Ghosts, demons, occult figures… Paranormal Panel on 11-8-14

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Ghosts, demons, occult figures…

 

Are you a closet believer, an avid ghost hunter or a skeptic? Join us to discuss this topic at Rickert & Beagle Books! Panelists include Matt Demas, Kelley Sparks, Tim Gross, Nick Noir and Moderator Christine M. Soltis. Check out their bios below:

 

Matt Demas: Panelist

 

Matt Demas aka the Demon Zombie, is an author in the horror genre. He wrote a three story zombie series and later republished the 3 sequences in 1 full length novel under the title, The Fall of Pittsburgh. He did this in order to break free from a notorious, scheming publishing company. In 2010, he founded Demon Zombie Projects and later published his first title of new material in late 2013.

 

Matt Demas is an unorthodox writer, but that is where his passion is, horror in particular.

 

Outside of writing, he used to do ghost hunting and haunted tours. After a fallout with his founding partner, he went out on his own. He no longer did tours. He stuck with the ghost hunting and paranormal research. He mostly did private investigations and house calls. After 2010 he hung it up and began to focus more on his DZP label. Matt Demas is from the zombie capital and has a goal to break into the film industry and make an impact in the horror films and change it for the better.

 

 

Kelley Sparks: Panelist

 

Kelley Sparks is a single mom of 2 beautiful kids who took up the hobby of ghost hunting in the latter part of 2008. She joined the Southwestern Pennsylvania Paranormal Society fronted by Joe Ciferno. As a member, She was lucky enough to have experienced a number of various happenings including shadow figures, voices, evp’s pictures, email hits and even being tripped on a tour of Nemacolin castle. The group has investigated various cemeteries including Redstone and Quaker, did home investigations, Nemacolin Castle and Darr mine.

 

When that Group disbanded, she was lucky to find a group out of Greensburg called Mystic PA. As a member of Mystic, she also had many experiences in cemeteries, homes and Hillview Manor. They were lucky at one point to have been invited to investigate and work at Brooke Hills Spooktacular in West Virginia. Those investigations involved an old Victorian home where many members of the team had experienced activity while working the spook house.

 

At present, she is not involved in ghost hunting but would very much love to start doing it again.

 

 

Tim Gross: Panelist

 

Tim has a more skeptical viewpoint on the paranormal. He is a rare breed of horror movie fan in the same spirit of Chilly Billy, Joe Bob Briggs, and Rhonda Shear that makes you want to see or should I say experience bad horror films. But Tim and his trusty Yuengling beer in hand has a knack for spewing out random information about Full Moon films that Charles Band doesn’t even know, condensing the most absurd sequels to horror films into a paragraph, and points out some very hidden gems of horror films that many do not know about.

 

His writings of movie reviews, good or bad, has found him respect among many independent filmmakers as he takes the time to watch anything sent his way from Jon McBride to Fred Vogel to a random never heard of filmmaker in Finland recently.

 

Between his ramblings, he has also found himself in several independent film features as an extra to a few speaking roles that has eventually led him to directing a short film and co-directing a feature in the past 12 months. And all this in the search of free beer and free horror movies in hopes of willing a new Leprechaun sequel or starring in the next Puppet Master flick or just living the dream of watching, making, and being a part of fun horror films!

 

 

Nick Noir: Panelist

 

Nick Noir is the owner/operator of The Eyes of the Oracle. A natural witch, hailing from the Black Mountains of North Carolina, he comes from a long line of witches, freemasons, tarot readers and spiritual guides.

 

The Eyes of the Oracle offers spiritual guidance through tarot readings, house blessings, spell jars, and spiritual jewelry. His focus is to combine mind, body, and soul

by use of energy work, crystal healing, and communication with Spirit.

 

Nick has been a practicing spiritualist for all of his life without actually knowing what he was preparing for! Over the past 5 years he has grown very insightful into tarot, crystal healing, ritual magic and communicating with

other worldly beings.

 

 

Christine M. Soltis: Panelist/Arranger/Moderator

 

Christine M. Soltis is an author, actress, scientist and lover of all things intellectual. She has written dozens of books and countless articles, acted in a handful of shows, arranged panels, travelled a great deal and is always ready for the next stimulating event. She has degrees in Broadcasting and Environmental Studies. Her books can also be found on amazon.com.

 

Christine has always had a fascination with supernatural and otherworldly beings and creates journalistic/arts episodes via SolsticeNightSky Productions, which features panels, science, travel, artists and events in the local area. These episodes can be found on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/SolsticeNightSky

 

Christine will be acting as co-host for tv show Serotonin After Dark beginning in October 2014. Christine also works in the field of private investigations. Her additional interests include travel, time travel, futuristic societies and countless other items.

 

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Ghosts, demons, occult figures…

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Are you a closet believer, an avid ghost hunter or a skeptic? Join us to discuss this topic at Rickert & Beagle Books! Panelists include Kelley Sparks, Tim Gross, Nick Noir and Moderator Christine M. Soltis. Check out their bios below:

 

 

Kelley Sparks: Panelist

 

Kelley Sparks has worked with Southwestern Pennsylvania Paranormal Society, among others, to investigate and study paranormal activity in haunted places; they have been featured in news articles for their work.

