My name is Bud Steed, and I am an author, researcher, investigator and explorer of strange and lost legends; if it’s strange, weird or kind of scary, I’m probably interested in it.
I’ve written and published five books, three of which were reviewed and accepted for inclusion into the Library of Congress based on their folklore and historical content. Those three books are the Haunted Natchez Trace, the Haunted Mississippi Gulf Coast, and Haunted Baton Rouge. Additionally, I have two other books published, each the start of its own series. Ozarks Ghosts and Hauntings is the first book in the America’s Ghosts series and Lost Treasures of the Ozarks is the first book in the America’s Lost Treasures series. I can’t wait to research and add new books to each series!
A lot of the content within my books is historical as it relates to the particular story or legend; I guess you could say that I am kind of a self-described “history geek”. It’s my opinion that each ghost story, each legend or strange occurrence, has its roots buried somewhere in historical fact. Researching the history behind the story gives us a better sense of why the legend or ghost sighting started in the first place, and allows us to separate the fact from the fiction; hopefully that will lead us down the twisting turning path to the truth.
Being a naturally inquisitive person (I ask why a lot), I tend to look at a story and wonder what happened to bring this particular story to life. What is the “back story” behind the legend or paranormal sighting and what can I do to find it? I don’t always succeed but I have a damn good time trying 🙂
I have been researching the paranormal for over thirty years now and have investigated in both Europe and the United States. Additionally, I have researched and looked into a lot of legends and buried treasure tales over the years and love to poke around abandoned home sites with my metal detector; the things that you find aren’t always worth anything, but they do give you an idea of who the people were and what life was like for them, which to someone like me, is worth almost as much as money (I’ll emphasize the “almost” part). These interests have led to my current involvement as the Co-Director and Investigation Manager for The Ozarks Paranormal Society (TOPS) and the co-founder of Infinity Paranormal Research.
In 2011, along with friend and fellow researcher Dave Harkins, plus a few additional team members from TOPS, I investigated the Historic Ray House and Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. We were the first team to receive a federally sanctioned permit to conduct an overnight paranormal investigation. This resulted in the Travel Channel contacting us and we ended up doing a second investigation which was filmed for their show, Legends of the Ozarks; the second investigation produced even more startling evidence of hauntings at Wilson’s Creek.
Recently I have participated in several other film projects, one concerning the Natchez Trace for the series Deadly Possession’s, and the other concerning strange stories and legends associated with the Mark Twain National Forest for the series, National Park: Secrets and Legends; both are scheduled to air on the Travel Channel in 2016.
I am also a 5th generation Freemason (no, we are not out to take over the world despite what you might have read online) and member of Ash Grove Lodge #100 AF&AM. An Army Vet, I served with honor, mostly in Europe and the States, and have traveled quite extensively around the world. Seeing different places and cultures has given me a broader understanding and appreciation for life I think.
Currently I reside in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Southwest Missouri with my amazingly patient wife, four great kids, and two Pitbull’s named Dixie and Clyde.
I hope you have enjoyed getting to know a little bit about me and I invite you to check out my books and connect with me on social media (I’m pretty easy to find).