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Ever seen a ghost? Don't be afraid to tell your story! Even non-believers will be amazed at these Ghostly Connections...

Have you ever seen a ghost?

These are not your typical ghost stories. There are no reenactments, no special effects. This isn't the Hollywood version of a "paranormal" experience. These are real people telling amazing, compelling stories. Stories you'll have to see to believe. You can see it in their eyes, in the way they tell their story. 

Even if you aren't a believer -- these people Believe. 

We are Ken and Lisa Marks, authors of the book, "Haunted Hannibal: History and Mystery in America's Hometown" and the owner/operators of Haunted Hannibal Ghost Tours. Hannibal, Missouri, the small town nestled against the western shore of the Mississippi River, is best known as the boyhood home of Mark Twain and the setting for the classic tales of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. When we moved to Hannibal from St. Louis in 2009, we had no idea we'd moved into such a historically haunted town!

We began to offer ghost tours with the idea that it would be fun to share the history and haunted stories of this remarkable little town...but we were surprised when guests on our tours started to tell us their own personal ghost stories! It has been our privilege to hear literally thousands of ghost stories from guests on our tours, and what is so surprising is how similar the stories seem to be...

The other thing that was striking was how reluctant some guests are to tell their stories. There is a stigma attached to anything viewed to be "paranormal" or "supernatural" -- and many people don't tell anyone of their experiences for fear that they won't be believed. So many times the stories we hear start with the phrase, "I know you're going to think this is crazy...". Believe us, after hearing the stories we've heard, and seeing the look in the storyteller's eyes as they reveal their experiences, we don't think they're crazy!

We would like to begin to capture the amazing stories we hear from guests on our tours and share them in a new video webseries, "Ghostly Connections". The funds raised in this Kickstarter campaign will be used to provide the necessary film crew and production services to capture stories as they are told during our tours...we plan to shoot enough footage to produce six 20-minute episodes that will be broadcast free online and available for purchase on DVD.

With this webseries, we are not trying to convince you that ghosts are real. We are not making any judgments about the stories we share. Nor are we going to sensationalize the stories -- we are going to relay real stories, captured just the way they were told to us, documentary-style.

Why do we think this project is important? Let us tell you a story...

In the summer of 2011, we had a young lady on tour with her family. She was sixteen. When we began to walk around Old Baptist Cemetery, she pulled us aside, away from her family, and began to ask if others shared their personal experiences with us. She told us that for several years she had been having very strange occurrences, and when she tried to tell her family what was happening to her, they didn't believe her. Her mother thought she was just trying to get attention. As we talked, she began to get very emotional. We could feel how difficult this was for her to talk about. 

Our response to her was that no one could judge her experiences but her. It wasn't necessary for her to convince us that her stories were real, they were real to her, and that's what mattered. However, we told her, we had heard stories from many, many people that were very similar to her story. It was important to her to feel as though she was not alone, that she was not crazy -- it seemed to really help her to know that others were having these experiences, too. 

"Ghostly Connections" is dedicated to this young lady and to others like her, others who believe, who may have had a similar experience and are afraid to share their story, or think that they're "crazy"...we want to share these stories with them so they can see that others have had similar experiences...you're not alone!  Don't be afraid to tell your story! 

We also believe that these stories are so amazing that even non-believers will find them fascinating.

One last note: we are confident that we are not the only ghost tour guides that are hearing these amazing stories. Our Kickstarter goal was set to cover the budget for shooting footage during Haunted Hannibal tours only. Our long-term goal, however, is to travel across the country, visiting other ghost tours, and capturing stories from other areas, as well. 

If we exceed our goal of $3,000, the additional funds will be used to travel to other ghost tours and gather even more remarkable "Ghostly Connections", allowing us to expand the number of episodes we are able to produce.

Thank you for taking the time to explore our project. Please take advantage of our rewards and make your pledge today -- and let us know if you've also experienced a Ghostly Connection!

