Articles about John Zaffis, Brian Cano – Atlas Obscura, Examiner, and more

Looking for Haunted Collector cast updates around the web, here’s what I found:

Haunted Maxcy gets Hunted for Ghosts (6 November 2013)

This article describes an investigation and presentation by Brian J. Cano and Chris Mancuso at Maxcy Hall at the University of New Haven.

“Cano and Mancuso spoke about their experiences with the different types of tools, and how situations differed from one location to another. They discussed the most haunted locations they’ve been to, and weren’t hesitant to mention ghost-hunting experiences that didn’t work as planned. Some locations simply didn’t result in the evidence that they had hoped for, but as Cano says, “If it made you think about things you didn’t before, then it was successful’.”

Ghost Stories Told in Waverly (20 October 2013)

Great article describing a presentation and investigation with Brian J. Cano, Chris Mancuso, and Jason Gowin.  Worth noting, at the end of the article:

“The crew then began to leave, but not before taking some unconventional precautions. To ensure the spirit didn’t attach itself, Mancuso, no longer the skeptic he thought he was, imagined himself surrounded in white light as he backed away.”

mirror-antiqueOld mirrors may harbor spirits, says John Zaffis, at (25 April 2013)

This article is at a website with annoying pop-up ads that froze my browser. So, here’s the crux of the information, from that site:

“According to Zaffis, this is more common with old mirrors. Because the reflective layer of the mirror was painted on, there is a gap between the two layers. Spirits, he says, can get trapped between the two layers of the mirror and be unable to move on.”  [Link]

That seems to be true. Among well-known haunted mirrors are old mirrors at the Myrtles Plantation (LA), Driskill Hotel (Austin, TX), Hollis Historical Society (Hollis, MA), and many university rest room mirrors connected with the “Bloody Mary” legend.

To learn more about haunted mirrors, see The Mystery Behind Mirrors.  It’s good reading.

Photos from John’s Museum of the Paranormal, at Atlas Obscura

“The collection contains artifacts from all over the world and run the gamut from innocuous artifacts such as a china set and a painting of a clown on velvet to more sinister-looking items, like tribal masks and a ventriloquist dummy…” [Link]

The Bizarre Science Behind Your Favorite Horror Films, at PolyMic, references John in an article.

This article talks about the “haunting” case in Connecticut and quotes John Zaffis about demonic possession and paralysis. Unfortunately, the article author then attributes all paranormal paralysis to the very normal phenomenon of sleep paralysis.

It’s important to eliminate simple sleep paralysis in these cases. However, it’s dangerous to attribute all such symptoms to abruptly interrupted REM sleep.   Facile dismissal of alarming symptoms is one reason many demonic cases aren’t identified early enough.

What Scares John Zaffis?, at Geek Nation

This isn’t what it sounds like. In fact, I didn’t see anything in this article that actually frightens John.  However, it’s a good interview from 2012 and worth re-reading.  It reinforces John’s views and what he tried to convey in the TV series.  (But, as we all know, down-to-earth sensibility isn’t as exciting as TV shows think they need to hold viewers’ interest.) [Link]

Haunted Collector Cancelled by Syfy

screaming-girlSyfy cancels Haunted Collector TV show.

A comment from the webmaster:

As John Zaffis’ Halloween tweet said, the Haunted Collector show has been cancelled by Syfy.

At Halloween, John’s tweet said, “”hi all just letting you know haunted collector will not be coming back sorry to all our fans.”

On one level, I’m really disappointed. Thanks to the cast, Haunted Collector was one of the few ghost-related TV shows that maintained a reasonable level of integrity in the ratings-driven entertainment field.

The loss of this show is significant.  Many fans — including me — are not happy.  We’re angry with the production company and the network.

Other networks — including PBS, CW, and more — have been busy, getting larger audiences for their shows via Hulu Plus, Netflix, etc.  It looks like Syfy is behind the times.  It’s been MIA in the digital TV revolution. That’s kind of ironic, given the theme of the network.

That makes the cancellation of Haunted Collector even more annoying.  The network and the production company could have made better choices.

For more insights, read Brian Cano’s blog post about the cancellation.  It’s especially disappointing to see how the cast got the news.

Seriously, getting a show cancellation notice by email is even more sleazy than ending a romance by email.  I’m sure less professional things happen in Hollywood, but this is a vile reflection on those in charge of producing the show.

