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XZRS: Sylvia Shults - Fractured Spirits

The 'X' Zone Radio Show

Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital - Sylvia Shults has been a paranormal investigator for several years. She began her career as a ghost hunter as a result of doing the research for her nonfiction book Ghosts of the Illinois River (Quixote Press, 2010). Her fascination with ghosts dates back to her childhood, as she is an avid reader who was raised on Grimm's Fairy Tales. A few years ago, Shults was inspired to write a collection of people's supernatural experiences at the Peo- ria State Hospital in Bartonville, Illinois. This project quickly swelled into Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital. The book incorporates the history of the asylum as well as the many ghost stories that have arisen out of the asylum's abandonment. In an effort to separate fact from fiction, Shults thoroughly explores the true history of the hospital. "It's fascinating," she says. "The Peoria State Hospital was a place of great advances in mental health care. Was there agony there? I don't doubt it. Mental illness is an agonizing thing. So is alcoholism. So is TB. But that's not nearly the whole story of this remarkable institution. There was also incredible tenderness and car- ing. Dr. George Zeller was responsible for unprecedented reforms in the field of mental health care. I feel incredi- bly fortunate to have been able to write a book that not only tells some really unnerving ghost tales, but also the true stories of Dr. Zeller and his dedicated staff." Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital is a result of years of research. Shults spoke to dozens of people who have had paranormal experiences at the abandoned asylum. She has also done many inves- tigations of her own. The book, and Shults' research, was featured on an episode of Ghost Hunters ("Prescription for Fear", which aired January 30, 2013).Shults lives in Illinois with her husband. She works at the Fondulac District Library, mostly in order to feed her book addiction. She also serves as the Publicity Director for Dark Continents Publishing. In addition to nonfiction, she also writes romance and horror. She is the first to admit that there is a fine line between the two.For Your Listening Pleasure for these Lockdown / Stay-At-Home COVID and Variants Times - For all the radio shows available on The 'X' Zone Broadcast Network visit - https://www.spreaker.com/user/xzoneradiotv.Our radio shows archives and programming include: A Different Perspective with Kevin Randle; Alien Cosmic Expo Lecture Series; Alien Worlds Radio Show; America's Soul Doctor with Ken Unger; Back in Control Radio Show with Dr. David Hanscom, MD; Connecting with Coincidence with Dr. Bernard Beitman, MD; Dick Tracy; Dimension X; Exploring Tomorrow Radio Show; Flash Gordon; Imagine More Success Radio Show with Syndee Hendricks and Thomas Hydes; Jet Jungle Radio Show; Journey Into Space; Know the Name with Sharon Lynn Wyeth; Lux Radio Theatre - Classic Old Time Radio; Mission Evolution with Gwilda Wiyaka; Paranormal StakeOut with Larry Lawson; Ray Bradbury - Tales Of The Bizarre; Sci Fi Radio Show; Seek Reality with Roberta Grimes; Space Patrol; Stairway to Heaven with Gwilda Wiyaka; The 'X' Zone Radio Show with Rob McConnell; Two Good To Be True with Justina Marsh and Peter Marsh; and many other!That’s The ‘X’ Zone Broadcast Network Shows and Archives - https://www.spreaker.com/user/xzoneradiotv

49mins

4 May 2021

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Episode 130: Paranormal Investigator Sylvia Shults