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    There's room for you in our paranormal family! For only $10.00 your name will live in infamy as a "Ghostly Connections" Paranormal Family Member on our website, www.HauntedHannibal.com. (And remember, the literal definition of the word "paranormal" is simply "not normal" -- some of our family members truly are "paranormal"...)

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    Tote us around with you! For your $25.00 pledge you will receive our ultra-special, highly collectible, autographed canvas tote bag that reads, "I Believe In Ghostly Connections" PLUS your name listed as a Paranormal Family Member on our website!

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    Our friends at the $50 level will receive an autographed copy of the "Ghostly Connections" DVD (featuring the Kickstarter video and the first six episodes of the Webseries) PLUS your name on the website and the autographed "Ghostly Connections" tote bag. We'll send everything to you as soon as the first six episodes are finished...expected completion date June, 2012.

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    Love ghost stories? With your $100 pledge you will receive an autographed copy of our book, "Haunted Hannibal: History and Mystery in America's Hometown". Includes stories of murder and mischief during Mark Twain's boyhood days, ghosts of the Mansions on Millionaires' Row, spirits of slavery and Civil War at Old Baptist Cemetery, and so much more! Along with the book you will receive the autographed "Ghostly Connections" tote bag, an autographed copy of the DVD, and your name on the website as a Paranormal Family Member!

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    Want to experience your own personal Ghostly Connection? We are pleased to offer a PRIVATE Haunted Hannibal Ghost Tour for you and up to ten of your paranormal friends! We'll share with your group the stories of Haunted Hannibal and give you a special tour of Old Baptist Cemetery, an experience you'll never forget...and if you have a ghost story to share, you might be included in an episode of "Ghostly Connections"! The pledge donor will also receive one of our autographed "Ghostly Connections" tote bags, an autographed copy of the DVD, an autographed copy of the book "Haunted Hannibal", and be included in our Paranormal Family on the website. Travel expenses to Hannibal are the responsibility of the donor. This reward must be redeemed before August 31, 2012.

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    For a truly Paranormal Experience, pledge $500, come to Hannibal, and spend the night with a ghost! You and a guest will enjoy dinner at LaBinnah Bistro, a delightful restaurant located in a real-life haunted house (ask the Chef or Server, they'll tell you all the paranormal occurrences they've experienced!) Next, join Ken and Lisa Marks on the Haunted Hannibal Ghost Tour and explore Old Baptist Cemetery. Finally, spend the night in a beautiful room at the Garden House Bed and Breakfast on Millionaires' Row -- the Hannibal B&B that was named by the NBC "Today" Show as "One of the ten best places to sleep with a ghost" (and one of the most actively haunted houses in Hannibal!) You will also receive an autographed "Ghostly Connections" tote bag, an autographed DVD, and an autographed copy of our book, "Haunted Hannibal". Of course, you'll also be listed as one of our Paranormal Family Members on the website. Reservations required and are subject to availability at the Garden House B&B. Travel expenses to Hannibal are the responsibility of the donor. This reward must be redeemed by August 31, 2012.

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    For our True Believers we offer an incredible Haunted Hannibal package -- you and up to ten of your closest paranormal friends/family are invited to a special dinner at LaBinnah Bistro, a special private Haunted Hannibal Ghost Tour, and an overnight stay in the incredible Cliffside Mansion! This beautiful nine-bedroom mansion was built in 1912 for lumber baron W. B. Pettibone and is thought to be haunted by a very benevolent ghost...bring your equipment and conduct your own paranormal investigation, we'll reserve the entire mansion just for you! The donor will also receive one autographed "Ghostly Connections" tote bag, an autographed DVD, an autographed copy of the book "Haunted Hannibal" and all ten of their guest's names listed as Paranormal Family Members on our website -- with our most sincere gratitude! Travel expenses to Hannibal are the responsibility of the donor. This reward must be redeemed before August 31, 2012 and reservations are required (subject to availability of Cliffside Mansion).

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