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Nicole Strickland
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Nicole Strickland

Nicole Strickland currently resides in San Diego, California, and has been innately intrigued with the paranormal since childhood, having thus studied the field for many years. She has been actively investigating historical landmarks and private residences for paranormal activity since the early 2000s, after a profound experience with the spirit of her beloved grandmother. She is the Founder and Director of the San Diego Paranormal Research Society (SDPRS) and serves as the team’s EVP specialist and historical locations case manager. Nicole has worked with various Southern California paranormal research teams prior to developing SDPRS in 2009. She is also a core member of the Ghost Research Society, based in Chicago, Illinois and was appointed to the GRS Southern California Area Research Director position in 2009. She was recently promoted to the GRS California Coordinator in 2015. Nicole also serves as a consultant to World Paranormal Investigations as well as a California Representative for the American Spectral Society.

She is also a published author with Penoaks Publishing and Schiffer Publishing. Her first book is Field Guide to Southern California Hauntings, (2009). Her second book, The Haunted Queen of the Seas: The Living Legend of the RMS Queen Mary (1st ed.) was published in May of 2010. She has recently come out with a newly designed and formatted second edition to the Haunted Queen of the Seas book. Furthermore, Nicole just came out with her second book about the RMS Queen Mary, titled Spirited Queen Mary: Her Haunted Legend. Both of these books are sold in gift stores aboard the Queen Mary.

Nicole and dear friend / colleague, Cher Garman, are also co-authoring a book about this legendary ocean liner, set to debut in the summer of 2017. Additionally, Nicole is in the process of publishing a book with Schiffer Publishing, which discusses the local San Diego historically haunted locations. Nicole is currently writing other books with a focus on history and paranormal research with Penoaks Publishing as well as a novel about the Queen Mary.

Nicole has conducted numerous paranormal research investigations throughout San Diego, Southern California and out-of-state. Her favorite place to conduct both historical and paranormal research is aboard the legendary RMS Queen Mary, located in Long Beach, California. Having spent the past 12 years intensely researching this legendary ocean liner, Nicole has conducted paranormal investigations in various hot spot locations, including the former first and third class pool, boiler rooms, after engine room, Sir Winston's, Isolation Ward, R deck forward, cargo holds, Windsor Salon, Royal Salon, Bridge, numerous staterooms, etc.

She gives presentations about the RMS Queen Mary at paranormal conferences and events, discussing the ship’s history, paranormal encounters as well as showcasing a wide array of ghostly evidence. Nicole has given local Southern California talks about the ship in addition to lectures at the Oregon Ghost Conference, Troy Taylor's Haunted America Conference, Port Gamble Ghost Conference (2017), Maritime Ghost Conference San Diego, Ghost Fest IV aboard the Queen Mary, and most recently, at Amy Bruni's Strange Escapes: Seaside Spirits aboard the RMS Queen Mary. Additionally, Nicole is frequently asked to discuss the haunted history of the Queen Mary on various internet-based and terrestrial paranormal talk radio shows. She has recently come out with her own website and blog devoted to her love for to the Queen Mary, at

Nicole has been featured on local news channels' San Diego Living and Good Morning San Diego and DVD documentaries. Additionally, Nicole has appeared on Travel Channel’s Ghost Stories, in an episode devoted to the Linda Vista Hospital and has also appeared in Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story: Caught on Camera, discussing some interesting experiences from the William Heath Davis House, located in San Diego, California. She appeared on Central California Paranormal Investigators Paranormal Journeys TV show in May of 2015, talking about her research aboard the Queen Mary. In 2017, Nicole will be appearing on Aaron Collins' Paranormal Crossings TV show and One-on-One with Aaron Collins program. She will also be discussing the haunted history of the Queen Mary in a 2018-based film by Tristan David Luciotti and Vision 8 Studio.

She was recently asked to be a consulting producer for a possible upcoming TV program. More information on this as it becomes available.

In 2016, Nicole signed on with Paranormal Underground Magazine as a writer and correspondent, typically writing monthly and/or quarterly articles.

The San Diego Paranormal Research Society (SDPRS) enjoys hosting its monthly Spirits of the Adobe Tours at the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe in Vista, California. For more information, please visit

The Oregon Ghost Conference is a model event for paranormal conferences in the United States. It's an event that exudes professionalism, dedication and pure fun. Rocky Smith of Northwest Ghost Tours, LLC founded the conference five years ago and serves as its president. Nicole has enjoyed being a speaker and vendor at the event for two years in a row. Just recently, Nicole was asked to be the official California Coordinator for the conference, an honor she is truly excited about. For more information, please visit

Nicole enjoys working with other paranormal researchers in the field as she believes that through diligent research, teamwork, humility and collaboration, we will all better understand the vast field of the paranormal and supernatural.

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