Pepper Parris is a true oddity in Asheville. She is actually a born & raised LOCAL! Pepper heard her first ghost stories about downtown Asheville at the age of 4 when her father relayed to her mother that he had witnessed apparitions. They were of veterans, and he same them vanish into the early morning fog on the sidewalks of Haywood Street. She heard her first ghost tours in Irish castles in the 1970's while attending college at Trinity University in Dublin. From there her intrigue and interest in the paranormal was peaked. She began her touring career in 1992, conducting walking history tours in downtown Asheville for 5th graders in the school district. She conducted her first ghost tours in 2000 for Ghost Hunters of Asheville. In 2012, she started her own tour company in downtown Black Mountain, a spooky little railroad town just east of Asheville, which is still in operation. In June of 2017, Pepper assumed ownership of Ghosthunters of Asheville and she is thrilled to be back touring in Asheville. Pepper is a folk storyteller, and a stickler for accurate history, all while she relays ghost tales that have been told by locals for more than 100 years.
Kirsten grew up in Waldoboro, Maine, and has been telling spooky stories as long as she can remember. Her younger sister blames her present day fear of the dark on Kirsten's tales of escaped convicts hiding in the basement of their haunted childhood home! During her decades long career as a social worker, Kirsten became adept at research and getting to the bottom of things. Now retired, she brings these skills together to bring you a spine-tingling, spooky tour that is as historically accurate as her research can make it. Kirsten has told stories to audiences at day care centers, schools, libraries, summer camps, festivals, and parties for all ages. To avoid causing any more permanent nyctophobia (that's the big word for being afraid of the dark,) she taylors each tour for that specific audience. Grandmother tested, bring the kids!
Alicia (Corbin Knighten) is an Asheville native and Appalachian mystic. Born and raised in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Alicia brings forgotten knowledge of the Old Ways & traditions. She makes her living as a singer/songwriter, a storyteller, a native plant and root forager. And for almost a decade, Alicia taught classes in paranormal studies at Isothermal Community College. She will open your eyes and drop your jaws with her special blend of storytelling and deep-rooted knowledge of the old ways & traditions!
A native Iowan, Deb was a college Public Speaking instructor for 8 years. She is in her 5th year of ghost hunting. "There's no end to the journey," she says. "There's always something new to learn, to investigate, to question." Deb is an avid researcher in finding and authenticating new Asheville ghost tales and is a member of the Asheville Paranormal Society. See her blog for updates on ghostly experiences.
Alisa (Burnette) has been intrigued by ghostly adventures for many years, having worked in two of Asheville's most haunted places, the Biltmore Estate and the Grove Park Inn. She also worked on Haywood Street in downtown Asheville, one of downtown's most haunted streets discussed on her Downtown Spirits tour. Alisa is immensely creative, a talented artist and has called Asheville home for over 20 years. Her storytelling skills will bring goosebumps, and her firsthand knowledge of downtown Asheville's spirits will leave you feeling just a little haunted!