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Wilson (right) with Jason Hawes (front left)
July 3, 1974 |
Providence, Rhode Island, US
|Organization||The Atlantic Paranormal Society|
Grant Steven Wilson (born on July 3, 1974) is the co-founder of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) which is based in Warwick, Rhode Island. He is also one of the stars and co-producers of SyFy's cable television reality series, Ghost Hunters.
He and his wife Reanna have three sons. After an early career in web design, Wilson became a plumber and works for Roto-Rooter, a large plumbing service company based in Cincinnati, Ohio. His hobbies include writing and illustrating fantasy and role-playing game characters as well as playing and composing music on various instruments including guitar and piano.
Wilson and TAPS co-founder, Jason Hawes, are longtime co-workers as plumbers for Roto-Rooter. The two are also co-owners of the Spalding Inn based in Whitefield, New Hampshire. Wilson, Hawes, and other members of the paranormal community frequently give lectures at schools and paranormal-related conventions. Wilson is also available for hire for private ghost hunting trips, and along with Hawes has used public ghost hunting events and personal appearances to raise money for various charities such as the Cure Kids Cancer and the masonic-affiliated Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Also, Hawes and Wilson participate in ghost hunting events created specifically for the paying public. More recently TAPS has offered an event solely hosted by the TAPS members. The personal ghost hunting events have gained more and more popularity over the years with television celebrity guests. TAPS co-hosts events locations such as the Stanley Hotel in Colorado, RMS Queen Mary ocean liner in California, and the Buffalo Central Terminal in Buffalo, New York.
On the 13th mid-season opener for South Park, Grant and Jason were both parodied and portrayed as easily frightened, going as far as to wet and poop their pants. However, neither the real-life Grant Wilson or Jason Hawes was offended, Grant even going as far as making a post to Twitter.
On the February 15, 2012, edition of Ghost Hunters, Wilson announced that he would be leaving the Ghost Hunters show for personal reasons, including working on his own projects. The May 16th, 2012, episode of Ghost Hunters was Wilson's last episode. He is now the Vice-President of Rather Dashing Games.
In a recent interview on British radio, Grant Wilson explained some of the scariest cases that he had to deal with on Ghost Hunters, including being held by a whole town that practiced Black Magic. He also discussed life after Ghost Hunters, including his band Carpetshark and his forthcoming high-fantasy novels.
- Ghost Hunting: True Stories of Unexplained Phenomena from The Atlantic Paranormal Society (2007) co-authored by Jason Hawes and Michael Jan Friedman
- Seeking Spirits: The Lost Cases of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (2009) co-authored by Jason Hawes and Michael Jan Friedman
- "The Spalding Inn" (commercial site). spaldinginn.com. Retrieved 2009-09-07.
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- "Rather Dashing Games LLC - About Us".
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- "Seeking Spirits: The Lost Cases of The Atlantic Paranormal Society" http://www.amazon.com/dp/1439101159