About Dave

David E. Harkins


A published writer and accomplished researcher, Dave Harkins brings his love of lost legends, history and the supernatural to almost every aspect of his life. After moving from Fresno California back in the early 1980's to the Ozark Mountains of south-central Missouri Dave immediately fell in love with not only the mountains themselves, but the strange tales that shrouded them in mystery and legend. Tales of lost mines, buried treasure, ghosts and cryptids were shared with him over the years by Ozarks natives and helped to form his ever growing interest in researching the truth behind those stories.

Forming the group, The Ozarks Paranormal Society, and later on co-founding the group, Lost Legends Research and Investigation, Dave devotes most of his free time into searching for answers as to whether life really continues after death and to finding the truth behind the stories of various Ozarks legends.

According to Dave, “There is always a little bit of truth behind every ghost story or legend. The key is researching the story, finding the historical connections to it and proving that there really was a basis for the origin of the tale. That’s what makes it so interesting and drives me forward.”

His research has led to the authorship of “Haunted Graveyards of the Ozarks” published by the History Press as part of its Haunted America series; that book was later reviewed and accepted for inclusion into the Library of Congress based on its collected folklore and historical content.

In addition to researching and investigating both legends and the unexplained across the United States, Dave has been featured on radio, print and most notably he and the Ozarks Paranormal Society were featured on the Travel Channel show “Legends of the Ozarks” investigating the activity at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield in Missouri. The show is still aired on a regular basis on The Travel Channel. David is also featured on a current Travel Channel show, "Mysteries of the Outdoors," centered around the mysterious happenings surrounding the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri.

Dave is also a Team Manager for the world renouned TAPS Family. TAPS stands for "The Atlantic Paranormal Society". The TAPS group is based out of Rhode Island and has been investigating the paranormal for many years before starting the popular "Ghost Hunters" television show on the SyFy network.

Dave has also extended his quest for answers of the existence of the paranormal to many parts of Europe as well as the Indian sub continent; the quest never stops for Dave Harkins, at least as long as there are answers to be had.

Dave is available for book signings, lectures and appearances. You can contact Dave at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.