Planet Weird is a lot of things. It’s an unorthodox paranormal investigation team chasing down high strangeness, a fully-functioning media company dedicated to promoting the odd and the unexplained, an award-winning documentary film crew, and home of the world’s only Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and the Occult. Basically, Planet Weird is the hub for some of the most groundbreaking things happening in the world of the strange and the unexplained, but most importantly, Planet Weird is Greg Newkirk and Dana Matthews.
For nearly two decades, Greg and Dana have traversed North America on hundreds of paranormal adventures in search of everything from legendary monsters to mind bending psychic phenomena, covering everything in between. They’ve come face-to-face with Bigfoot deep in the hills of West Virginia, successfully orchestrated an alien abduction on North Carolina’s mysterious Brown Mountain, and grappled with angry ghosts in a violently-cursed town in rural Pennsylvania, to name just a few expeditions.
Planet Weird was created out of a combined 35+ years of these extraordinary investigations and Greg and Dana’s desire to share those experiences with the world.
GREG NEWKIRK AND DANA MATTHEWS ARE ENGAGING THE STRANGE LIKE NO ONE ELSE CAN… OR WILL
Together, Greg and Dana founded Week in Weird, one of the web’s most-visited destinations for daily paranormal news content. For eight years, WiW has curated exclusive stories on topics that range everywhere from recent UFO sightings, to personal experiences with the unexplainable, to unique investigations into some of the world’s most famous paranormal events. After nearly a decade, Week in Weird continues to dominate the world of weird news thanks to its team of talented writers, an unduplicated wit, and an open-minded approach to all things strange.
Not content to merely tell stories on a digital medium, the pair also travel to events across the country to personally share their experiences with a series of interactive lectures that combine hands-on demonstrations, audience participation, and never before seen footage from their adventures. Each lecture is tailored to help guests engage the strange, whether it be getting abducted by aliens, spending a weekend with real-life vampires, or even harnessing your own psychic powers with a little bit of help from the United States government.
Additionally, Greg and Dana can regularly be found at events with Planet Weird’s Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and the Occult, a collection of the most bizarre artifacts they’ve gathered during their adventures, including everything from a cursed painting known to fling itself from walls, a nightmare-inducing idol with the gift of gab, and even a haunted plank of wood from the infamous Amityville Horror house.
Planet Weird’s latest project is the upcoming documentary web series Engaging the Strange, which seeks to answer the real paranormal questions on everyone’s minds. Questions like: how does Bigfoot get it on? Why do space aliens want to stick things up our butts so badly? And if you cast a curse on your ex-girlfriend and she bites it, can you go to jail? In Engaging the Strange, Greg and Dana discover the answers no one else has by approaching the paranormal in ways that no one else can… or will.
Whether you’re seeking an entertaining addition to your event, need a paranormal expert to consult on your media project, or you just need someone to track down the ghosts in your attic, Greg Newkirk and Dana Matthews are two of the world’s most experienced and unique personalities attempting to solve the world’s most enduring mysteries.
WRITER, MUSEUM DIRECTOR, SOMEWHAT RUGGED PARANORMAL ADVENTURER
Greg Newkirk is terrified of space aliens. It’s a fear he blames on being given the Time Life Mysteries book The UFO Phenomenon at 7 years old. While he may have endured nightmares involving the “Tomato Man” during his youth, it was that very book that caused him to ponder the nature of the unexplained. That, and a steady diet of the X-Files.
Greg’s true passion is tracking down and investigating cases of the anomalous, the paranormal, and the occult, and it’s this research that has had him crisscrossing the continent for two decades in search of monsters, mysteries, and magick. In that time he’s tackled cases of encounters with mine-dwelling extraterrestrial “goblins”, witnessed the mysterious Brown Mountain Lights, drank questionable liquids with real vampires, and had books thrown at him by a poltergeist trapped in a church.
Greg is the founder and Editor-In-Chief of the Week in Weird, an online magazine dedicated to all things out of the ordinary, but before jumping into life as a full-time paranormal investigator, Greg served as Head Writer for Roadtrippers, the fastest growing travel website in the world, where he cranked out viral hits uncovering the world’s weirdest hidden destinations you can actually visit. Greg’s writing is regularly featured both in print and online in publications like Yahoo! News, Gizmodo, and Coast to Coast AM, as well as in local and national news networks across the country.
In addition to researching, investigating, and writing about the anomalous, Greg has appeared on numerous hit television series including Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot, TLC’s Kindred Spirits, Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum, and served as a paranormal consultant on projects that have aired on A&E, Destination America, the Discovery Channel, and more.
In 2011, Greg directed the award-winning documentary The Bigfoot Hunter: Still Searching, a film that follows an ex-military monster hunter as he treks deep into the woods of southern New York in search of the Sasquatch.
When he’s not actively researching the strange and the unexplained, Greg can be found lecturing on the topic of the paranormal across the country, acting as the director of the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal, or working on his first book, due out in the spring of 2017.
WRITER, RESEARCHER OF THE ANOMALISTIC AND THE OCCULT, TRUE BELIEVER
Journalist, ghost story enthusiast, and paranormal TV junkie, Dana has been actively investigating the strange and the anomalous for well over 15 years. And yes, after all this time, she’s still scared of ghosts.
When she was a teen, Dana founded the world’s first all-female paranormal investigation team, and spent her formative years tracking down the unexplained with the Kitchener Waterloo Paranormal Research Society before moving to the United States to become a full-time anomalistic investigator. Since then, Dana has continued to make waves by conducting groundbreaking research in the areas of intelligent hauntings, cryptozoological encounters, and even the alien abduction phenomena.
Dana is currently the Head Writer for the Week in Weird, flexing her journalistic muscle by hunting down and highlighting the world’s weirdest news stories. Previously, she served as a senior staff writer at Roadtrippers where she carved out a considerable niche in the wild and wonderful world of offbeat travel. Her writing has been featured in national news outlets like Nerdist, io9, Jezebel, Mary Sue, Dread Central, Kotaku, and other great publications both in print and online.
Dana’s paranormal expertise has been featured in appearances on hit television series like TLC’s Kindred Spirits and Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot, and if you’re Canadian, you might even recognize Dana as the lead investigator on SPACE’s internationally syndicated series The Girly Ghosthunters.
When she’s not recounting tales of supernatural showdowns or penning articles about the world’s creepiest locales, she travels the country as the curator for the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & the Occult, the world’s first mobile museum filled with haunted objects.