is always the first to protect and stand up for her team. She is tough and no-nonsense, but also has a contagious sense of humor. Carol started investigating thanks to her mom Jen (who guest investigates on Haunt ME from time to time). The mother-daughter duo were on a local team back in the late 2000s, and this is where they met Ty. Carol has been investigating for the longest of all of the group, and is interested in all fields of paranormal study, including cryptozoology, aliens and more. Though she didn’t meet Ash and Katie until she joined Haunt ME, the group has become very close and would describe themselves as best friends. Carol is a stay at home mom to her 3-year-old daughter. She is a Cancer with a Taurus moon.
Katie is constantly studying the occult and learning new things about the field. Her thirst for knowledge has been a well of inspiration for the rest of the group. She is a tarot card reader at her own company Sun Sorceress Tarot and uses the Aleister Crowley Thoth deck in both investigations and personal use. Katie met Ash in 2008 when they worked at the same record store, and their mutual interests led them to become friends. Katie is a DJ and an artist, and frequently uses her creative voice to help benefit causes she believes in. Katie thinks she is the biggest believer of the group, and has developed her mediumship abilities over her past five years in Haunt ME. She has a 7-year-old daughter. She is a Libra with a Gemini moon.
Q: Who does your filming?
A: We have a behind the scenes crew that works diligently to make our episodes and adventures possible. Our tech crew is headed by our co-creator, producer and editor Nick Nordfors, who is responsible for making Haunt ME what it is. Our talented and hard-working tech team includes Mike Strout, Charlie Widdis, Krista Bertalan, Erin Cross, Johnny Speckman, and Anna Halloran.
Q: What equipment do you use?
A: We are always adding new equipment, but here are some tools we utilize in our episodes: digital audio recorders (each team member is equipped with one), digital sound amplifier, night vision goggles, IR cameras, film-based photography cameras (typically disposable), spirit box, K-11 meters, EMF reader, “Ghost Touch” 3 device, ambient thermometers, Ovilus, Gauss meter, laser grid, and of course flashlights. Our metaphysical tools include tarot cards, pendulums, crystals and personal talismans (a lucky item that each team member carries), books, and more. Ashley also likes to check the astronomical positions on an investigation night to see if there are any correlations with moon phases, weather and other natural phenomena and the experiences people have in a location.
Q: When did Haunt ME premiere?
A: Haunt ME premiered our first episode at Coast City Comicon on November 11th, 2012.
Q: What is the rating system?
*Score of 1-3 FRITH LEVEL — Minimal activity, slight K-II activity, personal experiences with no way to validate.
*Score of 4-5 OBSTREPEROUS LEVEL — Shared personal experiences, reoccurring themes, consistent K-II activity, minor object manipulation.
*Score of 6-7 ANDGIETE LEVEL — Active and intelligent spirit energy, communication in EVPs, visual evidence.
*Score of 8-9 BELLICOSE LEVEL — As above, with added level of malice, intense energy drain (in people and electronics), object manipulation, harm to investigators.
*Score of 10 BLODREOW LEVEL — As above, with massive spirit energy and potentially life-threatening situations.
Q: What does the rating system do?
A: Our rating system includes five levels, with numbers ranging from 1 to 10. When we arrive at a location, we interview those with relevant experiences and collect any evidence that they have to offer us and any additional information we can find through research. We give the haunt a “pre-rate” based on this data. After our own investigation, we assign a score based on our findings. We then average these two scores together to give the location a final rating. We feel this is more fair, because it takes into account the stories of those who spend much more time in the building than we do.
Q: Why is there not a 0 rating?
A: We feel that would be unfair, because we are only there for a short time and it would be presumptuous to say a place is not haunted when we are there for only a small fraction of the time that the homeowners or building managers are.
Q: Do you actually catch real evidence?
A: We are honest. Sometimes there is literally no evidence. When that happens, we will tell you the truth, and the episode will be more about our journey and debunking the claims. We aim to make each episode entertaining while remaining truthful. That said, even the haunts we seem to think are the most uneventful end up scaring a lot of people!
Q: Is Haunt ME appropriate for children to watch?
A: Certain scenes could be scary for children. We would probably not recommend the show for those under the age of 12. Of course, use your own discretion.
Q: I think my house is haunted. Will you come investigate?
A: While we only focus on public buildings or residences with notable Maine history, if you are having a paranormal problem we would be more than happy to counsel or refer you to a reputable group in your area. If you own a business or have a house with interesting local history, we would love to discuss doing an investigation for season 4 (2016 filming season). Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Can I join your team?
A: We are not looking for new members, but we do offer public events every so often, which is a great way to meet other like-minded people with whom you could form a team with!
Q: What is the Entertainment Experiment?
A: The Entertainment Experiment is an online network that displays the talents of Maine film makers, web series creators, musicians and artists. It is a channel that features many other great web series out of Maine, including Ragged Isle, Food Coma TV, Vacationlanders, and the radio drama The Cleansed.
Q: What is the future of Haunt ME?
A: We are currently filming season 4, which will be released in fall 2016. Season 4 will see a return to several locations from previous seasons, some cameo appearances from paranormal experts, and three brand new Maine locations. Haunt ME hopes to expand in the coming years to embrace all unusual phenomena, from UFOs to cryptozoology to alternate dimensions, portals and more. We’re so grateful to all our fans and supporters for watching our adventures!
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Ty Gowen and Anna Halloran joined us today to talk about the upcoming premier of Haunt ME’s 3rd season. If you’re not yet familiar with Haunt ME you should get familiar as soon as possible!
The story of Ty Gowen ’08, an English major and Art minor, was recently added to the MaineDreams website, a repository of inspirational stories about Maine people who are living their dreams.
Ty Gowen grew up in Southern Maine and is now a lead ghost investigator on the show Haunt ME. Haunt ME is a ghost hunting web series that takes place right here in Maine.
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