The Odd To Newfoundland Paranormal Podcast

"Sylvia Shults joins me for a candid and controversial interview about what got her into the paranormal, what it is really like to be on the "Ghost Hunters" TV show and how her love of reading and writing on the topic of horror and the paranormal is her passion. An absolutely beautiful brave soul inside and out, she pulls no punches and says no BS when it comes to paranormal investigation and will inspire all of those try to connect with the other side." "One of the great things about being an author of true ghost stories is that people think of you as an expert, and ask you to come on all sorts of interviews. Sometimes, they even put you on TV. Here are a couple of links to fun shows, on which you can see what a real live ghost story author looks like.Shadow Hunters. This episode is the very first episode of their YouTube series. I was privileged to be a part of it. I've been in the Pollak Hospital many times over the years, and I can say that I have NEVER seen it as active as it was this weekend in July 2016 when we were filming this show. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYFOAzdcaus Ghost Hunters. I was in Episode 3 of Season 9. Yep, this and a dollar will get you a cup of coffee. Blink and you'll miss me. I kid, of course -- but it was weird getting interviewed for twenty minutes, and then actually being on the air for, like, forty five seconds. The title of the episode was "Prescription for Fear" -- and if that doesn't tell you everything you need to know about what the episode was like, well then, you haven't watched Ghost Hunters very often." -Sylvia Shults www.sylviashults.com Join Our Mailing list and get reminded about shows and upcoming events and contests: https://mailchi.mp/f23f93d0f550/theoddtonewfoundlandparanormalpodcast Drop a like on the Odd to Newfoundland Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OddtoNewfoundland Follow on Instagram: Oddtonewfoundland Follow on twitter: @OddtoNFLD Wordpress: https://theoddtonewfoundlandparanormalpodcastclub.wordpress.com/ This Podcast is powered by Accusonus: https://accusonus.com/ The ERA Bundle was released in 2018 and is the fastest-growing product line of Accusonus. A collection of single-knob plugins for quick and efficient audio repair, the ERA Bundle allows both entry-level and professional creators to instantly enhance their audio recordings.

48mins

1 Jan 2021

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Bizarre True Crime with Sylvia Shults on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

Authors on the Air Global Radio Network

Sylvia Shults is the author of 44 Years in Darkness, Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital, and other books of true ghost stories. She has spent the past twenty years working in a library, slowly smuggling words out in her pockets day by day to build a book of her own. She sits in dark, spooky, haunted places so you don't have to. She lives a short, ten-minute motorcycle ride away from the haunted asylum that features in so many of her books. She considers it the highest privilege to share the incredible, compassionate history of the Peoria State Hospital.After battling an intense, lifelong fear of the dark, Sylvia decided to become a ghost hunter. (What WAS she thinking?) As a paranormal investigator, she has made many media appearances, including a tiny part in the Ghost Hunters episode "Prescription for Fear", about the Peoria State Hospital. She is also the writer, director, producer, and host of the true ghost story podcast Lights Out, available on YouTube, iTunes, iHeart Radio, Spotify, and anywhere else great podcasts are found.Join the Thorne & Cross newsletter for updates, book deals, specials, exclusives, and upcoming guests on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! by visiting Tamara and Alistair at their websites: alistaircross.com and tamarathorne.com

48mins

13 Nov 2020

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Ghosts and Hauntings with Sylvia Shults on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

Authors On The Air Radio

Sylvia Shults is the author of 44 Years in Darkness, Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital, and other books of true ghost stories. She has spent the past twenty years working in a library, slowly smuggling words out in her pockets day by day to build a book of her own. She sits in dark, spooky, haunted places so you don't have to. She lives a short, ten-minute motorcycle ride away from the haunted asylum that features in so many of her books. She considers it the highest privilege to share the incredible, compassionate history of the Peoria State Hospital.After battling an intense, lifelong fear of the dark, Sylvia decided to become a ghost hunter. (What WAS she thinking?) As a paranormal investigator, she has made many media appearances, including a tiny part in the Ghost Hunters episode "Prescription for Fear", about the Peoria State Hospital. She is also the writer, director, producer, and host of the true ghost story podcast Lights Out, available on YouTube, iTunes, iHeart Radio, Spotify, and anywhere else great podcasts are found.Tonight Sylvia is here to talk about her book, The Spirits of Christmas: The Dark Side of the Holidays.Join the Thorne & Cross newsletter for updates, book deals, specials, exclusives, and upcoming guests on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! by visiting Tamara and Alistair at their websites: alistaircross.com and tamarathorne.com

49mins

13 Nov 2020

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Unknown Universe Presents - Sylvia Shults: Author of Fractured Spirits Hauntings

