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Blake Smith

Blake Smith is a writer and researcher of matters cryptozoological and paranormal. He has been interested in the mysterious for decades and has been a “formal” skeptic of such claims since 1997. His conversion from believer to casual doubter to formal doubter was a lengthy process, the first steps of which were reading the works of Jan Harold Brunvand and his highly entertaining works on urban legends. You can find Smith’s articles on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Contact Blake at blake@monstertalk.org

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Karen Stollznow

Dr. Karen Stollznow is a linguist with a background in history and anthropology. She is a columnist, podcaster, and the author of God Bless America, Haunting America, Language Myths, Mysteries and Magic, and Not What the Doctor Ordered (forthcoming). Karen was a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, and has spent many years writing about a diverse array of topics, including language, culture, religion, and anomalous claims. Karen was born in Sydney, and has a PhD in linguistics from the University of New England, Australia. Find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact Karen at karen@monstertalk.org

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