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SyFy Not Renewing Haunted Collector For Season 4

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Haunted Collector will not have a Season 4 on SyFy.

John Zaffis took to his Twitter to announce the disappointing news.

“Hi all just letting you know haunted collector will not be coming back sorry to all our fans,” Zaffis said.

Haunted Collector premiered on SyFy in 2011 which followed Zaffis and his team of paranormal investigators as they researched all things that go bump in the night related to haunted objects. The team would investigate paranormal disturbances that centered on a specific item. Zaffis and his team, which included his son and daughter, would go into homes and businesses conducting extensive research using the latest technology to discover the source of the disturbance. Upon discovery, Zaffis would then collect the item and store it in his personal museum.

“A lot of people don’t like having paranormal activity in their home,” Zaffis told Cosmic Book News in a previous interview. “And if we can do something by removing an item – I mean whether it’s a little tiny trinket or whatever it could possibly be – it’s important to be able to help those people regain that confidence of being able to live in their homes and be comfortable there again.”

Fans have already started a “We Want More Haunted Collector” Facebook Page in response which is already closing in on 1000 followers.

No official statement has come from SyFy as to the reason behind the cancellation.

The news of the ending of Haunted Collector comes at a time when the popularity of the paranormal genre is at an all time high. With movies like Paranormal Activity, Insidious and The Conjuring, of which Zaffis happens to be the nephew of Ed and Lorraine Warren, becoming Hollywood blockbusters in addition to the numerous Ghost investigator shows on TV, no season 4 for Haunted Collector seems as curious as the items Zaffis collects.

Just a year ago, Haunted Collector Season 3 was announced by SyFy with mention that the second season saw a rise in ratings demographics by almost 20% with over 1 million viewers averaged per episode.

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SyFy Releases Winter Schedule; Face Off, Haunted Collector, Merlin Return and more

Press Release

 

SYFY’S 2013 WINTER PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTED BY SERIES PREMIERES OF GHOST MINE, ROBOT COMBAT LEAGUE, STRANDED AND CONTINUUM

SEASON RETURNS OF HITS BEING HUMAN, FACE OFF, TOTAL BLACKOUT, GHOST HUNTERS, LOST GIRL, HAUNTED COLLECTOR AND FINAL SEASON OF MERLIN

 

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NEW YORK – December 4, 2012 – Syfy will kick off the New Year with a robust winter programming slate of hit series and new programs led by the series premieres of unscripted shows Ghost Mine (January 16), Robot Combat League (February 26) and Stranded (February 27), and the time-traveling police drama Continuum (January 14).

The popular series Merlin (January 4), Being Human (January 14), Lost Girl (January 14), Face Off (January 15), Total Blackout (January 15), Ghost Hunters (January 16) and Haunted Collector (March 6) will all return for new seasons.

Highlights of Syfy’s 2013 Winter Programming Schedule (All Times ET/PT)

JANUARY

MERLIN (SEASON 5 PREMIERE)

Returns Friday, January 4 at 10PM — With Queen Guinevere and the Knights of the Round Table at his side, Arthur has never felt stronger. But even as Camelot flowers, the seeds of its destruction are being sown. Merlin returns for its fifth season and final season of 13 all-new episodes with its core cast of Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Katie McGrath, Angel Coulby, Richard Wilson and John Hurt, along with newest cast member Alexander Vlahos as Mordred. Special guest stars in season five include Lindsay Duncan (Alice in Wonderland), Janet Montgomery (Entourage), Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones), Josette Simon (Cry Freedom), Sophie Rundle (Episodes) and the return of Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as Uther Pendragon. Merlin is produced by Shine TV Ltd and BBC Wales, and distributed by FremantleMedia Enterprises. Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy are co-creators and executive producers.

CONTINUUM (NEW ORIGINAL SERIES)

Premieres Monday, January 14 at 8PM — The time-traveling police drama Continuum stars Rachel Nichols (Star Trek, Criminal Minds) as Kiera Cameron, a cop from the future who finds herself trapped in the present day. When a group of fanatical terrorists escapes their planned execution in 2077 by vaulting back in time to 2012, they inadvertently sweep along Kiera, a dedicated City Protective Services officer. With unexpected assistance from teen tech genius Alec Sadler, played by Erik Knudsen (Jericho, Scream 4), Kiera infiltrates the local police department and forms an uneasy alliance with her new partner, detective Carlos Fonnegra, portrayed by Victor Webster (Castle, Melrose Place). Though desperate to get back to her husband and son, Kiera concentrates on bringing down the terrorists before they change the course of history. Executive producers of Continuum are Simon Barry (The Art of War), Jeff King (Stargate SG-1, White Collar), Tom Rowe (Tin Man), Pat Williams (Smallville) and Reunion Pictures. Writer: Simon Barry. Director: Jon Cassar (24, Terra Nova).

