Local scary stories focus of talk Tuesday


By Nicholas Bergin

07/23/07 - The Hawk Eye

Grab your flashlight, ecto-plasmic meter and a few scary stories because paranormal investigation will soon be the talk of the town.

Chad Lewis, co-author of "The Iowa Road Guide to Haunted Locations," will talk about local haunts at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Burlington Public Library, 210 Court St.

The stop is part of a Midwest speaking tour to promote the authors' haunted book series.

Lewis said he's not just telling stories. He will present history, local folklore, eyewitness accounts and independent research on local apparitions.

Each of the book's ghastly tales have been thoroughly investigated, catalogued and visited by the authors.

Local ghostly phenomenon to be addressed will include a lonely spirit walking the cliffs of Stony Hollow Road, phantoms roaming the National Guard Armory, cold spots, noises and goose bumps at Iowa State Penitentiary and a mysterious disappearing traveler along old Highway 34.

"Most of the people who attend these events probably are not believers in the paranormal or ghosts, but they're curious," Lewis said. "I leave it up to each person to travel to these places and make up their own minds whether or not they're haunted."

Lewis holds a master's degree in applied psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

In his 13 years of paranormal investigation, he has traveled around the world researching legends and mysterious creatures, including vampires in Transylvania, ghosts in Ireland's castles and Chupacabras in Puerto Rico.

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