- Paranormal Activities at Westercon 74 in Tonopah, Nevada
Westercon is indeed a science fiction convention, but its 74th installment will be held in Tonopah, a historic mining town where many of today's visitors are attracted to its paranormal activity. (This town is the home of the Mizpah Hotel and Clown Motel.) As such, BAGH knows that there is a big overlap between the science fiction fan and paranormal buff communities, so we accepted the welcoming offer from Kevin Standlee, Westercon 74's chairman, to put together a paranormal track.
Right now we’re currently in the formative stages of our plans, but we’re looking at having a few panels, a ghost walk, investigations and private psychic readings. So far, Psychic Medium Mariah and Spiritual Counselor Madeleine Harmath have already agreed to join us for our programming. Hospitality will be operating 24/7 at this convention, so members will have plenty of opportunity to socialize.
Since the schedule is still a work in progress with no firm details at this writing, we are not accepting RSVPs on our Meetup page at the moment, but we want to alert interested members. Anyone wanting to participate will have to be a member of Westercon 74, which is a separate organization. Because of the remoteness of the location, it does require some planning to go there. Be aware the membership cost (price of admission) increases the closer it is to the opening date. The member rate for all four days is currently $50 and rises to $60 on 1 October 2021. Registration is limited to 450 attending members, so it is urged to have that in hand as soon as possible. Membership to the convention is non-refundable, but is transferable.
For more details on Westercon 74, please go to:
In addition to the paranormal programming, there will be panels on the science fiction/fantasy genre, science, the locale and related; vendors; author signings; gaming; kaffeeklatsches; filking; a scavenger hunt; and more. Panel topic suggestions—not just for the paranormal track, but the other stuff too—are invited. Please submit ideas to [masked].
Westercon 74 is also still looking for more volunteers at various staff levels to help out; if interested, please see its web page for more details.
We will update our meet-up scroll as scheduling details are confirmed, so please keep checking in for updates. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
Updated 15 August 2021