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May 15, 2014

Women of the Paranormal & Hollywood Horror Headline

Women of the Paranormal & Hollywood Horror Headline

5th Annual Michigan Paranormal Convention

Rosemary Ellen Guiley, John Zaffis Haunted Collection among 18 other speakers

Sault Ste. Marie, MI
– The actors portraying Jason Vorhees, Michael Meyers, and Leather Face along with highly acclaimed ghost hunters Erin Ryder, Kris Williams, Katrina Weidman and Mallie Fox will headline the 5th Annual Michigan Paranormal Convention at Kewadin Casinos on August 8 – 9.  The conference is hosted by Kewadin Casinos with the help of the Upper Peninsula Paranormal Research Society (UPPRS).

  “When we first sat down with Kewadin, we both knew we wanted something that would grow annual event, and we could not be happier heading into our 5th Annual Michigan Paranormal Convention,” said Tim Ellis, president of the UPPRS.  “While Russ and I were putting together this year’s lineup, we wanted to add a new flavor to the MI Para-Con, so we have added a ‘Hollywood Horror Film’ twist, on top of the already amazing lineup of speakers on ghosts, UFO's, haunting theories, and so much more,” he said.

Ellis said having the talents of the Erin (Ryder), Kris (Williams), Katrina (Weidman) and Mallie (Fox) coupled with what Kewadin is calling the ‘Hollywood Horror’ is outstanding.  “We wanted to continue to accommodate our growing base of paranormal fans, while at the same time welcoming a new base of fans who love their horror films like Friday The 13th, Halloween and Texas Chainsaw Massacre and I think this does it perfectly.”

The ‘Hollywood Horror’ lineup includes Kane Hodder, who played “Jason” in Friday the 13th movies, Tony Moran, who played “Michael Meyers” in the original Halloween movie and R.W. Mihailoff, who played “Leather Face” in Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies.  “It’s going to be something worth seeing,” said Russ McKerchie, entertainment manager of the DreamMakers Theater.  “We’ve had fans calling since January asking for the lineup and I think they’re going to be happy with what we were able to put together.”

A total of 18 speakers will present at the convention.  Author Alexandra Holzer, daughter of Hanz Holzer who is one of the first to write about ghost hunting, will be hosting a session called “Growing up Holzer”.  Fan favorite, John Zaffis, haunted collector, will again be presenting on haunted museum artifacts and will be bringing a new haunted collection to share.  Greg Lawson, author and researcher on the paranormal, will present on Area 51 and UFO’s and Rosemary Ellen Gulley, one of the largest paranormal authors the convention has hosted, will speak on solutions for problem hauntings.  Other presenters include Pastor Greg Haggart, Author and Demonologist; Kathlene Tedsen; Bev Rydell, Author of Haunts of Michigan; Bill Murphy, Fact or Faked paranormal files; Tim Shaw, psychic & radio host; Dave Schrader, radio & TV host; and Christ Flemming, psychic & Author.

Tickets to the two day convention go on sale May 16.  One day passes are available for $45, two day passes for $75 and VIP passes which include an exclusive dinner with some of the convention speakers for $95.  A hotel package including a VIP pass and two night stay for the convention is available for $360.  Additional tickets can be purchased during the convention for gallery readings with Psychic Tim Shaw for $25, Psychic Kristy Robinett for $25, and for twilight walking tours with Jim Couling starting at $10.


Convention tickets include a special convention only vendor area where attendees can speak one on one with presenters and exhibitors

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