BEING HUMAN (SEASON 3 PREMIERE)

Returns Monday, January 14 at 9PM – Syfy’s original series Being Human stars Sam Witwer as Aidan, Meaghan Rath as Sally and Sam Huntington as Josh with Kristen Hager as Nora, joining this year as a series regular. The season will consist of 13 episodes. In the Season 2 cliffhanger Aidan found himself six feet under after being banished and buried as punishment from vampire leader Mother. Sally became lost in a state of limbo and for Josh, events went horribly wrong when his plot to break the werewolf curse by killing his Maker Ray backfired, endangering Nora. Now, as the new season begins… be careful what you wish for! Season 3 also features a stellar lineup of new and returning guest stars including: Mark Pellegrino (Lost) as Aidan’s vampire mentor Bishop; Amy Aquino (Big Love, Harry’s Law, ER) as Donna, a witch whose supernatural spells are sought to help Sally; Xander Berkeley (24, Nikita) as Liam, the father of purebred werewolf twins who is intent on locating his missing children; Bobby Campo (Final Destination) as Max, a young mortician who develops a connection with Sally; and Kyle Schmid (Copper) returning as Aidan’s vampire protégé/”son” Henry. Season 2 of Being Human delighted both fans and new viewers, seeing its audience increase 10% over its first season. The second season averaged 2.115 million viewers per week. Being Human is a Muse Entertainment production in association with ZODIAK USA and is based on the acclaimed series created by Toby Whithouse and produced by Touchpaper. Executive producers are Michael Prupas (The Kennedys, Pillars of the Earth), Anna Fricke (Men in Trees, Everwood) who is both writer and showrunner, Jeremy Carver (Supernatural), and Rob Pursey and Toby Whithouse. Irene Litinsky (Human Trafficking, The Phantom) is series producer.

LOST GIRL (SEASON 3 PREMIERE)

Returns Monday, January 14 at 10PM — The victory in the final battle of Season Two has created new alliances for Bo along with reinvigorating old enemies, like “The Morrigan,” played by Emmanuelle Vaugier (Two and a Half Men, Human Target), whom Bo crossed in an attempt to bring peace to the Faedom. Now Bo, who until now has refused to pick a side, will be forced to make a deadly decision. Among the guest stars will be Linda Hamilton (“Terminator”). Joining the Lost Girl cast this season is Rachel Skarsten (The Vow; Flashpoint) in a recurring role as “Tamsin,” a thrill-seeking, sexy new Fae who ruffles many feathers. Returning for season three are Kris Holden-Ried (The Tudors, Underworld 4) as “Dyson”; Ksenia Solo (Life Unexpected; Black Swan) as “Kenzi”; Zoie Palmer (The Guard, Instant Star) as “Lauren”; Rick Howland (Billable Hours, Murdoch Mysteries) as “Trick” and K.C. Collins (Owning Mahowny, Doomstown) as “Hale.” Lost Girl is a Prodigy Pictures Production in association with Shaw Media. Executive producers are Emily Andras, Plato Fountidakis, Paul Rapovski and Jay Firestone. Co-producer: Vanessa Piazza,

FACE OFF (SEASON 4 PREMIERE)

Returns Tuesday, January 15 at 9PM — Hit competition series Face Off returns for its fourth season with a special 90-minute premiere episode. The new season features guest appearances from notables including Bryan Singer and Lightstorm’s Jon Landau. Dwight D. Smith, Michael Agbabian and Derek Atherton of Mission Control Media will return as executive producers. Face Off is a competition/elimination series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art. McKenzie Westmore hosts. Judging the Face Off competition are some of the most renowned names in the SFX world — three-time Academy Award winner Ve Neill, famed special make-up effects artist Glenn Hetrick and feature film creature designer Neville Page. In a surprising new twist, the contestants will have a mentor. Joining the series this season will be world-renowned Hollywood makeup artist Michael Westmore. Westmore is a member of a makeup dynasty that dates back to Hollywood’s golden age. Westmore has earned a record 42 Emmy nominations and nine wins. The Motion Picture Academy has honored him with four nominations and the Oscar in 1986 for his artistry on the film Mask starring Cher and Eric Stoltz. In addition, Westmore supervised 18 years of Star Trek. He is also the proud father of Face Off host McKenzie Westmore.

