Goodbye to a Ghost Hunter

Well, it’s finally here. Grant Wilson’s last investigation on Ghost Hunters takes place this Wednesday. I thought it was fitting to re-post this, which was written right after the announcement that he was leaving the show. And this time around, The Monster Men have added our video tribute. Good job Grant. On to the next.

For at least one episode of Ghost Hunters, the ghosts took a back seat on February 15th. After eight seasons of chasing spirits from coast to coast and even across the Atlantic, Grant Wilson announced that he will be leaving Ghost Hunters at the end of the current season.

Truth be told, I’m kinda sad he’s leaving. I’ve been a fan of the show since the very first episode. Yes, I fully understand that it’s entertainment. I don’t take everything I see on the show as paranormal gospel. I simply can’t stop tuning in week after week, getting my night-vision fix of spooky places.

I know it has its detractors and critics. It’s a rule that the greater your success, the greater your criticism. However, I do give them props for their dedication and passion. I’ve spoken to a few folks who are on other paranormal shows on TV, and the truth is, they only do investigations when there’s a camera crew in tow. This isn’t a vocation for them. It’s a job that gets filmed, edited and broadcast. Grant and Jason and their T.A.P.S. team have been living this life, years before TV came calling.

These two plumbers with a passion for ghost hunting have accomplished something that I, as a horror writer, truly appreciate. They made the paranormal cool and almost…normal. Their millions of fans seek out other venues to get their shivers. And that’s where I and a load of other writers come in, sharing the spirits and demons that roam our minds.

I’m not surprised that Grant is leaving. I’ve always thought that he and Jason would retire, leaving the show to the young hands to carry on their work. I’m the same age as Grant, and I know all that travel, combined with what I’m sure is a comfortable bank account, would equal my early retirement. You have to wonder how many days out of the year Grant actually got to be home with his wife and kids. I’m sure, at times, his family felt he was the ghostly presence left behind as a faint ripple of energy in their house. It’s time to kick back, recharge, reconnect and relax. The ghosts will still be there should you decide to get back in the game. In fact, with each dying breath taken every minute of every day, the number of potential undead to investigate just keeps on building.

Grant, thank you for eight years of creepy, fun Wednesday nights.

For everyone watching since he’s left, what do you think of the show? Do you like the dynamics of the team?

And now, The Monster Men get to say so long, and come back any time…

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About Hunter Shea

Hunter Shea is the product of a misspent childhood watching scary movies, reading forbidden books and wishing Bigfoot would walk past his house. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. Hunter’s novels can even be found on display at the International Cryptozoology Museum. His video podcast, Monster Men, is one of the most watched horror podcasts in the world. You’ll also find him every week on the Final Guys podcast, available everywhere. He’s a bestselling author of over 25 books, all of them written with the express desire to quicken heartbeats and make spines tingle. Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to gobble down Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits.

16 responses to “Goodbye to a Ghost Hunter”

  1. the happy horror writer says :

    This is an excellent point: “with each dying breath taken every minute of every day, the number of potential undead to investigate just keeps on building.” Lucky for all of us who enjoy the questions and fear hauntings provide! And a good reminder to keep working on all of my goals, because time is finite.

    Glad I found you over on Twitter!

  2. no says :

    fake phony show for suckers

  3. Martha says :

    I’ll definitely miss Grant … he’s one of the reasons I’ve been watching Ghost Hunters.

  4. David Newcomb says :

    Well said, Kevin. I look forward to Wednesday nights, too! It will be sad to see Grant leave, but I’ll still remain a fan of the show.

  5. Jack Campisi (@backinjack) says :

    I tip my hat to Grant. He brought a good balance to the show and was really nice when we met him a few years ago. And he helped start a show that is a lot of fun. But let’s face it… as long as Kris Williams is around, I’m happy.

  6. Jessica says :

    Great horror stories you have here. Where can I download or buy for a kindle version of this story? Also with Sinister Entity? Thanks

    • Hunter Shea says :

      Thanks Jessica. All you need to do is visit the Books page right here on the blog and there are links to get my books and stories. Sinister Entity, alas, won’t be out until next year.

  7. michelann says :

    GH is just a fun show to watch,even if theydon’t get fantastic evidence every episode. I have learned so much about the field. I have had my own experiences over the years. The most important thing That I learned is was not to be afraid.
    I love the new format of the show and so far I have not missed Grant as much as I thought I would. The show must go on, lol.

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