|Alexandra Holzer is a member of the SCBWI Organization, Poetry.com, Firstwriters.com and IMDBpro.com. Her father is the original ghost hunter, published Author Professor Hans Holzer, Ph.D of 163 plus titles in the genres of parapsychology, the supernatural, religion and healing. Most famous for "Amityville Horror: The Possession", "Ghosts", "America's Haunted Houses" and most recently "The Journey of the Magi" and "Murder in Amityville: Fact or Fiction". While raising four incredible children, she wrote children's short stories, poetry, sci-fi/fantasy novels, screenplays and supernatural horror thrillers. Alexandra's complete bio is available here. Alexandra's new book 'Lady Ambrosia' has been Field Nominated for the Printz Award for Young Adult Literature by the American Library Association.
by Alexandra Holzer
Posted: 14:25 August 8, 2008
Decades ago, when one had a book out or was known for being an integral part of the paranormal community, 'they' meaning college campuses and some hotels hosted for these speakers. There were no bells and whistles such as musical bands (although perhaps some could have used them back then), there were no film or TV show screenings, there were no tattoo stations set-up or even medium readings.
You would be scheduled to speak, do a presentation with a slide show using the projector and slotting in one slide at a time whilst narrating in a dark room what each slide detailed. It resembled pretty much that of a college classroom in a lecture hall. When I look back on those photo's with Dr. Hans Holzer, I think to myself if I were sitting there would I be riveted or bored to tears? I suppose our generation is much different today then back in those days when Holzer, Zaffis, Keel, Auerbach and many more did this circuit.
I know that we as a society today are much quicker to judge, assume and poke fun at, as I believe us to be the microwave era where if it's not done in under 10 seconds, forget about it! -(must say that in Bronx accent.) That being said, I have recently joined the 'new and improved' conference circuit and am slowly developing my own opinions and outlook to it all. Every conference today has a list of different hosts. Some could be radio show hosts, some could be TV show hosts, some could just be event planners and do this full-time and on it goes. I find that rather interesting because it opens up the doors to many individuals from around the globe to attend a conference that they feel will fit into their style and budget. I rather like that and am glad to see that becoming part of our present and future for connecting like-minded folks in and out of the paranormal community.
It also connects artists, actors, musicians, authors, film and TV personalities and so on which is wonderful because I have been saying that at the end of the day, we are all cut from the same cloth, paranormal or not and this is what it is all about. If I am a paranormalist and you are an actor, so what? There should be no difference between the two as having faith and some belief system rather then the latter of going towards being negative and skeptical, further subdividing us over and over again to me seems ridiculous. Can't we all just get along?
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