I don’t know if I can classify Aaron Sagers, editor of TAPS Paramagazine, as my friend. He’s shaping up to be more of a mentor. Not only did he hook me up with my sweet Kris Williams interview, he helped me get an article published in this month’s issue of TAPS Paramagazine. It’s called Green Grinning Ghosts: Where to Scare Up Spirits on St. Patrick’s Day.
GETTING INTO THE SPIRIT OF ST. PATRICK’S DAY
Aaron approached me with the idea of a paranormal St. Patrick’s Day-themed article a few months back. I told him that last year I wrote about Six of the Best Places to Get Paranormal on St. Patty’s Day and I could work on a variation of that.
He said, “Go for it.”
I did, and with a few suggestions from him tweaked it into the article that appears in the TAPS Paramagazine’s March/April issue.
I wish I could post it here, because I love, love, LOVE what Aaron’s designer, Susanne, did with it. (She has this big green map with lines leading from points on it to the pictures and descriptions of the haunted pubs I wrote about. It looks super slick.) Of course, if you want to check it out, you can purchase individual copies online or at your local Borders.
RESEARCHING FOR THE ARTICLE
I acquired a lot of great leads from HARO about haunted pubs to include in the article. However, due to space constraints not all of them could be included.
Among my faves that were included were the George & Dragon in Phoenix, AZ (an old haunt of mine, in fact), Casey Moore’s Oyster House in Tempe, AZ, the Jolly Pumpkin in Traverse City, MI, the Hibernian Irish Pub in Raleigh, NC, and the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium where I currently reside in Nashville, TN.
Haunted bars that ended up not being included but that sounded lively included the Iron Horse Tavern in Norcross, GA (which I learned about via a tip from Sally Toole of Norcross Ghost Tours), and Cuffs in Boston’s Back Bay Hotel. (Cuffs is actually not haunted, but the hotel was once the Boston Police Department Headquarters and the bar is where criminals were booked –including the infamous Boston Strangler! An interesting bit of macabre history.)
Also, my research educated me about some neat things, like Spooked in Seattle’s Haunted Pub Tour, the Chicago Bar Project’s Haunted Chicago Bars page, and the Fells Point Haunted Pub Walk offered by Baltimore Ghost Tours. (For those who want to guarantee seeing spirits –even if it is only by virtue of drinking them!)
HELP FROM FELLOW PARANORMAL BLOGGERS
I also feel it’s important to note that I got help from Julie from Above the Norm and Steve from Ghost Eyes. I knew it was likely they had pictures of a couple of the bars I was writing about. (George & Dragon in Julie’s case and Moon River Brewing Company in Steve’s case.)
They did. I asked if they would be okay sending them to me. They didn’t even hesitate.
There’s a lot of talk all the time about how many conflicts there are within the paranormal community, but guess what? I continue to see all the people willing to support one another. Even though their pictures ended up not being used, I was super grateful they were ready to help out like that.
HAPPY ST. PATTY’S DAY
Whether you celebrate by eating corned beef and cabbage, drinking green beer, visiting a haunted pub, watching Destination Truth, or some combo thereof, Haunt Jaunts wishes you a fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day!
And be sure to check out the March/April issue of the magazine. Don’t make me sick my leprechaun on you!