TOTAL BLACKOUT (ALL NEW EPISODES)

Returns Tuesday, January 15 at 10:30PM (SPECIAL TIME) — Hosted by Jaleel White (Family Matters), Total Blackout resumes its second season at the special time of 10:30PM after the 90-minute, season four premiere of Face Off. The following Tuesday, January 22, Total Blackout returns to its regular 10PM time slot. In the premiere episode of the half-hour extreme game show. four teams must overcome their imaginations as they attempt to identify four skin-crawling items placed in tanks, using only their sense of touch. Those who survive must move on to the Walk of Terror, where items below their feet aren’t always what they seem. The final two remaining teams are then tasked with collecting mouse traps hidden amongst unknown objects set inside creepy coffins in order to win the $5,000 prize. The international hit series is produced by FremantleMedia North America (American Idol, The X Factor) and was created by Henrik Nielsen (Can You Duet?, Danish versions of The X Factor, Got Talent and Pop Idol). Nielsen and Scott St. John (Deal or No Deal, America’s Got Talent, The Choice) are executive producers and Noah Bonnett (101 Ways to Leave a Game Show, BrainSurge) is co-executive producer.

GHOST HUNTERS (SEASON 9 PREMIERE)

Returns Wednesday, January 16 at 9PM — Ghost Hunters, Syfy’s longest-running unscripted series, returns for a ninth season. To kick off the 16 all-new episodes, TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) – led by Jason Hawes – heads out West to investigate some of the most (in)famously haunted locations in California and the Midwest. They’ll continue to travel around the country throughout the season, using their investigative expertise to bring aid and comfort to clients at both public institutions and private homes alike. Ghost Hunters is produced for Syfy by Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios (Dirty Jobs, The Ultimate Fighter, Top Shot). Piligian and Thomas Thayer, along with Mike Nichols and Alan David, serve as executive producers.

GHOST MINE (NEW ORIGINAL SERIES)

Premieres Wednesday, January 16 at 10PM — Forgotten in the remote woods of Oregon is one of the richest gold mines in the United States that was abandoned 80 years ago when a series of tragedies gave it an infamous reputation for being haunted. Now, a new owner has decided to take on the notorious legend and reopen the mine, assembling a rag-tag group of miners – both seasoned and new – to battle the elements in hopes of finding their fortune and teaming them with a pair of experienced paranormal investigators. In each of the six hour-long episodes, this strong-willed and historically superstitious group of miners will face the day-to-day challenges of mining, aided by the paranormal investigators who unravel the mysteries surrounding the mine, including historic Masonic connections and a spirit who has been known to haunt the area for generations. Ghost Mine is produced by 51 Minds with Mark Cronin (Celebrity Paranormal Project, Flavor of Love, Rock of Love with Bret Michaels), Dave Caplan and Jay Bluemke (Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters Academy) serving as Executive Producers.

TASMANIAN DEVIL (NEW ORIGINAL MOVIE)

Premieres Saturday, January 19 at 9PM – In Tasmanian Devil, starring Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years) and Olympian medalist Apolo Ohno, a group of daredevil base jumpers in New Zealand confront oversized Tasmanian devils determined to kill them.

ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN (NEW ORIGINAL MOVIE)

Premieres Saturday, January 26 at 9PM – In Abominable Snowman, friends go on a snowy adventure and come face to face with a deadly creature. The movie stars Adrian Paul (Highlander) and Chuck Campbell (Stargate: Atlantis).

FEBRUARY

ROBOT COMBAT LEAGUE (NEW ORIGINAL SERIES)

Premieres Tuesday, February 26 at 10PM – Now, through ground-breaking engineering, the fusion of a human’s fighting spirit with a powerful machine built for destruction has become reality in Robot Combat League. This gripping new high-octane unscripted series puts a 21st century spin on gladiatorial combat with tournament-style battle between eight-feet tall, state-of-the-art humanoid robots whose movements are controlled by exo-suit clad human “robo-jockeys.” Twelve teams of two contestants – a fighter (the “robo-jockey”) and a robotics engineer (the “robo-tech”) – are paired with unique robots that clash in the ring for three rounds of intense action, with the winning team advancing in the tournament. Robot Combat League is hosted by Chris Jericho, the famed WWE wrestler and multifaceted performer. Mark Setrakian (Hellboy, Men in Black, The Grinch) created and designed the robots. Robot Combat League is produced by Smart Dog Media, with Craig Plestis serving as executive producer.

STRANDED (NEW ORIGINAL SERIES)

Premieres Wednesday, February 27 at 10PM — Ping Pong Productions (Destination Truth, Finding Bigfoot) joins forces with Josh Gates (star of Syfy’s travel-adventure series Destination Truth) and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse (Paranormal Activity, The River) to create Stranded, an all-new six-episode reality series that documents an unconventional – and terrifying – paranormal and psychological experiment. Each hour-long episode features the self-recorded footage of a perse group of every-day paranormal enthusiasts – from newlyweds and a brother-in-law to a trio of roommates. Each team of three will be stranded at one of the most haunted locations in America and record the entire experience with hand-held cameras. The footage from the subjects’ cameras will be supplemented by strategically-placed security cameras at each location, creating a suspenseful, completely unscripted first-hand account of each group’s stay. Over the course of the confinement, the subjects contend with increasingly pervasive feelings of fear and desolation, resulting in an experiment that represents a unique combination of psychology and the paranormal. Stranded is executive produced by Brad Kuhlman, Casey Brumels and Josh Gates (who also serves as showrunner) for Ping Pong Productions and Jason Blum for Blumhouse (the production company behind the Paranormal Activity feature film franchise and movies like Insidious and Sinister). Gerard Bocaccio who heads up Blumhouse TV will be a consultant on the project.