So, you’ll see this website transform over the coming weeks. (In the interim, it may look kind of disorganized.) I’m shifting the focus to the careers of the stars of Haunted Collector.  I’ve known John and Brian for years, and I’m confident they have great adventures ahead.

I hope you’ll continue to follow the cast of Haunted Collector as they move on to better projects.

Like you, I wish each of them great success with whatever they do, next.

John Zaffis on George Noury’s Coast-to-Coast AM Show

radioJohn Zaffis has appeared on George Noury’s Coast-to-Coast AM radio show many times. You can see the full list of shows at the Coast-to-Coast website:

John Zaffis – Guests – Coast to Coast AM

Here’s one of John’s most recent recordings from the show:

Demonology & Haunted Objects (22 Aug 2013)

Also, be sure to see some of the photos John shared. They’re creepy, haunted objects from his museum.  Here’s the link: John Zaffis: Haunted Objects.

Haunted Collector – Season 2

LightningThe Haunted Collector TV series returned in June 2012.

We expected…

  • More chilling episodes.
  • More history of the objects and why each one is haunted.
  • Investigations in even more creepy and interesting places across the U.S.

Visit Syfy for a brief preview video! (Not sure if they’ve kept the video online. They seemed to be in a hurry to abandon this great series once they grew tired of it.)

John Zaffis, Jeff Belanger, and Haunted Objects

Join Jeff Belanger for 30 Odd Minutes with John Zaffis, as they talk about haunted objects.

Recorded in November 2010, we’re not sure how this one slipped beneath our radar, but here’s the link anyway.

Jeff Belanger » Episode 50 – Haunted Objects with John Zaffis


In Episode 50 we talk haunted objects with demonologist and paranormal investigator John Zaffis. Zaffis has been investigating the paranormal for over 35 years. He got his start working with his aunt and uncle, renowned

Jeff is almost always a kidder, but in this episode, he and John discuss demonology and other dark topics from the paranormal world.

John talks about his spiritual and paranormal family roots on both sides of his family.

Talking about demonology, John stresses the importance of ruling out normal and medical causes for what looks like a possession or demon attack.

Then, John and Jeff discuss haunted objects, from Grandma’s jewelry to ritual objects, and why those objects can hold ghostly (or demonic) energy.  John displays some haunted objects he brought to the 30 Odd Minutes studio, and even Jeff admits he’s a little creeped out by them.

It’s a good interview, worth watching for 30 Odd Minutes.

Season Two of Haunted Collector – Filming Begins

The Haunted Collector show is filming Season Two.  Looks like the team will be on the road pretty close to the holidays.  With recent blizzards in the U.S., we hope their journeys are safe.

In Brian J. Cano’s new blog, we learned that the show has been filming at a Florida location.  Thanks to a WKTV (Utica, NY) news report, we learned that New York’s Hulbert House is also one of the Haunted Collector‘s investigation sites this season.

We found more info about Hulbert House online.

The Haunting of Hulbert House – CNY Paranormal – LITE 98.7


The Hulbert House was built in 1812 in Boonville, NY. Since it was built, Hulbert House has been active as an inn, and was at one time one of…

And this brief report:

Historical Sites in The Hulbert House 106 Main Street Boonville


We believe this site to be an active location

We also found this 10-minute video from a Hulbert House investigation by NNY Shadow Chasers.

What is it about places called Boonville?  We found references to hauntings in Boonville, Indiana and Boonville, Missouri, too.

Here’s an old video with an odd, ghostly figure in it, apparently filmed at a cemetery in Boonville, Indiana.  (One viewer mentioned Millersburg Cemetery “out by the local mines.”)

Watch that 1-minute video, then re-watch it, looking for what’s highlighted in slow motion at the end. (We spotted the figure at the tree before we got to the slo-mo section.  If that’s a real video, it’s pretty good.)

Then there are hauntings in places called Bonneville, including North Bonneville, Washington.  (Don’t get us started about the strange legends of the Bonneville Salt Flats between Utah and Nevada.)

We’ve heard rumors of ghosts in the ghost town of Caribou City, Bonneville County, Idaho.  Unlike many Idaho ghost towns, Caribou City has enough remains (one cabin but no roads) to make it a preservation issue.

That sounds too rural for any but the most intrepid ghost hunters, especially with no credible ghost stories yet.  We may have to wait for a “ghostly ghost towns” reality series.

But we digress.

We’re looking forward to Haunted Collector Season Two, and hope to have more updates about locations.

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