Have you ever heard your name spoken in an empty house? Or a loved one calling to you from another room, only to find no one is in that room – at least no one you can see?
Ryan Straub wants to talk with you.
Straub, founder of the Missouri paranormal group Tir Firnath (which means, “to observe the dead” in Tolkien elvish.), is researching these talking spirits for an upcoming book – and he’s no stranger to spirits that take notice of the living. When a car accident injured a then 16-year-old Straub, it awoke something in him that had, until that point, lain dormant.
“I was hurt really bad,” Straub, now 25, said. “Then I started seeing things, even that night. Spirits.”
As he saw more and more people – dead people – no one around him could see, he set out to find out what he was experiencing.
“That’s what’s sparked my interested in the paranormal,” he said. “I’ve dedicated my life to it. Since then I’ve been indulging myself in research.”
Straub’s group has investigated spots in Idaho, Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma, and specializes in hauntings. Straub hopes the research for his book will help others who have experienced these talking spirits.
Straub is looking for the following encounters:
- Calls by name: the spirit or ghost calls out the name of the intended victim.
- Calls for help or assistance: the spirit or ghost claims to need some kind of aid.
- Lured by unnatural sensory phenomenon: the ghost or spirit tries to draw victims to them through unnatural means in unlikely places; for example, appearing as a beautiful woman, making noise that attracts people, like playing, screaming or screeching, or smells like cooking or perfume.
- Mimics, impersonates or recreates: the ghost or spirit mimics your voice, impersonates loved ones, recreates conversations, or appears as you or someone you know.
- Calls by control: hypnosis or possession.
- Lures by irrational response: the ghost or spirit causes fear, anger, or an anxiety to make you want to lash out.
Had any of these encounters? Contact Ryan Straub at: firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on his blog, http://tirfirnath.blogspot.com/; he wants to hear your story.