MARCH

HAUNTED COLLECTOR (SEASON 3 PREMIERE)

Returns Wednesday, March 6 at 9PM — Haunted Collector, which demonstrated significant viewership gains during its second season by jumping 18 percent in Adults 18-49, returns with 12 all-new episodes in season three. Eminent paranormal collector John Zaffis and his team of investigators respond to SOS calls from around the country by inpiduals and businesses who’ve been terrorized by items that have been taken over by paranormal spirits and/or energy. Through careful research, Zaffis works with the owner to find the best solution to the ghostly problem, such as returning the item to its owner, burying the object in its place of origin or storing it in his paranormal museum in Stratford, Connecticut. Haunted Collector is produced by Gurney Productions. Executive producers are Scott Gurney and Deirdre Gurney.

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

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“Please Talk With Me; The True Story Of The C2D1 Haunting” Available October 1st By Tim Shaw

Press Release

“Please Talk With Me; The True Story Of The C2D1 Haunting”

 

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:3339:]]When we think about ghost stories they often conjures up images of dilapidated buildings, foreboding castles, or scary graveyards. However, more times than naught they actually occur in the most mundane of places. Such was the case in 1985 on the campus of Geneseo State College.

Tim Shaw’s latest book “Please, Talk With Me; The True Story of the C2D1 Haunting” chronicles the horrific 10 week period of a student’s life as he is targeted and attacked by a tortured spirit. It is not simply a ghost story but an emotional roller coaster ride in which his own personal “dark night of the soul” is revealed. The title’s foreword was written by renowned Demonologist John Zaffis who is currently the star of SyFy’s hit series “Haunted Collector.” Also this story has been the subject of a recent episode of “School Spirits” featured on the SyFy Channel as well.

The story of the C2D1 Haunting has been an enigma to Western New York researchers for many years. Only recently have many of the survivors come to grips with the events of that time and sharing their experiences. The telling of this story is not only interesting to the reader but serves as a sort of healing for the “haunted survivors” who were involved. The book is actually a companion to an independent film of the same name which was premiered on September 14th at the “Scare-A-Cuse” Sci Fi & Horror Convention held in Syracuse, NY. The movie was produced by Bill Edwards of CITA Ventures and directed and edited by Mara Katria. For more information on the film please go to: http://www.ptwmthefilm.com/.

The official release date of the book will be October 1st and can be purchased by writing to BlackCatLounge1@yahoo.com. The price is $24.00 which includes shipping and handling.

Author’s Bio

Tim Shaw has had a longtime interest in local ghost stories, legends, and myths. He is an independent paranormal researcher, Spiritualist Medium, author, and lecturer. He is the host of the internationally acclaimed Internet radio show “The Black Cat Lounge” heard Thursday evening at 8PM EST on the Para-X Radio Network (www.Para-X.com). His previous works are “Haunter Rochester” (co-authored), “The Ghosts of Buffalo” as well as had over 100 articles published. Tim is available for interviews and lectures. Please check out his website at: wwwTheBlackCatLounge.net.

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SyFy’s Haunted Collector Gets Renewed For Third Season

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Great news! 

This is one of SyFy’s better paranormal shows, IMO, and one that my two sons and I never miss.

This past season of Haunted Collector was particularly good as things seemed to get even scarier; in addition, the new cast members were not to shabby as well. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for next season.

I actually met Tim Shaw, a paranormal investigator, while on the set of a local sci-fi movie being filmed in the area, Ombis. Shaw hosts his own radio show, The Black Cat Lounge, and is good friends with John Zaffis.

Small world!

Good stuff.

 

Press Release

 

SYFY RENEWS HIT PARANORMAL SERIES HAUNTED COLLECTOR FOR THIRD SEASON

RETURNS IN 2013 WITH 12 ALL-NEW EPISODES

 

NEW YORK – September 17, 2012 – Syfy has renewed its hit paranormal series Haunted Collector for a third season. The series, which demonstrated significant viewership gains during its second season by jumping 18 percent in Adults 18-49, will return with 12 all-new episodes in 2013.

Eminent paranormal collector John Zaffis and his team of investigators respond to SOS calls from around the country by individuals and businesses who’ve been terrorized by items that have been taken over by paranormal spirits and/or energy.

