Jeffery Pritchett is the host of Church of Mabus Radio, a weekly contributor at Paranormal Examiner.com, and arbiter of all things supernatural, paranormal, and beyond. From UFOs to shamanism, Pritchett’s topics of interest run the gamut of what he calls the “High Strange.” A fan himself of Evolver Editions’ newest title, Exploring the Edge Realms of Consciousness edited by Daniel Pinchbeck, which explores everything from the CIA’s experiments in psychic projection to lucid dreaming, our staff was able to wrangle him for a few questions about living full-time in the consciousness-expanding world of the strange.
How did the Church Of Mabus media start? How has it grown?
I have been running a paranormal site for over 16 years. It started out as just a regular forum and now it has grown into a full fledged radio show. We went from hundreds to hundreds of thousands. Listeners and readers of my articles on Paranormal Examiner.com are climbing to the 300,000 mark. It has come a long wayâ€”past all of my expectations. I’ve only been doing the radio show for three years, so to have that amount of listeners with no previous experience in radio is pretty amazing.
â€śParanormalâ€ť is a large categoryâ€”what topics within that larger genre are you interested in?
I am interested in all of the aboveâ€”from UFOs and aliens to ghosts and cryptozoology. Cryptozoology usually revolves around sightings of beings or creatures not classified as verifiably existing in the norm of science. Lately I’ve had a Sasquatch fetish, and I think they could possibly be linked to the Nephilim from the Bible. I also have an interest in Native American Shamanism. I feel their stories and folklore embrace a lot of elements of the paranormal that are often overlooked by so-called normal society.
Youâ€™ve interviewed some very cool people from places like The History Channel over the years. Who have been among your favorites?
I enjoyed interviewing Kathy Strain, author of Giants, Cannibals & Monsters: Bigfoot in Native Culture, which gets into Native American folklore heavily and Bigfoot and many paranormal elements. I usually enjoy all of my guests though. Others I have interviewed include Stanton Friedman, the original civilian investigator of the Roswell incident, Nick Pope, paranormal investigator for the Ministry of Defense, cryptozoologist Nick Redfern, Mothman expert Andy Colvin, and the list goes on and on.
Are there topics you refuse to cover?
There are no topics I refuse to cover whatsoever that I can think ofâ€”unless of course I think the person representing the topic isn’t geniune or is a huckster.
What are your favorite pieces of fictionâ€”tv, film, books or otherwise?
Show-wise I watch True Blood, Dexter, Falling Skies, Hell on Wheels, Breaking Bad, Walking Dead. I’ve loved reading Stephen King and Anne Rice since my youth.
If there were one topic you could wave a magic wand and have people pay more attention to, what would it be?
I think when it comes to our government here in the USA that we are being deceived and mistreated on many levels. I don’t understand how anyone poor or struggling financially would vote the GOP into office at all. If I could wave a wand I would shake them to the truth of how there is no way the GOP is going to benefit them or help when it comes to being in a bad state financially.
Your biography on ChurchOfMabusRadio.com says the paranormal affected your cancer recovery. Can you tell us about that?
When I was 17 I had testicular cancer and had to go through chemotherapy. The cancer had spread to my stomach and lungs as well. I woke up from exploratory surgery to learn I had to go through chemo. I wept. Then, during chemo, I found the universe and began to pray a lot to whoever would listen or care. I was healed and have been healed for over 16 years. Shortly after that I began to study the spiritual and occult and I began to see spirits as well as UFOs and beings from elsewhere that other witnesses had seen too. I believe I had a shamanic death during chemo and pretty much died to be reborn. My brush with death opened up my senses to what was there all along and remains to be. My next project is to write a book about all my experiences and my life.
How did you come to write for Examiner.com?
I signed up, and was accepted. They are always looking for people to write for them. Plus you get paid.
What is your take on the metaphysical?
I believe there is a source of all creation and it is intelligent and there are worksâ€”for example aliens, angels, spirit guides, normal humansâ€”connected to the source of all that is. It is a pure positive energy and all the struggle and psychosis we go through on Earth comes from fear and being disconnected from this source.
Though I had a Christian upbringing, I really lean towards Shamanism. I do believe there is a Christ and also many teachers that embody that energy. A book that helped me understand more about this source was Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch. I struggle a lot with trying to understand the evil in this world. I guess it’s just people disconnected from this source who do unkind acts. Sometimes I wish God would Batman-up and bring more justice to this world, but it’s more complex than that I am sure.
What does a supernatural sleuth like yourself do for fun outside the realms of the high strange? Parcheesi?
By the time I am done doing all my writing and paranormal sleuthing I like to rest and read or watch films or try to exercise by going for a walk through the many trails in the woods. I aim to spend time with family and strike a balance of work and play. The Outer Limits is a old TV fetish I’ve got into lately as wellâ€”everything from the newer series to the old. Good stuff!