Paranormal investigator Chad Lewis
has hunted for the weird and
abnormal across the globe for the
past 16 years. He first got a taste
of the strange growing up in
Wisconsin, where he said he lived
near several UFO sites.
Now, the acclaimed author and
investigator tours across the
country, giving speeches and making
presentations on some of the
interesting stories he’s found. He
stopped by Friday at the Austin
Public Library to present the most
haunted locations in Minnesota.
“I got interested in what makes
people believe in the unusual,”
Lewis made a presentation based on
his 2005 book, “The Minnesota Road
Guide to Haunted Locations,” which
gives directions to about 60 or 70
haunted locations across the state,
from Winona and Rochester to near
the Canadian border—which is
significantly pared down from the
almost 350 locations Lewis said he
investigated for the book.
There are places like an old school
in Albert Lea or a private residence
in Austin, where at night one can
hear the sounds of children running
up and down the stairs, which Lewis
said the book covers.
Lewis said some of the best
experiences he’s had in his career
have been learning about the ways
different cultures interpret
stories. For example, while people
in America see vampires as looking
like sexy supermodels, people who
live near Transylvania fear vampires
as cruel, ugly, terrible demons.
Sometimes, Lewis has found people to
take spirits in stride, like the
faeries in Ireland.
“I’d walk into a pub and ask people,
‘Where are all the goblins and
gnomes in this area?’ and they’d ask
me, ‘Which ones?’” Lewis said.