by Karen Frazier, Managing Editor
Paranormal Underground e-Magazine
It was almost exactly a year ago today that our Editor-in-Chief, Cheryl Knight, contacted me and asked if I would write for a new paranormal magazine that she and Chad Wilson were creating.
I said no.
It wasn’t, however, an unqualified no. It was more of a “not now.” For those of you who have kids, you’ll understand. It was spring soccer season. My son plays two soccer seasons a year – spring and fall. They rule our lives for those months. Combine that with a full-time job, music groups and music lessons and a few other things – and well, I just couldn’t see where I’d find the time.
Two months later, in June, Paranormal Underground was unleashed on the world. As soon as I saw it, I knew that it was something in which I wanted to be involved. Who knows – maybe I was smart enough to recognize my own destiny when it finally stared me in the face.
The quality was phenomenal. It was so much more than what I expected from an online paranormal magazine. No spooky fonts! Objective articles! And so much potential. This, I thought, was what the paranormal community needed. Cheryl’s and Chad’s vision had given birth to something truly amazing, and I knew that I wanted to be a part of it.
Luckily, Cheryl believes in her product, and she asked again if I would write. This time I said, “YES!” and got started on my very first article for the magazine – an in depth look at quantum physics and the paranormal (August 2008). I never looked back.
We’ve grown in the past year. We’ve added talented writers, interviewed amazing investigators and in general, had a terrific time. We’ve added paranormal blogs, paranormal podcasts and YouTube videos. Our membership has grown to more than 400, and the magazine hits are in the tens of thousands.
Oh yes, we’ve had quite a year – taking the magazine in directions that I had never imagined. I can’t speak for Cheryl and Chad – maybe they knew all along. Their vision has been brilliant and their leadership steady.
And we’re not done yet. You can see that we have a new paranormal website. Our first anniversary issue (June) promises one of our biggest paranormal investigator interviews to date (hint: he says “Dude” a lot.) The May issue on the Psychology of the Paranormal promises a fascinating look at the paranormal from a different perspective, and includes a chilling look at a haunted object with an amazing story.
Who knows where we’ll be at this time next year. Cheryl and Chad’s paranormal magazine has taken off – and I predict that it will continue to fly in ways I can’t even begin to imagine.
I can’t speak for Cheryl and Chad, but I’d like to thank those of you who have helped us along the way (and I’m sure they would, too!). Our readers, our members and our friends. And of course, the amazing professionals who been so generous with their time and information. Shannon Sylvia, Jeffrey Keene, Stanton Friedman, Stan Romanek, Keith and Sandra Johnson, Steven Raebel, Troy Taylor, Laura Locke, Mark Macy, Bill Homan, Lisa and Rae Abney – just to name a few.
Paranormal Underground is lucky. We have amazing leadership in Cheryl and Chad. For both of them, the magazine is a full-time job on top of full-time jobs. It’s a whole lot of work, but they do it with love. They have a passion for this magazine that comes through on every page. We are also blessed with amazing writers who will do what it takes to get the story. Our readers participate with feedback and round tables. Many have stepped up and offered to help.
Yep – our anniversary issue is just around the corner. But the magazine – the work – started well over a year ago with Cheryl, Chad and an idea. I was lucky enough that they had the confidence in me to ask me to participate, and I’m glad they did.
It’s soccer season again. This time I didn’t say no. I made the time. Because I believe in what we’re doing, and I am excited for where we’re going. What a difference a year makes. The magazine has become a part of my life. I’ve done things, met people and made friends that I never dreamed I would. It’s been a blessing to me. I’m lucky to be even a small part of Paranormal Underground.