Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc is not your everyday ghost hunter. She is someone who can "feel" the presence of these other-worldly creatures. These types of people are known as empaths. Andrea has known for a very long time that she is an empath, but like most other "real" empaths she was not out looking to exploit her gifts. She buried them and dealt with creepy personal happenings as they came along.
Some - if not most - of the time, an empath finds the flood gates open wide and there is nothing else to do but to accept what you are and embrace it. And embrace it Andrea has! She is now a paranormal investigator, but if you are looking for someone to tell you straight away "Yes, you have ghosts," or "Your place is haunted," you are barking up the wrong tree. You see, Andrea is a skeptic. I respect that about her and those like her because to them not everything that goes bump in the night is a ghost. The orbs that showed up on your camera are more than likely bugs or dust. The scratching in your walls is probably a mouse, not some demon wishing to posses your soul as so many would have you believe.
No, Andrea is a straight-shooting, tell-it-like-it-is-even-if-you-don't-want-to-hear-it, maybe even drive-you-to-tears kind of investigator. Andrea is nothing if not honest, and deserves nothing but respect for that very fact alone.
However, when there is a real spook about, it better beware! Keep reading my paranormal peeps to find out more about Andrea, and what happens when she visits a haunted opera house in Ohio.
Lili's Lair: When did you first get involved with the paranormal and ghosts?
Andrea: Hi Lili and first off, let me say, “Thanks for the interview I’m honored!”
Now…as for the paranormal, I guess you could say I’ve been involved my entire life. I come from a long line of REAL Witches and gifteds, so the paranormal in my life has never been anything cool, mysterious, trendy or even remotely exciting. It’s as normal a part of life, as breathing.
Lili's Lair: What was your first other-worldly encounter?
Andrea: Hmm, I’d say my first memory was as a small child (about 5) with the entity that haunts my parent’s house. He used to like to open the bathroom door, as at one time, it was the door leading outside to the outhouse.
My parent’s house is very old and historical and when built, didn’t have indoor plumbing. The old man was simply doing what he’d done numerous times a day, for his whole life.
Lili's Lair: Have you ever had any dangerous or very scary encounters with paranormal entities?
Andrea: Not really either…some unsettling occurrences, but nothing scary. My most unsettling was with whatever it is that haunts the Cigar Bar in St. Augustine. It’s pure evil and quite powerful.
Lili's Lair: How does being an empath affect your experiences whilst investigating the paranormal?
Andrea: I’m not very popular with the paranormal world due to my ‘no bullshit’ views. I use my empathic ability to bust fakes and to ascertain or deny the existence of anything supernatural.
It’s as I tell investigators and even tour guides… “Church up this tour to make it something it’s not and as sure as I’m standing here, I’ll bust you.”
I despise Hollywood drama-show-whores who crave their 15 minutes of fame without regards to who they might hurt in the process. Fakes and frauds are the reason people with real gifts, like myself, aren’t taken seriously.”
Lili's Lair: Do you need to do anything special when preparing for an investigation?
Andrea: No…I don’t need to. I’m extremely powerful (proven time and time again) so all I have to do is walk into wherever and I can confirm/deny the existence of “something.” I can’t tell you what “it” is that I feel, I can simply tell you it’s there or it’s not.
I’m not interested in honing my skills for exact knowledge of what haunts a place. My idea/way of thinking is, unless whatever it is, is pitching you out windows, beating you over the head with skillets or shaking your bed day and night, does it really matter? Knowing what they are isn’t going to make them leave.
Lili's Lair: Do you consider yourself a believer or a skeptic, and why?
Andrea: I’m both. I believe, because I have my own experiences and being a skeptic, after eliminating the improbable, what was left, I had no choice but to admit that my experience was supernatural and unexplainable any other way.
I am (and will continue to be a sceptic) because I use that to bust fakes.
Lili's Lair: How did you get involved with The Great Appalachian Spookshow?
Andrea: Mary Jay Meyers has had me on his radio show, Four Horsemen Paranormal Radio, numerous times and when he and Eric Glosser kicked off the first annual Great Appalachian Spook Show, they asked me to be a guest.
I’m hoping that is just the first of MANY paranormal events, to come for me. I’ve already been asked back (and accepted) for next year, too.
Lili's Lair: Can you describe what initially took place when you went on the investigation at the opera house?
Andrea: Marty took me on a tour of the Opera House and of course I went to the infamous basement and felt something…just a feeling of being unwelcome. I got the same thing on the catwalk…as if I was being watched (I’ll get to that in your next question) and didn’t feel comfortable anywhere, really.
Felt something unsettling in the ballroom. On the stage, I felt as if I was being crushed (as a former stage performer myself – in my youth - I knew all too well what that feeling was…nerves!!!) Apparently, many an actor has been a bundle of them, on that stage.
