Mike Nichols is an author, lecturer, investigator, and former parapsychology instructor at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. While still in grade school, Mike became fascinated by stories of ghosts and hauntings his grandmother from the Ozarks used to tell him. By high school, he had already joined the American Society for Psychical Research to keep up on the latest scientific research in the field. During college, Mike worked as research assistant to famed parapsychologist Robert Ashby. After college, Mike began teaching classes on parapsychology, culminating in being asked to teach a graduate-level course in parapsychology at UMKC. Most recently, Mike has returned to field research, pioneering a new method of using a random number generator (RNG) in the investigation of hauntings.