See you in Chicago on June 8!

For the first time, I’ll be speaking at the Chicago Paracon on Saturday, June 8, 2024. The low admission price of $1.00 per person gives you access to 80 vendors peddling ritual candles, occult items, oddities, weirdness, mysticism, and more. Also in attendance will be tarot, angel card, and tea leaf readers, plus psychics, and paranormal investigators.

No Midwest event would be complete without food, raffle, and music.

Besides yours truly, the other speakers are:

Allison Jornlin: Allison developed Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s first haunted history tour in 2008. Since then, she has presented at paranormal conferences across the U.S. and contributed paranormal essays and research to several popular books. Allison currently works as a professional weirdo, researching and writing for AmericanGhostWalks.com. Allison will discuss fairy folklore and fairy encounters.

Larry Eisler: Author of Ghosts of the Black Hawk War, filmmaker, historian, paranormal researcher and winner of the Annual Telly Award. Larry will discuss the advent of artificial intelligence and its effects on the paranormal community.

Bob Anderson: Bob is the host of the paranormal podcast Bob After Dark. He has been a paranormal enthusiast since he was a wee-lad. Bob has dabbled in many aspects of the spooky world from both research and investigations. He is sort of a Swiss-Army-Knife in the occult world, knowing a bit about not only ghostly hauntings, but cryptozoology, and demonology. Bob will discuss the true paranormal accounts behind horror films.

Barnaby Jones: Barnaby is the founder and lead investigator of C.A.P.S.: Cryptids, Anomalies, and the Paranormal Society. He is also the host of Whispers From the Dark podcast and Monsters on the Edge* on Untold Radio Network. Barnaby will discuss the scientific understanding of paranormal phenomena.

*I will appear on an upcoming episode of Monsters on the Edge!

See you at the Countryside Banquets & Conference Center, 6200 Joliet Rd, Countryside, IL 60525!

Scary Monsters Magazines #114! 2019 Howl-O-Ween Issue

Just arriving at newsstands and comic book shops everywhere, the 2019 Halloween issue of Scary Monsters!

Scary Monsters #114

For those that don’t know about SM, the mag touts itself as the REAL Monster Magazine. SM is a classic horror and sci-fi film magazine in the tradition of the original Famous Monsters of Filmland. Great articles about classic creatures from the heyday of imaginative cinema, on pulpy black and white paper.

Issue #114 features an article I’ve written about Super Scary Saturday. SSS was a horror host show that ran on the TBS Superstation from 1987-1989. The host was the legendary Grampa Al Lewis, of Munsters fame.

Gramp Al Lewis

The show introduced me to many monster movies I’ve loved my entire life, especially Godzilla and Hammer Horror, which they featured in heavy rotation! For this piece I was about to track down the series’ creator, writer, and producer Jeff Grimshaw. He gave some fascinating insight into the creation of the show and what it was like to work with Lewis.

There’s lots of other amazing content in the issue. 140 plus pages of content on a wide range of film, television, and even the paranormal. If you’re interested in the ghostly folklore of Maine, you’ll like this one!

If you don’t have a magazine stand or comic shop handy, you can order a copy at ScaryMonstersMagazine.com!

Milwaukee Paracon 2019: The Day After

Greetings from Grafton!

I’m sitting here in my office after a particularly busy weekend. I’m two days removed from the Friday the 13th/Full Moon Downtown West Bend Ghost Walk, where we had the largest, most enthusiastic group ever. Washington County’s dedicated support of their paranormal history never ceases to amaze me.

Bright and early the next day (Saturday the 14th for those keeping track), I headed down to Averno College in Milwaukee for the 2019 edition of the Milwaukee Paracon. I was fortunate enough to present at the inaugural event back in 2015, and I’ve been able to appear at all but one, which I had to cancel due to personal strife.

The event is always a highlight of my year. I got to see a lot of beloved local colleagues, such as Allison Jorlin (milwaukeeghosts.com), Mike Huberty and Wendy Lynn Staat (See You On the Other Side podcast), Jay Bachochin (Finding Jay Bachochin), and MPC mastermind Tea Kurlos (Monster Hunters) to name only a few.

I had originally been scheduled to do a Washington County Paranormal presentation to celebrate the re-release of my first book, but I quickly found myself swept up into a Paranormal Author’s panel with new friends Shetan Noir and Tobias Wayland. While getting a chance to talk about my process for writing Goatman: Flesh or Folklore? I also had an opportunity to learn some methods used by Noir in her new book Lake Monsters and Odd Creatures of the Great Lakes and Wayland’s soon-to-be released book on the Great Lakes Mothman who recently terrorized Chicagoland.

My presentation about Washington County Paranormal did indeed happen, and I had a great time talking about Goatman, and the Old Courthouse Museum’s electrifying spirit “George.”

The biggest highlight was meeting all the enthusiastic people that dropped by my vendor’s table. The nicest thing about being in this field is meeting people and learning what inspired their interest in topics that a lot of people look down upon.

If you missed this year’s conference, please keep an eye on Milwaukeeparacon.com for information on the 2020 event!

J. Nathan Couch at Book Signing in West Bend, Wisconsin

Just a quick note to folks in and around West Bend! I’ll be making an appearance at the West Bend Farmer’s Market on September 28th, 2019 from 7:30am to 11:00pm!

