John B. Kachuba
Kachuba's new book is Ghosthunting Ohio: On the Road Again.
He is the author of Ghosthunters: On the Trail of Mediums,
Dowsers, Spirit Seekers and Other Investigators of America's
Paranormal World, Ghosthunting Illinois and Ghosthunting Ohio, How to Write Funny,
The Gathering of Stones, and Why is this Job Killing Me? (Co-authored with his wife,
Mary A. Newman, PhD).
fiction and nonfiction have been widely published in such
publications as: Tin House, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Connecticut
Review, Dogwood, Savannah Literary Review, Antioch Review, Poets
& Writers, America’s Civil War, Cincinnati Magazine, American
Profile, and many others. He has received several awards for his
fiction, including the 2004 Dogwood Fiction Prize.
advanced degrees in Creative Writing from Antioch University
(Yellow Springs, OH) and Ohio University. He has taught writing
at both the University of Cincinnati and Ohio University. He is
also on the faculty of the Gotham Writers Workshop.
John is a noted
conference speaker and presenter and has appeared at Wildacres
Writing Workshop, Florida Suncoast Writers Conference, Columbus
Writers Conference, Erma Bombeck Humor Writing Workshop,
Blooming Grove Writers Conference, West Virginia Ghost Hunters
and Spirituality Conference, and Haunted America Conference,
among others. He
has also spoken on many radio and television programs throughout
the country and internationally.
John lives in
Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife Mary.
new e-books on Amazon.com!
Four new ghost stories from John Kachuba!
In “Heaven Scent” a man is plagued by
the memory of his younger brother who committed suicide while
serving with the army in Iraq. He wonders if memory can become
reality. Can his brother come back from the dead?
The poor ghost in “Home Is Where the
Spirit Is” is frightened and confused—who are these strange-looking
people that have taken up residence in his house? How can he get rid
“Recalling Miriam” is a unique and
different twist on the traditional ghost story. An elderly Jewish
widower in New York is stunned when the Virgin Mary materializes in
his living room. What’s worse is that she seems stuck in his time
and can’t leave.
Based on the life of the Connecticut
witch, Hannah Cranna, “A Modern Fable” shows what evil can befall a
person when he desecrates the final resting place of a witch. It’s
The terror is back.
Sandy Lawrence flees New York
City, deserting her coke-addicted, abusive boyfriend Kevin. She
finds refuge at her friend’s home nestled in the woods atop
Coltsfoot Mountain in Connecticut. The house stands alone except for
old cellar holes from the 18th century ghost-town called
Dudleytown, formerly inhabited by charcoal makers. The isolation and
the deep, dark woods surrounding the house relax her, but there is
something sinister living in the woods.
As a vindictive Kevin
searches for her, Sandy meets Nathan Bishop, a descendant of one of
the original Dudleytown settlers. He tells her about the curse that
had been visited upon Dudleytown by the spirit of a murdered Indian
sachem, resulting in murders, suicides, Indian massacres, shootings,
and other forms of mayhem inflicted upon the villagers. What they
are both about to discover is that the curse has returned . . . for
Based on the
true-life story of Dudleytown, Dark Entry is an engrossing
and chilling tale that will have you reading with the lights on.
Ghosthunting Ohio: On the Road
leg of America’s Haunted Road Trip you’ll explore the
scariest spots in the Buckeye State. Author John Kachuba
visits more than 30 legendary haunted places, all of which
are open to the public—so you can test your own ghosthunting
skills, if you dare.
Join John as he visits each site, snooping
around eerie rooms and dark corners, talking to people who
swear to their paranormal experiences, and giving you a
Enjoy Ghosthunting Ohio On the Road
Again from the safety of your armchair or hit the road,
using the maps, “Haunted Places” travel guide with 50 more
spooky sites and “Ghostly Resources.” Buckle up and get
ready for the spookiest trip of your life.
the Trail of Mediums, Dowsers, Spirit Seekers and Other
Investigators of America's Paranormal World
Why do ghosts fascinate so many people?
answer that question, writer and paranormal researcher John
Kachuba (aka The Ghosthunter) investigates haunted locations
throughout the country and interviews scores of people who
have had paranormal encounters. The author discovers a
growing interest in ghosts today, which has spurred an
American pop culture phenomenon based on the supernatural.
