Free State Horror Stories is a video series that re-examines the best ghost stories from around Kansas. In 2020 the miniseries launched with a focus on ghost stories from Lawrence, Kansas. The folklore at Stubbs Mansion and the various tales from The Eldridge Hotel are told in season one. The documentaries feature Kansas ghost tour guides and authors on the subject. The videos also showcase historians and paranormal investigators. Season 2 of Free State Horror Stories featured a ghost storytelling competition. Production for Season 3 is underway at Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park!
Season 1: Free State Horror Stories
Using Expert Paranormal Videography
The miniseries is shot with a variety of camera equipment. Some of the camera equipment used in Free State Horror Stories is the same equipment used by paranormal investigators. For example, Investigators with Kansas City Paranormal Group use a Zoom recorder when investigating allegedly haunted sites. The documentary crew uses the same equipment. The video series mixes a blend of cinematographers and local videographers to shoot different scenes. All of the footage you see is gathered by the production company the year videos go live.
GHOST STORYTELLING COMPETITION
In 2021, contestants competed for a cash prize by telling the scariest story in “Free State Horror Stories, Season 2.”
SEASON 2 WINNER: ADAM RAYNES
The filming of this video series began during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 by revisiting some of the most classic ghost stories in Lawrence, Kansas. A lot of locals have heard that the Sigma Nu fraternity house in Lawrence is haunted. However, few people knew of the backstory involving Governor Walter “Roscoe” Stubbs. In the episode below, the story is explored with both a local historian and a paranormal investigator who visited the home.
In episodes 3 and 4, the ghost stories of the haunted Eldridge Hotel in Lawrence Kansas are explored in a similar fashion.
Story Ideas & Sponsors
We are currently accepting story submissions for the 2022 season. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for individual episodes. Please describe your interest below and we will reply by email.