Up Close And Personal With Zak Bagans And 100 Episodes Of 'Ghost Adventures'


It comes as no surprise that Zak Bagans is, as he puts it, a “night dude.” When I shoot him an email around 12:00 a.m. on a weeknight, he gets back to me pretty fast, asking if we can chat right away. This is the world of the lead investigator and co-creator of "Ghost Adventures."

However, while Zak may stay up late and work a lot of overnights in haunted locations -- and has done so for more than the 5 years since his paranormal investigative show premiered in 2008 -- he isn’t in the dark. I have known Zak for a few years now, and I feel comfortable stating that the “night dude” is also an introspective one; he has taken the time to think about his role and own growth within the paranormal.

On Friday, Oct. 4, Zak and his team of fellow investigators, including Nick Groff, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley and Jay Wasley, and all the fans who have supported the show, will celebrate the 100th episode of "Ghost Adventures." The episode involves Zak and crew investigating the Exorcist House in St. Louis, MO, which was the inspiration for the film, "The Exorcist." The episode airs a week after the Sept. 27, 1-hour special called "Ghost Adventures: Up Close and Personal," which recaps the show’s top moments from the past 7 seasons -- and leads into the 2-hour special on Halloween night when the guys travel to Transylvania to explore the legend of the “real” Dracula, Vlad the Impaler.

The milestone episode, along with the specials, frames the following conversation between us, and as you read ahead, you might get the impression that after 100 episodes of "Ghost Adventures," the night is still young for Zak.

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