My name is Matthew (a.k.a. Evel Ogilville). I am an investigator of the strange. As with a lot of folks, my journey into the paranormal field started with the question, what happens after we die?
Answers to that question do come. Answers are everywhere — our family, our faith, our culture.
But what if due to life’s experiences, those answers no longer bring you peace of mind?
What if you see possibilities in life and death that soar beyond the walls others have constructed for you?
What if your understanding of what you think you know is killing the best parts of your human existence?
For those who refuse to be idle and let whatever we’ve allowed to satiate mystery and define every possibility of this reality
— questions are our journey.
The paranormal is merely a vehicle on that road.
Here is your map.
Don’t be afraid to ask anyone anything — in this life or the next.
Forget what you think you learned — stop mimicking others — these questions are not a team sport, they are for you and your development alone — keep pushing every boundary.
All your efforts and evidence are ultimately only personal validation, but they may open the eyes, hearts, and minds of others
— and that is your compass.
Let wonder light your wander.
Let your life be a ride that delivers hope.
Leave the questions for the living because the answers will come with your death.
The unexplainable captured my fascination, leading to where I am now. Whether it’s researching haunted locations and legends, testing or reviewing investigative approaches and tools, or even delving into supernatural pop culture — I am intrigued.
Please enjoy my posts as I continue to share my excursions into the unknown.
The paranormal field is full of more questions than answers; but maybe it’s our ability to question that distinctly binds us together in this life as a reminder that our human experience is an extraordinary one
— as long as we have the drive to seek it.
Matthew Jackson’s efforts in the paranormal have been described as everything from “philosophically tenderizing” to “an ectoplasmic knuckle sandwich.” Drawing on his unexplainable experiences — ethereal whispers into his ear, seeing an apparition stare him down, and having a glass of water chucked at his head by an unseen cookout guest — Matthew set out to gather data and to explore the connections of haunted history to haunted folklore, and delve into theological and spiritual concepts in hopes of developing an understanding of what is labeled paranormal may in fact just be a normal cycle in our existence.
He has had the privilege of visiting famous haunted locations (Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, etc.) as an investigator and observer, but has been quoted as stating he’d investigate an abandoned outhouse in West Virginia if it had a good story tied to it. Matthew’s passion concerning the unexplained led him to create PARAHOLICS.COM — a groovy site to showcase his paranormal enthusiasm and curious findings. He is positive that the paranormal community could be an inspiring vehicle to drag our past into light, preserve and maintain historic locations — but will have a better chance of bringing planets closer together than to ever deliver conclusive evidence proving life after death — or getting along.
Matthew lives in Nashville, Indiana where he is known as a poet, hair guru, son, husband, father, brother, friend, dog owner, streaker, coffee drinker, vegetarian who sometimes craves steak, and paranormal weirdo. He’s part of the spoken word performance group known as the Reservoir Dogwoods, and the loudmouth vocals for the poetry rock band The PaperBack Riot — their initial EP Kiss Kiss Apocalypse is available on your favorite flavor of musical download service. He is the author of two books of spoken word poetry, Minding My Chaos, and The Sportsman’s Guide to Field Dressing Man. Currently he’s working on his third poetry book that has a paranormal tinge with the working title Warning: Secondhand Ghost Kills (And May Cause Rebirth Defects), and has a ghostly project underway with U.K.’s Anthony England titled Dark Country.