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Book Title: Weird Ohio|
The author of the book: James A. Willis
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 740 KB
Date of issue: November 25th 2005
ISBN 13: 9781402733826
Read full description of the books:Ah, Ohio, so nice and normal. We have apple pie heroes like Hopalong Cassidy, Neil Armstrong, Thomas Edison, and Doris Day. Our state bird is the jaunty and ever popular cardinal, and our state flower is the carnation, found in the buttonholes of politicians and bridegrooms everywhere. We started America rolling by opening the country's first gas station, and we have a museum dedicated to America's music, rock and roll. Why, we're just so all-American normal, it can bring a tear to the eye. Okay, fine. But there's something else we have a whole lot of, and that's...weirdness. Yes, the Buckeye State has lots and lots of strange people and unusual sites, and they burst forth from every page of this, the biggest, most bizarre collection of Ohio stories ever assembled: Weird Ohio.
Our weird quotient is so high that we needed three authors to put this book together. With cameras and notepads in hand, James Willis, Andrew Henderson, and Loren Coleman traveled the highways, byways, hills, and dales of our fair state, seeking out the odd and the offbeat. And they found it. Whether it's ghosts at Ohio State, a slew of screaming bridges, Frogman, a witches' grave, or a flying cigar, our fearless authors have researched the stories with care and present them here for you, fellow admirers of the weird.
So turn the pages and visit with the Melonheads, have a fun day at Satan's Hollow, Hell House, and the Devil's Pit, but watch out for the Demon Tree. Bike with Oxford's phantom bicyclist, chat with the Lady in White, check out Oberlin's giant three-way plug and the really big rocking chair in Austinberg. Tiptoe through Dublin's concrete corncobs, take a brief detour down the world's shortest street, and look for Bigfoot in Minerva. And as night descends, gaze longingly at a whole bunch of abandoned drive-in theaters.
Yes, it's all hereweirdness in the heartland. A brand-new entry in the best-selling Weird U.S. series, Weird Ohio is chock-full of everything your history teacher never taught you. Some of the people you'll meet and the places you'll go are disturbing, others are hilarious, but all are very, very weird. We guarantee you'll enjoy the journey.
James A. Willis was born and raised in Upstate New York. In 1999, he moved to Ohio and founded the Ghosts of Ohio (www.ghostsofohio.org), a nationally recognized paranormal research organization. James has been featured in numerous publications, television and radio programs, and live webcasts. He has given presentations throughout the state on how one may hope to find evidence of the existence of ghosts. James currently resides in Columbus with his Queen-loving parrot and the world's whiniest cat. When he's not seeking out all things weird and wonderful, James often stays awake nights wondering if he will ever lose the moniker of the Man Who Debunked Hell Town.
Andrew Henderson is a writer and researcher who has been exploring Ohio's abandoned buildings, old cemeteries, ghost towns, ghost stories, and weird history for years. Since 1999, he has run the popular Web site Forgotten Ohio, and his first book, Forgotten Columbus, was published in 2002. His work has been featured both locally and nationallymost notably in the Washington Post. An alumnus of Ohio State University, Andrew lives in Columbus.
Loren Coleman has been investigating cryptozoology and unexplained phenomena since 1960. He is the author of more than two dozen books, including The Copycat Effect; Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America; The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and Other Mystery Denizens of the Deep; Tom Slick, Mothman and Other Curious Encounters; Mysterious America: The Revised Edition; The Field Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti, and Other Mystery Primates Worldwide; and Cryptozoology A to Z. Having grown up in Illinois before moving to New England, Coleman often traveled to Ohio to investigate breaking cases and has continued to visit the state frequently for fieldwork and conferences.
Read information about the authorNot since the Headless Horseman went charging through Sleepy Hollow has something come out of the Hudson highlands of upstate New York as thrilling and chilling as author and paranormal researcher James A. Willis. Fueled by a steady diet of boo berry cereal, Creepy Magazine and late-night Vincent Price movies, Willis soon developed a taste for the unexplained and quickly began seeking out all things strange and spooky.
When he wasn’t trying to coax the boogeyman out from under his bed for a photo shoot, Willis pondered such eternal questions as what happens to us when we die is there life on other planets, and what possesses someone to decorate their house with 1,001 milk jugs?
In 1999, after spending more than 15 years chasing after ghosts and visiting crybaby bridges, Willis moved to Ohio and founded The Ghosts of Ohio (ghostsofohio.org), a nationally recognized paranormal research organization. Willis has grown the organization to well over 35 members in three divisions throughout the state: Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati.
In 2004, in what seemed to be destiny, Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman, the brainchild’s of the Weird US series of books, approached Willis and asked him to contribute to their latest volume, Weird US. To date, Willis has been involved with 6 books in the Weird US series. He is the co-author of Weird Ohio (2005) and Weird Indiana (2008) and was also a contributing author to Weird US (2004), Weird Hauntings (2006), Weird US II: The ODDyssey Continues (2008), and Weird Encounters (2010). Willis’ unique and offbeat writing style was officially recognized in 2006 with his induction into the Grand Order of Weird Writers.
In addition, Willis has been a contributing author to several books in the Armchair Reader series, beginning with Weird, Scary & Unusual (2008) and continuing with several books released in 2010: Armchair Reader Goes Hollywood, Armchair Reader’s All about Ohio, and The Mammoth Armchair Reader. 2011 marked the release of Willis' latest collaboration with Armchair Reader, Haunted America. For 2012, Willis released Haunted Indiana, his first work with Stackpole Books. In the fall of 2012, Willis' The Big Book Of Ohio Ghost Stories was unleashed.
Look for Willis' next book, Ohio's Historic Haunts, to be released in late summer of 2015.
A sought-after public speaker, Willis has given presentations throughout the United States, during which he has educated and entertained tens of thousands of people of all ages in crowd sizes ranging from 10 to well over 600. He has also been featured in more than 50 media sources, including CNN, USA Today, Columbus Business First, Midwest Living, The Canadian Press, and even the Kuwait Times. He is also currently a contributing author to Mysteries Magazine.
Willis currently resides in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and daughter, a Queen-loving parrot, and three narcoleptic cats.
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