Joshua P. Warren was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, like most of his families’ descendants since the 1600’s, and continues to make the Blue Ridge Mountains his home. In his career, Joshua has written more than nine books since his very first “Haunted Asheville,” which he began writing at the very early age of 13 and became his first published work at age 18. He is president of his own multimedia production company “Shadowbox Enterprises, LLC,” and his interviews and articles have been published internationally, including CNN, Fox News, Southern Living, and The New York Times. So it’s with great pleasure that we can now add to Joshua’s impressive list of notoriety The Journal of Anomalous Sciences. And with great pleasure, I also welcome Joshua as one of our subject matter advisors to our impressive team of experts.
In 1995, Warren was hired by the famous Grove Park Inn Resort in Asheville, North Carolina, to be the very first investigator of the notorious “Pink Lady” apparitions. In order to do so, Joshua founded LEMUR Paranormal Investigations, which now plays a key role in the research behind that data gathered by his elite team of scientists, including the article on the Brown Mountain Lights submitted by Micah Hanks from the LEMUR team for this issue. His work has been praised by the Rhine Research Center, The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (or NCCAT, for which he gives annual presentations) and numerous scholars such as New York Times best-selling author Dr. William R. Forstchen, and Dr. William Roll (another one of the Journal advisors).
Warren has also appeared on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, Sci-Fi, and numerous networks affiliates. He is frequently asked to be a guest on radio shows around the world, especially Coast to Coast AM with George Noory/Art Bell. In addition, he is an international award-winning filmmaker, Hollywood.com’s Top Underground Filmmaker of 1998, and has worked on many sets, including Warner Brother’s My Fellow Americans, Universal’s Patch Adams, Paradise Falls, Inbred Rednecks, Songcatcher, and Sinkhole.
Joshua also manages to include in his busy schedule his work as a radio host for the Clear Channel, the largest radio corporation in the world, primarily discussing politics on Take A Stand with Matt Mittan. And since January, 2005, he has hosted a weekly paranormal program, Speaking of Strange, airing Saturday nights on News Radio 570 WWNC. It’s rated no. 1 in the region Saturday nights, reaching up to four states and streaming live worldwide on the internet.
So it’s with great pleasure I present to you our chat with Joshua P. Warren.
Welcome Joshua, and thank you making time this early in the morning for our conversation. I know it’s late for you: 1:30 AM Asheville Time while here in The Hague it is 7:30 AM, so I really appreciated it. Before we begin, I must say that I feel as if I’m chatting with legend. I have used your book, How to Hunt Ghosts, as a manual in training my paranormal group. In the Shadows Paranormal Research. And it’s an honor to meet you.
No problem Jari, it’s a pleasure to do so.
How long have you been in Asheville, North Carolina?
Yea, I was born here in Asheville and have lived here my entire life. So I have traveled from here a great deal for my research expeditions and investigations, and as far as I know my family has been here in this area since at least the 1600s. Of course there’s a lot of history and lore here, these (the Appalachian Mountains) being the oldest mountains in North America is a perfect place for me to do my research.
One thing I wanted to mention was that my daughter went to high school in Leicester, North Carolina. And she’s still in contact with one of her friends there that reported there have been some severe hauntings there in the news, and had caught some really strange photographs in the main hallway of the high school where she graduated. Have you ever had a chance to explore the high school in Leicester?
Now are you talking about Clyde A. Irwin High School?
That’s the one.