PhantomFest 2019

PhantomFest 2019 is Hosted and Sponsored by Black Diamond Paranormal Society, BlogTalkRadio show Within the Chaos and Elk Garden School Community Ministry. The PhantomFest is geared for the likeminded and enthusiasts and researchers in the fields of the Paranormal, UFO’s, Cryptozoology, Comics, Horror Films, Gamers, Cosplay, Metaphysical, Spiritual, Artists, Authors, Ancient Civilizations, Tattoo Artists, Unexplained Mysteries, Super Hero’s, FX Horror Artists, Steampunk, Costume Contest, SyFy and so much more! The Fest offers a unique and interesting outlook on the abnormal. The PhantomFest will be held on November 2nd, 2019 at The Russell County Conference Center 139 Highland Dr. Lebanon, Virginia. Starting at 10:00 a.m. and going to 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $7.00 per person, ages 0 to 6 are FREE! or Tickets can be reduced to $5.00 per person with 2 nonperishable food items, to be donated to the Elk Garden School Community Ministry to help families during the Thanksgiving Season. Any nonperishable food donations will be happily received. Also, we will have a FREE Costume Contest for all ages.

Guest Speakers: Returning this year, Bill and Kris Reap of Reap Investigations, Giant Researcher Heather Arnold. New to this year’s PhantomFest Guest Speakers: Dave Spinks, Ron Whitehead, Jake Fife, Chad Zumwalt & Whitney Benson, Ami Green, Barry Gaunt, Bridget Baker, C&C Paranormal Investigations, Dennis Estlock, GOREgeous, Michelle Duell Wagner and Rebecca Smuk.

Special Appearances by: Cosplay Bridget Baker, Martial Arts Christian Yeah Yeah Thompson and Token Nihilist Cosplay, Arthur Stump, Chris DeHart, Grace Layman, Rafeal Bertiz and The Wytheville Ghostbusters.

Vendors: 222 Paranormal Podcast, Tiller Paparazzi Jewelry, Black Diamond Paranormal Society / Within The Chaos, Archvillain-Comics, Cat Chick Jewelry and Crafts, Coal Camp Creations, DJ Hobby Center, Elk Garden School Community Ministry, Ellen Apple, Freakin Awesome Paranormal Show, Damsel In Defense, Hollows Glow, Kaitlin Baker, Lambert Lollies, Oral Frazier, Plunder Design, Shugs Food-A-Palooza, Stephen Barcelo - Cryptozoology & Paranormal Museum, Ted Van Son Jr, The Flippy Family, Yangos Forge, Twisted Paranormal Society and Witches of The Mystic Cauldron

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Guest Speakers

Ami Green

Ami Green

The Ice Queen Originally from Dallas Texas, Ami relocated to New Orleans Louisiana eight years ago. She is the co-founder of ParaNOLA paranormal investigations based in New Orleans. She is also an investigator with REAP Investigations. She has researched, studied and investigated the paranormal for 20+ years and has been fortunate enough to investigate some of the most haunted places in the United State, such as Waverly Hills Sanitorium, The Bellaire House, The Granbury Opera House, The Baker Hotel, just to name a few, and countless private home investigations. She also likes sharing her experiences through the numerous radio shows over the years which include Paranormal Collaboration with Bill and Kris Reap, Paranormal King Radio with Ross Raposo, The Haunted Chronicles with Jimmy Petinito, My Darkest Hour with Stefan Brigatti and Vegas Supernatural with Shawn Whittington With a background in Behavioral Science and History, she brings this knowledge of human behavior to investigations as a “skeptical believer”. When she is not at home in New Orleans, she is traveling the country investigating haunted locations, participating in Paranormal conventions and promoting paranormal and music events all over the United States and worldwide.

Barry Gaunt

Barry “Bear” Gaunt

AKA the KY TruthSeeker, has been researching and investigating within all paranormal fields since 1976.  His interest in the paranormal started as a child, as an experiencer, and he contributes his path of researching and investigating paranormal events from the opportunity to meet famed pioneering paranormal researcher, parapsychologist, and author Hans Holzer who lead to Barry to his first paranormal investigation in the mid 1970’s. Though the years his interest in the paranormal fields has broaden to include and Ghost, UFO’s and Cryptozoology and he has researched and investigated several locations within the USA, dealing with many topics including Ghost, UFO’s, Cryptozoology, Alien Abductions, Urban Legends, Folklore, Native American Ancient Sites, Civil War Battlefields and Worldwide Conspiracies. He has had the pleasure to work with many different paranormal organizations throughout the years and have worked with many of the leaders in the paranormal communities, both past and present. As a Paranormal Researcher and Investigator, Barry is highly respected by his peers, for his scientific “boots on the ground” investigative skills and style, and for his constant dedication to the truth. He is also known as a Paranormal Lecturer, on the topics of UFOs, Abductions, Strange Creature, and Spirit Activity and has been featured on Radio, TV, Podcasts, Documentary Films, and in Newspaper Articles.