I’d recognize that feeling anywhere, as I used to be the same way. Not sure it really ever leaves you.
I wasn’t afraid, except for one place, and that was the room where the little boy used to light the chandeliers (which at one time, held candles.) That room terrified me so I was glad that there was no way to go in it. I wouldn’t have, anyway.
I also wasn’t fond of one set of steps leading up to the catwalk, which I’m glad were sealed off. I wasn’t going to walk up those either.
All in all I enjoyed the presences.
Lili's Lair: You then encountered a spirit named "Charlie" - can you tell us what transpired during that encounter?
Andrea: Ahhh yes…Charlie. What an ass. Apparently he’s a nasty sort who likes to make people sick and scare people half to death.
He also apparently had his sights set on me while I was there. According to Robert (who was afraid of me – not sure why) who is a helpful and sweet spirit who likes red wine, Charlie had been watching me since I walked into the building.
Apparently it had been him I felt on the opposite side of the catwalk, as that is supposedly where he lives, stays, whatever he does.
Eric (the leader of the group I was with) was very upset and worried that Charlie had targeted me because supposedly he is a very nasty customer.
Couldn’t prove it by me! Keep reading…he was all talk and NO action.
He made it clear (via Robert) that he didn’t like me because I’m powerful, he thought I was there to usurp his power (basically give the other spirits hope that there was someone more powerful than him that would kick his ass) and that I’d better not leave the group for my own safety.
I challenged him, cussed him like a drunken truck-driver and told him to bring it on, that he better hope he packed his jammies because he’d be in it for long haul.
Let’s just say, he didn’t have the balls to back up anything he claimed because he did NOTHING to me while I was there…and I mean nothing.
He did make one member of the group, sick and that pissed me off. It was apparent that he attacked her because she is a new fan of mine, bought a truckload of my books and he thought he’d get at me by getting at her.
I still have more to listen to on my EVP recordings I made, but so far…he didn’t have the balls to say anything, as I have heard nothing from him, no matter what I said to him.
I’m ready for round two next year and he better bring it for sure, if he’s going to talk big, otherwise, I’ll spiritually kick his ass again!
Lili's Lair: All in all how would you sum up your experiences in the opera house?
Andrea: I loved it and can’t wait to go back, though it appears that with the exception of Charlie and the presence in the basement, most of the ghosts are scared of me. They shouldn’t be.
Lili's Lair: Will you be initiating any group investigations now or in the future? If so, could you please elaborate?
Andrea: No…I don’t initiate investigations, but I’m more than happy to attend them to lend authenticity to whatever findings might present themselves.
Lili's Lair: Is there anything in particular that you would like to accomplish on a professional or personal level as a paranormal investigator?
Andrea: Yes. I’d like for all the fakes in the industry, your Hollywood types, to explode, implode or just otherwise crawl off and die somewhere.
I am out to make a dent in the ruination that has become the world of the paranormal…and set things right.
Can I do it? Supposedly some of the groups have SOMETHING to fear from me because I make it no secret that I’ll go on any investigation anyone wants me to, to ANY place and yet how many supposedly “professional” groups have taken me up on my offer?
Just Marty and Eric at the Great Appalachian Spook Show and I verified everything they have found.
So I KNOW they are the real deal. Everyone else…if they have nothing to fear, they shouldn’t mind having me along.
The fact that no one has contacted me, (not to appear at their paranormal event/convention or to go on their investigation) that tells me something right there.
Lili's Lair: What advice would you give a would be investigator who is just getting started?
Andrea: STOP WATCHING TV!!!! Leave the Hollywood and theatrical CRAP at home. If you’re going to jump at every noise you hear and freak out over every cold draft you feel or piss your panties when you challenge a spirit and then are answered, STAY HOME!
You aren’t cut out for the business and if you’re not careful…I’ll be there to bust you for your lack of discretion and I WON’T do it pretty.
As I said…I DESPISE fakes.
Go in with a scientific mind, go in to DISPROVE what you can and whatever you can’t…well, then you’re probably on to something.
Lili's Lair: Can you please tell my minions what, if any, projects you are currently involved in?
Andrea: Wow…what projects am I NOT involved in. Ha ha! I have recently re-released my true ghost story and superstition books as one book (for those pinching pennies) have a plethora of new releases on the market (in addition to being an Empath, I’m also a best selling and award winning Horror Sinisteria author!) the June issue of my magazine, Twisted Dreams is out, and I have recently started my own business called Paranormal Empathic Verification.
Basically, if you want authenticity on your investigation (rather than Hollywood fakery and TV crap) contact me.
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Lili's Lair: Any closing remarks?
Andrea: Come visit all my websites for a taste of the world just outside the light! Thanks for having me, Lili!!! It’s been to die for… ;)