Spirit World

Louisville ‘Ghost Hunter’
Age goes literary

He will sign his new book May 25 in La Grange

By Janell Oliver
Contributing Writer

(May 2012) – Sixteen and smitten with a girl, Keith Age’s fascination with ghosts first began after an unknown force flung him through two closed doors. He landed six feet away on the lawn with shards of broken glass and splintered wood embedded in his clothes.

Keith Age

Keith Age

“We were alone, at her parents’ house, and I had just leaned down to give her a goodbye kiss. Before my lips could touch her, something grabbed my arm and threw me back,” Age recalls. “The next day, I had a bruise in the shape of a handprint on my arm.”
According to Age, his date had told him, shyly, that a jealous ghost lived in her parents’ house. The warning went unheeded.
“I’d been after her for a long time, and couldn’t understand why she didn’t want to bring me home before then. I thought it had something to do with my rock-n-roll appearance or that she was ashamed of the way I dressed. Come to find out, she had a ghost!”
Decades later, after being dubbed “the Rock-n-Roll Ghost Hunter,” Age makes his livelihood researching paranormal activity.
“Paranormal activity means anything out of the normal,” Age explains. “That includes cryptozoology – the study of strange beasts like Bigfoot, scary lizards and elusive water species. But my forte has always been ghosts.”
The founder and president of the Louisville Ghost Hunters Society, Age says his volunteer organization conducts more than 300 investigations in the Louisville Metro area each year. Founded in 1996, society has a membership that exceeds 4,000.

Out of the Dark Book Cover

For those interested in becoming ghost investigators, free training is provided at Morrison Lodge in Elizabethtown, Ky. The duration of training is between four hours to an entire day, depending on the group. Presented with extensive paperwork, unexplainable photographs, videos and sound recordings, the group then engages in discussions that revolve around dissemination. Afterward, the trainee undergoes an internship that involves shadowing other investigators in the field.
After 16 years of society investigations, Age released a book on April 27.
“Don’t get me wrong,” says Age. “Ninety-nine percent of the time, the investigations turn out to be misunderstandings. There’s a lot of sad, lonely people out there who want to be haunted, believe it or not. But usually most weird encounters can be explained.”
It is the handful of unexplainable cases that are the subject of Age’s book, “Out of the Dark: True, spooky stories from the case files of The Louisville Ghost Hunters Society.”
Represented by La Grange-based Otherworld Publications, Age says he chose to sign with them because of their enthusiasm for his project, which he worked on for nearly a decade.
Lynn Tincher, owner of Otherworld Publications, says she was more than happy to represent Age because of his strong following in the paranormal community. “People absolutely know who he is and recognize him,” said Tincher.
In celebration of the new release of his book, a signing will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Karen’s Book Barn, 127 E. Main St. in La Grange.
Owner Karen Eldridge said she looks forward to the turnout. “We love promoting new authors, especially those who have ties to Oldham County. We are really excited that Mr. Age has agreed to talk about his book and his international reputation.”
In the mainstream, Age is best recognized as the host and associate producer of the highly acclaimed documentary series, “Spooked,” which airs on the SyFy channel and focuses on national cases.
Originally, the series began with one documentary based on paranormal activity investigations at Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville. After the 82-minute segment aired on the SyFy channel, Age’s television career took off.
“ ‘Out of the Dark’ covers local stories leading up to the Waverly Hills investigations, and the last story in the book is about that experience and how the documentary came about,” Age says.
Since the Ghosts of Waverly Hills segment aired in 2005, Age has completed seven documentaries in the series, three of which are currently airing on cable, and four of which are scheduled for release. The documentaries can be purchased in DVD form from Amazon and www.spookedtv.com.
The Spooked Series includes: Ghosts of Waverly Hills, Children of the Grave
The Possessed, The Haunted Boy: The Secret Diary of the Exorcist Case, Soul Catcher: Trail of Fears and Children of the Grave II.
“It’s funny to think this all got started with a girlfriend’s jealous ghost,” mused Age. “Decades later, it’s still one of the most violent encounters I ever had with a ghost.”

• For more information on the book signing event, call Karen’s Bookbarn at (502) 222-0918.

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