Jason Stroming | Articles | E-Mail
Jason is the creator and one of the main authors of The Occult Section. His interest in the paranormal began at an early age, when he would watch such shows as In Search Of… and read books like “The Encyclopedia of Monsters.” In May of 2006, he helped to create and co-found a paranormal investigations team that appeared on NBC News, The New York Times, The NY Daily News, TAPS Paramagazine, NY1 News, and various other local papers and radio shows. Jason has also appeared on several episodes of Dark Matters: Twisted But True on the Science Channel, as well as Love/Lust & The Paranormal on the Sundance Channel. In June of 2010 he founded The New York Paranormal Society, which in addition to ghost hunting, investigates claims of UFOs, Bigfoot, and other mysteries. He has dedicated most of his free time to researching and investigating all facets of the unexplained and paranormal, including cryptozoology, ufology and forteana in addition to the supernatural. A Brooklyn native, he is 42 years old, lives in Staten Island, NY, and has his BA in Psychology from the College of Staten Island, CUNY.
Laura Pennace | Articles | E-Mail
Laura is 35 years old and grew up in Central Massachusetts. She attended NYU where she graduated in 2005 with a dual degree in History and Journalism. Belonging to the same paranormal investigations team as Jason Stroming, she helped create the group’s blog, which is continued here in The Occult Section. She’s been fascinated with the paranormal for nearly her whole life, stemming from an experience she had as a child. As a history major, Laura specialized in American history, and loves researching, learning and writing about new locations. She is also a professional photographer, and you can see her work at www.pennacephotography.com.
Michelle Mason | Articles | E-Mail
Michelle grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she developed a fascination with all things paranormal as a child, thanks in part to R.L. Stine and repeat viewings of Poltergeist and Ghostbusters. She graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 2004 with a degree in Journalism and moved to New York City shortly thereafter to pursue a career in advertising. Michelle is also a freelance writer who is near completion of her Master’s degree in Media Studies from The New School University; she has recently joined The Occult Section in the hopes of exploring her interest in the paranormal more seriously. She is 31 years old and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and dog, Gertrude. In her free time, Michelle loves traveling and visiting places that are reported to be haunted. Michelle also has her own fitness studio, and you can visit her website at http://www.michellemasonfitness.com/
Jessi Riese | Articles | E-Mail
Jessi Riese is a very peculiar girl. (A Girl Anachronism if you will.) Originally from Central Florida, she now lives in Queens with all the ghosts in the graveyard. She is fascinated by history, local lore, urban legends, and has a very active case of taphophilia. When she’s not frolicking through cemeteries, reading, or watching X-Files, she co-leads a creative writers group in NYC called Inkins (www.inkins.com), she performs with an improv/comedy troupe called “Going Rogue”, and she is also a singer/songwriter. (www.soundcloud.com/Jess-o-lantern)
Jannika Coons | Articles | E-Mail
Pop culture enthusiast, amateur historian, and self-confessed geek, Jannika Coons spends most of her time just being Miley. Her contributions to The Occult Section mostly deal with the historical aspects and sociocultural constructs surrounding the paranormal. Jannika’s interest in the supernatural and haunt subculture began in early childhood, spending many late nights watching “scary,” b-level horror flicks with her siblings.
IRL, when she’s not writing, she dabbles in graphic design and marketing. Jannika is also one third of the creative talent behind Cullen the Kettle Black, a Twilight parody web comic. She loves b-movies, internet memes, and reading about serial killers and Roman history.
Other Contributing Authors:
- Gwendolyn Kiste
- Corey Bartlett
- Gabi Sifre
- Jade Friedensohn
- Katie Carman
- Lydia Mondy
- Mandy Collins
- Sara Harvey