GHOST HUNTERS' GRANT WILSON & JASON HAWES
Interview and illustration by Fphatty Lamar

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BY DAY, THEY TEAM UP TO ATTACK THE SEWAGE SYSTEMS OF EVERYDAY CITIZENS. BY NIGHT, THEY TAG-TEAM SOME OF THE MOST HAUNTED SPOTS IN THE COUNTRY, SEARCHING FOR PROOF-- OR LACK THEREOF-- OF AN AFTERLIFE. WITH THEIR POWERS COMBINED, JASON HAWES AND GRANT WILSON FORM A TALENTED TEAM OF ROTO-ROOTER REPAIRMEN... AND THE FOUNDING MEMBERS OF T.A.P.S.-- THE ATLANTIC PARANORMAL SOCIETY-- AND STARS OF THE SCI-FI CHANNEL'S HIT SHOW GHOST HUNTERS. FPHATTY LAMAR GETS TO THE BOTTOM OF THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT, AS SHE TALKS WITH BOTH JASON AND GRANT.

Fphatty Lamar: First of all, how did the show on the Sci-Fi Channel come about? Was it something you approached them about?

Jason Hawes: Actually, we had worked on a lot of shows in the past just helping out, and then we did a New York Times article in which we were able to disprove a haunting, and that went out in 120-something different newspapers. Producers started calling left and right, and we finally met up with a few and found one that we liked, which was Pilgrim Films. They kind of had the same concept as us. Because a lot of shows out there want, like, "Oh, letís make this show scary. We can make it look like you found something even if you didnít." But we didnít want that. The show is honest. If we found something, great. If we didnít, great. We came to that agreement with Pilgrim, and then they went to talk to Sci-Fi. They picked up the show, and the rest is history. And Sci-Fiís been wonderful through the whole thing. Theyíve been just a great channel to work with.

Grant Wilson: Yeah.

FL: What do you consider the biggest challenge when doing your investigations? Is it financial, time on the road, time away from your families..?

GW: Well, personally, I think itís having to totally readjust our investigation tactics to accommodate for the ten to twelve other crew people we have running around. And, you know, being away from home so much.

JH: Mineís dealing with [costar] Brian [Harnois].

All: (laugh)

JH: Just kidding. You know what? I have to agree with Grant. The crew is great, and theyíve been with us since the get-go. Nine out of ten times they stay out of the way and are not in the area while theyíre getting their shots. But, of course, eventually here and there somebody bleeds into your camera and creates a problem.

FL: I was going to ask about that. So itís basically just a physical obstacle you have with them.

JH: But it also benefits us, because we also have four other cameras and two other audio systems running around. So if they catch something on their camera youíve got that evidence as well.

GW: But before, where we were once two people walking around the room, now weíve all of a sudden got five or six, so itís really hard.

FL: Right. Since theyíre more concerned with the entertainment aspect and youíre more concerned with getting straight evidence, do you clash in your techniques?

GW: No.

JH: No. Honestly, they just roll their cameras. They stay out of our way and let us do what weíre gonna do.

FL: Cool. Now, what would be the worst-case scenario for how an investigation could go badly?

GW: (laughs) The person whose house youíre investigating could be psychotic.

JH: (laughs) Yeah. That is definitely never a positive experience.

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