We are pleased to announce Sacha will be talking at this years ASSAP Seriously Strange Conference at Bath University 7th and 8th September 2013. More details to follow.
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Who's talking at Seriously Strange?
Some of the most respected researchers of our age ......Guy Lyon Playfair Enfield Poltergeist Investigator
Guy is a freelance writer and Council Member of the Society for Psychical Researcher. He is perhaps best known for his role investigating the Enfield Poltergeist case. Currently, Guy's interests include twin telepathy.
Lembit Opik UFO commentator, former MP
Lembit Opik was a Shadow Minister and Member of Parliament for Montgomeryshire from 1997 until 2010. With appearances on quiz shows like Have I Got News for You in addition to a career in politics, Lembit is probably already a familiar face. However, you may not know that he is a champion for near-earth object studies and has written for the ASSAP journal on the subject of UFOs. He will be speaking on this subject at Seriously Strange.
Prof Chris French Former editor: The Skeptic
Chris is a psychologist at Goldsmiths College, University of London, in the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit.
Chris frequently appears on TV and radio discussing a range of paranormal subjects. He is former editor-in-chief of The Skeptic magazine.
Stephen Volk BAFTA-winning film and TV writer
BAFTA-winning writer Stephen Volk is best known as the creator of the paranormal drama series Afterlife and the notorious BBC TV "Halloween hoax" Ghostwatch. His screenplays include The Awakening starring Rebecca Hall and Dominic West, Ken Russell's Gothic starring Gabriel Byrne and Natasha Richardson, and The Guardian directed by William Friedkin. His short fiction has been selected for Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Best New Horror and Best British Mysteries, and he has been a finalist for the Bram Stoker, British Fantasy and Shirley Jackson Awards, and is the author of the stand-alone novellas 'Vardøger' and 'Whitstable', the latter of which is being published in May 2013 to coincide with the Peter Cushing Centenary. More info and news: www.stephenvolk.net
Sacha Claire Christie Experiencer of note
In 1997 Sacha went away with friends for the weekend to the Welsh countryside. The party were witness to two UFOs, one above them and one on the ground behind them. All members of the group have been deeply affected by this event which was the catalyst for Sacha remembering a lifetime of experiences which continue to this day. Sacha is an advocate for contactee protection and care and is dedicated to changing the language surrounding the phenomena to make the topic palatable to the general public.
Richard Freeman Professional cryptozoologist
Richard is the zoological director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ), and co-edits both the journal, Animals & Men and several editions of the annual CFZ Yearbook. Freeman has written, co-written, or edited a number of books, and has contributed widely to both Fortean and zoological magazines, as well as other newspapers and periodicals, including Fortean Times and Paranormal Magazine.
Lionel Fanthorpe The Reverend himself
ASSAP President Reverend Lionel Fanthorpe is a priest and entertainer, and has at various times worked as a journalist, teacher, television presenter, author and lecturer.
David Farrant Highgate Vampire Investigator
David Farrant is a occultist and author best known for his connection to the nationally-publicized "Highgate Vampire sightings" in London, England during the 1970s.
Hayley Stevens The sceptical ghost hunter
Hayley regularly investigates reports of paranormal activity to try and get to the root cause for what has been witnessed. She primarily researches ghost phenomena but has also branched out into various types of monster sightings too. Hayley has spoken internationally about researching the paranormal from a sceptical position, and her writing can be found in numerous publications.
Paul Vella Bigfoot Expert
Paul is a computer forensics expert by profession, but is best known for his research into bigfoot and other strange sightings.
Jack Hunter University of Bristol
Jack is a PhD student at University of Bristol and editor of the Journal of Paranthropology. He is best known for his mediumship studies and encouraging anthropological perspectives on anomalous phenomena.
Trystan Swale Sceptical Podcaster
Trystan is a past paranormal investigator, crop circle expert and host of a popular sceptical podcast.
Steve Parsons Paranormal Investigator
Steve is a noted paranormal investigator best known for his research into infrasound and for making occasional appearances on Most Haunted.
Dr Hannah Gilbert Sociologist and Theologist
Hannah received her doctorate from the University of York in sociology and is best known for encouraging sociological perspectives on the paranormal, especially ghosts.
Dr Hugh Pincott Vice President of ASSAP
Hugh is Vice President of ASSAP and past honorary Secretary of the Society for Psychical Research.
CJ Romer Paranormal Researcher
CJ is a long standing paranormal researcher with a particular interest in the nature of ghost sightings.
Cal Cooper University of Northampton
Cal is a parapsychologist, lecturer and PhD candidate at University of Northampton. He is best known for his extensive research and book written on the subject of Telephone Calls from the Dead.
John Fraser Paranormal Investigator
John is a Council Member of the Ghost Club and Society for Psychical Research. A long-term paranormal investigator, John was author of the book 'Ghost Hunting: A Survivors Guide'.
John Llewellyn Probert Author
John is the author of the Amicus anthology tribute collections 'The Faculty of Terror' and 'The Catacombs of Fear' (both published by Gray Friar Press), as well as 'Coffin Nails' (Ash-Tree Press) and his latest, 'Wicked Delights' (Atomic Fez,) which received a starred review from Publishers’ Weekly. He is the recipient of over twenty ‘Honorable Mentions’ from Ellen Datlow’s Year’s Best Horror series in all its forms, and he received the Dracula Society’s Children of the Night award for 'The Faculty of Terror'. His latest published novella is 'The Nine Deaths of Dr Valentine' (Spectral Press) and the next will be 'Differently There' (Gray Friar Press). His next anthology appearances will be in 'The Mammoth Book of Psycho Stories' (Robinson) and 'Exotic Gothic 5' (PS Publishing), and there are more books on the way as well. Find out about them all at www.johnlprobert.com
Simon Kurt Unsworth Author
Simon was born in Manchester in 1972 and has not yet given up the hope of finding that the world was awash with mysterious signs and portents that night. He currently splits his time between Manchester (where his parents live), Lancaster (where his son lives) and Cheshire (where his girlfriend lives), and somewhere in the gaps he writes essentially grumpy fiction (for which pursuit he was nominated for a 2008 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story). His latest collection is the critically acclaimed 'Quiet Houses' (which was long-listed for the Edge Hill Short Story Collection prize), and his work has been published in a number of anthologies including the Ashe Tree Press’s 'At Ease with the Dead', 'Shades of Darkness' and 'Exotic Gothic 3', Dark Horse’s 'Lovecraft Unbound', PS Publishing’s 'Postscripts' and Gray Friar Press’s 'Where the Heart Is'. He has also appeared in four 'Mammoth Book of Best New Horror' anthologies and also 'The Very Best of Best New Horror'. His first collection of short stories, 'Lost Places', was released by the Ash Tree Press in 2010 and was (along with Angela Slatter’s 'Sourdough') Black Static magazine’s reviewer Pete Tennant’s collection of the year. He has further collections due, 'Strange Gateways' from PS Publishing in 2013 and an as-yet-unnamed collection that will launch the Spectral Press Spectral Signature Editions imprint in 2014.
More Speakers to be Announced