The well-known former host of Paranormal Filler has been coming to The Scarefest almost as long as there has been a Scarefest. He now brings his unabashed “attention whore” personality to this show built around the famous convention.
With a background in paranormal research (and farming…not that it is pertinent to this discussion), Wes has been hosting his own weekly syndicated internet radio show about that topic (paranormal…not farming) for several years. Along the way he has hosted other shows and specials concentrating on the related conventions and their guests. In 2015 he added the original Scarefest Radio recurring segment to his weekly Paranormal iCon show. Recognizing that the segment had too much potential and available content to be lost in the existing mix, he launched Scarefest Radio in 2016 as an independent weekly show to showcase the stars, speakers, vendors, and people behind the scenes of the event.
With the Paranormal Filler and iCon projects retired, Wes still travels the country appearing at conventions and haunted events whenever someone will give him the time of day. Through the events he is able to meet and network with those that share his passion for the unknown. Plus he figures that is the only way he can coerce people into taking his autograph.
The host of The Ken Boggle Show was born Kenneth Ray Hughes, Jr. in rural (as opposed to metropolitan) Southeastern Kentucky. By the age of 8 his Grandmother (that was his age…not hers) taught him to read coffee grounds, and his Aunt (still his age) taught him to read fortunes with a pack of Poker cards. Throughout his adult life, Ken worked in restaurants, salons, and spas. And while financially successful (despite surviving grounds in his coffee and his aunt’s apparent gambling addiction) Ken did not feel he was living true to his talents.
Then one day, Patti Starr, of The ScareFest, offered Ken a Tarot deck. “Learn these,” Patti urged. “You will be great with these.” After one and a half years of studying the Tarot, learning and creating his own spreads, Ken developed his own approach to the Tarot.
Now Ken has opened Tarot By Ken, LLC. and is reading the Tarot for people all over the world – many of whom often say that readings with Ken have changed their lives. The rest are still hung up on why he had coffee grounds to read after 1974.
While Ken has had great success in his predictions and forecasting, his personal goal is to bring his clients to their ultimate happiness. On Scarefest Radio he says his goal is to not do a “shitty job”.
Coyote Chris Sutton was born into a small litter in Southwestern Illinois where he still maintains his den with Mrs. Coyote and two grown pups who won’t leave. Chris led a normal life until Spirit came crashing into his life and put him on a path where he learned shamanism, divination, and other mystic arts with the purpose of saving humanity one person at a time (Ok, that goal is a bit lofty, but he does help people find their true path in life and and bring light in the darkness in their lives – including the things that go bump in the night). Chris learned from a lot of good, experienced people and has been at it for over 20 years. He was blessed to smoke Sitting Bull’s actual ceremonial pipe on one occasion. This was a high point in Chris’ spiritual life (a close second is the time he was a guest on Wes’ show while actually being in the Paranormal Filler studio at the time).
Chris is the former host of All Things Spiritual and Supernatural on the Incubi Incarnate Broadcast Network. He has even appeared on television twice: “Dead Files Revisited: Evil Underground and Killed by the Klan”, and “Ghost Lab: If Walls Could Talk”. In his home area he does spiritual events, paranormal investigations, and leads tours at the famously haunted McPike Mansion. Chris will go anywhere if you can get him there and give him a place to lay his head if he has to stay overnight.
Chris presented at The Scarefest in 2013 and 2014, and in 2015 he was a lackey in the Paranormal Filler booth while Wes looked for buxom women to have pictures taken with.
Melissa Reizian Frank
The grossly overqualified Melissa Reizian Frank has been lover of science fiction, fantasy and the paranormal for as long as she can remember, and a full-time voice actor for 17 years. She has narrated dozens of audiobooks, and is an Audible-Approved Producer. Melissa voices mainly sci-fi/fantasy books, because, well, it’s easier to read what you love! She also voices TV and radio commercials, e-learning and other narrations from her professional studio. Melissa has also been a stage actor. Some of her favorite roles include Miss Shields in A Christmas Story Musical, Anita in West Side Story, Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street, and Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors. Before switching gears to professional acting full-time, Melissa was an award-winning, Emmy-nominated television journalist. She most recently was a reporter/producer/anchor at WLEX-TV in Lexington, Kentucky, where in addition to daily reporting and anchoring duties, she produced the award-winning half-hour education TV show, “Rising Star.” Melissa also did reports on CNN World Report from Armenia during the early 1990’s and helped train journalists in that country in the ways of “American style journalism” after the fall of the Soviet Union. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she minored in Theatre. Melissa has three sons, who have been doing professional voiceover since they could speak, and is a Lexington, KY transplant, by way of Detroit.
We honestly have no idea why she is here with us.
Billy Crank is a actor and comedian from Burgin Kentucky who has appeared in various television commercials, radio programs and podcasts, short films, as well as promoting kids charities.
He is a regular guest at various conventions and festivals throughout Kentucky. Billy has become a familiar face with a strong and endearing allegiance of fans.
He not only is our “fill-in” co-host of ScareFest Radio but also co-hosts the Sound of Lexington which promotes Kentucky bands and artists.
Lately he is on six networks on the East coast doing commercials on as spokesman for Dominion Raceway & Entertainment.