Barry, currently serves as a member of the renowned Society of the Supernatural, he is the MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) State Director of Kentucky and is a STAR Team Certified Field Investigator for MUFON, he is also a Cohost of  “Into The Fire” a podcast on Blog Talk Radio, he is the Managing Director of the NightStalkers Paranormal Research Team, which researches, and investigates Hauntings, UFO Reports, Alien Abductions, and Strange Creature reports on a case by case basis. Barry is a full-time volunteer at the famed and haunted Octagon Hall Museum and assist the Museum Director with the daily operations of the Museum, along with hosting the Museum’s popular Novice Hunts with his paranormal team, Nightstalkers Paranormal. He is an Administrator for the Kentucky UFO Research Center on Facebook, and he is currently writing a book on the UFO Phenomena in Kentucky, Barry remains science minded, but always keeps an open mind, striving to find the truth, looking for the key to unlock the mysteries of the world we live in, With hopes of answering humanity’s oldest questions. What happens next, and are we alone in the universe?

Bridget Baker

Bridget Baker

I’m a 22-year-old cosplayer from Southern West Virginia. I’ve only been cosplaying for around two years now. Some of my hobbies include gaming, cosplaying, reading manga, watching anime and taking care of my pet rats. I also have a cosplay page as well it’s @Kaiju Cosplay

C&C Paranormal Investigations

C&C Paranormal Investigations 

is a group based out of Strasburg, Va., and has been on the scene since the year 2000. C&C has a diverse group of members that when put to work, are unstoppable. Investigators for the Order of St. Michaels, they pride themselves on being a team that keeps God at the forefront of their organization, but still catering to the many different beliefs brought before them.

Armed with the many scientific tools of the field, they also bring in physical, and mental health issues, that may be an underlying issue. We are very devoted to our clients and will stop at nothing to get them the help they are asking for. ALL OF OUR SERVICES ARE FREE FOR EVERYONE!!!

Chad Zumwalt & Whitney Causey Benson

Chad Zumwalt

After an encounter with the supernatural at the age of 16, Chad Zumwalt began his incredible journey into the world of the paranormal. As lead investigator of NWPH (Northwest Phantom Hunters), he has dedicated his time to the more. . .unpleasant cases. . .the cases many would think were stories children would tell to scare each other at sleepovers. His unorthodox methods of taunting, teasing and harassing have been frowned upon by others, but he has never let that affect how he runs his investigations. His techniques have proven to be the best way to get a response from what always turns out to be malevolent entities. In 24 years of his search for truth, Chad has collected an enormous library of evidence to show the existence of evil. Knowledge really is power. He uses his experience and wisdom of transcendent beings to educate and help those that have called him. He exposes these beings for what they are and shows their true intentions of wanting nothing but to mentally, physically and spiritually destroy humans. That's what demons do. But hunting them down is what he does. Now with Whitney Causey Benson at his side, the demonic…the wicked…the things most humans fear, are about to have the tables turned. While most people are out chasing their dreams…they’re out chasing down nightmares.


Whitney Benson

Since she was 10 years old & watched her first horror movie, she knew that she would work in the horror industry. Her love for the paranormal started when she was 15 when she & some friends started hanging out in the Stonewall Jackson Cemetery which is in her hometown. Any free time she had was spent either immersing herself in horror or joining local paranormal investigations.  About 6 years ago she decided to co direct/produce her first feature length film, which is in post-production. From there she began modeling exclusively for a horror/gore female dominated group called GOREgeous. Since then she has roles in a few other movies such as “Rednecks” which was just recently purchased by Troma, she just wrapped on a short film that will be a compilation of stories titled “Harvest of Horrors” produced by Brad Twigg, she’s been cast in another film of his called “Shriekshow” which begins filming soon, & she has also been cast in Flowers 2 which is produced by Phil Stephens.

In 2017 she was approached by Chad Zumwalt of Northwest Phantom Hunters to join forces with him to take paranormal investigations to a whole new level. They are currently working on a new project that will give the paranormal community something they’ve never seen before!