 

Detailed bio details will be coming soon.

 

 

Tim Gross: Panelist

 

Tim has a more skeptical viewpoint on the paranormal. He is a rare breed of horror movie fan in the same spirit of Chilly Billy, Joe Bob Briggs, and Rhonda Shear that makes you want to see or should I say experience bad horror films. But Tim and his trusty Yuengling beer in hand has a knack for spewing out random information about Full Moon films that Charles Band doesn’t even know, condensing the most absurd sequels to horror films into a paragraph, and points out some very hidden gems of horror films that many do not know about.

 

His writings of movie reviews, good or bad, has found him respect among many independent filmmakers as he takes the time to watch anything sent his way from Jon McBride to Fred Vogel to a random never heard of filmmaker in Finland recently.

 

Between his ramblings, he has also found himself in several independent film features as an extra to a few speaking roles that has eventually led him to directing a short film and co-directing a feature in the past 12 months. And all this in the search of free beer and free horror movies in hopes of willing a new Leprechaun sequel or starring in the next Puppet Master flick or just living the dream of watching, making, and being a part of fun horror films!

 

 

Nick Noir: Panelist

 

Nick Noir is the owner/operator of The Eyes of the Oracle. A natural witch, hailing from the Black Mountains of North Carolina, he comes from a long line of witches,freemasons, tarot readers and spiritual guides.

 

The Eyes of the Oracle offers spiritual guidance through tarot readings, house blessings, spell jars, and spiritual jewelry. His focus is to combine mind, body, and soul

by use of energy work, crystal healing, and communication with Spirit.

 

Nick has been a practicing spiritualist for all of his life without actually knowing what he was preparing for! Over the past 5 years he has grown very insightful into tarot, crystal healing, ritual magic and communicating with

other worldly beings.

 

 

Christine M. Soltis: Panelist/Arranger/Moderator

 

Christine M. Soltis is an author, actress, scientist and lover of all things intellectual. She has written dozens of books and countless articles, acted in a handful of shows, arranged panels, travelled a great deal and is always ready for the next stimulating event. She has degrees in Broadcasting and Environmental Studies. Her books can also be found on amazon.com.

 

Christine has always had a fascination with supernatural and otherworldly beings and creates journalistic/arts episodes via SolsticeNightSky Productions, which features panels, science, travel, artists and events in the local area. These episodes can be found on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/SolsticeNightSky

 

Christine will be acting as co-host for tv show Serotonin After Dark beginning in October 2014. Christine also works in the field of private investigations. Her additional interests include travel, time travel, futuristic societies and countless other items.

 

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Artificial Intelligence in the Cyber Age Panel

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Come hang out with us next Saturday… Bring us a beverage, people know I like Yuengling but that Christine M. Soltis is crazy in a good way because I think she likes Box wine!!!? But in all seriousness come out and check out me the crazy beer drinking hobo hang with the smart people and discuss A.I. aka me screaming about X-files… Then check out the great selection of books at Chris Rickert‘s bookstore! — at Rickert & Beagle Books.

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN THE CYBER AGE PANEL

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN THE CYBER AGE PANEL

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 Artificial intelligence funding is on the rise. What is the next step towards innovation? Come to the panel for an intellectual discussion.

 

 Discuss artificial intelligence technology in a realistic vs. fiction depiction of the future. Speak with Moderator Tim Gross, Panelists Jake Morris, Jason T Swinchock and Christine M. Soltis. Special thanks to Rickert & Beagle Books for hosting this event.

 

 Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 at 2PM

 

 3233 West Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15216,  412-344-7444 .Visit Rickert & Beagle Books and SolsticeNightSky Productions on Facebook for more event info.

 

 PANELIST BIOS HAVE BEEN INCLUDED BELOW:

 

 Jake Morris: Panelist

 I was raised in NC originally, then moved to the Pittsburgh area in 2003. My father is a retired marine of 24 years service (MSgt). So that begs the question how I went from NC to PA. Simple. I met my wife while on a short outing with a band I played with in high school. We were friends online, meeting through a heavy metal Yahoo chatroom. Her family was warming and very welcoming, and I loved the rolling hills and dense foliage, reminding me of the Shenandoah Valley from which my father’s family hails; I moved up pretty hastily.

