You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

breaking news

Ohio sues to recoup $604K it spent on tainted Enon water cleanup

New store caters to ghost hunters

The owner of a new downtown business specializing in ghost hunting equipment has a confident long-term market outlook.

“As long as people are dying,” Darin Hough explained, “people are going to have an interest in it.”

But, there’s actually no better time to open a store like Ghost Hunting Source — arguably the only place around where you can buy an electromagnetic field detector, an infrared camera and a dowsing rod all in a single shopping trip — than the present.

Turn on cable and there’s no shortage of reality shows featuring everyday folks trying to capture proof of the spirit world.

There’s “Ghost Hunters” on Syfy, the granddaddy of ‘em all, that originally featured a couple of Roto-Rooter plumbers essentially trying to break through the clog separating the living from the dead.

Others followed, with titles like “Ghost Adventures” and “Deep South Paranormal.”

Hough, a 1984 graduate of Shawnee High School who’ll let anyone listen to audio field recordings he’s made of potential ghosts speaking and whispering, wanted to offer fellow seekers the chance to buy the exact equipment as seen on the shows.

Ghost Hunting Source opened Friday inside 14 N. Lowry Ave., an old industrial site known as the Robertson building.

Other tenants of the building have told Hough they think it’s haunted — so he’s hoping to conduct a ghost hunt there as part of the store’s grand opening party on Oct. 19.

Hough promises to instruct neophyte ghost hunters on how to properly use what they buy.

“We’ve got something that’s very popular. It’s called the spirit box,” Hough said, picking up and turning on what’s essentially a handheld radio. “The theory is, maybe the spirit could use the white noise to speak through.”

The spirit box, which retails for $59 and $79, has been seen on Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures,” he added.

Hough, 47, recently quit his full-time job as a supervisor at the F.F. Mueller Residential Center on Kenton Street to open Ghost Hunting Source. But don’t assume he’s possessed.

Six years ago — around the time he founded Miami Valley Paranormal Services — Hough began selling ghost hunting equipment online.

“It’s just gotten better and better every year,” he said.

Last year alone, he said, he sold more than $220,000 in gear online and shipped it to places as far-flung as Australia and Russia.

Another gadget he’s selling is something labeled E-POD-AMP, a $100 pod that features a series of lights that remain lit until static electricity is detected — ideal for trying to decipher why the hair on your arm is standing up.

“Maybe what you’re feeling,” Hough said, “is the real deal and you’re not just freaking yourself out.”

For paranormal investigators on a budget, the most basic EMF meter sells for $10.

Steve Worthen, an old classmate of Hough’s at Shawnee, has been on many of the ghost hunts conducted in local homes and businesses by Miami Valley Paranormal Services.

“People are searching for answers,” Worthen said. “But, when you’re doing this, you’ll end up with more questions than answers.”

For all the high-tech gear at the store — like video cameras specially modified to shoot in full spectrum — Hough also carries a variety of low-tech, old-school gear as well, including dowsing rods and tarot cards.

Need to cast out an evil spirit? Pick up some sage to burn. It’s been used for centuries, and it’s in stock.

The one product noticeably absent from the shelves at Ghost Hunting Source is the Ouija board, the infamous “board game” made and sold by the toy company Hasbro.

“It’s a personal thing,” Hough said. “I’ve had nothing but bad experiences with them.”

“Weird bad,” he added.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in News

Dayton Air Show: Visitors turn out despite Thunderbirds cancellation 
Dayton Air Show: Visitors turn out despite Thunderbirds cancellation 

As the Vectren Dayton Air Show kicks off Saturday some visitors came to the show, unaware of Friday’s Thunderbird crash and cancellation of their performance Saturday. Michael Werchowski, 44, brought his 11-year-old son, Miles, hoping to see the Thunderbirds, but didn’t know they weren’t performing until he arrived at Dayton International...
LIVE COVERAGE: Saturday at the Vectren Dayton Air Show
LIVE COVERAGE: Saturday at the Vectren Dayton Air Show

The gates have opened and flights for the 2017 Dayton Vectren Air Show are scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. and will conclude around 4:15 p.m. Gates for Saturday’s show will close at 6 p.m. Saturday’s line-up will include flights from the following acts and others (times are approximate) Suzuki Extra 300 12:05 p.m. B-25 Doolittle Raid...
Clark Co. community turns into ‘Wellville’ for a day
Clark Co. community turns into ‘Wellville’ for a day

New Carlisle community members are welcomed to spend 'A Day in Wellville' Saturday morning at a one day health and wellness fair.  The fair will be held on Main and Washington Street from 10 a.m. to noon.  Clark County Combined Health District, and Family and Youth Initiatives got together with the New Carlisle Farmer's Market to provide...
Stafford happy to be grounded
Stafford happy to be grounded

I didn’t know it Thursday as I was driving south on Fountain Avenue, crossing the tracks at the Heritage Center and making a left into the parking lot next to the Hollenbeck-Bayley Conference Center. But for the first time in years, I was about to be grounded. MORE: Stafford: Distractions can turn thoughts in new directions The grounding was...
Dayton Air Show today: Here’s what we know
Dayton Air Show today: Here’s what we know

The Vectren Dayton Air Show is set to take off today with one a full line-up minus the headline act of the Air Force Thunderbirds. A two-seat F-16D Thunderbird fighter jet went off the runway Friday at Dayton International Airport and flipped onto a grassy area, trapping a pilot and a crew member inside until first responders could remove the two from...
More Stories