Drop in to All In Books and visit with me! The store will also be holding a raffle for two free passes to the Downtown West Bend Ghost Walk! See you there!

Details:
Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 7:30 AM – 11 AM
All In Books
136 N. Main Street
West Bend, WI

The Phantom Hand of 5th Ave

With the 2019 Downtown West Bend Ghost Walk season kicking off on September 7th, my mind has been wandering back to seasons past. Guiding these walks is a lot of fun for a lot of reasons. It allows me to tell stories, it allows me to meet open minded people, but it also sometimes allows a large group to experience paranormal activity.

Before I get into exactly what I mean, please understand no guarantee can be made that anyone will experience unexplainable phenomena on a walk. In fact, most walks happen without anyone reporting anything peculiar. I especially never experience it, because my back is always to the alleged haunt—though I’ve had a few occasions where people shriek and take pictures over my shoulder.

However, usually a couple of times a year, one or more tour patrons are fortunate enough—or unfortunate depending on your point of view—to see, hear, or even feel something. I’ve been waiting to share a particular event for a while, as it occurred between stops on the walk, thus it is rarely told.

It was a few years back, on an early October Saturday night. It was a very small walking group, thanks to some terrible, unseasonably cold drizzle. Only three patrons had proven sturdy enough to endure the unpredictable Wisconsin weather. As the tour neared its conclusion, the weather began to clear. We left the exterior of the Old West Bend Theater and we marched back towards our meeting place in front of History Center of Washington County on 5th and Chestnut. We were silently walking past the corner of 5th and Walnut when one of the young women cried out. I turned around to see if someone had fell, and she was looking at the other two women who were following a good eight or nine feet behind her, talking amongst themselves.

“Did you just touch me!?” she asked urgently.

I had turned quickly and knew there was no way they could have been within arm’s length of her, nor had they been paying the slightest attention to anyone but each other. The two young women looked at each other in confusion, and said they hadn’t.

According to the alarmed patron, as we got a few feet beyond the crosswalk, she’d felt a large, heavy human hand rest itself on the middle of her back, and move to the right, as if brushing something from her clothing.

The woman was very disturbed by the encounter. She’d not expected to have physical contact with paranormal phenomena, especially when we weren’t even in front of a (known) haunted location. After having explained what had happen, she regained her composure and we walked on and finished the tour. As I told the final story of the night, she remained on guard, as did the others, who were now nearly as frightened as she was.

I suppose it just goes to show you, when you go out seeking the paranormal, sometimes it seeks you. One woman found that out first hand, when she became to first person to experience the phantom hand of 5th Ave.

-J. Nathan Couch

Nathan Speaks at the Grafton, Wisconsin Public Library

Things are really gearing up as Autumn quickly approaches!

I’ll be speaking at the USS Liberty Memorial Public Library in Grafton, Wisconsin August 27th at 6pm!
All the details are on the library’s website. The event is free to attend. Please drop by and say hello!

Goatman: The Midnight Delivery #1


Guess what came in the mail yesterday?

Goatman: The Midnight Delivery #1 by Tim Vargulish! Tim is a hilarious and talented indy comic creator who’s written and drawn numerous comics about everyone’s favorite hoofed crypid super hero!

If you like Goatman, and you love comics, go support Tim’s publishing efforts! Copies of this great comic, and many others can be obtained by visiting Goatman Comics on Facebook!

Nathan at Milwaukee Paranormal Conference 2019

I Hope everyone is pumped up for the weekend!

Summer is winding down, and we’re gearing up for fall here in my home. I assume everyone else is too. So I figure now is the perfect time to announce I’ll be in attendance at Milwaukee Paranormal Conference 2019!

The Con is September 13-15 at Alverno College, 3400 S. 43rd Street! I’ll be there in the vendor area Saturday and Sunday! I’ll have copies of both Goatman: Flesh or Folklore and the recently back in print Washington County Paranormal!

Visit the Con’s website for more details!

J. Nathan Couch appears on The UnXplained!

Hey Gang,

Just another quick note saying thanks to everyone who’s contacted me after appearing on History Channel’s The UnXplained.

It was a wonderful experience, and it was a pleasure getting to appear on the same screen as wonderful cryptozoologists as Loren Coleman, Nick Redfern, Ken Gerhard, and Chad Lewis. And of course, who could forget the legendary host, William Shatner?

If you missed it, check local listings of visit Amazon.com. We discuss Goatman, Mothman, the Chupacabra, the Mongolian Death Worm, and lots of other highly strange entities.

Check out that screen shot of yours truly in the upper left. Now maybe everyone will stop asking me why I always wear a hat.

Goatman sketch

J. Nathan Couch is In Search of Monsters

Hello all,

You’ve likely noticed I’ve been quiet for a long time. Even though the silence here has been deafening, I have not been idle.

I hope some of you had the opportunity to see me on Travel Channel’s new series In Search of Monsters. I appeared in episode #5, which was all about a terrifying creature called the Wendigo.

A huge part of this particular episode was Mindy Rossette’s bizarre encounter near Holy Hill back in 2014. Below is here sketch of the creature she and her daughter witnessed dart in front of them.

Goatman sketch

Was it a Wendigo? Was it Goatman? I couldn’t say, but hopefully now that the incident is one again in the media, another encounter will occur and provide some compelling evidence.

If you missed the episode, check your local listings or visit Amazon.com.