Through careful research, Zaffis works with the owner to find the best solution to the ghostly problem, such as returning the item to its owner, burying the object in its place of origin or storing it in his paranormal museum in Stratford, Connecticut.

During season two, Haunted Collector averaged 532,000 Adults 18-49, 663,000 Adults 25-54 and 1.17 million total viewers, growing +5 percent / +18 percent / +6 percent, respectively, versus season one. Haunted Collector also ranked #7 in Adults 25-54 and #10 in Adults 18-49 among cable entertainment programming in its 9-10PM (ET/PT) time slot.

Haunted Collector is produced by Gurney Productions. Executive producers are Scott Gurney and Deirdre Gurney.

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

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SyFy Ghost Hunters, Collection Intervention, Haunted Collector, Haven, Lost Girl, Warehouse 13 & More Sneak Peeks

SyFy sent over previews to episodes of Ghost Hunters, Paranormal Witness, Haven, Lost Girl, Warehouse 13, Collection Intervention,  and Haunted Collector.

Ghost Hunters – Series Returns Wednesday, Sept. 5th 9/8C

The Hunt Will Never Be The Same – Promo Clip

New Episodes and A New Beginning during Ghost Hunters Season 8.5, Wednesdays at 9/8c.

Paranormal Witness – Airs Wednesday 10/9C

All Hell Breaking Loose – Clip from EP 204

Watch a clip from Episode 204 ‘The Dybbuk Box.’

No Longer Alone – Clip from EP 204

Watch a clip from Episode 204 ‘The Dybbuk Box.’

Haven – Season 3 premiering Friday Sept 21 at 10/9c.

Nothing Stays Buried – Promo Clip

Nothing Stays Buried Forever in Haven Season 3 premiering Friday Sept 21 at 10/9c.

Lost Girl – Airs Fridays 10/9C

Into the Dark – Sneak Peek

Watch a sneak peek of the next all-new episode of Lost Girl, Friday at 10/9c.

Sent On An Errand – Clip from EP 220

Watch a clip from Episode 220 ‘Lachlan’s Gambit.’

Let’s End This – Clip from EP 220

Watch a clip from Episode 220 ‘Lachlan’s Gambit.’

My Mistake – Clip from EP 220

Watch a clip from Episode 220 ‘Lachlan’s Gambit.’

You Think You’ve Already Won – Clip from EP 220

Watch a clip from Episode 220 ‘Lachlan’s Gambit.’

Warehouse 13 – Airs Monday at 9/8c

Endless Wonder – Sneak Peek

Watch a sneak peek of the next all-new episode of Warehouse 13, Monday on 9/8c.

Collection Intervention – Airs Tuesday 10/9C

Trouble Saying Goodbye – Clip from EP 103

Watch a clip from Episode 103 ‘Thinking Outside the Boxes.’

Haunted Collector

Piece Of The Footage – Clip from EP 212

Watch a clip from Episode 212 ‘Haunted Island/Ghosts of Maui.’

Committed Suicide – Clip from EP 212

Watch a clip from Episode 212 ‘Haunted Island/Ghosts of Maui.’

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SyFy’s The Haunted Collector Returns: Interview With John Zaffis

REMOVING THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT

Interview With John Zaffis of “The Haunted Collector”

 

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1827:]]SyFy’s hit paranormal series, The Haunted Collector, returns with season two Wednesday June 6th at 9pm.

The show centers around John Zaffis and his team of paranormal researchers, including his son and daugher, with their objective being to answer the call — that not many may want to answer!

The Haunted Collector sees Zaffis investigate disturbings that might be caused by an object that is seemingly haunted. Zaffis then goes in and removes the object, cleans the unruly energy and either returns the object to its owner or stores it in his museum where he has amassed quite the haunted collection!

The first episode of season two has the team heading to Warsaw, Kentucky where a woman claims her house is being haunted, which could be the result of a devastating accident that occurred between two steamboats in 1868 with more than 60 people killed. And the episode is said to reveal some startling footage!

Cosmic Book News participated in a conference call with Zaffis about the episode, his start in the industry, ghostly investigations and more.

 

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1828:]]How did you first get involved in paranormal research?

John Zaffis: Well when I was 16 years old, I had an experience. It was the middle of the week, a Wednesday evening, and at the foot of the bed we had like a 6-foot figure that actually appeared. It was transparent and it was shaking its head back and forth.

Well at 16, again I wasn’t really into it or anything. And I had gone downstairs and was explaining it to my mom, what I experienced, and my mom really wasn’t one to talk about the paranormal. She was petrified of it — a lot like my daughter.

But anyhow, I started thinking about it at that point and started digging into things and started researching things. We didn’t have the Internet, so the only thing I was able to do was actually get books and start meeting people.

