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Grant Steven Wilson is the co-founder of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) and serves as an art designer and developer for Rather Dashing Games (now a branch of Kalmbach Publishing), a game company he initiated with Michael Richie. He is also the star and co-producer of Ghost Hunters, a cable television reality show. Though he left the show in 2014, he returned for its revival in 2019.
Born on July 3, 1974, in Providence, Rhode Island, Grant Steven Wilson attended Scituate High School in Rhode Island, graduating in 1992. His initial profession was web design, followed by plumbing while working for Roto-Rooter, a significant plumbing company based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Wilson's fascination with the paranormal developed after a recurring paranormal experience that began when he was 15 years old. He claims to have encountered an unidentified entity in the Rhode Island woods. Wilson's first significant step towards becoming a television star was when he co-founded The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) with his friend Jason Hawes. Wilson was given the opportunity to redesign the Rhode Island Paranormal Society (RIPS) website, a support group based in Warwick, Rhode Island, which Hawes had created for those exposed to paranormal experiences.
Wilson and Hawes were long-time colleagues at the plumbing company Roto-Rooter; Hawes was the one who brought Wilson into the plumbing industry. The two friends also co-owned the Spalding Inn, a hotel located in Whitefield, New Hampshire.
Grant married his partner, Reanna, in 1997, and they have three children together. When asked about his departure from Ghost Hunters, Wilson explained that his life had become monotonous, involving a constant cycle of traveling from home to car, to the airport, then to a remote hotel. According to him, working as a paranormal investigator carried potential risks to his physical health and personal life. His work hours were irregular, often involving late nights and reduced sleep.
He also stated that his lifestyle had become so stressful that he had forgotten the joys of fine dining and spending time with family. He lamented missing significant moments in his children's lives due to his work schedule. Nevertheless, he acknowledged his wife's patience and support in managing their family without criticizing his lifestyle.
Grant Wilson began his tenure as an actor and co-producer on SyFy's reality series "Ghost Hunters" in 2004. The show became popular, capturing public attention and curiosity. On February 15, 2012, Wilson announced that he would leave Ghost Hunters for personal reasons, including focusing on his projects. Rumors circulated that his departure was due to a divorce from his wife, Reanna. However, according to Wilson, he had accomplished his goal of raising awareness of the supernatural while working as a paranormal investigator.
Wilson returned to Ghost Hunters for the 200th episode in 2014. That same year, he joined the cast of the web series "Haunt Me," assisting young paranormal detectives in solving mysteries across the country.
Alongside his friend, Jason Hawes, and other members of the paranormal community, Grant Wilson often delivers lectures at schools and paranormal conventions. He is available for hire for private ghost hunting trips and has participated in numerous charity events. Wilson and Hawes have also taken part in many ghost hunting events organized by their society. They have visited haunted locations like the RMS Queen Mary ocean liner in California, the Stanley Hotel in Colorado (famous as the location where Stephen King wrote "The Shining"), and the Buffalo Central Terminal in Buffalo, New York.
During an interview about the workings of his paranormal trips, Wilson stated, "We engage the audience as part of the event, giving them the opportunity to participate online. They can watch from special camera angles and report any perceived activity." He further explained a key interactive element - the panic button. Viewers have used this to a remarkable extent in the past, alerting Hawes, Wilson, and the crew to potential paranormal activity. "The viewers have a panic button that was pressed, I don't know, tens of thousands of times last time when people thought they saw something unusual. If it's deemed legitimate, we'll investigate. It goes beyond merely watching; you're interacting and even partially investigating with us."
Wilson is also the owner of a board game company called "Rather Dashing Games," which specializes in user-friendly hobby games. In his leisure time, Wilson enjoys writing and illustrating characters for fantasy and role-playing games, as well as playing and composing music on a variety of instruments, including the guitar and piano. He is currently collaborating with his lifelong friend Mike Richie on a series of Steampunk and High Fantasy novels.
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