The Osbournes return to TV with new paranormal show, alongside believer Jack

The circle, it would seem, is complete. The Osbournes are returning in a new paranormal show. After the MTV series The Osbournes concluded in 2005, Ozzy, Jack, and Sharon are teaming up for The Osbournes Want to Believe, a "caught on camera" Travel Channel series.

Debuting Aug. 2 at 10 p.m., the new series is based around the concept of Jack convincing his parents of the paranormal. Of course, Jack has had a stake in the paranormal for some time now. Jack currently produces and stars with Katrina Weidman on Travel Channel's Portals to Hell. Prior to that, he appeared on the Syfy paranormal series Haunted Highway aired from 2012-2013, and with his father on Ozzy and Jack's World Tour on History, where they visited Roswell, New Mexico, and haunted locations in New Orleans. 

However, the new series combines all of the previous elements for a return of sorts where the "first family of darkness," but borderline skeptics weigh in on the "most jaw-dropping videos of supernatural activity ever caught on camera," according to the Travel press release.

Interestingly, the production company behind the show is Meetinghouse Productions, the same team behind Travel Channel's Paranormal Caught On Camera (which I appear on, in full disclosure). So Meetinghouse knows how to seek out footage. Add to that, the commentary of Sharon, Ozzy, and Jack as they check out allegedly haunted dolls, and Harry & The Hendersons, and this sounds like an entertaining combination that might capture some of the old MTV magic. 

Check out the press release below for The Osbournes Want To Believe:

Guillermo del Toro on Gothic 'Graveyard Poetry' and Spiritualism


Guillermo del Toro doesn't do talking points. Rather than give bite-size quotes during interviews, the director has a conversation where he thoughtfully responds to a question.

And few topics seems to get him as excited as the paranormal.

Over the course of several interviews, I've had the opportunity to talk to the Academy Award-winning filmmaker of The Shape of Water, Pan's Labyrinth, The Devil's Backbone, the Ron Perlman-starring Hellboy films, and more.

In addition to getting insight on those projects, I have appreciated the chance to discuss the paranormal with del Toro.

With that in mind, I dug up this video filmed at San Diego Comic-Con 2015. We sat down to discuss Crimson Peak, hia underrated Gothic Romance that was sadly marketed as a horror film.

This portion of the interview didn't make a final cut, but we are able to chat about how paranormal pop culture impacted the perception of "real" ghosts, and why del Toro likes to show the monsters early on in his films. 

Check it out.

-Aaron Sagers

KISS' Spaceman Ace Frehley: A Life of Ghosts, UFOs, and Maybe Abduction

For some people, a single incident of seeing a UFO -- or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena as the Air Force would now like us to say -- can be a paradigm shifting moment. Or simply one experience witnessing something move on its own can lead to a quest to determine one's belief, or lack thereof, in ghosts.

But when you're Ace Frehley, The Spaceman formerly of KISS, once is not enough for potentially paranormal phenomena.

Rather, Space Ace claims that not only has he seen multiple objects flying in the sky above his home, performing odd maneuvers, but that a craft of some sort landed in his backyard in Westchester, New York -- and that the chances of him encountering an extraterrestrial face-to-face is around "50/50." Moreover, he said that a ghost punched him in the face, and that another potentially caused his body to shake (and was captured on camera).

And he believes he receives downloads of unknown origins when writing songs.

These are all things Ace told me in a long interview we connected nearly 11 years ago, in Fall 2009, when I was interviewing him about Anomaly. It was his first studio record in 20 years, since 1989's Trouble Walkin'.

As I recall, the interview took place in a recording studio at the Gibson Guitar offices in New York City. The room was dimly-lit, but the lead guitarist was lounging in a couch, wearing shades and some Egyptian-inspired jewelry -- and owning the place in the way you'd hope from a rockstar.

The conversation was a good one as we spoke about his comeback. And while Anomaly marked his return to the studio, it was still an early outing for my work surrounding "paranormal pop culture." Even though I had been working professionally as a journalist for five years or so, I was still reticent asking celebrities about their paranormal experiences.

So when I tested it out on The Spaceman, I did not expect him to deliver. But boy, did he ever. Before I even got the question out of my mouth about what seemed to me like a connection between alien life and his album, he jumped in:

"I'm the kind of guy that says nothing's impossible, you know? Well, I've seen spaceships and you know, I've seen it all."

If you listen to the audio, you can hear my surprise when I reply, "Wait, wait, okay, so you've seen spaceships. All right."

Ace claimed he had always been interested in unexplained topics -- including ancient aliens, and the mysteries of Ancient Egypt. His first UFO sighting of a "cigar-shaped something" was from a plane while on tour with KISS. He then proceeded to reveal he often sees them from his backyard in Westchester (a fact he said he had not previously discussed).

"I see something going across the sky, like super fast, and I'm watching, and it's going just like this, really fast," he said. "t stops dead and goes straight up. Now, if you know a plane that can maneuver at that speed and do a tactical maneuver like that, you let me know because I don't think there's one made on Earth that can do that."

