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Meet Ron Lanham and Joe Perdue the  artists  and researchers  behind "Wild & Weird West Virginia".  Both work with various media and use it to create art based on sightings and legends local and world wide.   They use this art as a platform to help promote discussions from individuals who may have witnessed something but who are afraid to talk about it.  The paranormal is more accepted now than ever before with more media coverage and states embracing their legends for tourism rather than hiding from it.  Their art can be found in shops across the country and on line by clicking the SHOP tab.  In 2020 after many years of talking about it they started the popular "Wild & Weird  Radio" Podcast with fellow artist and investigator Wayne Barnes and announced a new research project called the "West Virginia High Strangeness Collective" as well as founding the states first "Wild & Weird CON",  a true multi-day paranormal expo and convention which unfortunately had to be postponed until 2021 due to COVID.   In 2020 Ron's sighting of a creature resembling Mothman debuted in the Small Town Monsters Film "The Mothman Legacy" .  Joe has appeared on "Finding Bigfoot" following an investigation and both are featured in the upcoming film "On the Trail of UFOs Dark Sky" The two continue to help bring a sense of normalcy to the paranormal by helping with tourist attractions and venues to promote the Wild & Weird history of the state and have become West Virginia's self proclaimed Ambassadors of the paranormal.

Welcome to Wild & Weird West Virginia


Wild & Weird CON is Back

Do you have an interest in UFOs , Cryptids and the paranormal in general?  This one event is where you can meet and learn from other researchers and authors, as well as get great items from local vendors.  We have put together an amazing and informative conference for enthusiasts of all levels.  Come hear about Mothman, giants, bigfoot, UFOs, ghosts and more.

Come Meet And Learn From Some Of The Best In The Field 

When we imagined what Wild & Weird CON would be we set some pretty big goals and wanted something a bit different than the normal expo or convention, which are great but our goal is to teach others who will one day be the leaders in this field.  We wanted to to bring some of the best in local authors,  film makers and researchers who are pioneering the way in the field of the paranormal and use them to help inspire and teach the next generation.  We also wanted to feature some of the best local artists who specialize in art featuring the subject matter.  It had to have all of this plus be held in an amazing convention center which highlights the beauty and mystery of West Virginia and promotes our incredible mountain state.  As we move into the final month of planning,  we are pleased to say we could not be happier with  the line up of speakers and vendors and we invite you to stop by their tables, speak with them or pick up a book, some art or a souvenir and learn about the study and research into the Wild & Weird world of UFOs, Cryptids & the Paranormal.

A Look at the Venue


Help promote the conference by printing out the poster above and posting them in your neighborhood and you could win one of several awesome Wild & Weird prizes. 

To enter:
1. Print out the official poster above (resize if needed)
2. Post up your poster on a public area bulletin / event board.
3. Take a pic of the poster where you posted it
4. Like Wild & Weird CON
5. Post your pics on the page and tag #wildandweirdwv #painthetownweird2021 - You must like the page and Use both hashtags.  The more entries the better your odds of winning.  
4. Prizes will be drawn before NOVEMBER 5th 

Wild & Weird CON on facebook to keep up to date with


Go Watch On the Trail of UFOs : "Dark Sky"

You can now go watch , rent , buy etc On the Trail of UFOs: Dark Sky by Seth Breedlove.  The Small Town Monsters crew investigates UFOs in West Virginia and look at some possible connections.  You can catch us both as we talk about several of our cases which are brought to life in CGI by the talented Santino Vitale.  Be sure to leave a review and keep looking up, you never know what might be out there.

Recent UFO/ UAP Sighting 

We were recently sent this clip that was captured on a Go-Pro. It was recorded in Time lapse and shows an object fade into view and fade out in 26 frames.  Each frame is 30 seconds long and as such the duration of the event is 13 min long. This object would likely have gone completely unnoticed if it were not captured by this member of the West Virginia High Strangeness Collective.  Have you had a sighting?  Contact us today.

Wild & Weird Workshops Debut

Recently we held our first Wild & Weird Workshop and the results were amazing.  Everyone who came got to learn some great techniques such as pouring their own special Wild & Weird Workshop Cast , how to collect data, basic tracking, propper load out an more.  Lather that night they got you go out on a night op where we put everything we learned together in the field.  If you missed it don't worry , we are already planning the next workshop and will have details soon.  You will also have the opportunity to sign up for  a night op at Wild & Weird CON this Novemver as well.

Over 11,000 downloads !  Fans can not get enough of Wild & Weird Radio, our weekly podcast.   If you like UFOs, Cryptids ,and anything unexplained , then you will enjoy this fun and informative show.   Join your hosts every weekend as they look into various phenomena and legends from all over the world and beyond.  Thank you to all our listeners!

Choose from a small sample of our episode backlog below

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The West Virginia High Strangeness Collective

We are not just artists who sell paranormal themed items,  we are experiencers and researchers who are convinced there are actual answers to some of these deeper mysteries.  We also believe the only way to find those answers is to work together and share our data.  This is the building block of the WVHSC , a research and investigation network designed to gather and record data on various paranormal incidents as quickly as possible in an attempt to help find answers to these wild and weird occurrences in the mountain state.  We are comprised of many professional  individuals with unique skill sets that contribute to the general mission of the group.   If you have had an encounter or sighting you would like to talk about, please feel free to contact us. 

To date we helped many individuals come to terms with their encounters with the unknown and helped find answers or at least point them in the right direction.  If you have had an encounter and are looking for answers reach out to us by clicking on CONTACT tab.   All personal data is kept strictly confidential.


We believe the only way in which we can find answers to some of the mysteries surrounding us, is by looking at every submitted case.  If you have had an encounter and would like to have it added to our data base , or if you would like some possible answers or resources,  please click on the REPORT A SIGHTINGS tab below and fill out the simple online form.  All data is kept confidential and only shared among case members .  We will screen the initial report and may send a more detailed questionnaire if we think it is warranted. 


Are you interested in UFOs, Cryptids and the paranormal and staying up to date with real world events relating to these topics?  Are you looking for a group that is fun and drama free?  If so,  you are looking for the  Wild and Weird Talk group.  We work very hard to keep this site free from drama, and spam plus you can share your accounts without fear of being ridiculed.  You will also get real time updates on all things related to our other projects and events.  Just answer the 3 membership questions and we will approve you ASAP.  

NOTE: You must answer question #3 above all others stating that you agree to the rules or we will not accept.

Now you can show your support for one of the best paranormal podcasts out there by picking up some of our unique original designs on many different products.  Follow the SHOPS tab above. Some designs exclusive to some sites.