Enid, OK – GHOSTLAHOMA, Oklahoma’s annual paranormal conference will be held in Enid for the first time on August 18, 2012 at the Cherokee Strip Conference Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

            Troy Taylor, a researcher, crime buff, supernatural historian and the author of almost 90 books on ghosts, hauntings, history, crime and the unexplained in America, will be one of the keynote speakers at this year’s conference.  Taylor presents a dark look at the world of missing, murdered and murderous women from the supernatural history of America, from mysterious serial killers, treacherous poisoners and spirits seeking revenge, to the tragic victims of crime and violence and the hauntings that followed their deaths.  True accounts include the spirit whose testimony was entered at her own murder trial, the real story of New Orleans’ most hated woman, the spirit medium with a penchant for bloody murder and more!

           Ken Gerhard is a widely recognized cryptozoologist and field researcher for The Centre for Fortean Zoology and Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization.  He has investigated reports of monsters and mysterious animals around the world including Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, the Chupacabras, winged creatures and even werewolves.  In addition to appearing in three episodes of the television series Monster Quest (History Channel), Ken is featured in the History Channel special The Real Wolfman, as well as Legend Hunters (Travel Channel/A&E), Paranatural (National Geographic), Ultimate Encounters (truTV) and William Shatner’s Weird or What? (History Television).  Ken is author of the book Big Bird: Modern Sightings of Flying Monsters as well as the co-author of Monsters of Texas (with Nick Redfern) and has contributed to trade publications including Fate MagazineAnimals and Men, The Journal of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club and Bigfoot Times.

            Other speakers include Oklahoma paranormal authors and investigators from across the state.

            Tonya Hacker will take a look at the evidence standards of the paranormal field and share with you an interactive presentation of photos, EVP, video and other evidence of paranormal activity from across the globe.  Hacker is the founder of GHOULI (Ghost Haunts of Oklahoma and Urban Legend Investigations) as well as the co-author of the book, Ghostlahoma – Over 100 Years of Haunted History.  She has been featured on TLC’s America’s Ghost Hunters and has spoken at conferences all over the country as well as being featured on numerous news shows.  She was and continues to be the spokeswoman for the infamous “Salvage Yard Ghost” video that swept the nation in 2006 and still gets attention today.  She is currently a blogger for News OK and is working on other writing projects as well.  She has conducted several educational seminars at various colleges, schools, and libraries and was highlighted as one of the five “Essential People” in Oklahoma in Oklahoma Today Magazine (July 2011).

            Tammy Wilson will share with you the local legends and folklore of this year’s host city, Enid, Oklahoma.  From haunted bars to the widely disputed legend of the death of John Wilkes Booth, Enid has a very colorful haunted history.  Wilson is the co-author of the book, Ghostlahoma – Over 100 Years of Haunted History, as well as the founder of Eerie Oklahoma.  Her stories have appeared in several places and have been seen locally in E-Town Magazine and she appeared in TLC’s American Ghost Hunters as well.  She also conducts an Oklahoma ghost town tour by appointment as well as Eerie Enid tours.

            Hacker and Wilson have spoken at various conferences around the country as well as to the Oklahoma Main Street directors about haunted history and tourism. 

         Teri White is the author of Tulsa’s Haunted Memories and is also an adjunct instructor at Tulsa University where she teaches various classes on the paranormal. She has appeared on both local and national television on The Travel Channel, Discover Oklahoma, Women’s Entertainment and several others.  With a background in management, she is the founder and director of P.I.T.T., The Paranormal Investigation Team of Tulsa and the founder of Tulsa Spirit Tours, Oklahoma’s longest running ghost tour.

            Chris Harrington of the Denton Area Paranormal Society, now relocated to Enid, will share with you his experiences as a paranormal investigator: the ins, the outs, the what to dos, and the what not to dos.

            Josh Stebbins, local Enid artist and featured artist for Ghostlahoma 2012, will have his work available and on display at the conference.  There will also be a photography gallery.

            Tickets for the event are $25.00 and may be purchased online at www.iloveenid.com or by calling (580) 402-6732.  Vendor space is also available.