Vibe Radio Network

During the first half of the 20th century, the Peoria State Hospital was the premiere mental health facility of its day. Dr. George Zeller instituted the eight-hour workday for his staff, removed patient restraints, and made the asylum into a model for the care of the mentally ill. Today, there are only a few buildings of the hospital left. Some of them are still in use, others are inhabited only by ghosts. Our guide to these ghosts - and the history they represent - is Sylvia Shults.In Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital, she brings a passion for paranormal investigation to her adventures at this haunted hotspot. The spirits come to life once more as Shults explores their former home. Other voices help her tell the story: This is a collection of people's experiences at the Peoria State Hospital. Ghost hunting groups, sensitives, former nurses, and ordinary people share their stories with us, their voices resonating to create a panoramic view to rival the vista of the Illinois River.To visit the remaining buildings of the Peoria State Hospital today is to visit a small piece of history. A ghost story over a hundred years in the making, Fractured Spirits is narrative nonfiction at its finest.

1hr 48mins

17 Oct 2020

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XZRS: Sylvia Shults - Fractured Spirits

The 'X' Zone Radio Show

Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital - Sylvia Shults has been a paranormal investigator for several years. She began her career as a ghost hunter as a result of doing the research for her nonfiction book Ghosts of the Illinois River (Quixote Press, 2010). Her fascination with ghosts dates back to her childhood, as she is an avid reader who was raised on Grimm's Fairy Tales. A few years ago, Shults was inspired to write a collection of people's supernatural experiences at the Peo- ria State Hospital in Bartonville, Illinois. This project quickly swelled into Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital. The book incorporates the history of the asylum as well as the many ghost stories that have arisen out of the asylum's abandonment. In an effort to separate fact from fiction, Shults thoroughly explores the true history of the hospital. "It's fascinating," she says. "The Peoria State Hospital was a place of great advances in mental health care. Was there agony there? I don't doubt it. Mental illness is an agonizing thing. So is alcoholism. So is TB. But that's not nearly the whole story of this remarkable institution. There was also incredible tenderness and car- ing. Dr. George Zeller was responsible for unprecedented reforms in the field of mental health care. I feel incredi- bly fortunate to have been able to write a book that not only tells some really unnerving ghost tales, but also the true stories of Dr. Zeller and his dedicated staff." Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital is a result of years of research. Shults spoke to dozens of people who have had paranormal experiences at the abandoned asylum. She has also done many inves- tigations of her own. The book, and Shults' research, was featured on an episode of Ghost Hunters ("Prescription for Fear", which aired January 30, 2013).Shults lives in Illinois with her husband. She works at the Fondulac District Library, mostly in order to feed her book addiction. She also serves as the Publicity Director for Dark Continents Publishing. In addition to nonfiction, she also writes romance and horror. She is the first to admit that there is a fine line between the two.

49mins

25 Sep 2020

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Sylvia Shults, author of 44 Years in Darkness on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

Authors on the Air Global Radio Network

Sylvia Shults is the author of 44 Years in Darkness, Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital, and other books of true ghost stories. She has spent the past twenty years working in a library, slowly smuggling words out in her pockets day by day to build a book of her own. She sits in dark, spooky, haunted places so you don't have to. She lives a short, ten-minute motorcycle ride away from the haunted asylum that features in so many of her books. She considers it the highest privilege to share the incredible, compassionate history of the Peoria State Hospital.After battling an intense, lifelong fear of the dark, Sylvia decided to become a ghost hunter. (What WAS she thinking?) As a paranormal investigator, she has made many media appearances, including a tiny part in the Ghost Hunters episode "Prescription for Fear", about the Peoria State Hospital. She is also the writer, director, producer, and host of the true ghost story podcast Lights Out, available on YouTube, iTunes, iHeart Radio, Spotify, and anywhere else great podcasts are found.Tonight Sylvia is here to talk about her book, The Spirits of Christmas: The Dark Side of the Holidays.Join the Thorne & Cross newsletter for updates, book deals, specials, exclusives, and upcoming guests on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! by visiting Tamara and Alistair at their websites: alistaircross.com and tamarathorne.com

