People packed a Marshfield
bookstore's back room, sharing their stories with the
authors of a book about paranormal sites in Wisconsin
in a campfire-like environment Saturday night.
Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk signed copies of their book,
"The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted
Locations," which features nearly 100 of
Wisconsin's most haunted places and provides readers
with history from the site, photos, investigation
details and directions, so people can experience the
paranormal for themselves.
Scheduled as a two-hour event at Thimbleberry Books,
Lewis and Fisk stayed an additional hour, swapping
tales and talking with locals. Store owner Kim Hartley
said the shop was the busiest she's seen during eight
years of running the place, the authors said.
All the talk of the paranormal left Tom Mathias of
Marshfield feeling unsettled.
"It sends shivers down your spine," he said.
The dialogue between the audience and the
investigators was a "two-way street of eerie
Crop circles, curses, Bigfoot sightings, UFOs and
alien abductions were a few of the topics brought up.
"That's the way we
usually do book signings," Lewis said. The fun
part of the signings is sitting back and letting
people tell stories that haven't been brought up for
years, he added.
"We wanted to give them to opportunity to share
with us experiences they had," Fisk said. Book
signings provide a safe environment for people to tell
stories they've kept to themselves for fear of
ridicule, he added.
As stories were shared, the authors continued to sign
copies of the book. It answers the basic questions
that people kept asking, the authors said, which is
reflected in the number of sales.
"We've had trouble keeping this in supply,"
The audience gave the authors a few new sites and
ideas to investigate. The old Norwood Hospital, which
supposedly is haunted, and a number of local UFO
sightings will be added to Fisk and Lewis' growing
"A lot of people came forward and said they saw
something in the sky ... in the last year," Lewis
One of those people was Diane Luchterhand of Spencer.
"I've been watching the sky for a long time ...
and I've seen some really weird things," she
said, describing numerous accounts of unexplained
Susan Gaulke of Marshfield enjoyed the breadth of
issues the pair spoke about.
"They really addressed a lot of things," she
said. "They're credible."
Sometimes it's after they return home that they pair
gets their biggest breaks on investigations. Photos
taken at the scene reveal anomalies or paranormal
Lewis and Fisk often will bring psychics to paranormal
sites - when they agree to go.
"A lot of the time, they won't go to these
places," Fisk said.
While others stay away, Lewis said he never hesitates.
In the past 10 years, he's circled the globe seeking
the paranormal and is yet to see something himself.
"If you're afraid of ghosts, the best place to be
is with ghost hunters. You're not going to see
anything," Lewis told the crowd. Afterward, he
added he now thinks an individual's makeup and
perceptions determine whether they are able to see the