But I was very fortunate. I look back upon it today that I had that opportunity to work with my aunt and uncle, Ed and Lorraine Warren. And the education that I actually achieved working with them, you could never get out of a book or anything else.

I was exposed to a lot of different things, and that’s what really got me into it. Then I started digging in even deeper. And the more I got into it, realizing that people have had paranormal experiences for thousands and thousands of years, and seeing and reading all of that really intrigued me even more.

And to this day I’m still intrigued by a lot of the things that we don’t quite understand. And we’re trying to prove so many things out. We’re looking at it from a scientific perspective. And I hope before I turn into a ghost that we’re able to prove everything from a scientific method.

Can you talk about the case about the two steamboats that crashed in 1868?

John Zaffis: Yes. Interesting perspective on the case. Her parents had owned the property. They were restoring it into a beautiful bed and breakfast, and the daughter and the grandson had gone to stay in the property so that it was occupied. And they were having a lot of activity going on.

They brought a lot of antiques in, a lot of different personal items and things. And during the course of the investigation, there were many items that were actually conflicting with us trying to determine what was actually happening.

But as you go through your investigation and you’re actually eliminating things and ruling out the possibility of certain things, sometimes you never know what the end result will be.

But in this particular case, the end result to me turned out to be a very significant thing that is a good possibility, that our conclusion does tie in, and the paranormal activity did actually calm down in the home.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1829:]]When you come across a haunted item, do you find there’s anything particular, common factor, in any of these items?

John Zaffis: Yes. Usually what we do when we go in, naturally we choose the cases that have items associated with them. So and if it’s in a particular room, what we normally will find is a lot of times we will get high readings, EMF, off of particular items in a room.

So a lot of times we’ll focus in on that to see if this could be causing the disturbance. And in this season you will definitely see us doing a lot of experiments to try and prove or disprove if it’s a particular item that could be triggering the activity within a room.

And the other thing, a lot of times with items you will get EVPs, electronic voice phenomena. What that is is sometimes we’ll pick up different information. We can get names. We can get different things associated with a particular item.

And that’s where it gets intriguing, because a lot of times I take a step back and I try to connect these things to see is it this item. Or is it something else that might be trying to trigger us? So it’s an in-depth process, but the majority of the time what I look for is to see if we can get any evidence that is surrounding a particular item in a home that could be causing the disturbance.

You store the items and you have a museum of the paranormal. Now are we going to see more of the museum? Or any – what kind of happenings happen in the Museum of the Paranormal?

John Zaffis: Well the museum is a barn on my property. And yes, all the items are stored in there. Now with me, it takes a lot to even get me to pay attention to activity. A lot of times people will come in. They’ll do EVPs and do different things around the items, and they will pick up different energy and, get some fantastic results from it.

I’m hoping we’ll see a little bit more of the paranormal museum. I think that’s very important because people continuously do ask that question. “Well, John, we only see you put the item in. We never actually get to see anything that is surrounding it.”

We did a few commercials with items that are actually on, the TV episodes. And people have been very intrigued by that. They’re very interested in, all the other items that I have and the different things that I’ve collected over the past, 38 years of actually being involved with this and collecting them. So I’m hoping we’ll see a little bit more in some of the footage that will be in the episodes.

As you accumulate these items, do you ever worry that your museum is a potentially dangerous place?

John Zaffis: Not really. And the reason I say it that way is because there’s a lot of bindings and different rituals and different prayers that are continuously done over the items. Here again when we’re filming in the museum and things are moved, they will be put back in the places that they were removed from. And there’s a lot of things that I do over these items, from a spiritual perspective, to bind that energy to them.

So I’m very guarded and very cautious with this. But again, the building, the barn itself, was designed in a very unique way. As I was building it, there were a lot of things that were done from the foundation all the way up to the second level in it, to actually seal the building, protect the building.

I have a lot of spiritual friends — Native American, shamans, priests, ministers — that when they are here visiting, I will always ask them to, do from their belief system to be able to protect things and bind different things. And there are items that are in the museum that I do feel that we were able to break some of the energy that was associated with them.

So again it’s a continuous thing, to protect the items. But the most important thing is, to me, is that if I can bring peace to a family, I can calm down the paranormal activity that’s occurring in their home, I’m used to dealing with these types of things.

So bringing them here to the paranormal museum and confining some of that energy, I hope, will bring peace to somebody out there, especially an investigation we worked on. And that family can move forward without having to worry about that. 

Have you ever been more afraid or more anxious before trying a new challenge or at a new location that you’ve never really been to? Or do you feel that you’re so used to it, you’re good — you’re just ready to just grab it and go?

John Zaffis: Well no, because we deal with the paranormal. So I’m very anxious and I’m always guarded. And it’s not so much for myself, because I look at it from this perspective. I understand the paranormal a little bit. when we leave this physical body, do I know exactly where we’re going to go? No.

