The Haunted Hotel: A Story of LA’s Ghosts, and LA’s Ghost Hunters
Acme Studio (63 N. 3rd St., Brooklyn)
Every city has its ghosts, and every city has its ghost hunters. But no city’s ghost hunters are quite like those that hunt in Los Angeles, home not just to haunted houses, hotels and theaters but to dozens of paranormal investigation “crews,” many of whom are trying to break into reality TV with the next hit Ghosthunters. At the center of much of this rivalry is the Aztec Hotel of Monrovia, California, just outside of Pasadena, which in the past few years has found itself the center of a bizarre battle over its paranormal legacy. Just who “owns” a ghost story, and its telling? Do the spirits even respect “turf”? Colin Dickey will discuss these questions, as well as the motivations of some of these ghost hunters, which range from the cynical to the inquisitive to the quixotic.