32mins

3 Jan 2020

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Fractured Spirits of the Peoria State Hospital with Para Author Sylvia Shults

theoracleswithjamestyson's podcast

Sylvia Shults joins James to discuss her books of experiences at the wonderfully haunted Peoria State Hospital. Sylvia has been writing for years, and recently made the switch from fiction to nonfiction. Following a lifetime spent in the pursuit of the weird and the strange, she now shares that passion with her readers. Her fiction (both horror and romance) is still floating around out there, but these days she concentrates on living a childhood dream -- telling true ghost stories. Her second nonfiction book, Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital, was featured on an episode of the SyFy Channel's hit show Ghost Hunters. It is the first book to examine the famously haunted asylum from both a historical and a supernatural perspective, and it was nominated for an award from the Illinois State Historical Society. In her spare time, Shults gets more material for her books by going on paranormal investigations. She wanders around cemeteries and sits in haunted morgues so you don't have to. She is much in demand as a speaker, and has made many media appearances in addition to the spot on Ghost Hunters. Please feel free to visit her website, www.sylviashults.wordpress.com 

1hr 42mins

28 Dec 2019

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XZRS/XZBN: Sylvia Shults - Fractured Spirits

The 'X' Zone Radio Show

Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital - Sylvia Shults has been a paranormal investigator for several years. She began her career as a ghost hunter as a result of doing the research for her nonfiction book Ghosts of the Illinois River (Quixote Press, 2010). Her fascination with ghosts dates back to her childhood, as she is an avid reader who was raised on Grimm's Fairy Tales. A few years ago, Shults was inspired to write a collection of people's supernatural experiences at the Peo- ria State Hospital in Bartonville, Illinois. This project quickly swelled into Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital. The book incorporates the history of the asylum as well as the many ghost stories that have arisen out of the asylum's abandonment. In an effort to separate fact from fiction, Shults thoroughly explores the true history of the hospital. "It's fascinating," she says. "The Peoria State Hospital was a place of great advances in mental health care. Was there agony there? I don't doubt it. Mental illness is an agonizing thing. So is alcoholism. So is TB. But that's not nearly the whole story of this remarkable institution. There was also incredible tenderness and car- ing. Dr. George Zeller was responsible for unprecedented reforms in the field of mental health care. I feel incredi- bly fortunate to have been able to write a book that not only tells some really unnerving ghost tales, but also the true stories of Dr. Zeller and his dedicated staff." Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital is a result of years of research. Shults spoke to dozens of people who have had paranormal experiences at the abandoned asylum. She has also done many inves- tigations of her own. The book, and Shults' research, was featured on an episode of Ghost Hunters ("Prescription for Fear", which aired January 30, 2013).Shults lives in Illinois with her husband. She works at the Fondulac District Library, mostly in order to feed her book addiction. She also serves as the Publicity Director for Dark Continents Publishing. In addition to nonfiction, she also writes romance and horror. She is the first to admit that there is a fine line between the two.

49mins

20 Dec 2019

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Sylvia Shults Returns to Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

Authors On The Air Radio

Sylvia Shults is the author of 44 Years in Darkness, Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital, and other books of true ghost stories. She has spent the past twenty years working in a library, slowly smuggling words out in her pockets day by day to build a book of her own. She sits in dark, spooky, haunted places so you don't have to. She lives a short, ten-minute motorcycle ride away from the haunted asylum that features in so many of her books. She considers it the highest privilege to share the incredible, compassionate history of the Peoria State Hospital.After battling an intense, lifelong fear of the dark, Sylvia decided to become a ghost hunter. (What WAS she thinking?) As a paranormal investigator, she has made many media appearances, including a tiny part in the Ghost Hunters episode "Prescription for Fear", about the Peoria State Hospital. She is also the writer, director, producer, and host of the true ghost story podcast Lights Out, available on YouTube, iTunes, iHeart Radio, Spotify, and anywhere else great podcasts are found.Tonight Sylvia is here to talk about her book, The Spirits of Christmas: The Dark Side of the Holidays.Join the Thorne & Cross newsletter for updates, book deals, specials, exclusives, and upcoming guests on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! by visiting Tamara and Alistair at their websites: alistaircross.com and tamarathorne.com

33mins

19 Dec 2019

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