But I’m very cautious with all of the kids. They’re going into it. They’re trying to research. They’re trying to be involved with things. And you’ve got to be very guarded and very careful, because a lot of times spirit and these different types of energies can trick you.

So I proceed with caution no matter what I do or how I do it. And you will see me in this season get very excited in several episodes when I’m very concerned and very guarded for all of the team members, because that’s a big responsibility as far as I’m concerned, with getting them involved with it and learning this field.

But I do understand, on the other hand, they do have to jump in and they have to learn just like I did. But as being a parent and all of them being my friends, I’m very guarded and very cautious.

But like I said, in this season you will see John reacting. You will see how I inter-react with all of my team members and different things that are very personal and very emotional at different times.

So it’s – again looking at it from that whole angle on what’s happening and having my team members, you’ve got to remember here again not only am I doing a TV show, I have one of my daughters and I have my son there. So that’s a double whammy for me when we’re out there investigating.

Do you feel that a lot of the paranormal activity is maybe centered from maybe objects that come from asylums? Or objects that are children’s, like dolls? Or maybe something that might come from a ship?

John Zaffis: Well actually it could be all of the above. If something came from a ship and there was a tragedy, can some of these items hold onto energy? Absolutely. I feel probably the most things that I have in my – my things that I have in the museum are toys and a huge collection of dolls.

I mean over this past weekend I just worked on a case where a woman had purchased a lot of different dolls, and she had them in her home and she had a lot of activity. And she was so petrified by those dolls – and a lot of times they’re beautiful dolls. It doesn’t necessarily always mean all the dolls are haunted. But she was so petrified of it, she wanted all ten of those dolls removed. So…

Great.

John Zaffis: Yeah. I mean again with the factor, a lot of people don’t like having paranormal activity in their home. And if we can do something by removing an item — I mean whether it’s a little tiny trinket or whatever it could possibly be — it’s important to be able to help those people regain that confidence of being able to live in their homes and be comfortable there again.

So it goes right across the board. It’s not really restricted to, any types of items. I’ve seen things from, gosh, a button that came from a grave site up to, a couple of pieces of furniture.

So it’s not really restricted to any type of an item. It depends if it was involved with, a tragedy or something, or something even on a beautiful end where energy could attach to it, but yet it’s causing a paranormal disturbance in different locations.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1830:]]Do you have any theories as to why an energy would attach itself to an inanimate object? Have you ever taken an object out and had to go back and maybe pick up a different object?

John Zaffis: Yes. I’ll answer the first one for you. A lot of times you have to remember it’s energy that we deal with. And energy can attach to absolutely anything — glass, metal, stone, wood. And it will hold onto this energy.

And a lot of times when these items get involved with individuals, you have to remember we’re made of energy. So our energy, we’re like batteries. And once that is – and I call it activating it. An item can be dormant for many years and it can be, come into the hands of somebody, and it can activate the haunting that’s associated with that.

So there again, we have to remember it can attach to absolutely anything of significance — clothing, furniture, jewelry, a little tiny knick-knack. Absolutely anything can hold onto things. And it’s most important to go in and look at that to see which item.

And, boy, when we go into locations like museums or antique stores — wow, that’s like looking for a needle in a haystack. So what we try to do is look in that particular area in those buildings where there’s the most activity occurring.

And what we’ll do is, do our EMFs in that area; our EVPs; our surveillance, and try to see if there’s anything occurring with one particular item. But there are a lot of times there could be several different items that can have energy attached to them and can be causing a disturbance.

Now have I also gone into some of these types of locations — a museum or an antique store — where we did not actually get anything concrete as far as evidence around an item? Yes. So it tells me sometimes we need to look at the building. We need to look at the property. We need to look at several other things that could be causing the paranormal activity, and it might not be an item at all.

It seems like a lot of the items tend to be, like you said, antiques. Have you ever had a more modern item that was maybe causing the haunting?

John Zaffis: Oh, absolutely. We have some of the dolls in the museum that, they may be a year or two years old, where they associated with something, that something could have gotten attached to. Absolutely.

Newer items, little statues or things like that – depending on the circumstances. Did somebody pass away, and they had a particular collection of something, and they had a statue in there that might have been a favorite item, and that energy just automatically attached to it? Yes.

So here again there are items that are newer items — statues or pieces of clothing and things of that nature; books. A lot of times you can have energy associated with books and different things like that.

Newer items — swords or, things that could have been used in occult activity — that can have energy associated with it. And it can be a newer item. Again, a lot of things that are used in different ways can have energy attached to it. And it doesn’t always necessarily have to be an old item.

Do you have any particular role models that have inspired you in this field? Or not just this field — who are your heroes?