But then he dropped the bomb that he believes one landed on his property, and knocked him unconscious.

"All I know is I woke up the next morning, and I'm laying in my doorway, halfway in the house and halfway out of the house, and then there was like this circular burn on the grass," said Ace. "I don't know, you tell me. I didn't really talk about it to anybody because I didn't want people on my property."

As to whether he was himself abducted, he said he thinks the chances are "50/50" because the beings from another world can wipe one's memory.

He said he believes people who don't believe in extraterrestrials are "idiots," considering the vastness of the universe.

"Any person who closes their mind to new ideas is just limiting their view on the world around us." For Ace, that also includes the existence of ghosts.

"I've seen ghosts. I believe in spirits. I believe in past lives ... I mean, I was punched in the face by a ghost."

Ace told the story, which had occurred in 2008, just a year before the interview, of the time he was lifting the top of a suitcase when a force struck him. He said the top of the case wasn't heavy or powerful to cause him to be "whacked." However, the experience followed him being hit by a book that he said came from the top of a water cooler, along with a strange sensation of his hand shaking unexplainably.

"I was in my recording studio, and I was having problems making a cup of tea because my hand was shaking," said The Spaceman. "My hand never shake; I have a steady hand."

"I'm pouring honey into my cup, and my hand shakes, and I spilled the honey, and I said, 'What the fuck's going on?'"

While he said his dismissed the hand shaking, and the book, the hit from the luggage made him connect the dots. As he spoke, he also recalled an experience from 2000, when he first purchased the Westchester home. He claims his daughter and a friend were watching him through security camera footage as he was setting up the cams. An experience of strange lights witnessed through the camera coincided with his own physical discomfort.

"She said, all of a sudden, from the bottom of my feet, it started to glow, and it was coming up my whole body. And by the time it got up to my waist, I don't know, I didn't feel right, and I just said I'm out of here. And when I went back in the house, her and her friend, their faces were kind of white. I go, 'What's wrong?' And she described what happened."

The strange case of Ace Frehley and the paranormal continued to unfold that day when he echoed a popular theory from those who explore alleged interplanetary, and interdimensional, life. According to Ace, he received "downloads" from other forces as he wrote his songs. The notion that information is transmitted into a human has been used to explain the impressive construction of the Egyptian pyramids -- and supposedly Nikola Tesla received his own transmissions.

"Sometimes I write songs, and I don't know where they're coming from," said Ace. "It's almost like they are being beamed into my head; I've had nights where I can't write the lyrics down as fast as I get them, and it's like I'm not writing them, and somebody else is giving them to me."

All of it together, said Ace, is connected. He believes it even explains his nickname of The Spaceman of KISS.

With so many juicy quotes, perhaps an obvious question about Ace Frehley's accounts is also the most unexplained: Why did I wait 11 years to publish these?

And I wish I had a good answer. It felt like I struck gold, and I had big plans for Ace's story. Perhaps it became overwhelming or I set it aside to use as part of another project. I do know, however, that I filed away the audio from the interview, and forgot about it until recently when it flooded back to me.

Humorously enough, what made me think about the Ace interview was his near-dismissal of one third of the paranormal trifecta. After dishing about aliens, and ghosts, he matter-of-factly shot down the topic of Sasquatch.

"I don't have the time to get into Bigfoot because where I grew up, it wasn't an issue."

While talking to a legend of rock 'n' roll, sprawled on a couch and wearing sunglasses in a darkened studio, he ultimately sounded like all of us who just can't be bothered with yet another thing.

To listen to the full audio, check out the NightMerica podcast, available on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcher, and iHeartRadio.




The "Ghost Nation" Crew Discuss All New Investigations for Season 2

BY AARON SAGERS
(Originally published at TravelChannel.com)

When it comes to paranormal investigations, things are always changing — which makes sense when one is pursuing phenomena based on theory, and not rule books. Still, it’s noteworthy that some 15 years ago, when I first met Jason Hawes — and Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango shortly after — they were largely thinking of ghosts in terms of intelligent, residual, poltergeist or inhuman. A lot has changed since then, and now Jason mentions theories of time-slip hauntings, and other temporal anomalies he encounters.

But while many things change, some things stay the same. Jason, Steve, and Dave are still out there, responding to cases of paranormal activity, which comes to their attention via a vast network of paranormal investigative groups.

With the second season of Ghost Nation, the paranormal trailblazers continue their exploration of the other side. I was able to catch up with Jason and Steve about the new season, and the approach they took for these investigations. And in the following interview, we also chat about how their theories of the paranormal have evolved, their thoughts on advancements in technology for investigations, and even how they’ve been hearing of an increase in activity while more people are staying at home.

Paranormal Caught on Camera: Season 2 Premiere: April 6, 9pm


I join Travel Channel's Paranormal Caught On Camera for their new season for a handful of eps. I don't know when I'll be on, but there's a two-hour premiere tonight at 9pm ET. Check it out for all the weird, bizarre, wacky, and maybe even true tales found online!