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Blake Smith

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.

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Karen Stollznow

Karen Stollznow

Dr. Karen Stollznow is a linguist and the author of God Bless America, Haunting America, Language Myths, Mysteries and Magic, the novel Hits & Mrs, the Kindle book Unforeseen Circumstances: A Short Story, and Would You Believe It? — an anthology of odd events happening to very skeptical people. Her latest book is On the Offensive: Prejudice in Language Past and Present. Karen teaches linguistics at several universities and was a former researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. She has spent many years writing about a diverse array of topics, including Bigfoot, psychics, ghosts, language, culture, and religion. Find her at and on Facebook and Twitter.

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