Dave Spinks

Dave Spinks

has been researching and Investigating the Paranormal since 1986 in various aspects, due to several experiences he had as a young man.  He retired from over a 20-year Career in the U.S. Military and Federal Law Enforcement in 2011. Since that time, he has investigated the paranormal on a full-time basis and has conducted several hundred investigations during his time researching the supernatural.  Dave not only investigates Haunting’s, he investigates reports of strange creatures as well as UFO encounters.  he has investigated some of the most notoriously reportedly Haunted locations in the U.S. and several in Europe.  all of this has led to numerous hair raising and unnerving encounters as one might imagine.  Recently Dave purchased the infamous Haunted house known as willows weep to further his study of the phenomena related to haunting's.  his sole purpose in investigating the Paranormal is to answer some of man's greatest questions.  Is there life after death? Are we alone in the Universe? Are there unknown creatures walking among us?  he believes there is and that alone is his motivation. 

Dave has been featured on numerous syndicated radio shows, to include coast to coast am and darkness radio.  He has been seen on the Discovery Network's /Destination America’s " Terror in the woods" T.V. Show, He was also featured in Small Town Monsters, Movie, The Flatwoods monster " a Legacy of Fear ", Paranormal zone T.V., several local news stations just to name a few.  He is often requested to be a guest at paranormal conferences as well as a guest speaker on many topics in the supernatural realm.  He also contributed to the new highly successful book series, Woodknocks distributed by leprechaun productions.


if you are interested in booking him as a guest or featured speaker email

Haunted M.D

Donald Molnar MD is an internal medicine physician by day and a paranormal investigator by night. Don is the founder of the Haunted M.D. project which allows him to combine his passion of ghost investigating with being a practicing physician.  Since 2001 Don has been out of training working as a doctor for various health systems including, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio and the University of Virginia Health system in Charlottesville. He was born and raised in Lorain, Ohio before doing his undergraduate and medical training in the Akron, Ohio area. He worked in Wooster, Ohio after finishing training and moved to Charlottesville in 2009. Don notes having paranormal and ghostly experiences all his life and he finally joined Twisted Paranormal Society (TPS) out of Fishersville, Virginia in 2012 to be able to investigate these curious experiences.  As a part of TPS he has investigated many locations private and public. Some notable investigations include Hill View Manor, Fort Mifflin, St Albans, The Exchange Hotel, Dunnlora Inn and the USS North Carolina. Don can be seen in several of the episodes of the Twisted Realm which is a video production of the investigations of TPS which has been aired on PBS Virginia and now is seen on VIDI space and Amazon prime. In May 2018 Don started Haunted M.D. to talk about being a ghost investigating medical doctor and in March 2019 he decided to focus on it, stepping away from TPS/The Twisted Realm. The goals of Haunted M.D. include doing lectures for conventions, conferences or any group of interested folks; conducting investigations; and helping other teams or individuals with investigations. He approaches investigations using the same methods he uses to evaluate patients, paying close attention to details. He feels it is important to get the chief complaint, history of the present haunting, past paranormal history, past investigation history, history of any previous attempts to cleanse a location  or to treat the haunting, medical and psychologic history of the people involved at the location, drug and alcohol history at the location. After gathering this data, he then conducts his exam or investigation of the location looking for normal and paranormal causes of possible ghostly activity. Next, he reviews the data collected to formulate a final assessment and potential treatment plan for the location. Don provides a written report to the client(s). Besides investigations and lectures, he posts a wide variety of interesting items on the Haunted M.D. FB page and on Don Molnar Haunted MD YouTube page. The posts include thought provoking paranormal concepts along with educational videos and intriguing pieces of evidence. Go check out Haunted M.D. on FB and give him a like and Don Molnar Haunted MD on YouTube and subscribe to his page!

Dennis Estlock

Dennis Estlock

I'm a medium and remote viewer with nearly twenty years as a paranormal investigator. My first memorable interaction with spirit was at age 7, when my Grandfather passed and came to me to say goodbye. I had no knowledge he had passed just a couple hours earlier, as they lived over 100 miles away. A second family member, my older brother, also came to me to say goodbye after he committed suicide when I was 16, he was 20.

I conducted my first EVP session, not even knowing it was called that, at age 10-12. Had heard you could listen to/hear spirits if you placed a recorder in a cemetery. So, being a curious kid, myself & two cousins did just that. We did capture someone whistling a tune, later to find it a popular tune from the 1940's. (long before my time) ?

I'm currently the Film Director for a VidiSpace series called The Twisted Realm, which chronicles the paranormal investigations of a team from Fishersville, Va. named The Twisted Paranormal Society. Both the team, and show, have FB pages.

Additionally, I'm a care-taker for an actively haunted location just outside Mechanicsville, VA that sits on 7 acres of battlefield from The Battles of Bethesda Church. The Cabin on 360, as it's known, is open to teams to book investigations, and we host numerous events/investigations for fund-raising causes.

