Age goes literary
will sign his new book May 25 in La Grange
(May 2012) Sixteen and smitten with a girl,
Keith Ages 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
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
According to Age, his date had told him, shyly, that a jealous ghost
lived in her parents house. The warning went unheeded.
Id been after her for a long time, and couldnt understand
why she didnt 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.
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
Dont get me wrong, says Age. Ninety-nine percent
of the time, the investigations turn out to be misunderstandings. Theres
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 Ages
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,
In celebration of the new release of his book, a signing will be held
from 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Karens 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, Ages 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
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
The Possessed, The Haunted Boy: The Secret Diary of the Exorcist Case,
Soul Catcher: Trail of Fears and Children of the Grave II.
Its funny to think this all got started with a girlfriends
jealous ghost, mused Age. Decades later, its still
one of the most violent encounters I ever had with a ghost.
For more information on the book signing
event, call Karens Bookbarn at (502) 222-0918.
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