 I graduated from Cal U with a bachelor degree in Computer Engineering Technology. Keep in mind this isn’t a full blown engineering degree. As a technologist we are trained to interpret the schematics and designs constructed by the full engineers and implement them in real life. A good analogy is to consider the following: Engineers solve the problems of tomorrow, while technologists solve the problems of today. I also finished up with a minor in mathematics, allowing me to get into grad school if I desired. Ok, so you’re wondering what in the hell do CETs do anyway? We are a blend of software engineering and electrical engineering. We specialize in embedded systems. In other words, we make the hardware talk/communicate to other devices. Low level programming, usually in a processor’s assembly code or in ANSI C, acts as the foundation. This equips us with the ability to design simple circuitry and enable multiple avenues of functionality with complex software. “Low-level” programming does not mean its introductory level or beginner level programming, but rather on the hierarchy of a system. You need hardware to run the device, and software to give it intelligence. High level programming involves object oriented paradigms, including some interpreted languages as well. A good example of this would be C#.NET, C++, Ruby, etc. In terms of robotics and AI, the computer science people develop the algorithms and logical functionality, while the engineers would create a means for the hardware to act upon the software.

 I work in the steel industry as a process control engineer. I program and trouble shoot the automation on our manufacturing lines as well as wite HMIs for the operators to use. I mainly use Linux (Red Hat), VMS (DCL scripting), and Windows 7 for daily, rudamentary tasks. As far as languages go: C++, C#.NET, VB6.NET, VB, Fortran, VBScript, ba$h script w/ reg. expressions, java6, Citect SCADA pkg 7.2 SP 3, Python, jQuery, HTML, CSS, SQL….pretty much a huge chunk of the top players in programming languages.

 On a personal and casual note, I am a HUGE fan of music, particularly on the heavy side of things. I have two bands, Steel City Firm (hardcore/thrash) and Sidle Oak (“druid metal” i.e. dark acoustic, minor keys, clean vox, keys, and some distortion for effect). I also am a fan of fantasy and sci-fi. I paint, ink, and write poetry when the mood strikes me. I collect tattoos and have a critical caffeine addiction accompanied by Type 2 Diabeetus.

 

 Jason T Swinchock: Panelist

 

 Jason Swinchock is an Operations Manager for a metal manufacturing company and is also the CEO of his own media production company, E-Nertia Global Entertainment. He has been writing short stories for 15 years and has been producing films and videos for the last 6 years.

 

 Jason graduated, with honors, in 2002 from California University of Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. During his time in college Jason specialized in writing computer programs dealing with statistics, probabilities and artificial intelligent problem-solving.

 

 In 2010, one of his short films, “Her Choices,” finished #11 in the world out of 50 finalists in the International Armchair Film Festival. In 2011, his 3rd short film, A Chemical Skyline, became a best-seller on Amazon.com in the monster horror category for 6 weeks in a row.

 

 Jason’s dream is to one day be able to work with a movie budget big enough for him to write and direct a science fiction “epic film,” in which its current pitch is “2001: Space Odyssey” meets “Saving Private Ryan.”

 

 Jason lives in Washington, PA with his wife, Laura.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Christine M. Soltis: Panelist/Arranger/Moderator

 

 Christine M. Soltis’ deepest passion is in fiction writing and has been for the past ten years. She has written 20 books, including several non-fiction international co-creations. Many of her novels can be accessed via Amazon.com. In addition, she is co-writer on various film scripts and does freelance writing, including scientific topics.

 

 She has contributed articles to various magazines including The Globe, The Front Weekly, Verdure Magazine, The Yahoo Network, EscapeWizard.com, whatscheaper.com, Ravenous Monster and WIP Arts. In 2011, she was an exhibitor at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

 

 In addition to her writing, she made her acting debut in A Chemical Skyline, which was an Amazon best-seller for monster horror. In 2012, she lived in Los Angeles, California and was able to take part in a 15 minute, nationally syndicated courtroom drama that aired on Fox and the CW network, among others.

 

 For her first degree, she attended Point Park College for Broadcasting and worked in newsradio for a decade. Christine has completed her Masters of Science in Environmental Studies, which has heightened her appreciation for Earth and science.

 

 Besides releasing books, Christine has begun a journalistic/arts “webisode” via SolsticeNightSky Productions, which features panels, science, travel, artists and events in the local area. These episodes can be found on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/SolsticeNightSky

 

 Christine now works in the field of private investigations. Her additional interests include travel, time travel, futuristic societies and countless other items.

 

 

 

 Tim Gross: Moderator

 

 Tim is a rare breed of horror movie fan in the same spirit of Chilly Billy, Joe Bob Briggs, and Rhonda Shear that makes you want to see or should I say experience bad horror films. But Tim and his trusty Yuengling beer in hand has a knack for spewing out random information about Full Moon films that Charles Band doesn’t even know, condensing the most absurd sequels to horror films into a paragraph, and points out some very hidden gems of horror films that many do not know about.

 

 His writings of movie reviews, good or bad, has found him respect among many independent filmmakers as he takes the time to watch anything sent his way from Jon McBride to Fred Vogel to a random never heard of filmmaker in Finland recently.

 

 Between his ramblings, he has also found himself in several independent film features as an extra to a few speaking roles that has eventually led him to directing a short film and co-directing a feature in the past 12 months. And all this in the search of free beer and free horror movies in hopes of willing a new Leprechaun sequel or starring in the next Puppet Master flick or just living the dream of watching, making, and being a part of fun horror films!

 

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