Combining his case reports of actual hauntings, discussions
with leading figures in the paranormal world, and stories
about related subjects--buying ghosts on eBay, buying and
selling haunted houses, ghost tourism—Ghosthunters
presents an intriguing and witty look at America’s
off down the trail of the paranormal and read about:
ghost hunt in a Connecticut coffee shop with lay religious
demonologist David Considine
the night with the ghost of Miss Lily at St. Augustine,
Florida’s historic St. Francis Inn
original ghosthunters, Ed and Lorraine Warren, investigators
of the Amityville Horror
woman who sold a bag of poltergeists on eBay
War of 1812 ghosts at Ohio’s Fort Meigs and other
minister Rev. Rose Vanden Eynden’s abilities to talk with
search for the headless inmate on a ghost hunt at West
Virginia’s Moundsville State Penitentiary
Mary Ann Winkowski’s life as the real Ghost Whisperer
Friday the Thirteenth séance at an abandoned Midwest
farmhouse with ghosthunter Sherri Brake-Recco and psychic
Ghosthunters, John Kachuba explores some of America's
great haunts while he introduces us to the people who
actually go searching for ghosts. Kachuba examines the
cultural phenomena surrounding spirits and delves into some
of the many theories pertaining to the supernatural in a
lucid and entertaining manner. His writing takes the reader
on a haunted journey -- it's like riding shotgun with him
while he creeps through haunted asylums, abandoned
farmhouses, and historic battlefields and speaks with some
of the biggest names in this field of study. If something
goes bump in the night, have no fear -- John Kachuba won't
be far behind."
Jeff Belanger, founder of Ghostvillage.com and author of
The World's Most Haunted Places.
“John Kachuba is neither a gullible believer nor a skeptical
disbeliever in ghosts and the paranormal. He is first and
foremost a talented writer who strives to be a truly
objective investigator. Kachuba writes with charm and great
wit, but be forewarned, he'll have you chuckling at one
passage--and then he'll scare the socks off you with the
Steiger, author of Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and
Join John Kachuba on a
spine-tingling trip across Ohio as he explores more than
twenty-five haunted places.
Author John Kachuba bravely visits more
than twenty-five haunted places in Ohio to give readers
first-hand frights from the safety of their armchairs. With
Kachuba as their guide, they visit:
* Collingwood Arts Center, Toledo -
Shadow Man and the spirit of a suicide nun haunt this former
* Cincinnati Art Museum - a mummy ghosts,
a seven-foot-tall medieval monk, and the ghost of aritst
Lizzie Duveneck are said to linger in these halls.
* Ft. Meigs, Perrysburg - headless War of
1812 soldiers, massacred militia, and Indian spirits have
been reported here.
* Majestic Theatre, Chillicothe - Army
victims of the 1918 Spanish Influenza epidemic have been
seen "stacked like cordwood" in the theater-turned-morgue.
For readers curious - and courageous -
enough to "hunt" on their own, maps and travel information
are provided to every haunted location.
Kachuba is a first-rate storyteller who
provides chilling accounts of his adventures to please any
reader looking for a good scare. He's also an average Joe
(rather than a "certified ghosthunter"), and he approaches
this world with an engaging mix of skepticism, insight, and
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Join John Kachuba on a
guided tour of Illinois’s legendary haunted places.
With an open mind, a
healthy dose of skepticism, and a razor-sharp wit, John
recounts his travels across the state, where he visited
thirty-two locations with reputations for ghostly
inhabitants. His encounters are sometimes humorous,
sometimes hair-raising, and quite often simply
Harpo Studios, Chicago ·
The building that now houses “The Oprah Winfrey Show” served
as a temporary morgue when a steamer capsized in 1915.
Oprah’s employees have encountered the ghosts of the victims
floating through the halls.
Abraham Lincoln’s Tomb,
Springfield · Lincoln’s coffin was moved seventeen times in
Oak Ridge Cemetery due to fears of grave robbers. Could
unrest be the source of the sobbing, whispering, and tapping
noises visitors to his tomb report?
Mineral Springs Hotel,
Alton · Quite possibly Illinois’ most haunted hotel, The
Mineral Springs is inhabited by at least four ghosts. One,
the ghost of a child who drowned in the basement swimming
pool, enjoys drawing in coloring books a sympathetic
employee leaves for her.
Widow McCleary's Pub &
Grill, Thornton · The bodies of Al Capone’s murder victims
were hidden in the walls here during Prohibition. Could one
of their ghosts be responsible for the mysterious movements
of billiard balls on the floor upstairs?
Since all the
establishments included here are open to the public, you can
follow in John’s footsteps—if you dare—and seek out
Illinois’ supernatural presences for yourself. Just start
with the region that’s most convenient for you, check the
detailed map at the beginning of each section, and plan your
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