I am available to lecture on remote-viewing, investigating the paranormal, to discuss The Cabin on 360 and the lands' history, as well as investigating private & commercial locations with activity. I additionally aid teams from time to time on locations that they have activity with.

Thanks for stopping by!


Heather Taylor is a Dark Art / Horror photographer from Covington, Virginia, a small town surrounded by the beautiful Alleghany Mountains. A town that is also surrounded by miles upon miles of dark forests, abandoned farm houses and a ghost story around every corner.  
Heather is a self-taught photographer that has always had a deep love and admiration for being able to capture a moment that could be viewed repeatedly. Starting out, she did unconventional photography for Drag Queens and tattoo shops which proved to be extremely fun and challenging, but something was missing. Unable to afford film equipment she questioned if she could take her 
short stories and convey them through pictures. At this point, she wondered, what could she lose? So, began her new world, a world of dark art and horror.  
Heather has been able to shift her love for horror movies, true crime & dark art into her photography. Her work highlights obscure beauty in the grotesque and obscene using mood lighting, real fear and a love for special effects. Her focus is to evoke intense emotion through expressive imagery as she recreates the conventional perspective of beauty. She, along with her wife Nneka, own and operate an all-female horror photography company rightfully named, GOREgeous, LLC. GOREgeous allows local models the chance to bring their admiration for horror to the forefront and to a worldwide canvas. Often using family or friends to mimic her nightmares, Heather has been able to find art in everyday situations and introduce horror to a whole new audience.  Each shoot is designed like a short film and runs from a storyboard that is thoroughly planned and created from both perspectives, beauty and horror. Each location selected is usually a danger in itself. Props aren’t brought from home but are selected from the broken debris found laying about. Heather feels that adding the authentic pieces adds to the final images and helps instill the real fear that would take place if you found yourself locked in that moment. She is a firm believer that without the talent and the dedication from her entire team, these images wouldn’t come to life the way they are intended. 

 From poetry, painting and photography, she has always been able to grasp the gorgeous silver lining of all the macabre and horror broadcast in the world. She, like many artists, is a firm believer that if you see her art and aren’t still thinking about it later, that she hasn’t done her job. Often taking on subjects that others would steer clear of, she finds herself the most comfortable surrounded by the offensive.  
A homage to old school horror movies and the many albums of her favorite musician, Marilyn Manson, Heather is able to beautifully project an image that most can’t turn away from. This is where she prides herself and her art. Like a car crash, she creates her art the same way... Too horrid not to want to look but too beautiful to truly dismiss.  

Heather Arnold

Heather L. Arnold, a graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, had a 10-year career in television industry as a copywriter, and as a marketing and sales executive in Los Angeles and Manhattan, followed by a 5-year career in pharmaceutical sales in Manhattan. In the early 2000’s she was given the opportunity to move from New York to the Caribbean island of Aruba to start her own tour company, where her quest for historically accurate tours led her to the discovery of the Giants. After a successful run with her company, Heather returned to New York where she continues to pursue the history of the Giants of the Caribbean, and began detailing her finding in her book, “The Islands of the Giants: The Lost Race of Giants of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao.” Her research detailing Giant remains found within an Aruban cave was recently entered into the National Archives of Aruba in 
August 2018. Her research detailing Giant remains found within an Aruban cave was recently entered into the National Archives of Aruba in August 2018 Heather is the curator of the Facebook group: Stones, Bones, and the Paranormal”. She currently lives on Long Island, New York joyfully raising her amazing daughter, who is of Aruban descent. 

Jake Fife

Jake Fife

I am an 18-year-old paranormal investigator from Virginia with over 9 years of in the field investigation experience. I have had paranormal experiences all my life, and those early experiences raised many questions that no one could answer and so I set out to search for the answers to the questions I have about my experiences, the paranormal, and everything classified as "unknown". I co-founded Fife Paranormal with my dad and we investigate haunted locations using a mix of old school methods mixed with new technology to try and record the most paranormal evidence possible. I have run across some pretty disturbing and terrifying things on my investigations, and I have also had encounters with UFO's and Bigfoot on more than one occasion. I also love history and I use my love of history to help me research locations in the field to get a better chance of making intelligent contact on an investigation. I am also a photography and videographer and I apply all these interests to my investigations.

