Author | Researcher | Speaker | Producer | Award-Winning Radio Host

About Me


One of the leading paranormal and afterlife researchers on the West Coast, Nicole Strickland is the founder and director of the well-respected San Diego Paranormal Research Society (SDPRS). Since 2011, she has co-hosted the “Spirits of the Adobe” tours at the iconic Rancho Buena Vista Adobe. Since 2009, she has worked with Dale Kaczmarek’s Ghost Research Society, serving as the Southern California Area Research Director and California State Coordinator. Nicole is also a consultant to various other investigative groups including the American Spectral Society.  She is known for her gentle and humble approach to working with the spirit realms, her clients and the paranormal field at large.

Blending her love of history, paranormal studies and writing, Nicole has written several books, including Field Guide to Southern California Hauntings, The Haunted Queen of the Seas: The Living Legend of the RMS Queen Mary, Spirited Queen Mary: Her Haunted Legend, RMS Queen Mary: Voices from Her Voyages, San Diego’s Most Haunted: The Historical Legacy and Paranormal Marvels of America’s Finest City and Spirits of Rancho Buena Vista Adobe. Her next book, The Afterlife Chronicles: Exploring the Connection between Life, Death and Beyond will be published in 2021.  All three of her books about the Queen Mary continue to be popular sellers aboard the ship.  Nicole also contributes to Paranormal Underground Magazine as a writer and correspondent.  Check out her website’s blog feature for written pieces about various topics. 

Nicole is known nationally and internationally for her research of the iconic RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.  With her passion, knowledge and unique ability to tell stories, Nicole is continually invited to speak at conferences, business events and libraries. She has offered compelling presentations at some of the best-known conventions, such as the Oregon Ghost Conference, Port Gamble Ghost Conference, Troy Taylor’s Haunted America Conference, Maritime Ghost Conference of San Diego, Preston Castle Benefit Paracon, Ghost Fest IV aboard the Queen Mary, Strange Escapes, USS Hornet History and Mystery event, among others.  

Nicole has been featured in a myriad of media outlets discussing her work as a paranormal researcher. These include several local San Diego news programs, such as Good Morning San Diego, San Diego Living, KPBS Evening Edition and Channel 8 Evening Edition. Nicole has interviewed for national televised programs, including My Ghost Story: Caught on Camera, Travel Channel’s Ghost Stories and Famously Afraid. She has also been a guest on numerous internet-based and/or terrestrial radio shows. Nicole has appeared in many San Diego newspapers and magazines discussing her work as a paranormal researcher.

She is also the executive producer / occasional co-host of Haunted Voices Radio (WLTK-db), one of the longest running radio programs featuring a plethora of guests from all areas of the supernatural. On October 8, 2020, Nicole debuted her own radio show, The Afterlife Chronicles and Beyond, on the WLTK-db network.  The show has been selected by Feedspot as one of the “Top 25 Afterlife Podcasts.” It’s ranked as #13. 

In addition to working on other projects, Nicole enjoys cooking, reading, traveling and spending valuable time with family and friends. She enjoys working with other paranormal researchers as she believes that through diligent research, teamwork and collaboration, we will all better understand the vast field of the unknown.

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Nicole Strickland

Other Great Books

San Diego's Most Haunted

Spirits of Buena Vista Adobe

Field Guide to S. California

Frequently Asked Questions

Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to do this but may be able to help you find someone who can. 

I was born in the Surf Capital of the USA – good old Huntington Beach, California.

I absolutely adore New York City and Savannah, Georgia.  Towns and cities with rich historical backgrounds call to me. 

I love food.  Cheese, sushi and chocolate especially. I am always in the mood for a delicious cheese enchilada, extra cheese pizza or decadent chocolate cake.  I can have Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Mexican any day of the week. 

Dan Brown and Stephen King are two of my favorites.  Their plots captivate me so much that I fight much-needed sleep to read their work. 

I would love to; however, it depends on where my publishers schedule book events and signings.  Most of these events are located in the Southern California area.  I do travel occasionally to present at paranormal events and conferences.  If you’d like me to speak at your venue, please e-mail me at 

The Shawshank Redemption is among my favorites.  Other contenders include anything Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen King.  My favorite TV series is The Twilight Zone.

Yes, absolutely.  I have appeared to date in various television, film, radio and print mediums. 

Yes!  Please e-mail me at and I will tell you how you can get your own signed copy. 

There’s currently a few in the works.  In addition to working on future books, I am also working on a proposed television project with some of my Pacific Northwest colleagues. 

When I first stepped aboard the ship in 2005, I immediately fell in love with her.  A renowned historical icon, the Queen Mary has touched the heart and soul of people from all over the world.  There is just something remarkable about this ocean liner; words cannot definitively explain it.  Since 2005, I have devoted much time to researching the ship’s history and profound paranormal phenomena.  You can read more about her legacy and my experiences in my three books, RMS Queen Mary – Voices from Her Voyages, Spirited Queen Mary – Her Haunted Legend and The Haunted Queen of the Seas: The Living Legend of the RMS Queen Mary or by visiting my website, 

I am a cat lady and proud of it!  My Cindy, Mittens, Max, Merlin and Simba have traveled over the Rainbow Bridge.  I miss them profoundly but they do visit in spirit form.  Max’s sister, Kayli, is still with me as is her cousin, Aeries.  They are the light of my day.  There is nothing like cuddling with a soft, warm, purring kitty. 

Without a doubt, this would be encountering my maternal grandmother’s spirit shortly after her transition.  A few days after her death, I saw her full-bodied apparition in my apartment.  She looked about ten years younger and was adorned in one of her favorite blue and white house dresses. She looked rather calm and peaceful. I elaborate on this experience further in my book, The Afterlife Chronicles: Exploring the Connection between Life, Death and Beyond.  I have had many experiences with the spirit realm throughout my life. 

I went to high school at University of San Diego High School, which is now called Cathedral Catholic.  I received my undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona and my masters degree at National University, both with honors. 

Absolutely.  I offer various courses related to supernatural research and paranormal investigative practices.  Please see the “events” page to learn more about the classes I offer and registration information.