Central Ohio Legends & Lore

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Yeah, so this just happened.

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My latest endeavor hit Central Ohio bookshelves and online retailers everywhere on June 26th. And I have to admit it’s one that I am quite proud of.

For one, Central Ohio Legends & Lore gets me back a bit closer to my Weird Ohio roots that so many of you have been asking me to return turn. In other words, while this new book has some ghost stories in it, the vast majority of it centers on just plain ol’ weird stuff. You know, things like UFOs and the Ohio Grassman.

But what’s more, for this book, I made a conscious effort to focus on real weirdness: Stuff that sounds too weird to be true, but it is. Case in point, this pic from the cover of Central Ohio Legends & Lore:

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This picture is of a real mine fire in New Straitsville, Ohio. The fire was started in 1884 and still burns today. That’s right, there’s a 133-year-old fire burning right now under New Straitsville, Ohio.

I wanted to focus on real stories like that because I feel that with today’s paranormal reality shows, just uttering words like “ghost” or even “unexplained” can often cause the general public to react with cries of “BS” and “that’s not real”. Sadly, I think a lot of, in this case, Ohio folklore, is being abandoned and forgotten. I’m hoping to change that.

Of course, that’s not to say I abandoned the Ohio ghost story. Far from it. In fact, Central Ohio Legends & Lore contains some of my favorite Ohio ghost stories, including some that had yet to be included in any of my other books. In fact, I can honestly say that the research I did for one particular ghost story in the book, Thurber House, got me really, really excited.

It also led to an event being planned for this fall that is going to offer some lucky people the chance to stand at the crossroads where the paranormal and literary worlds meet. And who knows what will happen! Details on that event will be coming soon, so keep an eye on this blog. In the meantime, if you want a hint, go read James Thurber’s The Night The Ghost Got In.

Central Ohio Legends & Lore is available at most Central Ohio bookstores, as well as select grocery stores and even Walgreen’s. It’s also available at Amazon.com and all the other online retailers. It will also be available for purchase at all of my upcoming appearances and presentations. I’ve already started making the rounds on a bit of a mini-signing tour. At some of the locations, I will be giving brief talks about Central Ohio Legends & Lore. Come the fall, we launch into full-blown presentation mode, of which the new book will certainly be a large part. For a full list of upcoming appearances, click here.

Hope you have as much fun with the book as I had writing it!

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Ghosts In Oxford, Ohio? Yes, Please!

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Have I told you lately how much I love my inquisitive fans?

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Not sure when the article hit online, but this morning’s edition of the Oxford Press carried an interview I did with them about my upcoming appearance in Oxford on Sunday, October 29th. The article was entitled “Ghosts In Oxford? Author To Share Spooky Stories Sunday.” However, as many of you are pointing out via your e-mails to me, the article does not mention a single ghost story associated with Oxford, leaving you all wondering if I will be talking about Oxford ghosts or not.

The short answer is “yes”, I will most certainly be talking about some of the more popular Oxford-area ghost stories and legends. Not to give everything away, but some of the stories will include:

  • Reid Hall–I was given permission to conduct an overnight investigation inside the building prior to it being torn down
  • Ronald Tammen disappearance–does his ghost still remain where his dorm room once stood?
  • The Oxford Rider–my personal encounters with the mysterious “ghost light”

Oh yeah, and if you’re looking for more than just ghosts, there will be plenty of giant roadside oddities, mummified cats, and pickled fingers to go around. And if you’re really nice to me, you might get to see the infamous Blue Flash video. No promises, though!

If you’re interested in coming to this event, click here to reserve your tickets. If there are any left, they will be available for purchase at the door the day of the event. But I wouldn’t chance it if I were you as there’s only a couple of seats left!

Click here to read the Oxford Press article in its entirety.