Michelle Duell Wagner

Michelle Wagner

aka "The Saratoga Spiritualist" Has been fine tuning her gifts as a Psychic/Medium, since coming into her gifts at the young age of 5. She has fine-tuned her abilities being not only able to work with clients & families from all over the world with just the use of a picture. Michelle has the Ability as an energy and light worker that she can read a person’s energy like a blueprint giving her the foundation to get answer and receive closer for families looking for answers. Michelle has appeared on over 80 local TV specials and on The Travel Channel Series "The Scariest night of my life" Which tells her story as a Psychic/medium dealing with an extreme paranormal encounter which made her want to help others with Paranormal encounters. She is the Lead Psychic Medium for the Paranormal Team "Extreme Paranormal Encounter Response Team" Which also has led her to be on This season of Paranormal Survivor with a client she worked with. Michelle is also the host of her own podcast "Extreme Paranormal Radio" On Thursdays nights 8pm-9:30pm est. She has over 100 YouTube recordings of other radio show such as Paratalk radio where she has done "Cold Call" reading live over the radio show. She published her 1st book in 2018 called "Listening from the inside" A guide to help those who have gifts develop them on their own from over 22 years mentoring people better understand that we are all born with Gifts each of our own. She has been a full time Psychic/Medium for the last 10 years allowing her to dedicate her life full time to Mentoring, Reading, and working as a Reiki Master to help her goal. In touching and helping as many people possible during her lifetime and sharing her gifts with as many as possible. Her work in the paranormal field is a passion to help the paranormal community find and provide proof that there is more than just this life , but a way to communicate with the other side not only using Machines and Tools but being a beacon of light that almost guides these Spiritual beings to her , She travels the world each year coast to coast , providing Gallery Readings , Offering Lectures , and doing reading for many fans/followers at many events and is really excited to be joining us as a guest .

Rebecca Smuk

Rebecca Smuk

The Motor City Medium, is an Internationally renowned and respected spiritual, empathic medium. She does readings to help those that need healing, insight, and closure by connecting with loved ones on the other side.  She also specializes in violent or highly volatile hauntings and helps others cleanse their homes.


Rebecca is one of the very few Mediums to use the Ouija board as a conduit during one on one readings with clients or group seances.


She is also a member of G.L.A.S. Paranormal which is a Detroit based team. In addition to being a Paranormal Investigator and Empathic Medium, Rebecca also has been a guest on numerous radio shows and has a very full schedule presenting at various Paranormal Conventions across the country.

Ron Whitehead

Ron Whitehead

Poet, writer, editor, publisher, scholar, professor, activist Ron Whitehead grew up on a farm in Kentucky. He attended The University of Louisville and Oxford University. As poet and writer, he is the recipient of numerous state, national, and international awards and prizes including The All Kentucky Poetry Prize, Ariel/Triton College Poetry Prize (Judge, Lisel Mueller), The Yeats Club of Oxford’s Prize for Poetry, and many others. In 2006 Dr. John Rocco (NYC) nominated Ron for The Nobel Prize in Literature. He was inducted into his high school’s (Ohio County High) Hall of Fame, representing his 1968 graduating class.


Ron has edited and published the works of such luminaries as His Holiness The Dalai Lama, President Jimmy Carter, Hunter S. Thompson, Thomas Merton, Jack Kerouac, Seamus Heaney, John Updike, Wendell Berry, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, BONO, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Rita Dove, Douglas Brinkley, Robert Hunter, Amiri Baraka, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and hundreds more.


Ron Whitehead has produced over 2,000 historic Arts Events, Festivals, and Insomniacathons, across the USA and in Europe, from New York City to New Orleans to The Netherlands and beyond.


Ron has performed thousands of shows around the world with some of the best musicians and bands on the planet.


Ron's work has been translated into nearly 20 languages. He is the author of 30 books and 40 albums. His newest books include MAMA: a poet's heart in a kentucky girl, blistered asphalt on dixie highway: Kentucky Basketball is Poetry in Motion,  Quest for Self in the Ocean of Consciousness: Ibsen, Hamsun, Munch, Joyce: The Origins of Modernism and Expressionism, DISOBEY, "I'd Never Shoot a Man While He's Washing Dishes: Arcturian Love Songs, A TAOIST NUN TEACHES ME IN 14 DREAMS. His three newest albums are PRAYER, THE STORM GENERATION MANIFESTO & Other Rock n Roll Poems, and DRAGONS, both with The Storm Generation Band. Also, his new books, KENTUCKY BOUND: poems, stories, and songs and “Death Threats, Hunter S. Thompson and The Dalai Lama”, along with his newest album, Songs and Poems from The KENTUCKY BOUND Concert, companion to Ron’s new KENTUCKY BOUND: poems, stories, and songs book, were released November 17th at the opening of the Louisville Free Library’s big POETS, ROCK STARS, & HOLY MEN: A LITERARY RENAISSANCE Posters & Correspondence Exhibit. The Louisville Free Public Library named Ron Whitehead December 2018 COLLIDER Artist-in-Residence. On December 1st he performed with The Storm Generation Band featuring Sarah Breit. On December 8th and 15th he led Crossing The River of Fire Writing Workshops. His new poem “We are Colliders” was produced into a 24x40 poster, framed, and presented to the library. It is displayed at the South-Central Regional Library, home of The COLLIDER Artist-in-Residence Program.


