I’m Karen Stollznow, and I’m a new Skepchick too!
Iâ€™m an Aussie linguist (the kind who studies the structure of languages, not a polyglot) living in the San Francisco Bay Area where I teach and research. I also research anomalous phenomena, and have a particular interest in linguistic themes, such as graphology, alien languages, cold reading, electronic voice phenomena, reverse speech, and glossolalia (speaking in tongues).
I began my skeptical career as a sort of Mata Hari (without the exotic dancer part, mostly), going undercover to test an iridologist, a naturopath, a homeopath and an aura reader. Since then, Iâ€™ve become a paranormal investigator (of the skeptical kind), and I investigate and road test all kinds of beliefs and practices: ghosts, psychics, cults and alternative medicine. Iâ€™ve investigated many alleged hauntings in the States, including those at Alcatraz, New Orleans,Â Savannah, Waverly Hills Sanatorium,Â the Winchester Mystery House and The Lemp Mansion.
Nowadays, I write for Skeptical Inquirer, Swift, The Bay Area Skeptics blog and my Bad Language websiteÂ and Skepbitch blog. Okay, so Iâ€™m a skeptical strumpetâ€¦but Iâ€™m delighted to join the skepchick team!