One of the most frightening Twitter threads of 2017 is the story of “Dear David,” in which Buzzfeed contributor and artist-illustrator Adam Ellis (pictured above, center) documented a long and terrifying ordeal with the alleged ghost of a young boy – who first appeared during a bout of sleep paralysis, and whom Ellis claimed was determined to kill him.
The long-running saga of Ellis’ nightmarish encounters with the ghost – including his attempts to learn more about the boy’s origins and circumstances of his death – became a viral sensation, drawing in an incredible 14 million users as the hashtag #DearDavid became one of the year’s highest-trending subjects.
It was only a matter of time before TV execs came calling – and trending terror topics are now the focus of the upcoming Travel Channel miniseries Trending Fear, hosted by Ellis, who will travel the US along with researcher & documentarian Jen Lewis and paranormal investigator Paul Bradford, to visit people who have reported their own haunting encounters. By assisting others, Ellis hopes what he learns from his hands-on investigations will help further a deeper understanding of his own haunting.
“Adam’s extraordinary personal experience and harrowing tale that went viral in ‘Dear David’ makes him uniquely positioned to help those grappling with paranormal fear,” said Travel Channel’s General Manager Matthew Butler. “The stories in Trending Fear give local community members the ability to discuss and engage with paranormal stories that most thought too taboo to discuss publicly. Adam, Jen and Paul will be able to take them through the investigations – in real time and with community help – unlike any other paranormal stories before.”
Utilizing their social media talents, Ellis and Lewis will crowdsource stories, theories and evidence to build a community and conversation around each of six separate cases.
The series premieres on Friday, December 20, when the team journeys to Franklinville, New Jersey – widely known among locals as a particularly haunted township. Cathy Allen’s home is right in the thick of the chaos: she has been yelled at and even pushed down the stairs, and now the hauntings are affecting her health and putting strain on her marriage. After getting a direct message from Allen’s daughter, Ellis rounds up Bradford and Lewis and heads for Franklinville, where the trio is thrown right into the mix when the spirit immediately makes his hostile presence known. Is it just the former homeowner who refuses to depart, or is something darker and more sinister at play?
Future episodes of the six-part series include:
“Voodoo Vendetta” – Premieres Friday, December 27 at 11 p.m. ET/PT
The crew arrives in Oregon, after a desperate tweet from Summer Morgan. She fears her deceased grandmother – who lived in New Orleans and was heavily into Voodoo – is haunting her.
“The Haunted Homecoming” – Premieres Friday, January 3 at 11 p.m./ ET/PT
The 93-year-old Norwood Theatre in Massachusetts is experiencing something supernatural – one of its volunteers has had two dozen encounters with a dark entity and now refuses to step foot in the basement. The team heads to Massachusetts and comes face-to-face with the darkness.
“Ghost Train to Terror” – Premieres Friday, January 10 at 11 p.m. ET/PT
In historic Tomball, Texas, the idiosyncratic Tejas BBQ & Chocolate occupies the town’s oldest structure, but the building is inundated with suspected paranormal activity. After a series of terror-filled incidents, can Ellis and the team get to the heart of this mystery?
“Paranormal Witness” – Premieres Friday, January 17 at 11 p.m. ET/PT
In the desert near Tucson, Arizona, Aaron Miller has recorded hundreds of ghostly voices. The team commences an investigation and uncovers a stunning revelation: evidence of a serial killer who once dumped bodies upon the land Miller’s house now sits upon.
“Boss Man” – Premieres Friday, January 24 at 11 p.m. ET/PT
In Mineola, Texas, Ellis, Bradford and Lewis take on their most extreme haunting yet when a paranormal infestation rules a home and carriage house. Ultimately, it will require the attention of a demonologist and two world-renowned psychics to help solve it.
Trending Fear premieres Friday, December 20 at 11 pm ET/PT on Travel Channel. You can follow @TravelChannel and #TrendingFear on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for additional content and updates.