To book Ron Whitehead for performances, reading, speaking engagements contact:


Ron Whitehead

919 Cherokee Road

Louisville, Kentucky 40204

502 396 5141

Ron Whitehead's official website is


“Ron Whitehead is a real visionary. Ron Whitehead, out there in Kentucky, is sowing the dragon’s teeth of a new heroics. Ron Whitehead is Bodhisattva in Kentucky.” - Lawrence Ferlinghetti

 Bill and Kris Reap

Bill and Kris Reap

R.E.A.P. Investigations Mission to educate and make the public aware of the paranormal and to help those being affected by researching and investigating possible paranormal activity and the legends of hauntings on the east coast and across the country.

Our primary focus is private residences and local business but sometimes we will investigate the "Historically Haunted" places for fun.

Our primary goal is to debunk possible paranormal activity and then focus on what cannot be debunked.

We believe in preserving history through the paranormal and help many locations raise money to preserve history thru the PARANORMAL.

Special Appearances

Arthur Stump

Arthur Stump

Appearing for the first time at a convention as someone other than Cartman seems like an insurmountable task for Star City Cartman (Eric Cartman For Real) but I'm doing it anyway because I'm an Entertainer that never drops character.

Chris DeHart

Chris DeHart

After getting his BFA in painting from Radford Chris immediately joined the Wohlfarth Haus set crew painting backdrops and building sets.  Every eight weeks they churned out 35 ft backdrops, castles, mansions, villages, and props at an incredible pace.  Weaving straw into stage gold for 13 years and working various haunts for 7 has blended for a unique skill set.  Now he has taken a studio at the WV famous Gary Bowling's House of Art in Bluefield where they’ve started making a new haunt based in the historic Ramsey Elementary.

Christian Yeah Yeah Thompson

Christian Yeah Yeah Thompson

I’ve studied all kinds of martial arts but specialize in weapons and the weirder the weapon the better. I have studied weapons for 15 years and have 2 national titles for weapons and have been doing fire performance for 4 years. Instagram: yeahyeahninja Facebook:

Grace Ann Layman

Grace Layman

As a young actress who is entering to her senior year in high school, I've been in over 17 productions ranging from Musical Theater, to Short Films, To Shakespeare. I have been honing my craft for the past 4 years training in Singing, Dance, Acting, Costuming, and Technical Work. Instagram: @dark_angel_deluna

Rafeal Bertiz

Rafeal Bertiz is a humble costume and prop maker who specializes in foam fabrication under the name Netherworks Costumes. Having attended multiple conventions such as mag fest, katsucon, and dragoncon, He aims to show the power of humility and perseverance even in the darkest of nights.

The Wytheville Ghostbusters

Token Nihilist Cosplay

Token Nihilist Cosplay hails from Southwest VA, where she was born and raised. She has been cosplaying actively for around seven years now, and leading panels as a cosplay guest for one. She is currently pursuing degrees in Creative Writing and Theater.

PhantomFest 2019 Costume Contest

PhantomFest 2019 Costume Contest
Starting at 2:00 PM
Category - Judging
Hair and Make-up   
Adherence or Adaptation to/from 
Source Material   


222 Paranormal Podcast

Jennifer and Joe Shortridge

Brother and Sister duo Joe and Jen have been interested in all things paranormal bring you the award winning, 222 Paranormal Podcast. With over 150 episodes 222 Paranormal Podcast brings your personal experiences, news from the paranormal world and special guests. With topics such as Hauntings, Possessions Bigfoot and more. Guest From all over the globe such as Jeff Belanger, the late Stanton Friedman, Andrea Perron and many more. 222 Paranormal Podcast is always interested in your stories and would love to have your story on our show.

Tiller Paparazzi Jewelry

Black Diamond Paranormal Society & Blogtalk Radio Within The Chaos - Sponor 

Black Diamond Paranormal Society
Rodney Shortridge started this organization to search and find evidence of the paranormal. 
Through the years I have experienced and witnessed many unexplained phenomena.  I have heard footsteps and whistling when no one is there.  I have been followed by apparitions and had been awakened by the deceased. My Uncle shared with me evidence of EVP's (electronic voice phenomena) and ghostly photos that he has collected through the years of investigation the paranormal.  We sat down and discussed creating a  paranormal group for this area.  Within weeks I came up with BDPS. I have put together a team of paranormal investigators and started in August 2008 investigating the Southwestern Virginia & Southern West Virginia area.
Within the Chaos 
iis a radio show delving into a wide range of topics such as the paranormal world, 
cryptozoology, legends, myths, science, entertainers, theorist, religion, aliens, political, 
social issues and so much more the show is intended to enlighten, educate, entertain all 
listeners young and old. Host Rodney Shortridge, and guests will discuss and converse on a vast list of topics. Come join Within the Chaos as we try to put order to the chaos. 


