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Travel Channel Readies New Paranormal Series


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Travel Channel is set to launch a new paranormal series starring Adam Ellis, the Twitter author of the #DearDavid ghost stories.

The new series, titled Trending Fear, will follow the online author and illustrator and his two friends, Jen Lewis (researcher/documentarian) and Paul Bradford (ghost hunter and lead investigator), as they travel around the country helping others escape from their own ghost-filled nightmares. Trending Fear premieres Friday, December 20, at 11 p.m.

Not only will the group use traditional methods in their paranormal pursuits, Ellis and Lewis will also use social media to crowdsource stories, theories and evidence to build a community and conversation around each case. Ellis, Lewis and Bradford also will leverage social media live during each premiere to provide additional insight and connect with the community that aided in each episode. TravelChannel.com will be home for show extras, behind-the-scenes photos and exclusive videos.

The series premiere sees the trio headed to Franklinville, New Jersey. Upcoming episodes include “Voodoo Vendetta” in Oregon, “The Haunted Homecoming” in Massachusetts and “Ghost Train to Terror” in Texas, among others.

In 2017, Ellis captured the image of a ghost child in his New York City apartment and wrote his first of many tweets: “My apartment is currently being haunted by the ghost of a dead child and he’s trying to kill me.” He documented his haunting on social media under the hashtag #DearDavid. Fourteen million people followed his terrifying experience.

“Adam’s extraordinary personal experience and harrowing tale that went viral in ‘Dear David’ makes him uniquely positioned to help those grappling with paranormal fear,” said Matthew Butler, general manager at Travel Channel. “The stories in Trending Fear give local community members the ability to discuss and engage with paranormal stories that most thought too taboo to discuss publicly. Adam, Jen and Paul will be able to take them through the investigations—in real time and with community help—unlike any other paranormal stories before.”








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Alison Skilton is an associate editor of World Screen. She can be reached at [email protected]

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