(From Brian Vike’s Paranormal Files)
By JENNIFER LANG
Terrace Standard news
October 30, 2002
All Hallow's Eve
Oct. 31 is the date of the Celtic New Year, Samhain, when the veil between the physical and spiritual worlds is the thinnest and the souls of those who have died during the year bid farewell.
Maybe that's why our thoughts turn to ghouls and ghosts and things that go bump in the night. Or maybe it's the longer nights.
Whatever the reason, ghost stories - especially "true" ghost stories - hold an irresistible fascination for many readers.
Surprisingly few published reports of hauntings originate from northern B.C., however.
"There's lots of stories around - it's getting people to talk," says Brian Vike, the northwest's resident researcher on the paranormal.
Vike, who lives in Houston, B.C., is collecting true ghost tales for his new journal, The Canadian Communicator, a publication devoted to topics like UFO sightings, Lake Monsters and Sasquatches, Hauntings and Crop Circles.
His first issue explored one ghost story in detail, but it came from Ontario, says Vike, who's better known as a UFO investigator who's tracked down an impressive number of first-hand accounts of UFO sightings from northwestern B.C. residents.
But so far, he's investigated few local ghost stories.
"I know they're around," he says. "I've been trying to gather some from around here."
Vike has now collected more than 100 UFO reports from people in Terrace, Smithers, and even Seward, B.C. The majority stem from a string of sightings across Highway 16 earlier this year.
He's also a frequent guest on radio shows - local, regional, national and even international (one Mexican interviewer provides a simultaneous translation for his listening audience when Vike appears on his show).
Vike can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Note from Brian Vike: Since we are into the Halloween month of October, I thought I would pull out some of the Ghost stories I received.
Also if you have a ghost story you think everyone would enjoy reading, please send it along and I would be happy to post the story. Please email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org
Vike Factor Note: I do receive sighting reports from everywhere in the world, and I post all of the reports I receive here: http://the-v-factor-paranormal.blogspot.com/
Houston, British Columbia, Canada.
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Vike Factor - Houston, British Columbia Centre For UFO Research. Canadian UFO Investigator Brian Vike.