Cat Chick Jewelry and Crafts

Coal Camp Creations

At Coal Camp Creations we make Coal figurines, soaps, candles, and assorted crafts. The website is email at business phone is 304-585-9905. The business was created by founder Jean Battlo in 2006 under the nonprofit umbrella of McArts Fine Arts Organization LTD the two Artisan names are Myself Johnathan Cox and Felicia Blevins and we have been working with this organization since February of 2018.

D&J Hobby Center

D&J Hobby Center in Galax, Virginia has been serving our local model and gaming community for twenty-two years. We carry a variety of Model Kits, Table-Top Gaming Supplies, RPG’s, Dice, Paints, and Hobby Tools. We are supplied by one of the largest hobby distributors in the U.S.A. While we can’t carry everything at our location, we can get a great variety of items! We offer great customer service and will do our best to help you with your modeling or gaming needs. We have special orders and shipping available for you if you’re not able to come to out to our store.


D&J Hobby Center

106 Nuckolls Curve Road

Galax, Va. 24333



Mon-Sat: 10am-7pm

Elk Garden School Community Ministry - Sponsor 

The Elk Garden School Community Ministry exists to improve the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of the community.

Elk Garden School Community Ministry is a sponsor to this year's PhantomFest 2019 they will set up to receive donations for the food pantry to help local families have a special Thanksgiving. Everyone that brings 2 nonperishable food items tickets for the PhantomFest will be $5.00 each a discount of $2.00 from the original cost of $7.00 per ticket.... kids 0-6 get free admission.... all nonperishable donation food items are welcomed.... for more information go to Facebook:

Ellen Apple

Freakin Awesome Paranormal Show

Ryan C Jones

is a host of the Freakin Awesome Paranormal Show, he is also the co-founder of the Vibe Radio Network and is one of the caretakers of the Cabin on 360.

Ange Parker

is a host of the Freakin Awesome Paranormal Show and a blossoming Medium.

Damsel In Defense

Hollows Glow

Hollows Glow was started in 2018 from a love of candles by Carrie Collins.  Every candle, scoop, and satchet that is made, is made in our kitchen with the same love and passion as the first.  Hollows Glow sells online through Facebook, at, and has been to many fairs and festivals since its start.  All products are made to order, and special requests are accepted.

Kaitlin Baker

Kaitlin Baker I’m a 23-year-old Wiccan. I have a love for the night and anything remotely horrible or creepy.   I cosplay and own a small jewelry business. I work event such as metal in the mountains and an upcoming event such as fearfestwv. If you haven’t check out the amazing events out, then you should.

Lambert Lollies

Oral Frazier

Oral Ryan Frazier, the author of Rise of Lord Tharagen, is a graduate of Concord University with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative and Professional Writing. While attending, he was the Head Editor of Concord Reflexes, a literary arts program at the college, and served the English Department as a tutor and teacher’s aide, assisting panicked students with their essays. Honing his craft from the tutelage of some of the greatest minds in the state, he eagerly looks forward to a lifetime of writing.


Native son of West Virginia, Mr. Frazier is a passionate writer who loves sharing the exciting (occasionally grim) stories of his characters and believes that any goal can be accomplished with hard work and the right mindset. Currently hard at work on the next novel in the Tharagen Series and planning more books for the future!



my website/blog is and I have amazon and Facebook author pages if needed.

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Plunder Design

April Morgan from Plunder Design. I sell vintage jewelry and classy styles. Your trend will never fail with me as your stylist. Ask me today how you can join my team. Let me show your class with some sass. Let me show you the perfect pieces to fit your budget. Only at

Shug's Food-a-Palooza

Shug's Food-A-Palooza

Serving customers with unique and high-quality food at an affordable price’s…for more information contact: 276-880-6002 or 606-821-2050 or Facebook:

Stephen Barcelo 

Stephen Barcelo worked as a photojournalist and videographer for the NY Daily News for 10 years. Alongside celebrity and crime coverage he also produced some paranormal documentaries for the Daily News, during one of which he discovered a remarkable piece of evidence, the Ghost Cat.

After leaving the Daily News and moving to North Carolina he was unable to ignore the unusual activity in his new home, and throughout the town. The activity along with his interest in paranormal and cryptids prompted the opening of the Cryptozoology & Paranormal Museum in Littleton, NC.


