In the National Geographic documentary series, I Wouldn't Go In There, host Robert Joe adopts a solidly scientific approach to uncover the historical facts behind some of Asia's most haunted locations.
Still, there are times that he gets spooked.
In a telephone interview with Life!, the 35-year-old blogger and urban explorer recalls one such occasion in Taiwan: "We were entering this place called Green Island and the boat ride there was a very choppy one. It just felt so unreal, both the weather and the people, kind of like a journey to the underworld."
The small volcanic island off the eastern coast of Taiwan is known as a place of past and present prisons. It is one of the places he explores in the 10-episode series, which starts airing on National Geographic Channel tomorrow.
The Korean-American also heads to former military air bases and abandoned schools in Hong Kong, Indonesia and the Philippines, destinations with eerie vibes and reputation.
Do not think he is a ghostbuster, though. His role in the show is not to debunk the ghost stories that have been passed down from generation to generation. Instead, he fleshes out the reasons they have arisen in the first place.
"What we're trying to do is to address the social, cultural or historical aspects of stories about haunting that are really prevalent in a country's culture, adding elements that are based on historical fact to the stories," says Joe, who is single and holds a degree in communications from the University of Texas.
"That's what makes it so exciting, the fact that it's about things that the people who tell the stories may be unaware of."