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

About Me

Afterlife & Paranormal Research

Nicole Strickland has been interested in the supernatural since childhood.  In addition to her innate psychic and empathic abilities, Nicole’s experience in the fields of counseling, education, psychology and social work give her a unique perspective on studying the unknown.  She is known for her gentle and humble approaches to working with the spirit realms, her clients and the paranormal field at large. 

Strickland is one of the leading West Coast afterlife & paranormal researchers.  She’s the founder and director of the well-respected San Diego Paranormal Research Society and California Coordinator to the Ghost Research Society.  Nicole is also a consultant to the American Spectral Association. 

Nicole holds a B.A. degree in Media Arts / Journalism from the University of Arizona and an M.S. in Educational Counseling from National University.  She plans to pursue a PhD in Parapsychology. 

Paranormal Tours

Nicole hosts the monthly “Spirits of the Adobe” tours at the iconic Rancho Buena Vista Adobe along with SDPRS co-director Ali Schreiber.  The tours are designed to give guests an extensive look at the site’s historical past and ghostly happenings.  Tours are offered the 3rd Friday of each month at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm.  The SDPRS team has conducted historical and paranormal research on the adobe for over ten years. 

Engaging Speaker

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 is represented nonexclusively by RK Entertainment.  

Author, Writer and RMS Queen Mary Researcher

Blending her love of history, writing and the paranormal, 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, Spirits of Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, Max and Kayli: Two Remarkable Felines Forever Imprinted On My Heart, The Afterlife Chronicles: Exploring the Connection between Life, Death and Beyond (2022) and Women on the Fringe: Groundbreaking Women in the Paranormal with Marie D. Jones and Denise Agnew. (Black Spot Books 2023).  Nicole is known nationally and internationally for her historical and paranormal research of the RMS Queen Mary.  She presents about the Queen Mary at conferences and libraries and has talked about her renowned narrative in various media outlets. All three of Nicole’s books about the ship continue to be popular sellers.  Nicole also writes for Paranormal Underground Magazine. Check out her blog for other writings. 

Media Appearances

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 DiegoSan Diego LivingKPBS Evening Edition and Channel 8 Evening Edition. She has interviewed for nationally televised programs, including My Ghost Story: Caught on Camera, Travel Channel’s Ghost Stories and Famously Afraid.  Strickland was also featured in the groundbreaking documentary, All Around Us: Inside the Life of Psychic Medium Seth Michael.  Additionally, she has been interviewed for various newspapers and magazines and has appeared in numerous Internet and terrestrial radio shows/podcasts.

Radio Shows

Nicole has appeared on numerous Internet and terrestrial-based radio shows and podcasts.  She’s the executive producer / co-host of WLTK-db’s Haunted Voices Radio with Todd Bates. Having debuted in 2004, the show remains one of the best talk radio programs on paranormal and fringe topics. 

Nicole debuted the Afterlife Chronicles Show on the WLTK-db network in October, 2020.  It was selected by Feedspot as one of the top 25 programs on the afterlife in 2021 and 2022. 


Max and Kayli
Max Montgomery & Kayli Savannah

Nicole is a huge cat lover.  She’s had many beloved felines in her life, all with unique characteristics and personalities.  She shares a soul connection with her littermates, Max and Kayli, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2016 and 2021 respectively.  Check out Nicole’s book, Max and Kayli: Two Remarkable Felines Forever Imprinted on My Heart. 

Nicole loves to travel to cities and towns with rich histories and paranormal high strangeness.  Savannah and New York City are two of her absolute favorites.  

Nicole also enjoys reading, cooking, exercising, urban exploring, and spending time with friends and family. 

A majestic, historically-unprecedented “Queen of the Seas.”  Uniting people from all over the world, the Queen Mary’s soul glistens as the shining gem of Long Beach.

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.