Cryptozoology & Paranormal Museum

328 Mosby Ave

Littleton, NC 27850

Ted Van Son Jr

Ted was born in Batavia New York, raised in Avon New York where he still resides today.  
Geographically he lives in a state which is one of the earliest settled places of the U.S which is full of haunted history as well as historical locations. Ted is currently researching a haunting in Bergen New York that has had reported activity since the 1960s.  “I’ve been working on this case study for two years going on the third, it’s very important to me. I’ve gotten to know the family and their stories and claims of paranormal activity that’s happened in and around the property and house. What drew him to this place are the stories from the people that lived there. Their stories are very emotional and believable Some of the things that Ted has done in his life up to this point is he’s founded a Paranormal Convention titled the Rochester Winter Parafest that is held near Rochester New York every year. It is going on the 6th season in 2020. He is also the founder of the CDCTT- Country Music Tour and the creator of Rochester, New York’s only paranormal talk radio show, ParaTalkRadio which began in 2017.Ted became interested in paranormal when his grandmother died when he was 7 or 8. He can still remember talking to her. “She kissed me goodnight one night and told me that everything was going to be alright”.  Come to find out the next morning his mother told him that she had passed that afternoon prior to her kissing him on the forehead and telling him those things. Currently Ted is working on his third book titled “Ghost Stories & Urban Legends”. Amidst that he is still helping those in need of help and gathering what data he can from each case. He is also participating in radio/podcasts interviews and doing his lectures at events wherever he can.  


The Flippy Family

The Flippy Family

Dennis Warren aka Dionysis Metalcult aka The Spectacular Stache is a comic book creator, heavy metal musician, and professional wrestler/manager. Jerri Warren is an artist, writer, and craftsperson of handmade leather and pottery pieces. Flippy The Dachshund and Zombie Stardust are a couple of Wonder Wieners who just happen to star in their coloring comic book series, created by the Warrens. Known collectively as "The Flippy Family", this oddball, vagabond, traveling dog and comic, circus sideshow act is a one of a kind attraction! It features a personal petting zoo starring the very friendly Flip & Zom, a coloring station with Flippy The Dachshund comics to color, a wide selection of cool Flippy stuff + vintage comics from the 1940s-modern day, along with magazines, pulps, toys, sci-fi/horror/ufo/cryptid/paranormal/antique books, artwork created by the Warrens, and other truly awesome stuff. Drop by their booth, meet the Wonder Wieners and their parents, check out some very interesting, odd, and rare items you'll find nowhere else on planet earth!"

Yango’s Forge

Twisted Paranormal Society

The Twisted Paranormal Society was formed in July 2011 to work towards helping individuals, families, or businesses understand the activity that they may be dealing with whether it is paranormal or not. We investigate all claims presented!!! We also investigate many of Virginia and beyond most "HAUNTED" locations. With our interests sparked in the paranormal field just over 7 years ago, along with family and friends we created Twisted Paranormal Society. We are a group of individuals that share a common interest in the field of paranormal studies. Our services are totally free because we enjoy what we do and don't feel it is right to charge someone who is seeking answers. We have been recognized for local investigations on networks WHSV TV3 out of Harrisonburg, Va., and WVIR CH29 News out of Charlottesville, Va. We were also recognized in the Staunton, Va. News Leader for the investigation of one of the towns well known restaurants and recognized in the Charlottesville Weekly for its annual Halloween edition. We received the best team showing at the 2012 ParaCon at the Exchange Hotel and 2014 ParaCon at the Boxwood Inn events.

Witches of The Mystic Cauldron

Witches of The Mystic Cauldron. That’s our coven name. And what we are basically goanna do is just sell crafts we make from wreaths, oils, candles, necklaces, Wands, and witch starter kits etc. much much more. We are also goanna do tarot readings. 


My name is Krissie Cline. I’m from southern West Virginia and I’m 25 years old and a mother of one. I’m a caregiver during the day and a paranormal researcher at night. I’m also a witch and I do sfx makeup in my spare time as well as study demonology and all things paranormal and make crafts for our coven.


My name is Jessica McKinney I am 23 years old. I am a customer representative and going into paranormal research at night. I'm a witch and love doing sfx, crafts and learning new things in my spare time.


My name is Melinda Jackson I am 46 years old in the mother of three grown children I am a pagan high priestess a sensitive and an empath I love all things paranormal and magical and Halloween I love making oils candles and doing magic.


My name is Goldia Davis. I am 33 years old and from Southwest Virginia. I study elementals, herbology, and the old ways. I love all things Nature, Magickal, and Supernatural. I'm also interested in shamanism, really all things supernatural. I love to learn.