John Zaffis: Oh, well my number one hero would be – Ed Warren, Lorraine Warren, Hans Holzer are probably the ones that were most prominent as I was learning and growing up in the field — Dr. (Rohl). I mean many of these people looked at things from different perspectives and shared their information in bringing it to the forefront in our field.

And a key thing that’s so significant is that people that have investigated over, the course of many years, their knowledge base and the things that they can, sit down and share with you are things that you could never get out of a book.

So I always tell people, gravitate towards us old people — because I’m one of them now — that, have a lot of knowledge. And if there’s something that I understand or something that I can share as far as information for the next generation to understand, that’s the way I look at it.

But again, I think if I’m looking at things from a perspective, there’s several people out there that I have a tremendous amount of respect for. They were the pioneers in our field, and they carried those scars of going through those times where people would continuously ridicule them and, try to debunk everything that we’re trying to understand and share with people out there.

It’s a difficult field, but I have several mentors out there that I have a tremendous amount of respect for and always will.

Is it more of a challenge this season to kind of find the right cases for the show as opposed to it was last year?

John Zaffis: Well it’s always very difficult because you’ll get a lot of submittals that will come in for investigations. And again we try to get a good comprehension. did this person bring something new in their house? Did they bring any antiques?

Those are most important. Why? Because, here again that’s what our show is focused on, is the paranormal end of it, of having a haunted item in their home. So yes, there’s a lot being involved with it in researching these cases and trying to find these things out.

And I had a fantastic, fantastic production group this season where everybody was jumping in. We’re all asking each other questions and trying to get a better understanding of it. I’m looking for the certain items that could be affiliated with an investigation that we will be filming.

And to be quite honest with you, I was very excited about the cases that were chosen this season around. Unfortunately some of them that I wish we could have done, we just didn’t have the time. And we only did 12 episodes and some of them we just couldn’t actually get to.

But the ones we did that we did choose and we did work and we did film, I am extremely excited. As you could tell, I keep throwing that out because most of the places we went to were places that were just very intriguing.

Having Aimee dig into the history and the items, the history associated with that, are things that, really came to the forefront in this season.

Tune in Wednesday, June 6th pm for more from John Zaffis and “The Haunted Collector” on SyFy.

Here is a sneak peek at the episode:

Haunted Mansion/ Ghost Mill – Sneak Peek

Every object has a story in season 2 of Haunted Collector.

 

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Haunted Collector returns next Wednesday, June 6th, at 9pm ET to SyFy! Check out a sneak peek video of the episode, and look for an interview with John Zaffis here on Cosmic Book News soon as well! Haunted Mansion/ Ghost Mill – Sneak Peek Every object has a story in season 2 of Haunted Collector. …

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SyFy’s Haunted Collector Season Two Returns June 6th

Yes! The Haunted Collector returns on SyFy Wednesday, June 6th at 9pm ET!

Great series, lots of fun. This is my favorite of all of SyFy’s “ghost” shows.

See below for more.

 

Press Release

 

EMINENT PARANORMAL COLLECTOR JOHN ZAFFIS RETURNS FOR SECOND SEASON OF SYFY’S POPULAR SERIES HAUNTED COLLECTOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6 AT 9PM
 
 

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NEW YORK – May 9, 2012 – If you’ve ever encountered an object that doesn’t seem quite right, call John Zaffis!
 
Eminent paranormal collector John Zaffis returns for a second season in Syfy’s popular series Haunted Collector on Wednesday, June 6 at 9PM (ET/PT). Zaffis and his team of investigators respond to SOS calls from around the country by individuals and businesses who’ve been terrorized by items that have been taken over by paranormal spirits and/or energy. 
 
Through careful research, Zaffis works with the owner to find the best solution to the ghostly problem, either returning the item, burying it on site or bringing it to his paranormal museum in Stratford, Connecticut. 
 
There, Zaffis ensures they are specially stored to keep their powers at bay. Zaffis has also buried certain items in the foundation of the museum to neutralize the negative energy that can emanate from these haunted objects.
 
During its first season, Haunted Collector was a top 10 cable entertainment series in its time slot among Adults 25-54.
 
On the season premiere of Haunted Collector, Jason Gates and Jesslyn Brown join the team as new investigators, heading to Warsaw, Kentucky, where two steamboats crashed in a fiery collision which killed more than 60 people in 1868. A woman whose home is near the site says that her house has suffered hauntings. During the night investigation, Zaffis’s team captures startling footage. 
 
Next, Haunted Collector travels to Huron, Ohio, where an abandoned grain silo is scheduled to be destroyed in 48 hours, sending the team on a race against the clock to identify and remove any potentially dangerous energy. The crew preparing the demolition has experienced apparitions walking by, objects moving and manholes opening and closing by themselves. 
 
Haunted Collector is produced by Gurney Productions. Executive producers are Scott Gurney and Dierdre Gurney.
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